19 Facts About Robert Forster


Robert Forster had prominent roles in television series such as Banyon, Heroes, Twin Peaks and the Breaking Bad episode "Granite State" as Ed Galbraith, for which he won the Saturn Award for Best Guest Starring Role on Television.


Robert Forster reprised the role in the film El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie and Better Call Saul.


Robert Forster's mother was Italian American, while his father was of English and Irish descent.


Robert Forster had lead roles in cult B-movies in the 1980s like Alligator, Vigilante, The Delta Force, and The Banker.


Robert Forster appeared in Jackie Brown as the character Max Cherry, which earned him a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1997.


Robert Forster appeared in the made-for-television movie The Hunt for the BTK Killer, as the detective intent on capturing serial killer Dennis Rader.


Robert Forster played the father of Van on the short-lived Fox series Fastlane.

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Robert Forster recorded a public service announcement for Deejay Ra's Hip-Hop Literacy campaign, encouraging reading of books by Elmore Leonard.


Robert Forster starred in the movie adaptation of Leonard's book Rum Punch, filmed as Jackie Brown.


Robert Forster 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 Ed Galbraith.


Robert Forster played Bud Baxter, father to Tim Allen's Mike Baxter, on the ABC hit comedy Last Man Standing.


Robert Forster was the first choice to play Sheriff Harry S Truman in David Lynch's Twin Peaks, but had to turn it down due to a prior commitment to a different television pilot, and was replaced by Michael Ontkean.


Robert Forster appeared in Lynch's Mulholland Drive, a pilot for a TV series that was not picked up but was later turned into a critically acclaimed movie, and finally appeared in Twin Peaks, playing the brother of Sheriff Harry S Truman, Sheriff Frank Truman, in Twin Peaks: The Return, when Ontkean was not available to reprise his role.


Robert Forster wanted to hire me for the original, 25 years ago, for a part, and I was committed to another guy for a pilot that never went.


Robert Forster died on the day the movie was released.


Four months later, Robert Forster again appeared posthumously as Ed in one episode of the fifth season of Better Call Saul.


Robert Forster was married to June Robert Forster from 1966 to 1975.


Robert Forster was a member of the high-IQ Triple Nine Society.


In June 2019, Robert Forster was diagnosed with a brain tumor, and he died from the disease at his home in Los Angeles on October 11,2019, at the age of 78.