Mon Apr 16, 7:44 PM ET The honor represents "where I came from, and where I am going and hopefully where I am at right now," he said. Guests included Angela Bassett and Whitaker's wife, Keisha, and three daughters, Autumn, Sonnet and True. The ceremony came the same week as the DVD release of "The Last King of Scotland," in which Whitaker portrays the despot under whose reign thousands of people were killed in the 1970s. Whitaker began his foray into films playing an athlete in 1982's big teen hit, "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," after a back injury ended his budding college-football career. He went on to star in such films as Clint Eastwood's Charlie Parker biopic "Bird," "The Crying Game" and as a hulking assassin in "Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai."