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He directed Whitney Houston's "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)" music video.
Brother of Kenn Whitaker
Brother of actor Damon Whitaker
He has a son from a previous relationship. Daughter born in 1996.
Biography from Leonard Maltin's Movie Encyclopedia:
Large, baby-faced black actor who has eluded stardom despite a number of varied leading roles. Originally planning to pursue a career in music, Whitaker debuted on-screen in Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982), and followed it up with small but notable turns in Vision Quest (1985), Platoon (1986), and Stakeout (1987). He really came into his own with a scene-stealing performance as a hustler who out-hustles Paul Newman in The Color of Money (1986) and a costarring role with Robin Williams in Good Morning, Vietnam (1987). In 1988, actor-director Clint Eastwood gave Whitaker his chance to carry a film as jazz great Charlie Parker in the critically acclaimed (but financially unrewarding) Bird for which he won a Best Actor award at the Cannes Film Festival. He has since costarred in Johnny Handsome (1989), Downtown (1990), A Rage in Harlem (1991), Article 99 and Consenting Adults (both 1992), all but stealing the latter film from star Kevin Kline with an understated performance as a soft-spoken insurance investigator. He was even more impressive as a kidnapped British soldier in the highly praised The Crying Game (also 1992). He made his directing debut in 1993 with the TV movie Strapped a story of urban violence; recent acting credits include Last Light (1993 telefilm), Body Snatchers, Blown Away, Jason's Lyric, Ready to Wear/Prąt-ź-Porter (all 1994), Species and Smoke (both 1995).