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Kenn Whitaker, Forest Whitaker, and Damon Whitaker, 1993 | Source: Getty Images
Kenn Whitaker, Forest Whitaker, and Damon Whitaker, 1993 | Source: Getty Images

Kenn Whitaker Is Forest Whitaker's Brother Who Is Also an Actor

Junie Sihlangu
Jan 13, 2024
09:30 A.M.

Forest Whitaker's brother, Kenn Whitaker, though often mistaken for his famous sibling, built an impressive career as an actor in his own right. Talent in the entertainment industry indeed runs in the Whitaker family.

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Kenn Whitaker, Forest Whitaker's brother, might not be a celebrated Oscar-winning actor, producer, and honorary member of several charity organizations, but he's also in the entertainment industry. He and Forest are not the only ones in his family in show business.

Kenn's brother, Damon Whitaker, has also made his mark in the entertainment industry. Not a lot of people are aware that Kenn has appeared in several well-known movies and he even got involved in creating one of the songs for the soundtrack of a film.

Kenn Whitaker at the First Annual Night To Make a Difference on February 22, 2009, in Beverly Hills, California | Source: Getty Images

Kenn Whitaker at the First Annual Night To Make a Difference on February 22, 2009, in Beverly Hills, California | Source: Getty Images

All We Know About Forest Whitaker’s Brother Kenn Whitaker

Kenn was born in Longview, Texas, on June 8, 1963. Many people tend to mix him and Forest up, and there are many tweets to prove this ongoing confusion. One person once tweeted, "Now….why didn’t I know Forest Whitaker had a bother named Kenn Whitaker that’s been playing in some of these movies I thought he was in?"

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Kenn Whitaker at the premiere of "One Warm Night" on August 15, 2012, in Los Angeles, California | Source: Getty Images

Kenn Whitaker at the premiere of "One Warm Night" on August 15, 2012, in Los Angeles, California | Source: Getty Images

Another person wrote, "Forest Whitaker & Kenn Whitaker aren't the same person .🤨 🤨 🤨 🤨 🤨 ." While the brothers appear similar, some may even call them twins; they were born two years apart, with Kenn being the younger brother.

According to IMDb, Kenn has seven credits to his name. He has acted in the films "Last Days," "The Theory of the Leisure Class," "Life," "Bulworth," and "Most Wanted."

Kenn, Forest, and Damon Whitaker at the premiere of "Strapped" on August 18, 1993, in New York City | Source: Getty Images

Kenn, Forest, and Damon Whitaker at the premiere of "Strapped" on August 18, 1993, in New York City | Source: Getty Images

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Kenn also played parts in the series "Party of Five" and "Tracey Takes On..." and he contributed to the soundtrack of the movie "Strapped" with his song, "I Ain't Goin' Nowhere," which he wrote and performed. However, Kenn hasn't been involved in any known films in recent years.

Meanwhile, in a past interview, Forest gave his fans some insight into his background and family life. He revealed that he was "idealistic" when he was younger and read poetry, having no care about work or making money. Instead, he preferred sleeping on the couch rather than doing something he believed in.

Forest and Kenn Whitaker at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party on February 25, 2007, in Los Angeles | Source: Getty Images

Forest and Kenn Whitaker at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party on February 25, 2007, in Los Angeles | Source: Getty Images

Kenn and their other brother were always there to try and shake Forest back to reality. However, they understood where he was coming from as being artistic souls was in their blood, as well as in Forest's children, who were sheltered from show business.

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Forest and Kenn Whitaker at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party on February 25, 2007, in Los Angeles | Source: Getty Images

Forest and Kenn Whitaker at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party on February 25, 2007, in Los Angeles | Source: Getty Images

What We Know About Forest Whitaker and Kenn Whitaker’s Younger Brother Named Damon

Damon was born in Los Angeles County on October 21, 1970. Like his brothers, he is deeply invested in the film industry and is known for "First Daughter," "Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai," and "Mr. Holland's Opus."

When it comes to the dramatic arts, Kenn's brother is a renaissance man, with his LinkedIn profile describing him as a "Writer, Actor, Producer, Director, and liver of life." .

Damon, Forest, and Kenn Whitaker at the benefit premiere of "Strapped" in New York on August 18, 1993 | Source: Getty Images

Damon, Forest, and Kenn Whitaker at the benefit premiere of "Strapped" in New York on August 18, 1993 | Source: Getty Images

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Kenn's youngest brother is also a partner at Beatscore PRO. The company helps people find music that suits their films. Apart from this, he's also an executive producer of Bruin Lake Films. When Damon was asked why he became an actor, he expressed:

"I can't help it. I was raised in the arts, so my family's always been writing and painting and acting and singing... this is natural for us."

Damon is not the only one who shares a talent for entertainment with his siblings. Grammy Award-winning Macy Gray's brother Nathon McIntyre has gained more attention recently after playing the hero in the series "Queer Eye."

Kenn, Forest, and Damon Whitaker pose for a photo at HBO's screening of "Strapped" on September 2, 1993 | Source: Getty Images

Kenn, Forest, and Damon Whitaker pose for a photo at HBO's screening of "Strapped" on September 2, 1993 | Source: Getty Images

Few people, including the show's hosts, initially didn't know they were relatives. But, like Kenn's younger brother, McIntyre is not defined by his link to his sister and has built a successful career of his own.

He is a singer who goes by the moniker "Killer Whale" and owns West Philadelphia's Body Rock gym. Among all his achievements, who could forget his transformation on "Queer Eye."

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