Robert Forster Biography

Birthday: 1941-07-13
Place of Birth: Rochester, New York USA
Height: 5' 9½" (1.77 m)
Wiki Biography: Robert Forster was born in Rochester, New York, in 1941 and 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 (1983) 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/I). Forster continues to act in many big-budget Hollywood productions, playing many charming characters who often steal the scene.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Banyon Miles C. Banyon / ... 1972 - 1973
Nakia Deputy Nakia Parker 1974 Crime
Stunts? Glen Wilson 1977 Drama
Once a Hero Gumshoe 1987 - 1987
Supernova A.J. Marley 2000 Horror
Karen Sisco Marshall Sisco 2003 Crime
The Grid Jay Aldrich 2004 Action
Diplomatic Immunity Stonebridge 2009 Comedy
Warzone Detective Slatten 2009
The Bannen Way Mr. B 2010 Action
How God Made The English Tom Ferris 2012 Documentary
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Reflections in a Golden Eye 1967 Drama, Romance, Thriller
Medium Cool John Cassellis 1969
Lakeboat 1980
Alligator David 1980 Horror, Sci Fi, Thriller
Walking the Edge Jason Walk 1985 Action, Crime, Drama
Delta Force 1986 Action, Adventure, Drama
The Delta Force 1986 Action, Adventure, Drama
Hollywood Harry Harold 'Harry' Petry 1986 Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Counterforce The Dictator 1988 Action, Drama
Esmeralda Bay Madero 1989 Action, Drama
Checkered Flag 1990
Peacemaker Yates 1990 Action
The Banker Dan 1990 Thriller
Satan's Princess Lou Cherney 1990 Horror
Committed Dr. Desmond Moore 1991 Drama
Diplomatic Immunity Stonebridge 1991 Action, Drama
29th Street Sgt. Tartaglia 1991 Comedy, Drama
Maniac Cop 3: Badge of Silence Dr. Powell 1993 0
South Beach Det. Ted Coleman 1993 Thriller, Action, Crime
American Yakuza Littman 1993 Action, Crime, Drama
Original Gangstas 1996 Action, Crime, Drama
Jackie Brown Max Cherry 1997 0, Comedy, Game Show
Night Vision Teak Taylor 1997 Crime, Drama
Guns and Lipstick Captain Dimaggio 1997 Crime, Drama
American Perfekt Jake Nyman 1997 Crime, Drama, Thriller
Psycho Dr. Simon 1998 Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Outside Ozona 1998 Comedy, Drama, Romance
Demolition University 1999 Action, Thriller
Diamond Men 2000
Supernova A.J. Marley 2000 Game Show, Reality Tv, Sport
The Magic of Marciano Henry 2000 Drama
It's the Rage Tyler 2000
Kiss Toledo Goodbye Sal Fortuna 2000 Comedy, Thriller
Family Tree Henry Musser 2000 Drama, Family
Lone Hero Gus 2002 Action, Adventure, Drama
Prüfstand VII Fährmann 2002
Strange Hearts Jack Waters 2002 Comedy, Drama
The Hunt for the BTK Killer Detective Jason Magida 2005 Crime, Drama
Firewall Harry Romano 2006 Game Show, 0
The Black Hole 2006 Game Show
Wild Seven Wilson 2006 Crime, Drama
Cleaner Arlo Grange 2007 Game Show, Comedy, 0
Dragon Wars: D-War Jack 2007 Reality Tv, 0, Game Show, Sport, 0
Jack and Jill vs. the World Norman 2008
Mala wielka milosc George Patten 2008 Comedy, Romance
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past Sergeant Volkom 2009 Biography, 0
Thick as Thieves Lt. Weber 2009 Crime, Thriller
Kalamity Tom Klepack 2010 Game Show
The Bannen Way Mr. B 2010 0, 0
Touching Home Jim "Perk" Perkins 2010 Drama
The Trial Ray 2010 Drama, Mystery
Girl Walks Into a Bar Dodge 2011
Hotel Noir Jim Logan 2012 Crime, Drama
Too Late Gordy Lyons 2013 Drama
Somewhere Slow Chris McConville 2013 Biography, 0
Coffee, Kill Boss Walt Ford 2013 Comedy, Mystery
Room and Board Sheriff Long 2014 Horror
Autómata Bold 2014 Thriller
The American Side Sterling Whitmore 2016 Game Show
The Confirmation Otto 2016 0
Black Hole Capt. Dan Holland 2018