Birth Name: Forest Steven Whitaker
Place of Birth: Longview, Gregg, Texas, U.S.
Date of Birth: July 15, 1961
Forest Whitaker is an American actor, director, and producer. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for The Last King of Scotland (2006).
He is the son of Laura Francis (Smith) and Forest Whitaker, Jr. His brother is actor Kenn Whitaker. Forest has four children, and is married to actress Keisha Nash.
Forest’s paternal grandfather was Forest Elmer Whitaker (the son of Tyler Whitaker and Ida Williams). Tyler was the son of Albert Whitaker and Frances.
Forest’s paternal grandmother was Vallie Ree Hughes (the daughter of Edmond Hughes and Sulteena/Sallenna Halton). Edmond was the son of Edmond Hughes and Eliza Gene.
Forest’s genetic tests have indicated that he has Igbo and Akan ancestry. He was given the title of Nwannedinambar of Nkwerre, “brother in a foreign land”, when he visited Nigeria.
Source: Forest’s paternal grandfather, Forest Elmer Whitaker, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org