My obit from ExtraTV: Robert Forster, known for his unflappable machismo and strong-but-silent depth in a variety of roles over the past 50 years, died Friday at his L.A. home, THR reports. He had been battling brain cancer.
Born July 13, 1941, in Rochester, New York, he began acting in college.
Handsome and wielding a gravitas that commanded attentio n in parts small and large, he made his Broadway debut in 1965 and his film debut in 1967's Reflections in a Golden Eye. He was praised across the board for his career-launching performance in the highly regarded cinéma vérité-style film Medium Cool (1969) — pictured at left, image via Paramount.
He was equally adept in sci-fi, like Disney's The Black Hole (1979), as he was in action, like Alligator (1980) and The Delta Force (1986), as he was in the quirky dramas Mulholland Drive (2001) and The Descendants (2011).
It was as Max Cherry in Quentin Tarantino's Jackie Brown (1997), for which he is best remembered. It was a classic performance, one that netted him an Oscar nomination and rejuvenated his fortunes as an actor. Tarantino adapted it from the Elmore Leonard novel Rum Punch (1992) with Forster in mind.
On TV, he starred in Banyon (1971-1973) and Nakia (1974), and had roles on Heroes (2007-2008), Last Man Standing (2012-2018), and Twin Peaks (2017), among many others. He reprised his 2013 role on Breaking Bad in El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, which began streaming on Netflix the day he died.
Forster had been making public appearances until the past few weeks.
Married and divorced twice, Forster is survived by his longtime partner Denise Grayson, by four children, and by four grandchildren.