Oscar-nominee Robert Forster died in Los Angeles on Friday of brain cancer, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 78.
The prolific thespian was known for his many character and leading man roles, having starred in over 100 films. He was nominated for an Academy Award for his role as Max Cherry in Quentin Tarantino’s 1997 film, “Jackie Brown”.
“Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston took to Twitter to share his condolences. “I’m saddened today by the news that Robert Forster has passed away,” he wrote. “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.”
Cranston’s “Breaking Bad” co-star Aaron Paul also paid tribute to Forster.
“I am heartbroken to hear the news of the passing of my dear friend Robert Forster,” he wrote. “My god. I had the privilege of knowing this beautiful man and working along side of him. A true gentleman that loved to act. I love you my friend. Thank you for loving me back. You are and always will be a legend. 🖤”
Forster’s film debut came opposite Marlon Brando and Elizabeth Taylor in 1967’s “Reflections in a Golden Eye”. He later starred in two David Lynch projects, “Mulholland Dr.” and the “Twin Peaks” reboot, as well as a number of television shows, including “Alcatraz”, “Heroes” and “Last Man Standing”. His diverse career included Broadway as well; he made his debut on the Great White Way in 1965 in “Mrs. Dally”.
According to Variety, Forster is survived by his children, Bobby, Elizabeth, Kate and Maeghen; his grandchildren, Tess, Liam, Jack and Olivia; and his longtime partner, Denise Grayson.
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