Denzel Whitaker

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Denzel Whitaker
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Whitaker at the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con
Denzel Dominique Whitaker

(1990-06-15) June 15, 1990 (age 28)
Years active2001–present

Denzel Dominique Whitaker (born June 15, 1990) is an American actor.

His notable film appearances include The Great Debaters and Training Day, as well as TV shows ER, Brothers & Sisters and The War At Home. He was a cast member during the tenth and final season of the Nickelodeon sketch-comedy series All That. He was in the Disney Channel Original Movie, Dadnapped. He also appeared on The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, as a player on Zack and Cody's wheelchair basketball team, and in Werner Herzog's Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans. He also appeared in the 2010 Wes Craven horror film My Soul To Take as a blind 16 year old named Jerome that was born early along with 6 other children because of the killing of a murderer that had multiple souls, and the souls escaped and were hiding in the children. He appeared in the 2011 film Abduction, in season 3 of The Boondocks as character Sgt. Gutte, and on Black Dynamite: The Animated Series as Donald The Accountant. Whitaker has made a notable appearance, being Young Zuri in the Blockbuster film; Black Panther.

He has also worked as an assistant voice director for the 2010 film Freaknik: The Musical.

Personal life[edit]

Whitaker was born in Torrance, California, the son of Younalanda and Dale Whitaker.[1][2]

He was named after actor Denzel Washington. He disputed this fact on The Oprah Winfrey Show while promoting the movie The Great Debaters, only to learn later from his father that, in fact, Washington was his namesake.[3]



Year Title Role Notes
2001 Training Day Dimitri
2006 The Ant Bully Albert Voice role
2007 The Great Debaters James Farmer Jr. NAACP Image Award, Outstanding Supporting Actor
2009 Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans Daryl
2010 My Soul to Take Jerome
2011 Abduction Gilly
Warrior Stephon
2015 Back to School Mom Noah Riley
2016 Submerged Eddie
2018 Black Panther James / Young Zuri
2019 Untitled Social Media Thriller Thomas Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2004 One on One Young Duane Episode: "You Don't Have to Go Home..."
2004-2005 All That Denzel Recuuring role; six episodes
2005 What's New, Scooby-Doo? Jake/Kid (Voice) Episode: "Camp Comeoniwannascareya"
All That: 10th Anniversary Reunion Special Denzel Television special
Spongebob Squarepants Background Fish Character Uncredited
ER Hassan Episode: "Wake Up"
2006 The War at Home Jeff Guest role; two episodes
Teachers Martin Sanders Episode: "Schoolympics"
2007 Handy Manny Kyle (Voice) Episode: "Join the Club"
The Suite Life of Zack & Cody Trent Episode: "Back in the Game"
2009 House Rules Peter Chiba Television film
Dadnapped Sheldon Television film
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Frankie Kirkland Episode: "No Way Out"
Brothers & Sisters Carter Guest role; three episodes
2010 R U There? Max Television film
Freaknik: The Musical Fruit Bowl Boys Member Television film; voice role
The Boondocks Sgt. Gutter (Voice) Episode: "Bitches to Rags"; voice role
2012 Black Dynamite: The Animated Series Donald the Accountant (Voice) Episode: "Taxes and Death or Get Him to the Sunset Strip"
Rizzoli & Isles Trevor Episode: "Virtual Love"
2013 Monday Mornings Nick Villanueva Episode: "Communion"
Legit Clay Guest role; two episodes
2015 Blue Bloods Curtis Turner Guest role; two episodes


  1. ^ "PENHI student graces the big screen in 'The Great Debaters'".
  2. ^ " [SOUL] Getting To Know Young "Debaters" Actors".
  3. ^ "Denzel Whitaker: A Debater's Destiny", in

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