Robert Forster Bio – Robert Forster Actor Breaking Bad Wiki
Robert Forster born Robert Wallace Foster Jr., was an American actor, known for his roles in movies like Mulholland Drive and Medium Cool.
Forster attended the University of Rochester intent on becoming a lawyer, but his plans quickly changed when he met June Provenzano. “I was a senior. I followed a girl into the auditorium, trying to think of something to say. They were doing auditions. This girl was already in the play. I said, ‘That’s how I’m gonna meet the girl!’” he once said, per The Hollywood Reporter. The production was Bye Bye Birdie, and he got a spot in the chorus. He not only met the girl, June Provenzano, but he also married her, and they had three daughters.
After graduating in 1964, Forster headed to New York City and made his Broadway debut the following year in Mrs. Dally. This led to a screen test at 20th Century Fox. He made his film debut opposite Marlon Brando and Elizabeth Taylor in John Huston’s Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967), then sparkled as an ethically challenged cameraman in Haskell Wexler’s ultra-realistic Medium Cool (1969).
Forster then took on no-nonsense, heroic title characters on television to build on his stardom, portraying a dogged 1930s detective on NBC’s Banyon, which premiered in 1971, and a Native American police deputy in New Mexico on ABC’s Nakia, which bowed in 1974. However, the shows lasted just 15 and 14 episodes, respectively, before being canceled.
Forster captained a spaceship in Disney’s ambitious sci-fi thriller The Black Hole (1979), but it proved to be a box office disappointment. Other lowlights soon followed, including Alligator (1980), The Kinky Coaches and the Pom-Pom Pussycats (1981), Vigilante (1982), Hollywood Harry (1986) and Satan’s Princess (1989).
By the early ’90s, the actor was down to supporting roles in such low-budget efforts as Maniac Cop 3: Badge of Silence, Body Chemistry 3: Point of Seduction and Scanner Cop II and supplementing his income with speaking engagements.
A fan of Forster since he was a kid, Tarantino had brought the actor in to audition for the part of aging gangster Joe Cabot in 1992’s Reservoir Dogs, but he had his heart set on casting Lawrence Tierney. Tarantino never forgot Forster, however, and as he was crafting the screenplay for Jackie Brown (1997) — an adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s 1992 novel Rum Punch — he wrote Max Cherry with him in mind.
After Jackie Brown, Forster was inundated with offers and worked in such films as Psycho (1998), Me, Myself and Irene (2000), Mulholland Drive (2001), Human Nature (2001), Like Mike (2002), Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle (2003), Firewall (2006), Lucky Number Slevin (2006) and The Descendants (2011).
In 2013, Forster was cast as the key Breaking Bad character The Disappearer in the AMC series’ penultimate episode, with the show’s team citing Max Cherry as an inspiration. Forster reprised the role in El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, which opened in theaters and hit Netflix on Friday.
He also portrayed Gen. Edward Clegg in the action film Olympus Has Fallen (2013) and its 2016 sequel and gave a stirring performance in What They Had (2018) as a distraught husband trying to care for his wife (Blythe Danner) as she battles Alzheimer’s.
Robert Forster Age
Robert Forster was born on July 13, 1941 in Rochester, New York, United States. He died on October 11, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. He was 78 years old.
Robert Forster Wife
Robert Forster was marrried twice. He married his first wife June Provenzano from May 14, 1966 until their divorce on September 20, 1975. He married his second wife Zivia Forster in 1978 until their divorce in 1980. Forster dated Denise Grayson for several years leading up to his death.
Robert Forster Children
Forster had 4 children. His first marriage produced three children, daughters Elizabeth born in 1967, Kathrine “Kate” born in 1969 and Maeghen born in 1972. He also had a son, Robert III who was born in 1965, from a previous relationship.
Robert Forster Family
Robert Forster was born to Grace Dorothy and Robert Wallace Foster 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. His parents divorced in 1949.
Robert Forster Death
Robert Forster died on October 11, 2019 at his Los Angeles home surrounded by family. He was 78. Publicist Kathie Berlin said Forster died of brain cancer following a brief illness.
Forster is survived by his children Bobby, Elizabeth, Kate and Maeghen; grandchildren Tess, Liam, Jack and Olivia; and long-time partner, Denise Grayson.
Following the news of his death, tributes have been paid to the late actor on social media. Bryan Cranston tweeted: “I’m saddened today by the news that Robert Forster has passed away. A lovely man and a consummate actor. I met him on the movie Alligator (pic) 40 years ago, and then again on BB. I never forgot how kind and generous he was to a young kid just starting out in Hollywood. RIP Bob.”
I’m saddened today by the news that Robert Forster has passed away. A lovely man and a consummate actor. I met him on the movie Alligator (pic) 40 years ago, and then again on BB. I never forgot how kind and generous he was to a young kid just starting out in Hollywood. RIP Bob. pic.twitter.com/HtunD0Fx6g
— Bryan Cranston (@BryanCranston) October 12, 2019
“RIP Robert Forster!! A truly class act/ Actor!!,” Samuel L Jackson tweeted.
Robert Forster Cause of Death – Robert Forster Brain Cancer
Robert Forster’s cause of death was brain cancer.
Robert Forster Net Worth
Robert Forster’s net worth is estimated to be $10 million at the time of his death in 2019.