Robert Forster died on Friday night September 11, 2019. Forster was a prolific Oscar-nominated actor. He died in Los Angeles battling brain cancer. He was 78 years old.
Forster had starred in the Quentin Tarantino movie, “Jackie Brown,” which earned him an Academy Award nomination for his role as a bail bondsman named Max Cherry.
His most recent appearance was in the Netflix film, “El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie.” Forster reprised his “Breaking Bad” character Ed “the Disappearer,” in the spinoff movie which was released on Friday.
Forster has also held roles in Stephen Speilberg’s “Amazing Stories” and “Werewolf” and he has acted in more than 100 films.
Additionally, he had a recurring guest role on the Fox family sitcom “Last Man Standing” as Mike Baxter’s widower father, Bud Baxter, who opened a marijuana dispensary in Colorado.
Following the news of his death, his “Jackie Brown” co-star, Samuel L. Jackson tweeted the Forster was “truly a class act/Actor!”
Forster was a native to Rochester, New York and he literally stumbled into acting when, in college. He was studying to be a lawyer when he followed a female student he was trying to talk to into an auditorium where auditions for “Bye Bye Birdie” were being held. He was cast in the production and that fellow student would become his wife. They had three daughters together.
His role in the 1965 production of “Mrs. Dally Has a Lover” put him on Darryl Zanuck’s radar and Forster was signed to a studio contract. His movie debut would be in the 1967 John Huston film, “Reflections in a Golden Eye,” starring Marlon Brando and Elizabeth Taylor.
Forster experienced an early high, which he would call the beginning of a 27-year slump.
Throughout the 70s and 80s, he would consistently world in mostly B-movies. He appeared in more than 100 movies, mostly out of necessity.
In an interview with the Chicago Tribune last year, he said, “I had four kids. I took any job I could get. Every time it reached a lower level, I thought I could tolerate, it dropped some more, and then some more. Near the end, I had no agent, no manager, no lawyer, no nothing. I was taking whatever fell through the cracks.”
It was “Jackie Brown,” Quentin Tarantino’s 1997 film that put Forster back on the map. Tarantino created the role of Max Cherry with the actor in mind. Forster had unsuccessfully auditioned for a part in “Reservoir Dogs,” and the director said he would not forget him.
By Jeanette Smith
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