Robert Forster - Rotten Tomatoes

Robert Forster

Highest Rated:   95% Medium Cool (1969)
Lowest Rated:   0% Kalamity (2010)
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Describing his career as a "five-years upwards first act and a 25-year sliding second act," actor Robert Forster finally got to settle into a satisfying third act when Quentin Tarantino worked his '70s resurrection magic by casting Forster in Jackie Brown (1997). Born and raised in Rochester, NY, Forster was a high school and college athlete, and occasional school thespian. After graduating from the University of Rochester (his third college) with a degree in psychology, Forster opted for acting over law school. Honing his craft in local theater, Forster subsequently moved to New York City where he landed his first Broadway role in 1965. After garnering attention in a 1967 production of A Streetcar Named Desire opposite Julie Harris, Forster made his movie debut in John Huston's Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967) as the au natural horseback-riding private who ignites military officer Marlon Brando's desire. Holding out for interesting offers after Reflections, Forster retreated to Rochester with his wife and worked as a substitute teacher and manual laborer.Enticed back into movies with a role opposite Gregory Peck in Robert Mulligan's Western The Stalking Moon (1968), Forster impressed cinephiles with his third film, Haskell Wexler's seminal counterculture work Medium Cool (1969). As a TV cameraman forced to confront the implications of the tumultuous events he so coolly records, Forster and his co-star, Verna Bloom, were thrust into the real-life turmoil surrounding the 1968 Chicago Democratic Convention, while Forster's nuanced performance illuminated his narcissist's metamorphosis. Despite its timely subject, however, Medium Cool made little impression at the box office. Though he continued to work in such varied films as George Cukor's widescreen spectacle Justine (1969) and the location-shot Indian reservation drama Journey Through Rosebud (1972), Forster attempted to move to potentially greener TV pastures as the eponymous '30s detective in the series Banyon (1972). Banyon, however, lasted only one season, as did Forster's subsequent TV stint as a Native American lawman in the series Nakia (1974).Forster's slide into B-movie oblivion was hardly stanched by his forays into TV. Though he managed to acquit himself well onscreen in different kinds of parts, Forster professed no illusions about the quality of such movies as The Don Is Dead (1973), Stunts (1977), Disney's sci-fi The Black Hole (1979), and the Rock Hudson disaster flick Avalanche (1978). The smartly comic, John Sayles-scripted creature feature Alligator (1980) failed to thrive beyond its schlock status; Vigilante (1983), starring Forster as a, well, vigilante, was described by one critic as "truly distasteful." Trying his hand behind the camera, Forster produced, wrote, directed, and starred in, alongside his daughter, Katherine Forster, the detective spoof Hollywood Harry (1986), but he got more mileage that same year out of his performance as an Arab terrorist embarking on jihad in Delta Force (1986). Playing a host of bad guys as well as the occasional not-so-bad-guy, Forster put his four children through college from the late '80s into the early '90s with such video fodder as The Banker (1989) and Peacemaker (1990), as well as the TV series Once a Hero (1987) and the well-received indie 29th Street (1991).His career languishing by the mid-'90s, Forster taught acting classes between occasional roles and maintained an optimistic hope that, "some kid who liked me when he was young was going to turn into a filmmaker and hire me." Two casting near-misses for Reservoir Dogs (1992) and True Romance (1993) later (Lawrence Tierney and Christopher Walken respectively got the parts), the by then agent-less Forster finally got his wish when Banyon and B-movie fan Quentin Tarantino cast him in Jackie Brown (1997). Beating out bigger names for the part, Forster proceeded to steal the film from flamboyant co-stars Robert De Niro and

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MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Case for Christ
  • Walter Strobel
2017
No Score Yet Small Town Crime
  • Actor
2017
No Score Yet City of Sin
  • Actor
2017
77% The American Side
  • Sterling Whitmore
2016
70% Too Late
  • Gordy Lyons
2016
91% The Confirmation
  • Otto
2016
25% London Has Fallen
  • General Edward Clegg
2016
No Score Yet 21 Years: Quentin Tarantino
  • Actor
2016
No Score Yet Bus Driver
  • General Sorbin
2016
7% Survivor
  • Bill Talbot
2015
No Score Yet Art of the Prank
  • Actor
2015
28% Autómata
  • Robert Bold
2014
50% Somewhere Slow
  • Chris
2014
48% Olympus Has Fallen
  • General Edward Clegg
2013
No Score Yet 10 Habits of Highly Effective People
  • Actor
2013
13% Hotel Noir
  • Jim Logan
2012
89% The Descendants
  • Scott Thorson
2011
No Score Yet Girl Walks Into a Bar
  • Dodge
2011
No Score Yet The Trial
  • Actor
2011
0% Kalamity
  • Tom Klepack
2010
40% Middle Men
  • Louie LA LA
2010
50% Touching Home
  • Perk
2010
86% American Grindhouse
  • Narrator
2010
No Score Yet The Trial
  • Ray Morrison
2010
No Score Yet Bannen Way
  • Mr. B
2010
No Score Yet Would Be Kings
  • Actor
2009
27% The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past
  • Sgt. Volkom
2009
No Score Yet Thick as Thieves (The Code)
  • Lt. Weber
2009
17% Cleaner
  • Arlo
2008
25% Jack and Jill vs. the World
  • Norman
2008
29% Dragon Wars
  • Jack
2007
33% Rise: Blood Hunter
  • Lloyd
2007
51% Lucky Number Slevin
  • Detective Murphy
2006
19% Firewall
  • Harry Romano
2006
No Score Yet Wild Seven
  • Wilson
2006
No Score Yet Hunt for the BTK Killer
  • Jason Magida
2005
44% Grand Theft Parsons
  • Stanley Parsons
2004
No Score Yet A Most Deadly Family
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet The Grid
  • Jay Aldrich
2004
No Score Yet Undefeated
  • Scott Green
2003
43% Charlie's Angels - Full Throttle
  • Roger Wixon
2003
70% Confidence
  • Morgan Price
2003
No Score Yet Dominick Dunne Presents: Murder in Greenwich
  • Steve Carroll
2002
57% Like Mike
  • Coach Wagner
2002
No Score Yet Roads to Riches
  • Jack
2002
No Score Yet Due East
  • Jesse Rapple
2002
49% Human Nature
  • Nathan's Father
2002
No Score Yet Lone Hero
  • Gus
2002
82% Mulholland Drive
  • Det. McKnight
2001
81% Diamond Men
  • Executive Producer
  • Eddie Miller
2001
No Score Yet Like Mother, Like Son: The Strange Story of Sante and Kenny Kimes
  • Ken `Papa' Kimes
2001
60% Finder's Fee
  • Off. Campbell
2001
48% Me, Myself & Irene
  • Col. Partington
2000
83% Lakeboat
  • Joe Pitko
2000
No Score Yet Family Tree
  • Henry Musser
2000
No Score Yet Kiss Toledo Goodbye
  • Sal Fortuna
2000
27% It's the Rage
  • Tyler
2000
No Score Yet La Magia de Marciano
  • Henry
2000
10% Supernova
  • A.J. Marley
2000
25% Outside Ozona
  • Odell Parks
1999
No Score Yet Avalanche
  • Nick Thorne
1999
37% Psycho
  • Dr. Simon
1998
36% Rear Window
  • Detective Moore
1998
No Score Yet Night Vision
  • Teak Taylor
1998
87% Jackie Brown
  • Max Cherry
1997
No Score Yet American Perfekt
  • Dr. Jake Gordon Nyman
1997
56% Uncle Sam
  • Congressman Cummings
1997
No Score Yet Demolition University
  • Gentry
1997
No Score Yet The Method
  • The Father
1997
50% Original Gangstas
  • Detective Slatten
1996
No Score Yet Hindsight
  • Michael Donahue
1995
No Score Yet Point of Seduction: Body Chemistry III
  • Bob Sibley
1994
No Score Yet Scanners: The Showdown
  • Captain Jack Bitters
1994
No Score Yet American Yakuza
  • Littman
1993
No Score Yet South Beach
  • Det. Ted Coleman
1993
No Score Yet Maniac Cop 3: Badge of Silence
  • Dr. Powell
1993
No Score Yet Cover Story
  • Therapist
1993
No Score Yet Sex, Love and Cold Hard Cash
  • Sid
1992
No Score Yet In Between
  • Actor
1992
80% 29th Street
  • Sergeant Tartaglia
1991
No Score Yet Diplomatic Immunity
  • Stonebridge
1991
No Score Yet Committed
  • Dr. Desmond Moore
1991
No Score Yet Peacemaker
  • Yates
1990
No Score Yet Satan's Princess
  • Lou Cherney
1990
No Score Yet Checkered Flag
  • Actor
1990
No Score Yet The Banker
  • Dan
1989
No Score Yet Committed
  • Actor
1988
No Score Yet Once a Hero
  • Actor
1988
No Score Yet Crossbow
  • Actor
1987
No Score Yet Counterforce
  • The Dictator
1987
No Score Yet Hollywood Harry
  • Screenwriter
  • Harry Petry
  • Producer
  • Director
1986
20% The Delta Force
  • Abdul
1986
No Score Yet Walking the Edge
  • Jason Walk
1985
No Score Yet Panther Squad
  • Actor
1985
No Score Yet Guns and Lipstick
  • Actor
1985
20% Vigilante
  • Eddie Marino
1983
No Score Yet The Lady in Red
  • Actor
1982
No Score Yet Goliath Awaits
  • U.S. Navy Commander Jeff Selkirk
1981
No Score Yet Heartbreak High
  • Actor
1981
67% Alligator
  • David
1980
43% The Black Hole
  • Capt. Dan Holland
1979
No Score Yet Standing Tall
  • Actor
1978
No Score Yet Stunts
  • Glen Wilson
1977
No Score Yet The City
  • Actor
1977
No Score Yet The Don Is Dead
  • Frank
1973
No Score Yet Death Squad
  • Actor
1973
No Score Yet Journey Through Rosebud
  • Frank
1972
No Score Yet Cover Me Babe
  • Tony Hall
1970
No Score Yet Justine
  • Narouz
1969
95% Medium Cool
  • John Cassellis
1969
No Score Yet The Stalking Moon
  • Nick Tana
1968
57% Reflections in a Golden Eye
  • Williams
1967

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
70% Heroes
2006-2010
  • Arthur Petrelli
No Score Yet Desperate Housewives
2004-2012
  • Nick Delfino
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
No Score Yet Last Man Standing
2011
  • Bud Bud Baxter
35% Backstrom
2015
  • Sheriff Blue Backstrom
58% Alcatraz
2012
  • Ray Archer
No Score Yet CSI: NY
2004-2013
  • Actor
No Score Yet Alcatra
  • Actor
No Score Yet Numb3rs
2005-2010
  • Thomas Lawson

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