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


It is with great sadness that must report (via The Hollywood Reporter) that beloved character actor and Jackie Brown Oscar-nominee Robert Forster has passed away at age 78.

Forster also appeared recently in the "Twin Peaks" revival and the "Breaking Bad" spinoff film "El Camino", which debuted on Netflix on Friday.

Forster's film debut came opposite Marlon Brando and Elizabeth Taylor in 1967's Reflections in a Golden Eye. "A lovely man and a consummate actor", and he recalled meeting Forster on the movie "Alligator" almost four decades ago. I never forgot how kind and generous he was to a young kid just starting out in Hollywood.

Jackie Brown co-stars Samuel L Jackson and Pam Grier were among those to pay tribute.

He worked consistently throughout the 1970s and 1980s in mostly forgettable B-movies - ultimately appearing in over 100 films, many out of necessity.

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Forster, right, with Pam Grier in Jackie Brown.

"I had four kids, I took any job I could get", he said in an interview with the Chicago Tribune a year ago. His Oscar-nominated performance led to a career resurgence, along with more lucrative film roles that included Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, David Lynch's Mulholland Drive (shown above), and Gus Van Zandt's shot-for-shot remake of Psycho.

"Seriously. I got lucky every step of the way", he said.

Forster played Tim Allen's father in Last Man Standing, a rare comedy appearance, and played the father of a comatose mom in Alexander Payne's The Descendants, which was nominated for ensemble acting prizes by SAG and the Gotham awards.

Forster is survived by his partner Denise Grayson. children Bobby, Elizabeth, Kate and Maeghen and four grandchildren.