Robert Forster, The Oscar Nominated Actor Dies At The Age Of 78

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The Oscar nominated actor, known for his omnipresent character, Robert Forster passed away at the age of 78 on October 11 of brain cancer after a brief sickness

Written By Aanchal Nigam | Mumbai | Updated On:
Robert Forster

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. 

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'Consummate Actor'

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. 

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Forster's career

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”. 

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(With AP inputs)



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