From Breaking Bad to Twin Peaks: Robert Forster’s career in pictures – Latest News


 Robert Forster, the legendary Hollywood actor whose career spanned over 50 years, has died aged 78 in LA shortly after being diagnosed with cancer and just days after his most recent film, the Breaking Bad movie El Camino, premiered to rave reviews  Robert was born in Rochester, New York, USA, in 1941 and got his break on the big screen aged 26  Despite the fact that he had an acting career that lasted for half a century, the star had always been candid about the rocky trajectory of his rise to fame, which saw him take work as a teacher and manual laborer as he struggled to make ends meet as an actor – even after landing roles on the silver screen  Talking to Deadline in October 2018, Robert said: ‘after my early success, my career sorted of tipped over and started going down and it didn’t stop going down for 27 years ’  Robert made his movie debut in John Huston’s Reflections in a Golden Eye in 1967 and joked that he took a series of eclectic roles because: ‘I had four kids, I took any jobs I could get!’  Robert Forster was married to his first wife, June, from 1966 to 1975 and he got re-married in 1978 to his second wife Zivia  He is survived his longtime partner, Denise Grayson and his children, Robert Forster Jr , Elizabeth Foster Howell, Maeghen Perry Dimperio and Kate Forster Simmons. The actor also has four grandchildren  Here we take a look back at some of Robert Forster’s most iconic roles and highlights in his career from The Stalking Moon to Twin Peaks and Breaking Bad Highlights from Robert Forster’s career in pictures  Reflections in a Golden Eye – 1967  Robert was performing on Broadway in 1965 when he found out he had been cast in his very first movie alongside none other than Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando  Set in the American South in the 1940s, the film follows the story of an army major and his wife and he battles with his feeling towards a young soldier on the base  Robert was cast in a named but not leading part as Pvt. L.G. Williams.  ‘I hadn’t a clue what was going on, except that I got lucky,’ Robert recalled    The Stalking Moon – 1968  Adapted from a novel by Theodore V. Olsen, this classic Western about an American scout named Sam Varner (Gregory Peck) who becomes the target of a fearsome Apache chief after rescuing his prisoner Sarah Carver (Eva Marie Saint) and her son, who has been held captive for many years, saw Robert play Varner’s protégé, Nick Tana  The movie received mixed reviews but did help to cement Robert’s position as a rising star in Hollywood on the silver screen  Medium Cool – 1969  An iconic role for Robert, he played a newsman in this Haskell Wexler-directed drama about a reporter who becomes wrapped up in the violence in the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago  Nakia – 1974  After suffering a self-proclaimed career slump following the success of Medium Cool, Robert turned to TV to make a living from acting for his growing family  He appeared in two detective dramas in the 1970s.  The first, Banyon, lasted only one season in 1972 and the second, Nakia, saw Robert take the lead role of Deputy Nakia Parker for 14 episodes before that too was canceled    Alligator – 1980  The late 1970s and early 80s saw Robert appear in a number of B movies that, despite not being well-loved at the time, have become classics  Robert appeared alongside fellow Hollywood legend Mia Farrow in disaster film Avalanche in 1978 and then went on to take the role of a police officer dealing with a terrorising reptile in mutant monster movie, Alligator in 1980    Hollywood Harry – 1986  Forster produced, wrote, directed, and starred in Hollywood Harry  The detective spoof also starred his daughter, Katherine Forster, but was not a huge success  Jackie Brown – 1997  ‘I was sitting in a coffee shop in Santa Monic Boulevard…and in walks Quentin Tarantino and I had auditioned for Reservoir Dogs and so I knew what he looked like,’ Robert previously told Deadline  ‘I asked him (Tarantino) what he was doing and he said he was doing an adaptation of Rum Punch…six months later I walked in (to the audition) and Quentin was sitting there and before I even got to the table he handed me the script and said, read this and see if you like it ’  The adaptation of Rum Punch – a story about a flight attendant who is busted for smuggling money for her arms dealer boss – would go on to be called Jackie Brown and become one of Robert’s most iconic film roles – and one that would set his career alight once again  Roberts was cast as bail bondsman Max Cherry in the movie and received an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actor for his performance  Psycho – 1998  After appearing in Jackie Brown, a film that in a 2007 interview with Sean Axmaker Robert described as giving him: ‘another shot at a career’, the actor made a brief appearance in iconic film Psycho  Cast as Dr Simon, the psychoanalyst who explains the cause of Norman’s behaviour, he didn’t have a huge part to play in the film however his scenes are still interesting to watch    Mulholland Drive – 2001  Starring in the David Lynch thriller Mulholland Drive, Robert played Detective Harry McKnight in the American neo-noir mystery about a woman who is left with amnesia after a car crash  The 2001 film also starred award-winning actress Naomi Watts in one of her first major roles  Karen Sisco – 2003  In the early Millennium, Robert took on a number of smaller roles in films and TV movies as well as appearing for a couple of episodes in TV series Ray-Ray  Between 2003 – 2004 he appeared as Marshall Sisco in crime drama Karen Sisco about a cop working in Miami’s Gold Coast on the case of dangerous fugitives Robert played the lead character’s father, a retired Marshal with a wealth of life experience who is his daughter confidant  The Descendants – 2011  The Descendants is a movie set in Hawaii about a man, played by George Clooney, who must deal with the fallout of a tragic accident that leaves his wife in a coma  Robert plays Scott Thorson, the elderly father of Matt’s wife Elizabeth who clashes with Matt about the way he treated his daughter before the accident  The Descendants won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay, and two Golden Globe Awards for Best Picture – Drama and a Best Actor gong for Clooney  Breaking Bad (TV show) – 2013  Robert appeared in multi-award winning TV series Breaking Bad as vacuum salesman Ed Galbraith in season five of the hit show when he appeared as a guest star in episode Granite State  Also known as Ed the Disappearer or Ed the Extractor, Robert’s character in the show used his business Best Quality Vacuum Repair as a front for his real line of work – giving those in the criminal world a new identity and relocating them when in dire need  One such character who called upon Ed in the show and asked for: ‘a Hoover Max Extract® 60 Pressure Pro™’ (a k.a. a new life) was lead character Walter White, played by Bryan Cranston.  Twin Peaks – 2017  Twin Peaks, the hit TV show that won Emmys and Golden Globe Awards when it first hit screens in the early Nineties, was resurrected 27 years later on ShowTime  The storyline picked up 25 years after the original TV show, following the inhabitants of a quaint northwestern town as they deal with a horrendous crime in which their homecoming queen is murdered  Robert played Sheriff Frank Truman and appeared in 10 episodes.  El Camino: Breaking Bad movie – 2019  The new Breaking Bad movie, El Camino is the final film to be released featuring Robert prior to his death    His co-star from both the film and TV series, Bryan Cranston who plays lead character Walter White, wrote on social media following the news of Robert’s death: ‘I’m saddened today by the news that Robert Forster has passed away 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.’    

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