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Forest Whitaker Turns 50

As the Oscar winner celebrates his fiftieth birthday, we appreciate his impressive body of work

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?

See also: George Clooney at 50: His career (so far) in photos.

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."

Next: Geoffrey Rush, Robin WIlliams and more famous July birthdays. >>

More famous July birthdays

July 1: Carl Lewis (Big 5-Oh)
July 1: Twyla Tharp (80)
July 5: Huey Lewis (60)
July 6: Geoffrey Rush (60)
July 6: Nancy Reagan (90)
July 8: Toby Keith (Big 5-Oh)
July 8: Angelica Huston (60)
July 9: Chris Cooper (60)
July 12: Cheryl Ladd (60)
July 15: Jesse Ventura (60)
July 15: Clive Cussler (80)
July 18: Martha Reeves (70)
July 18: John Glenn (70)
July 19: Vikki Carr (70)
July 21: Robin Williams (60)
July 23: Woody Harrelson (Big 5-Oh)
July 24: Lynda Carter (60)
July 27: Jerry Van Dyke (80)
July 30: Laurence Fishburne (Big 5-Oh)
July 30: Paul Anka (80)

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