Jackie Brown stars Robert Forster dead at 78
It is with great sadness that ComingSoon.net should report (via The Hollywood Reporter) that beloved Oscar-nominated actor Jackie Brown, Robert Forster, passed away at the age of 78. He died at his Los Angeles home of brain cancer, survived by his third wife, Evie, and their children Elizabeth, Kathrine and Maeghen and Robert.
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Forster made an auspicious debut at age 26, alongside Marlon Brando and Elizabeth Taylor in John Huston's 1967 film Reflections in a Golden Eye, riding a memorable horse in a scene. He followed this up with the lead role in 1969's Medium Cool, Haskell Wexler's cinéma vérité narrative, built around the real-life riots at the 1968 Democratic National Convention.
After starring in two failed TV series, Forster's promising career declined steadily as he began to accept lead and supporting roles in exploration and horror films such as Avalanche 1978, Alligator 1980, Alligator 1980 and Vigilante. as the heavyweight opposite of Chuck Norris in The Delta Force, 1986. A highlight of that period is the large budget of Disney's 1979 production, The Black Hole, a kind of "20,000 leagues in space" intended for capitalize on the success of Star Wars. Although not a financial or critical success, the film has a large following and has been at a developing point in the last decade for a Disney remake.
In the 1990s, Forster lost all representation and was forced to make direct passages to the video as Maniac Cop III: Badge of Silence and American Yakuza. That was until Formula Pulp Fiction filmmaker Quentin Tarantino hired Forster to play guarantor Max Cherry, the male protagonist alongside Pam Grier in 1997's Jackie Brown. such as Robert De Niro and Samuel L. Jackson, won Forster an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor and gave his career a new life opportunity.
In the following years, he worked with Gus Van Sant on the 1998 Psycho remake, alongside Jim Carrey in The Farrely Brothers' Myself & Irene in Michel Gondry's debut film Human Nature, following 2003 Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, with Harrison. Ford in Firewall (2006), with Matthew McConaughey in Ghosts of Girlfriend & # 39; s Past (2009), alongside George Clooney in Alexander Payne's Oscar nomination for best film, The Descendants, and alongside Gerard Butler in the hit Olympus Has Fallen and its sequel London Has Fallen. He also established a working relationship with David Lynch, appearing in director Mulholland Drive's 2001 success and the 2017 Twin Peaks revival.
Forster's final role in the movie premiered ironically today on Netflix, Breaking Bad's sequel film El Camino, reprising his role as Ed in the TV series.
Today I am saddened by the news that Robert Forster has passed away. A lovely man and a consummate actor. I met him in the movie Alligator (pictured) 40 years ago and then again at BB. I never forgot how kind and generous he was with a boy just starting out in Hollywood. RIP Bob. pic.twitter.com/HtunD0Fx6g
– Bryan Cranston (@BryanCranston) October 12, 2019
Very sad to hear Robert Forster passed away. Cara radiated a kind-hearted spirit and a reassuring presence in everything he came across, and it was an absolute love in real life anyway. RIP for a legitimate subtitle. pic.twitter.com/7yKMxEoZUt
– Scott Wampler (@ScottWamplerBMD) October 12, 2019
– Greg Grunberg (@greggrunberg) October 12, 2019
Four essential Robert Forster movies that aren't JACKIE BROWN. pic.twitter.com/0ErNkyP2De
– C. Robert Cargill (@Massawyrm) October 12, 2019
RIP Robert Forster. pic.twitter.com/wK3yf4vQFH
– The Blacklist (@theblcklst) October 12, 2019
You had the honor of making this little movie jewel (Diamond Men) with this amazing one man jewel – Robert Forster.
– Donnie Wahlberg (@DonnieWahlberg) October 12, 2019
Ah, that's fine. Robert Forster was among my favorite actors of any era. So good, so comfortable in her own leather skin. I met him a few times. Always kind, huge @tcm fan. She had dozens of letter openers wrapped in her suitcase to give away. Have an. Will watch Jackie Brown this weekend. https://t.co/KZq2RMvGHk
– Ben Mankiewicz (@ BenMank77) October 12, 2019
– Greg Proops (@GregProops) October 12, 2019
I am devastated. I was fortunate enough to work and meet this man. He was a hero to me – a gentleman completely. RIP, Robert Forster. pic.twitter.com/7eHPnuYhol
– Bruce Boxleitner (@boxleitnerbruce) October 12, 2019
Robert Forster A jewel. REST IN PEACE.
– Brent Spiner (@BrentSpiner) October 12, 2019
Robert Forster had a unique presence that seemed like genuine empathy, but you don't want to mess with this guy either; Usually apart, he embodies both.
He had better performances, but those two minutes of Vigilante are the coolest. "I want him."
Robert Forster Forever pic.twitter.com/2U5yGh4UgM
– John Frankensteiner (@JFrankensteiner) October 12, 2019
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