Oscar-nominated actor Robert Forster passes at 78

  • Oscar-nominated actor Robert Forster passes at 78

Oscar-nominated actor Robert Forster passes at 78

Forster's agent Julia Buchwald said he died Friday at home in Los Angeles of brain cancer.

He made his film debut opposite Marlon Brando and Elizabeth Taylor in John Huston's Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967). He then worked with renowned director Haskell Wexler on Medium Cool, which became a classic due to its filming during the riots at the 1969 Democratic Convention in Chicago.

That was until ultra-hot filmmaker Quentin Tarantino -fresh off his Pulp Fiction success- hired Forster to play bail bondsman Max Cherry, the male lead opposite Pam Grier in 1997's Jackie Brown.

Forster's final film role ironically premiered today on Netflix, the Breaking Bad sequel film El Camino, reprising his role as Ed from the TV series.

He continued to make films and television series. He went on to enjoy runs on series such as Heroes, Alcatraz, Divorce and the Twin Peaks revival (where he served as a stand-in of sorts for Michael Ontkean's Sheriff Harry Truman, playing his brother Sheriff Frank Truman).

"I've done a lot of genre pictures in my career..."

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.

He is survived by his children: Bobby, Elizabeth, Kate and Maeghen; his grandchildren: Tess, Liam, Jack and Olivia; and long time partner, Denise Grayson.