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 appeared as a young Zuri in the 2018 film Black Panther.