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Also Known As: Robert Wallace Foster Jr. Died:
Born: July 13, 1941 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Rochester, New York, USA Profession: actor, director, producer, acting teacher, door-to-door vacuum cleaner salesman, waiter, dishwasher, cook

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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...

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.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Hollywood Harry (1986) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 What They Had (2018)
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 Small Crimes (2017)
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 Small Town Crime (2017)
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 Too Late (2015)
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 Survivor (2015)
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 Automata (2014)
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 Somewhere Slow (2013)
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1965:
Made Broadway debut as Frankie in "Mrs. Dally Has a Lover" opposite Arlene Francis
1967:
Made feature debut playing Private Williams in John Huston's "Reflections in a Golden Eye"
1969:
Starred in the critically acclaimed semi-documentary "Medium Cool"; his full-frontal nude love scene with Verna Bloom earned the film an X rating
1971:
TV-movie debut in the title role of "Banyon" (NBC)
1972:
Reprised part as Miles C Banyon for short-lived NBC series "Banyon"
1973:
Played Stanley Kowalski in a Broadway revival of "A Streetcar Named Desire"
1974:
Starred in the title role of the ABC movie "Nakia" and its short-lived series spin-off
1978:
Portrayed a small-time half-breed cattle rancher in the NBC TV-movie "Standing Tall"
1979:
Made uncredited appearance in key supporting role in Lewis Teague's "The Lady in Red"; scripted by John Sayles
1980:
Reteamed with Teague for "Alligator"; also scripted by Sayles
1985:
Starred (also produced and directed) in the detective spoof "Hollywood Harry"
1986:
Portrayed militant fanatic Abdul in "The Delta Force"
1987:
Was a regular in the short-lived ABC series "Once a Hero"
1991:
Portrayed maniacal Middle Eastern dictator in syndicated TV-movie "Counterforce"
1993:
Acted with Williamson (also film's producer) in "South Beach"
1996:
Did another turn in a Williamson-produced film as Detective Slatter in "Original Gangstas"
1998:
Acted in the Gus Van Sant color remake of "Psycho"
2000:
Co-starred in "Supernova"
2000:
Appeared in the Farrelly brothers comedy "Me Myself & Irene"
2001:
Had co-starring role in "Lakeboat"
2001:
Starred in and produced "Diamond Men"
2002:
Appeared in the TV-movie "Murder in Greenwich," about Martha Moxley's unsolved murder
2003:
Cast as Marshall Sisco in the ABC drama "Karen Sisco"
2004:
Cast in the low-budget comedy "Grand Theft Parsons"
2004:
Had a recurring role in the Showtime series, "Huff"
2007:
Co-starred in the Korean CGI dragon fantasy "Dragon Wars"
2009:
Appeared in the romantic comedy "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past"
2010:
Cast opposite Luke Wilson in the crime film "Middle Men"
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Education

Heidelberg College: Tiffin , Ohio - 1959
Alfred University: Alfred , New York - 1960 - 1961
University of Rochester: Rochester , New York - 1964

Notes

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

"I always hoped that some kid who liked me when he was young was going to turn into a filmmaker and hire me. And that's what I kept saying to myself: Play for that kid." --Robert Forster quoted in Us, April 1998.

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companion:
Marlene. Mother of Forster's son Robert; Forster told the <i>New York Times</i> in 1972 that he was not married to the mother of his son.
wife:
June Provenzano. Met in 1962 while attending the University of Rochester; married on May 14, 1966; divorced in 1975; mother of Elizabeth, Kathrine and Maeghen.
wife:
Zivia Foster. Married in 1978; divorced in 1980.
companion:
Dani Janssen. Widow of David Janssen; dating.
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father:
Robert Wallace Foster. Executive, former animal trainer. Worked as elephant trainer with Ringling Bros. before working as an executive for a baking supply company; divorced from Forster's mother c. 1949.
mother:
Grace Dorothy Foster. Divorced from Forster's father c. 1949; committed suicide in 1966.
son:
Robert Foster. Born c. 1965; mother identified only as Marlene.
daughter:
Elizabeth Foster. Born in 1967.
daughter:
Kate Forster. Actor, producer. Born October 1969; played father's niece in "Hollywood Harry" (1985).
daughter:
Maeghen Foster. Born in 1972.
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