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Robert Forster

Biography

He became known for performing Utmost Cherry in Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Dark brown. The following yr, he performed Dr. Simon in Psycho. He received a soccer scholarship towards the College or university of Rochester. He performed George Clooney’s father-in-law in movie director Alexander Payne’s The Descendants. His dad, Robert Forster Sr., was an elephant trainer for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus. He is at Jackie Dark brown, directed by Quentin Tarantino.

Quick Facts


Date Of Birth July 13, 1941
Place Of Birth Rochester, NY
Height 1.76 m
Profession Movie Actor
Education University of Rochester, Madison High School
Nationality American
Spouse Zivia Forster, June Forster, Evie Forster
Children Kate Forster, Robert Forster Jr., Elizabeth Forster, Maeghen Forster
Parents Grace Dorothy Montanarella, Robert Wallace Foster, Sr.
Music Groups The Go-Betweens, Xero
Nominations Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Acting Ensemble, Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Ensemble Performance
Movies Jackie Brown, Olympus Has Fallen, Mulholland Drive, The Descendants, London Has Fallen, Reflections in a Golden Eye, Medium Cool, The Delta Force, Me, Myself & Irene, D-War, The Black Hole, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, Like Mike, The Stalking Moon, Automata, Psycho, Original Gangstas, Rise: Blood Hunter, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, Diamond Men, The Case for Christ, Lakeboat, The Confirmation, Walking the Edge, Outside Ozona, Finder's Fee, Grand Theft Parsons, Middle Men, American Perfekt, The Don Is Dead, Lucky Number Slevin, Hollywood Harry, Jack and Jill vs. the World, Cover Me Babe, Peacemaker, American Yakuza, It's the Rage, Too Late, Kalamity, Satan's Princess, Uncle Sam, Journey Through Rosebud, Kiss Toledo Goodbye, Pieces of Dreams, 29th Street, Hotel Noir, Maniac Cop III: Badge of Silence, Touching Home, Murder in Greenwich, Lone Hero, The Banker
TV Shows Banyon, Nakia, Once a Hero, Karen Sisco, The Bannen Way, Heroes, Alcatraz, Twin Peaks, Would Be Kings
Star Sign Cancer

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#Fact
1 His wife Evie is 38 years his junior.
2 Is of English, Irish and Italian descent.
3 Profiled in "Character Kings: Hollywood's Familiar Faces Discuss the Art & Business of Acting" by Scott Voisin. [2009]
4 Was considered for the role of Martini in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975).
5 Has a son, Robert Junior (born 1965), with an ex-girlfriend named Marlene.
6 The role of Jake Nyman in American Perfekt (1997) was written specifically for him by British director and close friend, Paul Chart. The film was officially selected for the 50th Anniversary Cannes Film Festival.
7 In the books-on-tape world, Forster provides the voice for Midnight Louie, a crime-fighting tomcat in Las Vegas. The author of the Midnight Louie book series is Carole Nelson Douglas.
8 Appeared with former NFL star/actor Fred Williamson in 4 films: Night Vision (1997), Original Gangstas (1996), South Beach (1993), and Vigilante (1983).
9 Forster made a test for a part in the film True Romance (1993), directed by Tony Scott, but Christopher Walken eventually got the role.
10 Once worked as a door-to-door vacuum cleaner salesman.
11 Attended University of Rochester in Rochester, NY. Majored in psychology.
12 Father of three daughters, with June Forster, Elizabeth (born 1967) Kate Forster (born 1969) and Maeghen (born 1972).


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Small Crimes 2017 completed
The Case for Christ 2017 filming Walter Strobel
I'm Dying Up Here 2017 TV Series filming Guy Appuzzo
Nasty 2017 Short post-production Robert
Small Town Crime 2017 post-production
Twin Peaks 2017 TV Series post-production Sheriff Frank Truman
The Philosophy of Phil 2016 post-production
Old School Gangstas pre-production Capo
Room and Board announced Sheriff Long (rumored)
Divorce 2016 TV Series Donald
Bus Driver 2016 General Sorbin
The American Side 2016 Sterling Whitmore
The Confirmation 2016 Otto
London Has Fallen 2016 General Edward Clegg
Douglas Brown 2016
Home 2015/XVIII Short Man
The Adventures of Biffle and Shooster 2015 'James Burke' as Lt. Frank Murphy
The Program 2015/I Short Michael
You'll Be Fine 2015 TV Series Bill Buttles
Too Late 2015/I Gordy Lyons
Childrens Hospital 2015 TV Series Donald
Survivor 2015/I Bill Talbot
Backstrom 2015 TV Series Sheriff Blue Backstrom
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2014-2015 TV Series Jack Kurtzman
Last Man Standing 2012-2015 TV Series Bud Baxter
The Bridge Partner 2015 Short Don Whalen
The Biffle Murder Case 2015 Short 'James Burke' as Lt. Frank Murphy
Run Fast 2014 Short Peter Cirone
Automata 2014/I Robert Bold
Intruders 2014 TV Series Frank Shepherd
Coffee, Kill Boss 2013 Walt Ford
Breaking Bad 2013 TV Series Ed
NTSF:SD:SUV 2013 TV Series Booth Whitman
Olympus Has Fallen 2013 General Edward Clegg
Somewhere Slow 2013 Chris McConville
Ironside 2013 TV Series Virgil's Father
Hotel Noir 2012 Jim Logan
The Soul Man 2012 TV Series Father James Ignatius
Transformers Prime 2012 TV Series General Bryce
Alcatraz 2012 TV Series Ray Archer
Killer on the Loose 2011 Short
CSI: NY 2011 TV Series Joe Vincent
The Descendants 2011 Scott Thorson
Girl Walks Into a Bar 2011 Dodge
Kalamity 2010 Tom Klepack
The Trial 2010 Ray
Red Princess Blues 2010 Short The Storyteller
Red Princess Blues: Cast of Characters 2010 Short
The Bannen Way 2010 Mr. B
Expecting Love 2009 TV Series George Patten
Middle Men 2009 Louie LA LA
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past 2009 Sergeant Volkom
Thick as Thieves 2009/I Lt. Weber
Heroes 2007-2008 TV Series Arthur Petrelli
The Simpsons 2008 TV Series Lucky Jim
Touching Home 2008 Jim "Perk" Perkins
Jack and Jill vs. the World 2008 Norman / Narrator (uncredited)
Mala wielka milosc 2008 George Patten
Would Be Kings 2008 TV Mini-Series
Desperate Housewives 2007 TV Series Nick Delfino
Grampa's Cabin 2007 Short Grampa
Cleaner 2007 Arlo Grange
Army Wives 2007 TV Series General Grayson
Dragon Wars: D-War 2007 Jack
Rise: Blood Hunter 2007 Lloyd
Wild Seven 2006 Wilson
Numb3rs 2006 TV Series Agent Thomas Larson
Lucky Number Slevin 2006 Murphy
Firewall 2006 Harry Romano
13 Graves 2006 TV Movie Tom Ferris
Bounty Hunters 2005 TV Movie Jerry
The Hunt for the BTK Killer 2005 TV Movie Detective Jason Magida
Justice League 2005 TV Series The President
Tilt 2005 TV Series Jimmy 'Gentleman Jim' Towne
Huff 2004-2005 TV Series Ben Huffstodt
Clubhouse 2004 TV Series Burt Austin
The Grid 2004 TV Mini-Series Jay Aldrich
Karen Sisco 2003-2004 TV Series Marshall Sisco
Grand Theft Parsons 2003 Stanley Parsons
Street Time 2003 TV Series Tony DeAngelo
Undefeated 2003 TV Movie Scott Green
Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle 2003 Roger Wixon
Where's Angelo? 2003 Short Bob
Fastlane 2002-2003 TV Series Ray-Ray
Confidence 2003 Morgan Price
Murder in Greenwich 2002 TV Movie Steve Carroll
Like Mike 2002 Coach Wagner
Strange Hearts 2002 Jack Waters
Due East 2002 TV Movie Jesse Rapple
Lone Hero 2002 Gus
Finder's Fee 2001 Officer Campbell
Like Mother Like Son: The Strange Story of Sante and Kenny Kimes 2001 TV Movie Ken 'Pappa' Kimes
Human Nature 2001 Nathan's Father
Mulholland Dr. 2001 Detective McKnight
It's a Shame About Ray 2000 Short Wally
Diamond Men 2000 Eddie Miller
Me, Myself & Irene 2000 Colonel Partington
Cowboys and Angels 2000 Barbequeman at wedding (uncredited)
Lakeboat 2000 Joe Pitko
The Magic of Marciano 2000 Henry
Godzilla: The Series 2000 TV Series
Supernova 2000/I A.J. Marley
Demolition University 1999 Video Gentry
Kiss Toledo Goodbye 1999 Sal Fortuna
Family Tree 1999 Henry Musser
All the Rage 1999 Tyler
Spawn 1999 TV Series Major Forsberg
Mulholland Dr. 1999 TV Movie Detective McKnight
Outside Ozona 1998 Odell Parks
Psycho 1998 Dr. Simon
Rear Window 1998 TV Movie Detective Charlie Moore
Night Vision 1997 Teak Taylor
Jackie Brown 1997 Max Cherry
Walker, Texas Ranger 1995-1997 TV Series Lane Tillman / Ricky Ricketts
American Perfekt 1997 Jake Nyman
Hindsight 1996 Michael Donahue
Original Gangstas 1996 Detective Slatten
The Method 1996 Christian's Father
Uncle Sam 1996 Video Congressman Alvin Cummings
Guns and Lipstick 1995 Captain Dimaggio
One West Waikiki 1995 TV Series Gerard Foster
Murder, She Wrote 1986-1995 TV Series Frank Roussel / Gilbert Gaston
Scanner Cop II 1995 Video Captain Jack Bitters
Point of Seduction III: Body Chemistry 1994 Video Bob Sibley
Cover Story 1993 Therapist
American Yakuza 1993 Littman
Silk Stalkings 1993 TV Series Vince Riker
South Beach 1993 Det. Ted Coleman
Sex, Love and Cold Hard Cash 1993 TV Movie Sid (uncredited)
Maniac Cop 3: Badge of Silence 1993 Dr. Powell
In the Shadow of a Killer 1992 TV Movie Charles Galbis
In Between 1991 Vinnie
P.S.I. Luv U 1991 TV Series Dan
29th Street 1991 Sgt. Tartaglia
Jake and the Fatman 1991 TV Series Ed Delaney
Diplomatic Immunity 1991/I Stonebridge
Checkered Flag 1991 Jack Cotton
Committed 1991 Dr. Desmond Moore
Peacemaker 1990 Yates
Esmeralda Bay 1989 Madero
The Banker 1989 Dan
Satan's Princess 1989 Lou Cherney
Jesse Hawkes 1989 TV Series
Mick and Frankie 1989 TV Movie Feinstein
Counterforce 1988 The Dictator
Crossbow 1987-1988 TV Series Aymong
Once a Hero 1987 TV Series Gumshoe
Hotel 1987 TV Series Steve Cameron
Tales from the Darkside 1987 TV Series Garry Cooley
Hollywood Harry 1986 Harold 'Harry' Petry
The Delta Force 1986 Abdul
Magnum, P.I. 1985 TV Series Tyler Peabody McKinney
Walking the Edge 1985 Jason Walk
Vigilante 1983 Eddie Marino
Goliath Awaits 1981 TV Movie Cmdr. Jeff Selkirk
Heartbreak High 1981 Coach Alan Arnoldi
Alligator 1980 David
The Black Hole 1979 Captain Dan Holland
The Lady in Red 1979 Turk (uncredited)
The Darker Side of Terror 1979 TV Movie Paul Corwin / Clone
Avalanche 1978 Nick Thorne
Standing Tall 1978 TV Movie Luke Shasta
Police Story 1975-1977 TV Series Don Carpenter / Det. Sgt. Dave Tackleberry / Bob Vandon / ...
Stunts 1977 Glen Wilson
The City 1977 TV Movie Lieutenant Matt Lewis
Gibbsville 1976 TV Series
Royce 1976 TV Movie Royce
Medical Story 1975 TV Series David Corbin
Nakia 1974 TV Series Deputy Nakia Parker
The Death Squad 1974 TV Movie Eric Benoit
The Don Is Dead 1973 Frank Regalbuto
Banyon 1971-1973 TV Series Miles C. Banyon
Journey Through Rosebud 1972 Frank
Cover Me Babe 1970 Tony Hall
Pieces of Dreams 1970 Gregory Lind
Medium Cool 1969 John Cassellis
Justine 1969 Narouz
The Stalking Moon 1968 Nick Tana
Judd for the Defense 1968 TV Series Ray Elliott
Premiere 1968 TV Series Doug Payson
N.Y.P.D. 1967 TV Series Tony
Reflections in a Golden Eye 1967 Pvt. L.G. Williams

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Knight Rider 1985 TV Series executive producer - 1 episode
Diamond Men 2000 executive producer
Hollywood Harry 1986 producer

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hollywood Harry 1986

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films 2014 Documentary our deepest appreciation
10 Cent Pistol 2014 thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
21 Years: Quentin Tarantino 2016 Documentary post-production Himself
Bad IQ 2016 Documentary filming Himself
Bowery Rhapsody: The Rise and Redemption of Hollywood's Original 'Brat Pack' 2016 Documentary post-production Himself
King Cohen: The Wild World of Filmmaker Larry Cohen Documentary post-production Himself
The Making of 'London Has Fallen' 2016 Video documentary short Himself
Art of the Prank 2015 Documentary Himself
The Making of 'Survivor' 2015 Video documentary short Himself
Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films 2014 Documentary Himself
That Guy Dick Miller 2014 Documentary Himself
Unsung Hollywood 2014 TV Series documentary Himself
No Half Measures: Creating the Final Season of Breaking Bad 2013 Video documentary Himself
Le dernier film de Jess Franco 2013 Documentary Himself
Never the Same: The Prisoner-of-War Experience 2013 Documentary Unknown Diary (voice)
The Eric Andre Show 2012 TV Series Himself
American Grindhouse 2010 Documentary Himself - Narrator (voice)
Char·ac·ter: The Interviews 2010 Documentary Himself
The Code: Cast Interviews 2009 Video short Himself
Heroes Unmasked 2008 TV Series documentary Himself
Jackie Brown: How It Went Down 2002 Video documentary short Himself
The A-List 2001 Short Himself
The Joe Spinell Story 2001 Video documentary Himself
Look Out, Haskell, It's Real: The Making of 'Medium Cool' 2001 TV Movie documentary Himself
Blockbuster Entertainment 2001 TV Series Himself
The 70th Annual Academy Awards 1998 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Mundo VIP 1998 TV Series Himself
Dennis Miller Live 1998 TV Series Himself
4th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 1998 TV Special Himself
The David Frost Show 1969 TV Series Himself - Guest

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Heroes Unmasked 2008 TV Series documentary Arthur Petrelli
Hollywood Remembers Lee Marvin 2000 TV Movie documentary Abdul (uncredited)
Joe Bob's Drive-In Theater 1994 TV Series Dan
Crossbow: The Movie 1989 Video Aymong

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2014 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Guest Starring Role in a Television Series Breaking Bad (2008)
2000 Special Recognition Hamptons International Film Festival Diamond Men (2000)
1997 KCFCC Award Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards Best Supporting Actor Jackie Brown (1997)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016 Award of Excellence Winter Film Awards Best Actor The Bridge Partner (2015)
2012 GFCA Award Georgia Film Critics Association (GFCA) Best Supporting Actor The Descendants (2011)
2012 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture The Descendants (2011) · Beau Bridges
· George Clooney
· Judy Greer
· Matthew Lillard
· Shailene Woodley
2011 Gotham Independent Film Award Gotham Awards Best Ensemble Performance The Descendants (2011) · George Clooney
· Shailene Woodley
· Beau Bridges
· Judy Greer
· Matthew Lillard
· Nick Krause
· Amara Miller
· Mary Birdsong
· Rob Huebel
2009 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Guest Starring Role in a Television Series Heroes (2006)
2002 Chlotrudis Award Chlotrudis Awards Best Actor Diamond Men (2000)
1998 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actor in a Supporting Role Jackie Brown (1997)
1998 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Supporting Actor Jackie Brown (1997)
1998 CFCA Award Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actor Jackie Brown (1997)
1997 ACCA Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role Jackie Brown (1997)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2012 COFCA Award Central Ohio Film Critics Association Best Ensemble The Descendants (2011) · George Clooney
· Shailene Woodley
· Amara Miller
· Nick Krause
· Beau Bridges
· Mary Birdsong
· Rob Huebel
· Matthew Lillard
· Judy Greer
2011 SEFCA Award Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards Best Ensemble The Descendants (2011) · Beau Bridges
· Shailene Woodley
· Matthew Lillard
· George Clooney
· Judy Greer


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#Quote
1 [in 2011, on The Delta Force (1986)] First time I ever played a bad guy. I didn't want to do it. I got stuck in bad guys for 13 years after that. I was broke, my agent had lent me money. He said, "No, I don't have anything else for you. You're going to have to go to Israel and play the bad guy." Which I did. And I got away with. And I got stuck for 13. Until Jackie Brown (1997) pulled me out of the fire.
2 [In 2011, on Psycho (1998)] When I got the script, I called my agent, and I said, "Look, they sent me the wrong script. This is the original script, the one from 1961." She said, "I'll get them to send you the right script." She made contact with somebody, they sent me a second script, and it was the same wrong script. I called my agent, I said, "Look, they aren't shooting the same script. This is the old movie. They're shooting something else. I'm sure they're not shooting this." She made contact with them again, and they sent me a third script--apparently, nobody talks to anybody--and it was the same . . . script to Psycho (1960). Finally, I realized they were shooting the same script. They also told me that they wanted me to shoot the scene in the same amount of time that the original was shot in. So I knew going in that I had to do this scene in the same amount of time that it was onscreen. And I did. They cut it up a lot in the movie, but I walked in thinking, "Oh, first we'll do a big shot, then we'll do some close-ups, and eventually we'll do the close close-up, and by then I'll be warmed up and know the scene better." But I had prepared, thankfully, because the very first shot, he says, "Okay, this is a SteadiCam, he'll be on you, this is your tight shot, he'll follow you all around, we're doing it in one." So I'm glad I had prepared enough. I knocked off the scene, and at the end of the first take, they said, "You're going to have to clip eight or nine seconds off that take." And on the second roll, I think I brought it in exactly on time. And we moved on. It was an interesting day's work. Or two days' work. I only did that one scene.
3 [In 2011, on Me, Myself & Irene (2000)] I just played it as straight as I could, and I enjoyed that. First of all, I like Jim Carrey. I liked Jim Carrey from the very beginning. There are two guys who knocked my socks off the first time I ever saw them: One was Robin Williams. The other's Jim Carrey. The first time I saw both of 'em, I said, "How do they do that? What are their minds like, these guys?" Well, I ran into Jim Carrey at a party and shook hands and I told him what I just said, that I liked him in [Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)] and whatever else I'd seen him in. A week or so later, I get a call from 20th Century-Fox: "Jim Carrey wants you to play the head of the Rhode Island State Police." So there you go. Jim Carrey, what a guy. Threw me a job. And I liked doing it.
4 p[In 2011, on Heroes (2006)] I didn't know if I was a good guy or a bad guy until the third or fourth episode. They didn't tell me. They were cryptic about whether or not I was good or bad. And so I tried to play it right down the middle, so that when I did discover whether I was a good guy or a bad guy, I would be able to then lean it over in that direction. But eventually I decided, "No, no, these are not the actions of a good guy. This guy is a bad guy." So that colored the rest of my performance. I only did nine shows, so about halfway through was when I figured out that I was not a good guy.
5 [In 2011, on landing Jackie Brown (1997)] I snared Quentin Tarantino at a little restaurant. He was walking in, unassuming, and another actor and I were sitting there, and I yelled at him. And he wandered over and we talked for a while, we broke his balls a little bit and kidded around, and I said, "What are you working on?" He said he was adapting "Rum Punch", an Elmore Leonard novel. He said, "Why don't you read it?" And I did. Six months later, I walked into the same restaurant--where I have breakfast every morning, so I'm a regular there--and as I came out onto the patio and turned toward my table, he was sitting in my spot. And as I approached him, he lifted up this script and extended it toward me and said, "Read this, see if you like it." See, my career by then was dead. No agent, no manager, no lawyer, no nothing. And this guy hands me this script and says, "Read it and see if you like it." And I took it home, and I did read it, and I could not believe that he was talking about the Max Cherry role. And I know that Pam [Pam Grier] had the same exact experience when she read it. I read it, and I couldn't figure out what part he had in mind for me. But when I called him, he said, "Let's have breakfast again," so the following morning we had breakfast again, and because I'd had the experience before of getting close to a good role and having the distributor say, "No, no, no, we want somebody else," I said to him, "Look, I appreciate it, but I don't think they'll let you hire me." And he said, "I hire anybody I want." And that's when the world stopped. I know that Pam had the same experience, because we've talked about it. I could not believe that I was going to get another shot at this business. But this guy gave it to me. He gave me a gift, the size of which cannot be exaggerated.
6 [in 2011, on Alligator (1980)] Oh, boy, that's a favorite of mine. I was losing my hair at the time, and . . . I was in Schwab's Drugstore, one of the great meeting places for actors from 1941 to 1983, when it closed, but everybody, everybody, everybody went there for breakfast, including the governor, Jerry Brown. Actors, directors, writers, publicists, hookers, horse players, and hangers-on--you name it, they were all at Schwab's. And I was sitting there in a booth, reading my paper, and some guy was standing there waiting for a table, and I looked up. I thought he was reading over my shoulder, and I looked up to make sure he had finished before I turned the page, and he wasn't looking at the newspaper. He said, "Hey, Bob, I'm a friend of yours." I said, "Yeah, Lenny." He said, "I'm gonna tell you something, but . . . I'm a friend of yours." I said, "Lenny, what is it?" He said, "Bob, you look better with hair, and you'd better do something about it." And I thought to myself, "Jesus, the guy's right." I had gotten to the point where I was making jokes about hair loss. Now, you may remember that, in "Alligator", there are a series of little jokes about a guy who's sensitive about losing his hair. You remember that? I put those jokes into the movie. I wrote 'em, I asked the director if I could put 'em in here, put 'em in there. He said, "Yes," and the very first time we saw a rough cut of the movie, they were all in there, and in the second rough cut, they were all gone. And I figured, "Oh, God, this director didn't like them," or something, and I was sorry about it to myself. But then the third time, I said, "You know what? I think those belong in the movie." And he called me back and said, "I've had friends tell me that they miss those hair jokes, so I'm gonna put 'em back in the movie." And you may remember that when the movie was released, those hair jokes, every single reviewer commented on them. Without knowing how they got there, sure, but they all recognized that it was something human about the character, which gave it a little plus. Because, you know, it was a genre movie. It was a spoof of Jaws (1975), basically. With a guy who was losing his hair. So when Lenny said what he said to me, that's when I said to myself, "Losing my hair is not good enough to make the next joke. You'd better do something about it."
7 [In 2011, on Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967)] When they asked me if I knew how to ride a horse, I did what all actors do: I said "Yes." I had never been on a horse, except when I was a kid, where you paid 10 cents to sit on a pony and walk around in a circle. But I said "Yes." On the day that we had to shoot that scene of me riding around on the horse--naked!--that was another memorable moment in my career. I had never made a movie, I didn't know how they were made, but I remember as I read that scene, where it said, "Guy rides around on a horse naked," I said to myself, "Boy, I wonder how they do that! Probably trick photography or something." But when I got there on that morning, here was an Italian extra--we were in Rome--riding around on that horse, riding through those trees. We were driving up to the set, and I saw the guy riding, and I said, "Holy moly, that's supposed to be me! I'm not going to let that guy do that!" So I went to [director John Huston] and I said, "You know, I can do that." And he said, [Huston impression] "Could you really, Bobby?" And I said, "Sure I can!" The next thing I know, the wardrobe department hands me a little . . . you know the pouch part of a jockstrap? Dyed flesh-colored. And a roll of flesh-colored tape. They hand this to me, and they say, "This is for your modesty." So I tried to tape the damned thing on, and after about two rounds with the horse, the horse is now warm and lathered up, and this thing is flopping around. I finally took it off and tossed it in the bushes, and I said, "Bob, if you are afraid to be naked on this horse, you'd better quit, because if you don't do it with full abandon, with absolute abandon, then you have no right to be an actor. You'd better quit now." And that was the moment I said to myself, "All right, just go with it, Bob."
8 [In 2011, on The Black Hole (1979)] The uniform kept shrinking and shrinking until it was so tight that I . . . well, it was tight as can be. It was form-fitting, let's put it that way. And it was the only steady job I ever had as an actor. Six months to the day, working from 7 in the morning to 7 at night at the Disney studio, shooting on a number of sound stages. It was kind of an adaptation of one of my favorite movies as a kid: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954). "The Black Hole" was basically the space version. So it was from one of my favorite movies, and I could not believe my good fortune when I got picked to play the captain. But, otherwise, I remember it as a steady job and a very tight uniform.
9 [In 2011, on Mulholland Dr. (2001)] In the very first scene that I shot, which was up on the hill at night, overlooking Los Angeles, I had huge lines of dialogue with somebody else, probably another cop. And after the first time we shoot it, [director] David Lynch says, "Do it slower." So I did it slower. Then he comes again at the end of the shot, and he says, "The next time we shoot it, do it slower." And I do it slower. And now I'm beginning to say to myself, "What is this guy doing?" Because I know what good timing sounds like, and I know what something coming out of my mouth ought to sound like, and I know what human back-and-forth should sound like, and this is beginning to sound different from that. It wasn't until months and months and months later that I realized that I was in a dream. It was not an actual event, but that I was in . . . I think it was the dream state of the girl who killed herself, but I'm still a little bit wobbly on how that movie works. But basically, it took me a very long time before I realized why he kept telling me to do it slower and slower. But don't forget, this is David Lynch, so I said to myself, "Don't fight this guy, Bob. Just do it the way he wants." And I'm so glad I did.
10 [on what roles he played that he thinks he will be best remembered for] I wouldn't know, but I just know this: If I can ever find a character where I get laughs, I hope that is the thing that endures. There's nothing better than getting a laugh.
11 [Asked about the reason why Quentin Tarantino likes to revive the careers of actors whom the industry has written off] He grew fond of people. He told me that he loved Pam Grier when he was a kid and I guess he saw Alligator (1980) and The Banker (1989), all those pictures that I worked on during those years and apparently he said, "I like this guy and one of these days I'm going to use him."
12 [Talking about his comeback and the comparison with John Travolta's career turn in Pulp Fiction (1994)] If I get ten percent of John Travolta's bounce, I will be thrilled.
13 [Talking about Quentin Tarantino and his relationship with the cast] This guy is very smart, and he's great to his actors. He wants them to be great. He keeps the stuff fresh. When he gave me the script he knew I hadn't had a big part like this in 25 years and he said, "Here, read this, and don't put any pressure on yourself. Just prepare the way you normally prepare." And I said, "Oh, what a liberating thing." This guy is totally secure. He doesn't seem to be worried about anything. He's as good a guy as I have ever worked with. He screened movies once a week for his crew. One of them was American Perfekt (1997), a recent indie film I did. The last week of production he threatened to screen it for the crew and I said to him, "Listen, there's a tiny bit of 'adult content' in this, so I don't want to hear any catcalls. I don't know if it this is the right thing to screen." He got on the walkie-talkie and said, "Hey, anybody who wants to see Forster naked come on in!"
14 [Talking about the rules to succeed in Hollywood] Step No. 1 is you've got to have a good attitude, Step No. 2 is accept all things, deliver excellence to whatever is offered, give it your best shot. And rule No. 3 is never quit. It's not over 'til it's over.
15 [Talking about his character in Jackie Brown (1997)] This is the great noir hero. If Humphrey Bogart or Robert Mitchum were around today, they'd be playing that role.
16 [Talking about luck in the movie business] I'm not sure how a guy wins or loses in this business, but somebody's got to come along and make you lucky. You can't do it yourself.

#Trademark
1 Frequently cast as law enforcement officers and military leaders ("Olympus Has Fallen"; "Me, Myself & Irene"; "Mulholland Drive", etc.)
2 Deep drawling voice

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