Robert Forster

Highest Rated: 95% Medium Cool (1969)
Lowest Rated: 0% Kalamity (2010)
Birthday: Jul 13, 1941
Birthplace: Not Available
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 Samuel L. Jackson with his subtle perf

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
88% What They Had Burt 2018
20% Bigger Actor 2018
69% Damsel Old Preacher 2018
76% Small Town Crime Actor 2018
No Score Yet The Big Take Actor 2018
50% Acts of Vengeance Chuck 2017
54% The Case for Christ Walter Strobel $14.7M 2017
63% Small Crimes Actor 2017
No Score Yet City of Sin Actor 2017
No Score Yet Bus Driver General Sorbin 2016
82% The American Side Sterling Whitmore 2016
72% Too Late Gordy Lyons 2016
90% The Confirmation Otto 2016
26% London Has Fallen General Edward Clegg 2016
No Score Yet 21 Years: Quentin Tarantino Actor 2016
No Score Yet Art of the Prank Actor 2016
9% Survivor Bill Talbot $0.2M 2015
29% Autómata Robert Bold 2014
56% Somewhere Slow Chris 2014
48% Olympus Has Fallen General Edward Clegg $98.7M 2013
No Score Yet 10 Habits of Highly Effective People Actor 2013
13% Hotel Noir Jim Logan 2012
89% The Descendants Scott Thorson $78.6M 2011
No Score Yet Girl Walks Into a Bar Dodge 2011
No Score Yet The Trial Actor 2011
0% Kalamity Tom Klepack 2010
38% Middle Men Louie LA LA $0.8M 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% Ghosts of Girlfriends Past Sgt. Volkom $55.2M 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
28% Dragon Wars Jack $11M 2007
36% Rise: Blood Hunter Lloyd $59.9K 2007
51% Lucky Number Slevin Detective Murphy $22.5M 2006
18% Firewall Harry Romano $48.7M 2006
No Score Yet Wild Seven Wilson 2006
No Score Yet Hunt for the BTK Killer Jason Magida 2005
46% 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
42% Charlie's Angels - Full Throttle Roger Wixon $100.7M 2003
69% Confidence Morgan Price $12.2M 2003
No Score Yet Dominick Dunne Presents: Murder in Greenwich Steve Carroll 2002
57% Like Mike Coach Wagner $51.4M 2002
No Score Yet Roads to Riches Jack 2002
No Score Yet Due East Jesse Rapple 2002
49% Human Nature Nathan's Father $0.7M 2002
No Score Yet Lone Hero Gus 2002
83% Mulholland Drive Det. McKnight $7.1M 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
47% Me, Myself & Irene Col. Partington $0.6M 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
38% 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
53% 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
No Score Yet In the Shadow of a Killer Charles Galbis 1992
82% 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 Counterforce The Dictator 1987
No Score Yet Hollywood Harry Harry Petry Screenwriter Producer Director 1986
18% The Delta Force Abdul 1986
No Score Yet Walking the Edge Jason Walk 1985
No Score Yet Panther Squad 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
75% 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 Pieces of Dreams Gregory Lind 1970
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
56% Reflections in a Golden Eye Williams 1967

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Last Man Standing
2011
Bud Bud Baxter
  • 2018
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2012
91% Twin Peaks
1990-2017
Sheriff Frank Truman
  • 2017
37% Backstrom
2015
Sheriff Blue Backstrom
  • 2015
60% Alcatraz
2012
Ray Archer
  • 2012
No Score Yet CSI: NY
2004-2013
  • 2011
53% Heroes
2006-2010
Arthur Petrelli
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2006
85% The Simpsons
1989
Voice
  • 2008
66% Desperate Housewives
2004-2012
Nick Delfino
  • 2007
No Score Yet Numb3rs
2005-2010
Thomas Lawson
  • 2006
No Score Yet Huff
2006
Guest Dad Father
  • 2005
  • 2004
No Score Yet The Grid
2004
Jay Aldrich
  • 2004
No Score Yet Todd McFarlane's Spawn
1997-1999
Voice
  • 1999
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
Frank Roussel Gilbert Gaston
  • 1995
  • 1986
No Score Yet Magnum, P.I.
1980-1988
Tyler Peabody McKinney
  • 1985
No Score Yet Alcatra

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