Robert Forster, Star of 'Jackie Brown' and 'Breaking Bad,' Dead at 78

Brenda Watkins
October 12, 2019

Bryan Cranston called Forster a "lovely man and a consummate actor" in a tweet.

Robert reprised his role as Ed in the Breaking Bad movie El Camino which premiered on Netflix the day of his death.

The New York-born star started his career on Broadway in Mrs Dally Has A Lover before being cast in Reflections In A Golden Eye opposite Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando in 1967. "Everything you do in life is superfluous compared to that", he said in the Tribune interview. "Every time it reached a lower level I thought I could tolerate, it dropped some more, and then some more. I was taking whatever fell through the cracks".

Forster was best-known for his role as the bail bondsman Max Cherry in Quentin Tarantino's 1997 film Jackie Brown, for which he earned an Oscar nomination in the Best Supporting Actor category.

"I've done a lot of genre pictures in my career.I've always liked them", Forster told the Bleecker Street blog upon the release of 2018's indie drama What They Had.

Tarantino replied: "I hire anybody I want". Over 100 film and television appearances later, the actor became one of the most respected figures in the industry.

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Forster also appeared in the Breaking Bad TV series as well as David Lynch's Mulholland Drive and Twin Peaks.

The award eventually went to Robin Williams for his role in Good Will Hunting.

Forster completed three additional projects in 2019: El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, Steven Spielberg's Amazing Stories and Werewolf.

Even in his down days, Forster always considered himself lucky.

Forster is survived by his partner Denise Grayson. children Bobby, Elizabeth, Kate and Maeghen and four grandchildren.

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