Birth Name: Forest Whitaker
Birth Place: Longview, Texas, USA
Born on July 15, 1961 in Longview, TX, Whitaker was raised by his father, Forest, Sr., an insurance salesman and his mother, Laura, a special education teacher. When he was just six weeks old, his parents moved the family from Longview to South Central Los Angeles, where he stayed until he was 11 when they moved again to nearby Carson. By the time he was in his teens, his parents - particularly his mother - wanted him to attend high school somewhere other than in Carson or next door Compton. So he was bused instead to Palisades High School - a two-hour commute each way - where he was an all-league defensive tackle on the football team and used his rich tenor voice to perform in school musica...
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