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Kenn Whitaker- American Actor and Brother of Forest Whitaker

Who is Kenn Whitaker?

Kenn Whitaker is an American Actor. He is well-known for appearing in movies like “Bulworth” and “Last Days.”

Today, here we will have a descriptive look at Kenn Whitaker. His family, house, lifestyle, education, personal details, and more.

Let us get into it.

Kenn Whitaker Biography
Kenn Whitaker Biography

Quick Facts

Full NameKenneth Dwayne Whitaker
BirthdayJune 8, 1963
Age 59 years old
Sun SignGemini
TraitsPositive Trait- Adaptable, Out-going, IntelligentNegative Trait- Anxious, Nosy, Moody
BirthplaceLong View, Texas, United States of America
Currently ResidingLos Angeles, California
ParentsFather- Forest Steven Jr
Mother-Laura Francis Smith
GrandparentsGrandfather- Forest Elmer Whitaker
Grandmother-Vallie Ree Hughes
SiblingsBrothers- Forest Whitaker and Damon Whitaker
Sister- Deborah Whitaker
Marital StatusSingle
EducationPalisades Charter High School, Palisades, CA
Net WorthUSD 1 million
Social MediaNot Active

Early Life and Childhood 

Kenneth Dwayne Whitaker was born on June 8, 1963. As of 2023, he is 59 years old and born under the sign of Gemini.

As a kid, he could have been a more bright student and better in his studies. Instead, he was an average kid who had a passion for acting. Kenn went to Palisades Charter High School, Palisades, CA, for his elementary school. He then joined the high school to complete his graduation.

Kenn was very much fond of acting and wanted to pursue a career. He then worked hard and established himself in the entertainment Industry.

Kenn Whitaker Physical Appearance

He is a handsome-looking man who came to media attention because of appearing in movies like “Bulworth” and “Last Days.” He also rose to fame because of his elder brother Forest Whitaker.

Kenn Whitaker with his brothers, Damon and Forest Whitaker
Kenn Whitaker with his brothers, Damon and Forest Whitaker

Kenn stands 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs around 174 lbs. He has short black dark shade hair and beautiful pair of brown eyes. His body measurement is forty-four inches.


Kenn was born to well-settled loving parents. His father, Forest Steven Jr, worked as an insurance salesman, and his mother, Laura Francis Smith, worked as a special education teacher.

Laura Francis Smith didnt stop her study even after having children. She continued her study in college and got two master’s degrees while raising children.

Kenn’s family initially lived in Long View, Texas, United States of America, but later relocated to South Central Los Angeles. His parents loved him very dearly and cared greatly while raising him.


Talking of his siblings, Kenn has three siblings. He has two brothers named Forest Whitaker and Damon Whitaker. He also has a sister named Deborah Whitaker. Damon Whitaker is also an American Actor.

Forest Whitaker with his brothers
Forest Whitaker with his brothers

His elder brother Forest Whitaker is the most famous sibling among the three. He is also an American Actor who has won several prestigious Awards, including Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, etc.

Kenn’s sister Deborah Whitaker is also an American film director and producer well-known for writing and co-directing the movie Climate in 2016. It looks like acting, directing, and producing runs in the Whitaker family. All the children of Whitakers are in the field of the entertainment industry.

Who is Kenn Whitaker’s Brother, Forest Whitaker?

Kenn Whitaker’s brother Forest Whitaker is a well-known American Actor, producer, and director. As a result of his prominence, Kenn and his siblings also rose to greater fame.

Kenn gained notoriety from social media comparisons between him and his brother Forest Whitaker.

Kenn Whitaker with his brother, Forest Whitaker
Kenn Whitaker with his brother, Forest Whitaker

Both appear the same, and occasionally people have trouble telling them apart. As a result, people are confused, which causes the internet to see a new trend. He was born on July 15, 1961.

 Interesting Facts about Forest Whitaker

  •  Forest Whitaker made his big-screen debut in the enduring comedy classic “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” in 1982 at just 21.
  • Ptosis, a congenital disorder that prevents Forest Whitaker from fully opening his right eye, has affected him from birth. Whitaker has overcome this obstacle and has become an Academy Award–winning actor, director, and producer, demonstrating that anything is possible despite physical limitations.
  • For his compelling portrayal of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in the critically acclaimed movie “The Last King of Scotland,” Forest Whitaker won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 2007.
  • The actor Forest Whitaker is a vocal supporter of animal rights. He has always been a supporter of PETA and is a devout vegetarian. He has even worked as a spokesperson for the group.
  • Forest Whitaker excelled as a football player in high school, but his love was for acting. He declined a collegiate athletic scholarship to enroll in an acting program, allowing him to pursue his aspiration of becoming an actor.
  • Forest Whitaker holds a black belt in karate and is an enthusiastic fan of martial art. He has been engaged in the martial art of karate for a considerable amount of time. Even his friends and family have been known to receive karate instruction from him.
Forest Whitaker
Forest Whitaker

Kenn Whitaker Career 

Kenn came from a hardworking family and wanted to make big in the entertainment field. He was inspired by his elder brother to pursue a career in acting. He got a minor role in “Most Wanted,” his first debut film. After his first debut film, he took on some other projects.

However, those were minor roles. He has made Television appearances on series like “Tracy Takes On” and “Party of Five.” However, those were not significant non-recurring roles.

Later, Kenn got significant roles in movies like Life, Last Days, and The Theory of the Leisure Class. He was praised for his acting skills in the movie, and people loved him for his talents.

Kenn Whitaker Photo
Kenn Whitaker Photo

But he hasn’t been in any more films or television shows since he played Ben Forget in Last Days in 2001. He was just at the peak of his career when he decided to take a break and never got back into acting. He is happy with his decision and lives privately and peacefully.

Social Media

Kenn is not active on social media platforms. He is a very humble, kind, and down-to-earth person. However, he decides to keep his life private and is not active on any social media platform. Kenn loves spending time with his nephews and nieces.

Whereas his brother, Forest Whitaker, is the exact opposite of him. He is fond of social media and has over 147k followers on his Instagram.

Net Worth

According to different sources, Kenn Whitaker’s net worth is estimated to be USD 1 million as of 2023.

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