Oscar nominee and actor Robert Forster passed away at the age of 78 on October 11. Reportedly, the Jackie Brown and Breaking Bad actor died of brain cancer which followed after a brief illness at his home in Los Angeles. He was surrounded by family which included his four children and his partner Denise Grayson. The Oscar academy also extended their condolences to the “prolific talent” with nearly a hundred film credits. Robert Forster was nominated for an Oscar in the best supporting actor category in 1998.
With more than 100 film credits spanning six decades, Robert Forster was a prolific talent who radiated warmth and kindness in everything he did. In 1998, he earned an Oscar nomination for his performance in “Jackie Brown.” Thank you, Robert, for all that you’ve given us. pic.twitter.com/ZwTj21xfw6— The Academy (@TheAcademy) October 12, 2019
Bryan Cranston, the Breaking Bad actor expressed his sadness with the loss of a lovely man and a “consummate actor”. He also recalled the first time both individuals met was at the sets of 'Alligator' nearly 40 years ago and then again while shooting Breaking Bad. The 'Titanic' actor, Frances Fisher also remembered the “classic” poker nights she shared with Forster who was loved by all the actors in the community. Sean O'Neal, the American actor recalled te monologue Robert Forster gave when O'Neal interviewed him for the profile of David Lynch.
I’m saddened today by the news that Robert Forster has passed away. A lovely man and a consummate actor. I met him on the movie Alligator (pic) 40 years ago, and then again on BB. I never forgot how kind and generous he was to a young kid just starting out in Hollywood. RIP Bob. pic.twitter.com/HtunD0Fx6g— Bryan Cranston (@BryanCranston) October 12, 2019
Oh, Dear Robert - Beloved by all of us in our community of actors.— Frances Fisher (@Frances_Fisher) October 12, 2019
Remembering our classic poker nights at Norby’s:
We’d joke “We’ll bury our friends and one day it will be me.”
Today is your day. 💗
Fly with the angels dear friend.
I once interviewed Robert Forster for a profile of David Lynch. He gave me all these incredible extemporaneous replies—fully formed monologues delivered in his measured, Robert Forster cadence. It was way more than I could ever use, which was a shame. pic.twitter.com/qx0whNyk4l— Sean O'Neal (@seanoneal) October 12, 2019
Robert Forster was from Rochester in New York and he decided to be an actor while studying to become a lawyer in his college days. One of his friends who later became his wife convinced him to audition for Bye Bye Birdie in the college auditorium. Forster was also one of the cast members in that show which later started his trajectory as an actor. Forster was signed into a studio contract after his 1965 role in a Broadway production, Mrs. Dally Has a Lover after being noticed by Darryl Zanuck. His debut movie was Reflections in a Golden Eye which also starred Marlon Brando and Elizabeth Taylor. Forster finally got a role in 1997 in Quentin Tarantino's film 'Jackie Brown'. The 78-year-old actor later said that he was sure he will not get that role. However, Forster also believed that 'Jackie Brown' not only gave back his career and made his next years in film career “fabulous”.
(With AP inputs)
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