March 24, 2023

Robert Foster (Actor) Bio, Wiki, Age, Education, Career, Parents, Wife, Children, Breaking Bad, Net Worth, Cause of Death (Brain Cancer)

Robert Foster Bio, Wiki

Robert Wallace Forster Jr. was born on July 13th, 1941  and died on October 11th, 2019 aged 78. The actor is perhaps best known for roles in the movies “Jackie Brown,” “Medium Cool” and “Delta Force” and starring roles in series like  the reboot of “Twin Peaks.”

He also had recurring roles in shows like “Heroes,” “Last Man Standing” and “Police Story.”

He was nominated for an Oscar for his appearance in Quentin Tarantino’s 1997 film ‘Jackie Brown’. Most recently he appeared in ‘El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie’ which was released on Friday, October 11th, 2019.

Robert Foster Quick Facts

Birth Name: Robert Wallace Forster Jr.

He was born on July 13th, 1941 in Rochester, New York, U.S.

Died He died on October 11th, 2019 (aged 78) in Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1967–2019
  • June Provenzano
    (m. 1966; div. 1975)
  • Zivia Forster
    (m. 1978; div. 1980)
Children 4

Robert Foster Parents

Robert Forster was born in Rochester, New York, to parents Grace Dorothy (née Montanarella) and Robert Wallace Forster, Sr., who worked as an elephant trainer for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and later as an executive for a baking supply company. His mother was Italian American, while his father was of English and Irish descent. The couple divorced in 1949.

As a tribute to his father, Forster hung one of his father’s Barnum & Bailey Circus posters in the office of his character in Jackie Brown.

Robert Foster Education

He completed his Bachelor of Arts in history in 1964 at the University of Rochester, where he starred in student dramatic performances such as Bye Bye Birdie and, after initially intending to study law, instead decided to become an actor.

Robert Foster Career

Robert Forster acclaimed supporting performances in two major Hollywood films, one as Private Williams in John Huston’s Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967), another as part-Indian Army scout Nick Tana in Robert Mulligan’s The Stalking Moon (1968) made him one of the most sought after actors.

Forster starred in the critically acclaimed film Medium Cool (1969). After starring roles in the television series Banyon (1972) and Nakia (1974), he played mostly supporting roles in action and horror films including Disney’s The Black Hole (1979). Forster had lead roles in cult B-movies in the 1980s like Alligator (1980), Vigilante (1983), The Delta Force (1986), and The Banker (1989).

In 1997, Forster was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Jackie Brown, which he credits with reviving his career. He has since had consistent work in the film industry, appearing in Like Mike, Mulholland Drive, Me, Myself & Irene, Lucky Number Slevin, and Firewall, to name a few. He appeared in the made-for-television movie The Hunt for the BTK Killer, as the detective intent on capturing serial killer Dennis Rader. Forster also played the father of Van on the short-lived Fox series Fastlane.

Forster recorded a public service announcement for Deejay Ra’s Hip-Hop Literacy campaign, encouraging the reading of books by Elmore Leonard (he starred in the movie adaptation of Leonard’s book Rum Punch, filmed as Jackie Brown). He also appeared in the hit NBC series Heroes as Arthur Petrelli, the father of Nathan and Peter Petrelli, as well as the Emmy Award-winning AMC crime drama Breaking Bad as Walter White’s new identity specialist (a role he later reprised in El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie). He played Tim Allen’s father, Bud Baxter, to Allen’s Mike Baxter on the Fox hit comedy Last Man Standing. Forster was also a motivational speaker.

Forster was a member of the Triple Nine Society.

Robert Foster Wife, Children 

Twice-divorced, Forster had three daughters and one son. His first marriage was to June (née Provenzano) from May 14th, 1966 to September 20th, 1975, after meeting at their alma mater, the University of Rochester. The marriage produced three children, daughters Elizabeth (born 1967), Kathrine “Kate” (born 1969) and Maeghen (born 1972). His second marriage was to Zivia Forster from 1978 to 1980. He also had a son, Robert III (born 1965), from a previous relationship.

Robert Foster Death & Cause

Forster died on October 11th, 2019 at the age of 78 from brain cancer, the same day his new movie El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie premiered.