Robert Forster

Actor, Director, Producer
For the better part of three decades, film and television actor Robert Forster struggled to make a name for himself in a seemingly endless string of B-movies and short-lived television series. After making somewhat of a ... Read more »
Born: 07/13/1941 in Rochester, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (134)

I'm Dying Up Here 2016 - 2017 (TV Show)

Actor

London Has Fallen 2016 (Movie)

General Edward Clegg (Actor)

The American Side 2016 (Movie)

Sterling Whitmore (Actor)

The Confirmation 2016 (Movie)

Otto (Actor)

Too Late 2016 (Movie)

Gordy Lyons (Actor)

Backstrom 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Last Man Standing 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Survivor 2015 (Movie)

Bill Talbot (Actor)

That Guy Dick Miller 2015 (Movie)

(Himself)

Automata 2014 (Movie)

Robert Bold (Actor)

Somewhere Slow 2014 (Movie)

Chris McConville (Actor)

Where's Angelo? 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Wild Seven 2014 (Movie)

Wilson (Actor)

Breaking Bad 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

NTSF:SD:SUV 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Olympus Has Fallen 2013 (Movie)

General Edward Clegg (Actor)

Alcatraz 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hotel Noir 2012 (Movie)

Jim Logan (Actor)

The Soul Man 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

American Grindhouse 2011 (Movie)

(Narrator)

The Bannen Way 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

The Descendants 2011 (Movie)

Scott Thorson (Actor)

Girl Walks Into a Bar 2010 (Movie)

Dodge (Actor)

Kalamity 2010 (Movie)

Tom Klepack (Actor)

Middle Men 2010 (Movie)

Louie La La (Actor)

The Trial 2010 (Movie)

(Actor)

Touching Home 2010 (Movie)

Perk (Actor)

Ghosts of Girlfriends Past 2009 (Movie)

Sergeant Volkom (Actor)

Heroes 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jack and Jill vs. the World 2008 (Movie)

Norman (Actor)

Mala Wielka Milosc 2008 (Movie)

Patten (Actor)

The Simpsons 2008 (Tv Show)

Voice

Army Wives 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cleaner 2007 (Movie)

Arlo (Actor)

Desperate Housewives 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dragon Wars 2007 (Movie)

Jack (Actor)

Rise: Blood Hunter 2007 (Movie)

Lloyd (Actor)

The Code 2007 (Movie)

Lt Weber (Actor)

Firewall 2006 (Movie)

Harry Romano (Actor)

Lucky Number Slevin 2006 (Movie)

Murphy (Actor)

Numb3rs 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Huff 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Justice League Unlimited 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Voice

Murder, She Wrote 1985 - 1986, 1995 - 1997, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Grid 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Walker, Texas Ranger 1985 - 1986, 1996 - 1997, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Clubhouse 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Grand Theft Parsons 2004 (Movie)

Stanley Parsons (Actor)

Karen Sisco 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle 2003 (Movie)

Roger Wixon (Actor)

Confidence 2003 (Movie)

Morgan Price (Actor)

Dominick Dunne Presents: Murder in Greenwich 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Fastlane 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Undefeated 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Finder's Fee 2002 (Movie)

Officer Campbell (Actor)

Human Nature 2002 (Movie)

Nathan's Father (Actor)

Like Mike 2002 (Movie)

Coach Wagner (Actor)

Rat in the Can 2002 (Movie)

Jack (Actor)

Diamond Men 2001 (Movie)

Eddie Miller (Actor)

It's A Shame About Ray 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

Lakeboat 2001 (Movie)

Joe (Actor)

Mulholland Drive 2001 (Movie)

Detective Harry McKnight (Actor)

After Image 2000 (Movie)

(Actor)

Family Tree 2000 (Movie)

Henry Musser (Actor)

It's The Rage 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Kiss Toledo Goodbye 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Me, Myself and Irene 2000 (Movie)

Colonel Partington (Actor)

Supernova 2000 (Movie)

A J Marley (Actor)

Demolition University 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Night Vision 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Magic of Marciano 1999 (Movie)

Henry (Actor)

Todd McFarlane's Spawn 1996 - 1999 (TV Show)

Voice

Outside Ozona 1998 (Movie)

Odell Parks (Actor)

Psycho 1998 (Movie)

Dr Simon (Actor)

Screen Actors Guild 4th Annual Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Performer

The Envelope Please 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

American Perfekt 1997 (Movie)

Doctor Jake Gordon Nyman (Actor)

Jackie Brown 1997 (Movie)

Max Cherry (Actor)

Uncle Sam 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

Original Gangstas 1996 (Movie)

Detective Slatten (Actor)

The Method 1995 (Movie)

The Father (Actor)

American Yakuza 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

Cover Story 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

Scanners: The Showdown 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

South Beach 1994 (Movie)

Detective Ted Coleman (Actor)

Body Chemistry 3 1993 (Movie)

(Actor)

29th Street 1991 (Movie)

Sergeant Tartaglia (Actor)

Committed 1991 (Movie)

Doctor Desmond Moore (Actor)

Counterforce 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Diplomatic Immunity 1991 (Movie)

(Actor)

Peacemaker 1990 (Movie)

Yates (Actor)

Satan's Princess 1990 (Movie)

Lou Cherney (Actor)

Tank Malling 1989 (Movie)

1st Geltleman (Actor)

The Banker 1988 (Movie)

Sergeant Dan Jefferson (Actor)

Esmeralda Bay 1987 (Movie)

(Actor)

Hollywood Harry 1986 (Movie)

Harry (Actor)

The Delta Force 1986 (Movie)

Abdul (Actor)

Walking the Edge 1985 (Movie)

Jason Walk (Actor)

Vigilante 1983 (Movie)

Eddie Marino (Actor)

The Kinky Coaches and the Pom-Pom Pussycats 1980 (Movie)

Arnoldi (Actor)

Alligator 1979 (Movie)

Detective David Madison (Actor)

The Black Hole 1979 (Movie)

Captain Dan Holland (Actor)

Avalanche 1978 (Movie)

Nick Thorne (Actor)

Stunts 1977 (Movie)

Glen Wilson (Actor)

The City 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Royce 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Nakia 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

The Don Is Dead 1972 (Movie)

Frank (Actor)

Banyon 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Journey Through Rosebud 1971 (Movie)

Frank (Actor)

Cover Me Babe 1970 (Movie)

Tony Hall (Actor)

Justine 1969 (Movie)

Narouz (Actor)

Medium Cool 1969 (Movie)

John (Actor)

Pieces of Dreams 1969 (Movie)

Gregory Lind (Actor)

The Stalking Moon 1968 (Movie)

Nick Tana (Actor)

Reflections in a Golden Eye 1967 (Movie)

Private Williams (Actor)

Banyon (TV Show)

Actor

Checkered Flag (TV Show)

Actor

Due East (TV Show)

Actor

Goliath Awaits (TV Show)

Actor

In the Shadow of a Killer (TV Show)

Actor

Lone Hero (TV Show)

Actor

Nakia (TV Show)

Actor

Once a Hero (TV Show)

Actor

Rear Window (TV Show)

Actor

Standing Tall (TV Show)

Actor

The Darker Side of Terror (TV Show)

Actor

The Death Squad (TV Show)

Actor

The Hunt for the BTK Killer (TV Show)

Actor

Twin Peaks (Tv Show)

Actor
Director (1)

Hollywood Harry 1986 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (1)

Hollywood Harry 1986 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

For the better part of three decades, film and television actor Robert Forster struggled to make a name for himself in a seemingly endless string of B-movies and short-lived television series. After making somewhat of a splash in John Huston's "Reflections of a Golden Eye" (1967) and Haskell Wexler's "Medium Cool" (1969), Forster's career seemed assured. But he was soon lost in the shuffle after a couple of failed television series - "Banyon" (NBC, 1972-73) and "Nakia" (ABC, 1974) - that were tailor-made for his rugged sensibilities, but never caught on with audiences. Even a seemingly surefire hit like Disney's space opus "The Black Hole" (1979) failed to generate more than passing interest, leaving Forster to make a living in films like "The Kinky Coaches and the Pom Pom Pussycats" (1981) and "Satan's Princess" (1990). His fortunes changed overnight, however, when director Quentin Tarantino cast him as a forlorn bail bondsman in "Jackie Brown" (1997), a role that revived his career and earned him his first-ever Academy Award nomination. After the "Jackie Brown" comeback, the rejuvenated Forster appeared in numerous high-profile film and television projects like "Me, Myself & Irene" (2000) and "Heroes" (NBC, 2006-2010), proving that will and determination were equally as important to success as talent.

Relationships

Marlene

Companion
Mother of Forster's son Robert Forster told the New York Times in 1972 that he was never married to the mother of his son

Zivia Forster

Wife

Kate Forster

Daughter
Born in 1969 mother, June Provenzano played father's niece in "Hollywood Harry" (1985)

Robert Foster

Father
Formerly worked as an elephant trainer with Ringling Bros. later began working as an executive for a baking supply company divorced from Forster's mother c. 1949

Grace Foster

Mother
Divorced from Forster's father c. 1949 committed suicide in 1966

Elizabeth Foster

Daughter
Born in 1967 mother, June Provenzano

Maeghen Foster

Daughter
Born in 1972 mother, June Provenzano

Robert Foster

Son
Born in 1965 mother identified only as Marlene

June Provenzano

Wife
Met 1962 while attending the University of Rochester

EDUCATION

Alfred University

Alfred , New York 1960 - 1961
Transferred to University of Rochester after one year

Heidelberg College

Tiffin , Ohio 1959

University of Rochester

Rochester , New York 1964

Milestones

2016

Joined the cast of the comedy "The Confirmation"

2015

Co-starred in the action thriller "Survivor"

2013

Appeared in the action film "Olympus Has Fallen"

2011

Appeared in the acclaimed film "The Descendants"

2010

Cast opposite Luke Wilson in the crime film "Middle Men"

2009

Appeared in the romantic comedy "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past"

2008

Cast as Arthur Petrelli in the third season of the NBC show "Heroes"

2007

Co-starred in the Korean CGI dragon fantasy "Dragon Wars"

2004

Cast in the low-budget comedy "Grand Theft Parsons"

2004

Had a recurring role in the Showtime series, "Huff"

2003

Cast as Marshall Sisco in the ABC drama "Karen Sisco"

2002

Appeared in the TV-movie "Murder in Greenwich," about Martha Moxley's unsolved murder

2001

Starred as Detective Harry McKnight in David Lynch's "Mulholland Dr."

2001

Starred in and produced "Diamond Men"

2001

Had co-starring role in "Lakeboat"

2000

Co-starred in "Supernova"

2000

Appeared in the Farrelly brothers comedy "Me Myself & Irene"

1998

Acted in the Gus Van Sant color remake of "Psycho"

1997

Portrayed Max Cherry in Quentin Tarantino's "Jackie Brown"; received Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actor

1996

Did another turn in a Williamson-produced film as Detective Slatter in "Original Gangstas"

1993

Acted with Williamson (also film's producer) in "South Beach"

1991

Portrayed maniacal Middle Eastern dictator in syndicated TV-movie "Counterforce"

1990

Played an extraterrestrial cop in "Peacemeaker"

1987

Was a regular in the short-lived ABC series "Once a Hero"

1986

Portrayed militant fanatic Abdul in "The Delta Force"

1985

Starred (also produced and directed) in the detective spoof "Hollywood Harry"

1982

Starred opposite Fred Williamson in "Vigilante"

1980

Reteamed with Teague for "Alligator"; also scripted by Sayles

1979

Made uncredited appearance in key supporting role in Lewis Teague's "The Lady in Red"; scripted by John Sayles

1978

Portrayed a small-time half-breed cattle rancher in the NBC TV-movie "Standing Tall"

1974

Starred in the title role of the ABC movie "Nakia" and its short-lived series spin-off

1973

Played Stanley Kowalski in a Broadway revival of "A Streetcar Named Desire"

1972

Reprised part as Miles C Banyon for short-lived NBC series "Banyon"

1970

TV-movie debut in the title role of "Banyon" (NBC)

1968

Starred in the critically acclaimed semi-documentary "Medium Cool"; his full-frontal nude love scene with Verna Bloom earned the film an X rating

1968

Co-starred with Gregory Peck and Eva Marie Saint as Indian scout Nick Tana in "The Stalking Moon"

1967

Played Stanley Kowalski in a stock production of "A Streetcar Named Desire" co-starring Julie Harris

1967

Made feature debut playing Private Williams in John Huston's "Reflections in a Golden Eye"

1965

Made Broadway debut as Frankie in "Mrs. Dally Has a Lover" opposite Arlene Francis

Bonus Trivia

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Is of Italian, Irish, and English descent.

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There was a European actor who took the name 'Robert Forster' in tribute to the American actor.

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Hung a Barnum & Bailey Circus poster in his character's office in the film "Jackie Brown," in order to pay homage to his father, a former elephant trainer with the company.

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Originally intended to study law, but switched to acting during the course of his college studies.

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