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IMDb Files: From 'Fast Times' to 'Rogue One' Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker looks back at his varied résumé

IMDb Files: From 'Fast Times' to 'Rogue One' Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker looks back at his varied résumé

For Forest Whitaker, a film or television role should be accompanied by some kind of lesson. The 55-year-old actor, born in Texas, is interested in gaining new experiences and insights with each project – regardless of whether that project is well received or not.

“They all taught me different things,” Whitaker says, reflecting on the characters he’s portrayed. “I’m always hoping to learn and grow, so that’s how I make a lot of my choices as an artist. I think all my parts have that for me, in some way. I always try to make that transformation part be there.”

Whitaker, who got his start in the high school flick “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” has embodied characters ranging...

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