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|Name Robert Forster|
Years active 1967–present
|Full Name Robert Wallace Foster, Jr.|
Born July 13, 1941 (age 74) (1941-07-13) Rochester, New York, United States
Children Kate Forster, Robert Forster Jr., Elizabeth Forster, Maeghen Forster
Spouse Zivia Forster (m. 1978–1980), June Forster (m. 1966–1975)
Parents Grace Dorothy Montanarella, Robert Wallace Foster, Sr.
Movies Jackie Brown, The Descendants, Olympus Has Fallen, Automata, Mulholland Drive
Similar People Pam Grier, Bridget Fonda, Beau Bridges, Amara Miller, Alexander Payne
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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.
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- Early life
- Personal life
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 recurring roles in television series such as Huff (2004–2005), Heroes (2007–2008), Last Man Standing (2012–2015) 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).
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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. His mother was Italian American, while his father was of English and Irish descent. 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. 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.
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 1969 film Medium Cool. After starring roles in the TV shows 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).
Forster was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1997 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 adaption of Leonard's book Rum Punch, filmed as Jackie Brown). Forster appeared in the hit NBC show 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.
Forster is a member of the Triple Nine Society. 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. The marriage produced three children, daughters Elizabeth (born 1967), Kathrine "Kate" (born 1969) and Maeghen (born 1972). He also has a son, Robert Jr. (born 1965), from a previous relationship.