Robert Forster, Oscar nominee for 'Jackie Brown,' dies at 78

Robert Forster Showtime's TWIN PEAKS TV series premiere Arrivals Los Angeles USA- 19 May 2017

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Cape Town - Oscar-nominated actor Robert Forster has died. He died at his Los Angeles home from brain cancer, survived by his third wife, Evie, and his children Elizabeth, Kathrine and Maeghen and Robert. Check out a few social media dedications to Robert Forster below. "A lovely man and a consummate actor", and he recalled meeting Forster on the movie "Alligator" almost four decades ago.

He also appeared in the television series Breaking Bad and, most recently, its film spin-off El Camino. I never forgot how kind and generous he was to a young kid just starting out in Hollywood.

Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston was among the first to pay tribute to Forster in an emotional post on Twitter.

Forster in an interview with the Chicago Tribune in 2018 recalled going almost two years without a job in a period of struggle before being cast in "Jackie Brown".

A role in the 1965 Broadway production Mrs Dally Has a Lover put him on the radar of Darryl Zanuck, who signed him to a studio contract.

Forster made an auspicious debut at age 26 opposite Marlon Brando and Elizabeth Taylor in John Huston's 1967 film Reflections in a Golden Eye, memorably riding a horse naked in one scene.

Tarantino previously had Forster in mind for the role that went to Lawrence Tierney in Reservoir Dogs, ultimately writing the character of Cherry specifically for him a few years later. "Everything you do in life is superfluous compared to that", he said in the Tribune interview. Near the end, I had no agent, no manager, no lawyer, no nothing. I'll take you to my fave place for breakfast. Tarantino replied: "I hire anybody I want".

"He said, 'I hire anybody I want.' And that's when I realised I was going to get another shot at a career". He then worked with renowned director Haskell Wexler on Medium Cool, which became a classic due to its filming during the riots at the 1969 Democratic Convention in Chicago. He'd lose the supporting actor Oscar that year to Robin Williams for "Good Will Hunting".

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