Robert Forster

BirthDay:

13 Jul 1941

BirthPlace:

Rochester, New York, USA

BirthName:

Robert Foster

Bio:

Robert Forster was born Robert Wallace Foster, Jr. in Rochester, New York, to Grace Dorothy (Montanarella) and Robert Wallace Foster, Sr., who worked as an elephant trainer and baking supply company executive. He is of English, Irish, and Italian descent. Forster first become interested in acting while attending Rochester's Madison High School, where he performed as a song-and-dance man in musical revues. After graduating in 1959, Forster attended Heidelberg College, Alfred University and the University of Rochester on football scholarships and continued to perform in student theatrical revues.

After earning a BA in Psychology from Rochester in 1963, Forster took an apprenticeship at an East Rochester theater where he performed in such plays as "West Side Story". He moved to New York City in 1965, where his first big break came when he landed the lead in the two-character play "Mrs. Dally Has a Lover" opposite Arlene Francis. However, after the play ran its course work was hard to find in the theater. Forster returned to Rochester, where he worked as a substitute teacher and construction worker until an agent from 20th Century-Fox offered him a five-picture deal. His movie debut was a small part in the drama Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967), which starred Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando. Forster went on to appear in small and minor roles alongside some top Hollywood actors in films like The Stalking Moon (1968) and Medium Cool (1969), and a large part in Justine (1969). Although he continued to act in feature films, he took the part of a hardboiled detective in the short-lived TV series Banyon (1971)

Forster also appeared in notable parts in The Black Hole (1979), Avalanche (1978) and as the lead in the cult horror flick Alligator (1980), and played the part of a factory worker-turned-vigilante in the thriller Vigilante (1983). Forster also took the lead as a taxi driver in Walking the Edge (1985) by director Norbert Meisel. A series of action flicks followed, the most notable being The Delta Force (1986), starring Chuck Norris. By the late 1980s Forster's acting career had begun to slide, and he was getting less and less work; if there was any, he would be cast in small parts playing villains. Forster then began to work as a motivational speaker and an acting coach in Hollywood film schools.

However, in the mid-'90s, Forster's career was resurrected by writer-director Quentin Tarantino, a big fan of Forster's early work, who offered him an audition for a part in his latest movie. After a seven-hour audition, Tarantino cast Forster in the role of the tough but sympathetic bail bondsman Max Cherry in Jackie Brown (1997), which netted him an Academy Award nomination and some nationwide recognition. His success landed him more high-profile starring roles, in such films as All the Rage (1999), Gus Van Sant's Psycho (1998)--a remake of Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 film--and Supernova (2000). Forster continues to act in many big-budget Hollywood productions, playing many charming characters who often steal the scene.
Filmography

Actor ( 161 credits )

The Case for Christ (2017) Walter Strobel
Twin Peaks (2017) (1 episode, 2017)
Small Town Crime (2017)
Small Crimes (2017)
Bus Driver (2016) General Sorbin
The American Side (2016) Sterling Whitmore
The Confirmation (2016) Otto
London Has Fallen (2016) General Edward Clegg
Divorce (2016)  Donald (2 episodes, 2016)
The Adventures of Biffle and Shooster (2015) 'James Burke' as Lt. Frank Murphy
Too Late (2015) Gordy Lyons
Backstrom (2015)  Sheriff Blue Backstrom (2 episodes, 2015)
Automata (2014) Bold
Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films (2014) Himself
The Big Take (2014)
Intruders (2014)  Frank Shepherd (2 episodes, 2014)
Unsung Hollywood (2014)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
You'll Be Fine (2014)  Bill Buttles (1 episode, 2015)
That Guy Dick Miller (2014) Himself
Coffee, Kill Boss (2013) Walt Ford
Olympus Has Fallen (2013) General Edward Clegg
Somewhere Slow (2013) Chris McConville
Ironside (2013)  Virgil's Father (1 episode)
Hotel Noir (2012) Jim Logan
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012)  Jack Kurtzman (2 episodes, 2014)
Alcatraz (2012)  Ray Archer (4 episodes, 2012)
The Soul Man (2012)  Father James Ignatius (1 episode, 2012)
The Descendants (2011) Scott Thorson
Girl Walks Into a Bar (2011) Dodge
Last Man Standing (2011)  Bud Baxter (6 episodes, 2012-2014)
NTSF:SD:SUV (2011)  Booth Whitman (1 episode, 2013)
Killer on the Loose (2011)
Kalamity (2010) Tom Klepack
The Trial (2010) Ray
Red Princess Blues: Cast of Characters (2010)
American Grindhouse (2010) Himself - Narrator (voice)
The Bannen Way (2010) Mr. B
Transformers Prime (2010)  General Bryce (1 episode, 2012)
Red Princess Blues (2010) The Storyteller
Char·ac·ter: The Interviews (2010) Himself
Middle Men (2009) Louie LA LA
Thick as Thieves (2009) Lt. Weber
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009) Sergeant Volkom
Expecting Love (2009)  George Patten
Touching Home (2008) Jim "Perk" Perkins
Jack and Jill vs. the World (2008) Norman / Narrator (uncredited)
Expecting Love (2008) George Patten
Breaking Bad (2008)  Ed (1 episode, 2013)
Cleaner (2007) Arlo Grange
Grampa's Cabin (2007) Grampa
Dragon Wars: D-War (2007) Jack
Rise: Blood Hunter (2007) Lloyd
Army Wives (2007)  General Grayson (1 episode, 2007)
Heroes Unmasked (2007)  Arthur Petrelli / ... (8 episodes, 2008)
Wild Seven (2006) Wilson
Lucky Number Slevin (2006) Murphy
Firewall (2006) Harry Romano
Heroes (2006)  Arthur Petrelli (10 episodes, 2007-2008)
Numb3rs (2005)  Agent Thomas Larson (1 episode, 2006)
Tilt (2005)  Jimmy / ... (2 episodes, 2005)
Desperate Housewives (2004)  Nick Delfino (1 episode, 2007)
CSI: NY (2004)  Joe Vincent (1 episode, 2011)
Huff (2004)  Ben Huffstodt (4 episodes, 2004-2005)
Clubhouse (2004)  Burt Austin (1 episode, 2004)
Grand Theft Parsons (2003) Stanley Parsons
Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003) Roger Wixon
Where's Angelo? (2003) Bob
Confidence (2003) Morgan Price
Karen Sisco (2003)  Marshall Sisco (10 episodes, 2003-2004)
Strange Hearts (2002) Jack Waters
Like Mike (2002) Coach Wagner
Lone Hero (2002) Gus
Fastlane (2002)  Raymond 'Ray-Ray' Ray (2 episodes, 2002-2003)
Street Time (2002)  Tony DeAngelo (1 episode, 2003)
Finder's Fee (2001) Officer Campbell
Human Nature (2001) Nathan's Father
Mulholland Drive (2001) Detective Harry McKnight
Justice League (2001)  The President (2 episodes, 2005)
Blockbuster Entertainment (2001)  Himself (1 episode, 2001)
The A-List (2001) Himself
Me, Myself & Irene (2000) Colonel Partington
Cowboys and Angels (2000) Barbequeman at wedding (uncredited)
Lakeboat (2000) Joe Pitko
Supernova (2000) A.J. Marley
Diamond Men (2000) Eddie Miller
The Magic of Marciano (2000) Henry
It's a Shame About Ray (2000) Wally
Kiss Toledo Goodbye (1999) Sal Fortuna
All the Rage (1999) Tyler
Family Tree (1999) Henry Musser
Outside Ozona (1998) Odell Parks
Psycho (1998) Dr. Simon
Godzilla: The Series (1998) (1 episode, 2000)
Jackie Brown (1997) Max Cherry
American Perfekt (1997) Jake Nyman
Night Vision (1997) Teak Taylor
Spawn (1997)  Major Forsberg (3 episodes, 1999)
Hindsight (1996) Michael Donahue
Original Gangstas (1996) Detective Slatten
The Method (1996) Christian's Father
Mundo VIP (1996)  Himself (1 episode, 1998)
Guns and Lipstick (1995) Captain Dimaggio
One West Waikiki (1994)  Gerard Foster (1 episode, 1995)
Dennis Miller Live (1994)  Himself (1 episode, 1998)
Cover Story (1993) Therapist
American Yakuza (1993) Littman
South Beach (1993) Det. Ted Coleman
Maniac Cop 3: Badge of Silence (1993) Dr. Powell
Walker, Texas Ranger (1993)  Lane Tillman / ... (2 episodes, 1995-1997)
In Between (1991) Vinnie
29th Street (1991) Sgt. Tartaglia
Diplomatic Immunity (1991) Stonebridge
Checkered Flag (1991) Jack Cotton
Committed (1991) Dr. Desmond Moore
Silk Stalkings (1991)  Vince Riker (1 episode, 1993)
P.S.I. Luv U (1991)  Dan (1 episode, 1991)
Peacemaker (1990) Yates
The Banker (1989) Dan
Satan's Princess (1989) Lou Cherney
Esmeralda Bay (1989) Madero
The Simpsons (1989)  Lucky Jim (1 episode, 2008)
Jesse Hawkes (1989) (1 episode, 1989)
Counterforce (1988) The Dictator
Jake and the Fatman (1987)  Ed Delaney (2 episodes, 1991)
Crossbow (1987)  Aymong (3 episodes, 1987-1988)
Once a Hero (1987)  Gumshoe (3 episodes, 1987)
Joe Bob's Drive-In Theater (1987)  Dan (archive footage) (1 episode, 1994)
Hollywood Harry (1986) Harold 'Harry' Petry
The Delta Force (1986) Abdul
Walking the Edge (1985) Jason Walk
Murder, She Wrote (1984)  Frank Roussel / ... (2 episodes, 1986-1995)
Vigilante (1983) Eddie Marino
Tales from the Darkside (1983)  Garry Cooley (1 episode, 1987)
Hotel (1983)  Steve Cameron (1 episode, 1987)
Heartbreak High (1981) Coach Alan Arnoldi
Alligator (1980) David
Magnum, P.I. (1980)  Tyler Peabody McKinney (2 episodes, 1985)
The Black Hole (1979) Captain Dan Holland
The Lady in Red (1979) Turk (uncredited)
Avalanche (1978) Nick Thorne
Stunts (1977) Glen Wilson
Gibbsville (1976) (1 episode, 1976)
Medical Story (1975)  David Corbin (1 episode, 1975)
Nakia (1974)  Deputy Nakia Parker / ... (14 episodes, 1974)
The Don Is Dead (1973) Frank
Police Story (1973)  Bob Vandon / ... (5 episodes, 1975-1977)
Journey Through Rosebud (1972) Frank
Banyon (1971)  Miles C. Banyon / ... (9 episodes, 1971-1972)
Cover Me Babe (1970) Tony Hall
Pieces of Dreams (1970) Gregory Lind
Medium Cool (1969) John Cassellis
Justine (1969) Narouz
The David Frost Show (1969)  Himself (1 episode, 1969)
The Stalking Moon (1968) Nick Tana
Premiere (1968)  Doug Payson (1 episode, 1968)
Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967) Pvt. L.G. Williams
N.Y.P.D. (1967)  Tony (1 episode, 1967)
Judd for the Defense (1967)  Ray Elliott (1 episode, 1968)
Survivor (0)
Room and Board (0) Sheriff Long (rumored)
Old School Gangstas (0) Capo

Producer ( 3 credits )

Diamond Men (2000) executive producer
Hollywood Harry (1986) producer
Knight Rider (1982) executive producer (1 episode, 1985)

Director ( 1 credit )

Hollywood Harry (1986)