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13 October 2019 04:53

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Prolific character actor Robert Forster, who died Oct. 11, belied F. Scott Fitzgerald's observation that "there are no second acts in American lives." After working steadily in films and television for 30 years, his career had bottomed out with the likes of 1989's Satan's Princess. That is, until Quentin Tarantino cast him in his Oscar-nominated role as bail bondsman Max Cherry, who becomes in thrall to Pam Grier's title character in Jackie Brown. Forster died of brain cancer at the age of 78 at his Los Angeles home, according to his publicist. "A lovely man and a consummate actor," Breaking Bad co-star Bryan Cranston mourned on Twitter.

I never forgot how kind and generous he was to a young kid just starting out in Hollywood." Jackie Brown costar Samuel Jackson called him "A truly class act/Actor." His most recent project, El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, was released on Netflix Friday, the day of his death. In an interview with the Chicago Tribune, Forster recalled how his plans for a law career were derailed by a beautiful woman he noticed in his senior year at the University of Rochester. Forster was a solid screen presence, what Roger Ebert called "a plausible professional" in his Jackie Brown review. In his breakout role in Haskell Wexler's Medium Cool (1969), he portrayed a conflicted news cameraman torn between objectively recording the chaos of 1968 Chicago during the Democratic convention and becoming emotionally involved with the events he's filming. Notable films during this time include Disney's The Black Hole (1979), a box office disappointment that has since earned a cult following; Alligator (1980) a B-movie gem produced by Roger Corman with a script by John Sayles; and Delta Force, in which he played a terrorist who goes up against Chuck Norris.

In 1997, Tarantino brought Forster an Oscar nomination and a revived career. It is no surprise how many people are expressing grief at the death of Robert Forster from brain cancer at age 78. He's actually on screen now, in Vince Gilligan's "El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie," which hit both theaters and Netflix this weekend. Anyone who met Forster knows what a kindly man he was, often handing out elegant silver letter openers to set visitors and new acquaintances; he gave me my second at last year's Toronto International Film Festival, where he was promoting the intimate family drama "What They Had." He steals the movie and provides its emotional center as the tough but vulnerable patriarch doggedly hanging onto his wife (Blythe Danner) as she slips into Alzheimer's. Bryan Cranston described his "Alligator," "Breaking Bad," and "El Camino" costar Forster as a "lovely man and a consummate actor," he tweeted.

Talking to Forster and his partner Denise Grayson at the Bleecker Street table at last year's Academy Governors Awards, Forster was grateful to be in constant demand during the last chapter of his film career, thanks to "the best job I ever had," he told me. Quentin Tarantino rescued the seasoned character actor from a 13-year run of villain parts when he cast him to play honorable bail bondsman Max Cherry opposite Pam Grier as wily "Jackie Brown." Both actors made huge comebacks; Forster earned his only Oscar nomination. Zanuck spotted him and signed him to a studio contract; John Huston cast him in Forster's first movie "Reflections in a Golden Eye" (1967), opposite Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando. Forster had a decent run in Hollywood in television and such films as Haskell Wexler's "Medium Cool" until his career slowed down in the '80s and he was forced by his agent (who was lending him money) to reluctantly take on his first bad guy in "The Delta Force" (1986). Robert Forster, a prolific actor whose career spanned over a hundred films including a starring role in 1997's Jackie Brown, has died at 78.

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Forster died at his Los Angeles home from brain cancer. His film-acting career began in 1967 with a small role in the Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando-starring film Reflections In A Golden Eye. He would go on to work consistently through six decades, culminating most recently with a role in Breaking Bad sequel movie El Camino, which premiered on the same day of Forster's death. Forster reprised the role to great success in El Camino. I%u2019m saddened today by the news that Robert Forster has passed away. In addition to El Camino, Forster completed two upcoming projects prior to his death: Werewolf and Steven Spielberg's Amazing Stories (coming soon to the new Apple TV+ service). It's fitting that a movie based on a TV show Forster worked on should premiere on the day of his death, as his career deftly navigated between both television and film work. He's likely best known, however, for his role as Max Cherry in Quentin Tarantino's third film, Jackie Brown. Forster and his co-star Pam Grier were both veteran, accomplished actors at the time of Jackie Brown's premiere, but had not had a starring role in several years. In many ways, Jackie Brown both highlighted and revitilised Grier and Forster's careers. Forster is survived by his children: Bobby, Elizabeth, Kate and Maeghen; his grandchildren: Tess, Liam, Jack and Olivia; and long time partner, Denise Grayson. 78-year-old Robert Forster died this past Friday in Los Angeles after a brief battle with brain cancer. The calmly charismatic actor left behind a wealth of credits, including his latest, "El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie," which was just released on Netflix. He received an Academy Award nomination in 1998 for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Quentin Tarantino's "Jackie Brown." His other credits include "Medium Cool," "The Descendants," "Mulholland Drive," the latest season of "Twin Peaks," the TV series "Nakia" and "Banyon," and many more. Casting Robert Forster in Jackie Brown was one of the best choices I've ever made in my life. I'm saddened today by the news that Robert Forster has passed away. RIP Bob. pic.twitter.com/HtunD0Fx6g — Bryan Cranston (@BryanCranston) October 12, 2019 With more than 100 film credits spanning six decades, Robert Forster was a prolific talent who radiated warmth and kindness in everything he did. In 1998, he earned an Oscar nomination for his performance in "Jackie Brown." Thank you, Robert, for all that you've given us. So thrilled to see Robert Forster turn up in EL CAMINO today, so devastated to hear that he's gone. Absolutely heartbroken over the passing of Robert Forster – literally the nicest man. To those unfamiliar with his work, Robert Forster had essentially two careers: pre-Tarantino & post-Tarantino. Sign Up: Stay on top of the latest breaking film and TV news!