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Legendary actor in 'Jackie Brown' and 'Breaking Bad', Robert Forster has died, aged 78


The Academy Award-nominated actor, Robert Forster, has sadly passed away aged 78. The actor’s most famous roles came in Jackie Brown and the new Breaking Bad film, which was released just yesterday El Camino.

Forster sadly lost his battle with brain cancer yesterday and passed away in his Los Angeles home, Deadline reports.

The actor enjoyed a rich and varied career which spanned over five decades. Appearing in over 100 films, like The Descendants, Twin Peaks: The Return, Me, Myself and Irene, the Fallen saga and Mulholland Drive.

Forster took another great role after a quiet period in the ’90s when Quentin Tarantino cast him as bondsman Max Cherry in his 1997 film Jackie Brown. The character falls in love with Pam Grier’s character. It was a performance which saw him nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.

It was a role which Forster always appreciated speaking in 2011 to AV Club: “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 [Tarantino], ‘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… Jackie Brown pulled me out of the fire.”