Robert Forster, who’s known for his roles in Jackie Brown and Breaking Bad, has died at the age of 78.
The Oscar-nominated actor passed away at his home in Los Angeles yesterday (October 11) following a battle with brain cancer, his publicist confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.
Forster died on the same day that his new film El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie was released. He reprised his role of Ed Galbraith (also known as The Disappearer) in the Netflix sequel to the hit series, having played the character in the show’s fourth and fifth seasons.
Paying tribute on Twitter, Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston wrote: “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 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.”
El Camino‘s Aaron Paul said he was “heartbroken” over the news of Forster’s passing. “My god. I had the privilege of knowing this beautiful man and working alongside of him,” said the actor. “A true gentleman that loved to act. I love you my friend. Thank you for loving me. You are and always will be a legend.”
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. pic.twitter.com/HtunD0Fx6g
— Bryan Cranston (@BryanCranston) October 12, 2019
Also paying their respects online were the likes of Samuel L. Jackson, Antonio Banderas, and Edgar Wright. Jackie Brown co-star Jackson described Forster as “a truly class act” on Twitter earlier today. See that tweet and more below.
Quentin Tarantino, director of Jackie Brown, paid his respects in a statement, saying: “Today the world is left with one less gentlemen. One less square shooter. One less good man. One less wonderful father. One less marvellous actor.
“I remember all the breakfasts we had at silver spoons. All the stories. All the kind words. All the support. Casting Robert Forster in Jackie Brown was one of the best choices I’ve ever made in my life.”
David Lynch has also remembered Forster in a tribute. Speaking to Deadline, the director, who cast Forster in Mulholland Drive, said: “I feel so lucky to have had the chance to know and to work with Robert. He was a great actor and a great human being. He will really be missed.”
In 1998, Forster starred as bail bondsman Max Cherry in Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown. The character was created by Tarantino specifically for the veteran actor, with Forster going on to earn the Best Supporting Actor nomination at the Oscars for his performance.
This resurgence in his career led to Forster securing roles in Mulholland Drive, Lucky Number Slevin, and Me, Myself & Irene. In recent years, he’s appeared in the reboot of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks, Breaking Bad, Olympus Has Fallen and London Has Fallen.
Forster first hit the big screen in 1967, starring alongside Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando in Reflections in a Golden Eye, before going on to appear as a TV news cameraman in the critically acclaimed Mad Cool.
Originally from Rochester, New York, Forster initially planned to become a lawyer before relocating to New York City to pursue an acting career.
RIP Robert Forster!! A truly class act/ Actor!!
— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) October 12, 2019
Robert Forster has left us. A great actor, an endearing man and a good friend. RIP
— Antonio Banderas (@antoniobanderas) October 12, 2019
So sad to hear of Robert Forster's passing. Am of the right age to have been obsessed by The Black Hole (I even had an action figure of Capt. Holland) and Alligator. Then I was just wowed by him in Jackie Brown. He's also heartbreaking in recent What They Had. A great actor. RIP. pic.twitter.com/v7DwuI8TCS
— edgarwright (@edgarwright) October 12, 2019
Always felt a huge amount of warmth when I saw him on the big screen.
Rest in peace Robert Forster pic.twitter.com/u8iiMaWoXm
— Tim Burgess (@Tim_Burgess) October 12, 2019
Had the honor of making this little gem of a movie (Diamond Men) with this incredible gem of a man — Robert Forster.
— Donnie Wahlberg (@DonnieWahlberg) October 12, 2019
Oh, Dear Robert – Beloved by all of us in our community of actors.
Remembering our classic poker nights at Norby’s:
We’d joke “We’ll bury our friends and one day it will be me.”
Today is your day. 💗
Fly with the angels dear friend.
— Frances Fisher (@Frances_Fisher) October 12, 2019