More Robert Forster Bios & Profiles
Biography #2Forster won critical acclaim and an Academy Award® nomination for his supporting role as bail bondsman Max Cherry in Quentin Tarantino's 1997 thriller, Jackie Brown. The role represented the beginning of a career resurgence for the 35-year acting veteran.
He has since appeared in several films, including the psychological thriller,American Perfekt, Gus Van Sant's remake of Psycho, the television remake of Hitchcock's Rear Window opposite Christopher Reeve, the sci-fi adventure Supernova, and such independent features as Outside Ozona, Family Tree, The Magic of Marciano, The Altoona Riding Club and All the Rage, in which he shares the screen with Joan Allen, Gary Sinise and Andre Braugher. He will next star in David Mamet's Lakeboat, directed by Joe Mantegna.
Forster blazed onto the screen in 1966 with his film debut opposite Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando in John Huston's big screen adaptation of Carson McCuller's Reflections in a Golden Eye. He next starred in one of the seminal films of the 1960s, Haskell Wexler's docudrama Medium Cool, playing a disillusioned TV newsman caught up in the frenzy of the Chicago riots surrounding the 1968 Democratic National Convention. He continued working in smaller films, and counts among his three-dozen movie credits John Sayles' Alligator, Delta Force, Larry Cohen's Original Gangstas, The Don Is Dead, Avalanche and Stunts.
On television, Forster starred in three series – Banyon, Nakia and Once A Hero. He has also appeared in several telefilms, including Death Squad, Standing Tall, The Clone and Sex, Love and Cold Hard Cash. He has guest-starred on such series as Murder, She Wrote, Magnum, P.I. and an Emmy-winning episode of Police Story.
A native of Rochester, New York, Forster began his acting career in local community Theatre, starring in Neil Simon's Come Blow Your Horn. He moved to New York City in 1965, when he debuted on Broadway in Mrs. Dally Has A Lover. He played Stanley Kowalski in the Lincoln Center revival of Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire, and also appeared off-Broadway in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Twelve Angry Men and The Sea Horse.
When not before the cameras, Forster conducts acting workshops and is in demand as a motivational speaker. He can also be heard reading the best-selling book The Hit Man for Dove Audio.
Bio courtesy Fox (01-Jan-2000)