Robert Forster

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Robert Forster
Robert Forster 2009.jpg
Forster in April 2009
Born Robert Wallace Forster, Jr.
(1941-07-13) July 13, 1941 (age 77)
Rochester, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1967–present
Spouse(s)
  • June Provenzano
    (m. 1966; div. 1975)
  • Zivia Forster
    (m. 1978; div. 1980)
Children 4

Robert Wallace Forster, Jr. (born July 13, 1941) is an American actor, known for his roles as John Cassellis in Haskell Wexler's Medium Cool (1969), Lebanese terrorist Abdul Rafai in The Delta Force (1986), and Max Cherry in Quentin Tarantino's Jackie Brown (1997), for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Forster's varied filmography further includes titles such as Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967), The Black Hole (1979), Alligator (1980), Me, Myself & Irene (2000), Mulholland Drive (2001), The Descendants (2011), Olympus Has Fallen (2013), and its sequel London Has Fallen (2016).

He has also had prominent roles in television series such as Banyon (1971–1973), Heroes (2007–2008), and Twin Peaks (2017). He won the Saturn Award for Best Guest Starring Role on Television for his performance in Breaking Bad's "Granite State" (2013).

Early life[edit]

Forster was born in Rochester, New York, the son of Grace Dorothy (née Montanarella) and Robert Wallace Forster, Sr., who worked as an elephant trainer for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and later as an executive for a baking supply company.[1][2] His mother was Italian American, while his father was of English and Irish descent.[3] The couple divorced in 1949.

As a tribute to his father, Forster hung one of his father's Barnum & Bailey Circus posters in the office of his character in Jackie Brown.[citation needed] He completed his Bachelor of Arts in history in 1964 at the University of Rochester, where he starred in student dramatic performances such as Bye Bye Birdie and, after initially intending to study law, instead decided to become an actor.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

After acclaimed supporting performances in two major Hollywood films, one as Private Williams in John Huston's Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967), another as part-Indian Army scout Nick Tana in Robert Mulligan's The Stalking Moon (1968), Forster starred in the critically acclaimed film Medium Cool (1969). After starring roles in the television series Banyon (1972) and Nakia (1974), he played mostly supporting roles in action and horror films including Disney's The Black Hole (1979). Forster had lead roles in cult B-movies in the 1980s like Alligator (1980), Vigilante (1983), The Delta Force (1986), and The Banker (1989).

In 1997, Forster was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Jackie Brown, which he credits with reviving his career. He has since had consistent work in the film industry, appearing in Like Mike, Mulholland Drive, Me, Myself & Irene, Lucky Number Slevin, and Firewall, to name a few. He recently appeared in the made-for-television movie The Hunt for the BTK Killer, as the detective intent on capturing serial killer Dennis Rader. Forster also played the father of Van on the short-lived Fox series Fastlane.

Forster recorded a public service announcement for Deejay Ra's Hip-Hop Literacy campaign, encouraging reading of books by Elmore Leonard (he starred in the movie adaptation of Leonard's book Rum Punch, filmed as Jackie Brown). Forster appeared in the hit NBC series Heroes as Arthur Petrelli, the father of Nathan and Peter Petrelli, as well as the Emmy Award-winning AMC crime drama Breaking Bad as Walter White's new identity specialist. Forster is also a motivational speaker.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Forster is a member of the Triple Nine Society.[4] He was married to June (née Provenzano) from May 14, 1966 to September 20, 1975, after meeting at their alma mater, the University of Rochester.[5] The marriage produced three children, daughters Elizabeth (born 1967), Kathrine "Kate" (born 1969) and Maeghen (born 1972). He was married to Zivia Forster from 1978 to 1980. He also has a son, Robert Jr. (born 1965), from a previous relationship.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1967 Reflections in a Golden Eye Private L.G. Williams
1968 The Stalking Moon Nick Tana
1969 Justine Narouz
1969 Medium Cool John Cassellis
1970 Cover Me Babe Tony Hall
1970 Pieces of Dreams Gregory Lind
1972 Journey Through Rosebud Frank
1973 The Don Is Dead Frank Regalbuto
1977 Stunts Glen Wilson
1978 Avalanche Nick Thorne
1979 The Lady in Red Turk Uncredited
1979 The Black Hole Captain Dan Holland
1980 Alligator David Madison
1981 Heartbreak High Coach Alan Arnoldi
1983 Vigilante Eddie Marino
1985 Walking The Edge Jason Walk
1986 Hollywood Harry Harry Petry Also producer and director
1986 The Delta Force Abdul Rafai
1988 Counterforce The Dictator
1989 The Banker Dan Jefferson
1989 Esmeralda Bay Madero
1990 Checkered Flag Jack Cotton
1990 Satan's Princess Lou Cherney
1990 Peacemaker Yates
1991 Diplomatic Immunity Stonebridge
1991 29th Street Srgt. Tartaglia
1991 Committed Dr. Desmond Moore
1991 In Between Vinnie
1993 Maniac Cop III: Badge of Silence Dr. Powell Direct-to-video
1993 South Beach Det. Ted Coleman
1993 American Yakuza Littman
1993 Cover Story Therapist
1994 Point of Seduction: Body Chemistry III Bob Sibley Direct-to-video
1995 Scanners: The Showdown Captain Jack Bitters Direct-to-video
1995 Guns and Lipstick Captain Dimaggio
1996 The Method Christian's Father
1996 Original Gangstas Detective Slatten
1996 Uncle Sam Congressman Alvin Cummings Direct-to-video
1997 Demolition University Gentry Direct-to-video
1997 American Perfekt Jake Nyman
1997 Night Vision Teak Taylor
1997 Jackie Brown Max Cherry Nominated—Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
1998 Psycho Dr. Fred Simon
1998 Outside Ozona Odell Parks
1999 It's the Rage Tyler
1999 Family Tree Henry Musser
1999 Kiss Toledo Goodbye Sal Fortuna
2000 Supernova A.J. Marley
2000 The Magic of Marciano Henry
2000 Lakeboat Joe Kitko
2000 Me, Myself & Irene Colonel Parington
2000 Diamond Men Eddie Miller Also executive producer
Hamptons International Film Festival: Special Recognition
2000 It's a Shame About Ray Wally Short film
2001 Mulholland Dr. Detective Harry McKnight
2001 Human Nature Nathan's father
2001 Finder's Fee Officer Campbell
2002 Like Mike Coach Wagner
2002 Lone Hero Gus
2002 Strange Hearts Jack Waters
2003 Confidence Morgan Price
2003 Where's Angelo? Bob Short film
2003 Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle Roger Wixon
2003 Grand Theft Parsons Stanley Parsons
2005 The Hunt for the BTK Killer Detective Jason Magida
2006 Firewall Harry Romano
2006 Lucky Number Slevin Murphy
2006 Wild Seven Wilson
2007 D-War Jack Wilson
2007 Rise: Blood Hunter Lloyd
2007 Cleaner Arlo Grange
2007 Grampa's Cabin Grampa Short film
2008 Expecting Love George Patten
2008 Touching Home Jim "Perk" Perkins
2008 Jack and Jill vs. the World Norman / Narrator Uncredited
2009 Thick as Thieves Lt. Samuel Weber
2009 Ghosts of Girlfriends Past Srgt. Mervis Volkom
2009 Middle Men Louie LA LA
2010 The Bannen Way Mr. B
2010 Red Princess Blues The Storyteller Short film
2010 The Trial Ray
2010 Kalamity Tom Klepack
2011 Girl Walks into a Bar Dodge
2011 The Descendants Scott Thorson Nominated—Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
Nominated—Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2012 Hotel Noir Jim Logan
2013 Olympus Has Fallen General Edward Clegg
2013 Coffee, Kill Boss Walt Ford
2013 Somewhere Slow Chris McConville
2014 Autómata Robert Bold
2014 Run Fast Peter Cirone Short film
2015 The Biffle Murder Case James Burke Short film
2015 The Bridge Partner Don Whalen Short film
2015 Too Late Gordy Lyons
2015 The Program Michael Short film
2015 Survivor Bill Talbot
2015 Home Man Short film
2016 London Has Fallen General Edward Clegg
2016 The American Side Sterling Whitmore
2016 The Confirmation Otto
2016 Bus Driver General Sorbin
2017 Small Town Crime Steve Yendel
2017 Small Crimes Joe Denton, Sr.
2017 The Case for Christ Walter Strobel
2017 Acts of Vengeance Chuck
2018 What They Had Burt
2018 Damsel Old Preacher

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1967 N.Y.P.D. Tony Episode: "To Catch a Hero"
1968 Judd, for the Defense Ray Elliott Episode: "In a Puff of Smoke"
1968 Premiere Doug Payson Episode: "Higher and Higher, Attorneys at Law"
1971–1973 Banyon Miles Banyon 16 episodes
1974 Nakia Deputy Nakia Parker 14 episodes
1974 The Death Squad Eric Benoit Television film
1975 Medical Story David Corbin Episode: "The Moonlight Heater"
1975–1977 Police Story Various roles 5 episodes
1977 The City Lieutenant Matt Lewis Pilot
1978 Standing Tall Luke Shasta Television film
1979 The Darker Side of Terror Paul Corwin Television film
1981 Goliath Awaits Commander Jeff Selkirk Television film
1985 Magnum, P.I. Tyler Peabody McKinney 2 episodes
1986 Tales from the Darkside Gary Gooley Episode: "The Milkman Cometh"
1986 Murder, She Wrote Gilbert Gaston Episode: "The Perfect Foil"
1987 Hotel Steve Cameron Episode: "Unfinished Business"
1987 Once a Hero Gumshoe 3 episodes
1987–1988 William Tell Aymong 3 episodes
1989 Mick and Franki Feinstein Pilot
1991 Jake and the Fatman Ed Delaney 2 episodes
1991 P.S. I Luv U Dan Episode: "There Goes the Neighbourhood"
1992 In the Shadow of a Killer Charles Galbis Television film
1993 Silk Stalkings Vince Riker Episode: "Tough Love"
1993 Sex, Love and Cold Hard Cash Sid Television film
1995 Walker, Texas Ranger Ricky Rickettes Episode: "The Big Bingo Bamboozle"
1995 Murder, She Wrote Frank Roussel Episode: "Big Easy Murder"
1995 One West Waikiki Gerard Foster Episode: "Flowers of Evil"
1997 Walker, Texas Ranger Lane Tillman Episode: "Texas vs. Cahill"
1998 Rear Window Detective Charlie Moore Television film
1999 Todd McFarlane's Spawn Major Forsberg (voice) 3 episodes
2000 Godzilla: The Series Jack Chapman / Police Officer (voice) Episode: "Wedding Bells Blew"
2001 Like Mother Like Son Ken 'Pappa' Kimes Television film
2002 Murder in Greenwich Steve Carroll Television film
2002 Due East Jesse Rapple Television film
2002–2003 Fastlane Raymond Ray 2 episodes
2002 Murder in Greenwich Steve Carroll Television film
2003 Undefeated Scott Green Television film
2003 Street Time Tony DeAngelo Episode: "Cop Killer"
2003–2004 Karen Sisco Marshall Cisco 10 episodes
2004 The Grid Jay Aldrich 2 episodes
2004 Clubhouse Burt Austin Episode: "Spectator Interference"
2004–2005 Huff Ben Huffstodt 3 episodes
2005 Tilt Jimmy "Gentleman Jim" Towne 2 episodes
2005 Justice League Unlimited The President (voice) 2 episodes
2005 Bounty Hunters Jerry Pilot
2005 The Hunt for the BTK Killer Detective Jason Magida Television film
2006 Numb3rs Agent Thomas Lawson Episode: "Protest"
2006 13 Graves Tom Ferris Pilot
2007 Army Wives General Grayson Episode: "Truth and Consequences"
2007 Desperate Housewives Nick Delfino Episode: "Now I Know, Don't Be Scared"
2007–2008 Heroes Arthur Petrelli 10 episodes
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Guest Starring Role on Television
2008 The Simpsons Lucky Jim (voice) Episode: "Sex, Pies and Idiot Scrapes"
2011 CSI: NY Joe Vincent Episode: "Indelible"
2012 Alcatraz Ray Archer 4 episodes
2012 Transformers: Prime General Bryce (voice) Episode: "Grill"
2012–2015 Last Man Standing Bud Baxter 9 episodes
2013 NTSF:SD:SUV:: Booth Whitman Episode: "Unfrozen Agent Man"
2013 Breaking Bad Ed Episode: "Granite State"
Saturn Award for Best Guest Starring Role on Television
2013 Ironside Virgil's Father Episode: "Hidden Agenda"
2014 Intruders Frank Shepherd 2 episodes
2014–2015 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Jack J. Kurtzman (voice) 3 episodes
2015 Childrens Hospital Donald Episode: "The 27 Club"
2015 Backstrom Blue Backstrom 2 episodes
2016 Divorce Donald 2 episodes
2017 Twin Peaks Sheriff Frank Truman 10 episodes
2017 I'm Dying Up Here Guy Appuzzo Episode: "Pilot"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Robert Forster profile, filmreference.com; accessed December 18, 2016.
  2. ^ Robert Forster Biography – Yahoo! Movies; accessed December 18, 2016.
  3. ^ Robert Forster – How To Succeed in Flops; About Robert Forster, nytimes.com; accessed December 18, 2016.
  4. ^ "Global General Gathering of Triple Nine Society Denver, Colorado (September 4–7, 2009)". ggg999.org. Retrieved December 18, 2016. 
  5. ^ Hauser, Scott. "Third Act Surprise". University of Rochester's Rochester Review. Retrieved June 22, 2017. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Voisin, Scott, "Character Kings: Hollywood's Familiar Faces Discuss the Art & Business of Acting". BearManor Media, 2009. ISBN 978-1-59393-342-5.

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