The Big 5-Oh: July 15
He's lost a lot of weight in the past few years, but 6-foot-2 Forest Whitaker is still the most imposing vegetarian we know. And as befits a guy who got college scholarships for both playing football and singing opera, his complexities are reflected in his roles: Remember his childlike yet bloodthirsty Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland?
Whitaker and his wife, Keisha Nash, gave each of their children unusual first names — Sonnet, True, Ocean, Autumn — and he's proud to be a third-generation "Forest." He told an interviewer, "I try to be like a forest: revitalizing and constantly growing."