Celebrity fans and friends of Robert Forster came out in droves to pay tribute to the “Jackie Brown” and “Twin Peaks” actor, who died Friday from brain cancer.
Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, who directed Forster in his Academy Award-nominated role as bail bondsman Max Cherry in “Jackie Brown,” released a statement, saying casting him in that film “was one of the best choices I’ve ever made in my life.”
“Today the world is left with one less gentlemen,” Tarantino’s statement reads. “One less square shooter. One less good man. One less wonderful father. One less marvelous actor. I remember all the breakfasts we had at silver spoons. All the stories. All the kind words. All the support. Casting Robert Forster in Jackie Brown was one of the best choices I’ve ever made in my life. I will miss you dearly my old friend. Bye bye Max. Bye bye Miles. Bye bye Bob.”
Forster, who died Friday in his Los Angeles home, made his first impression on Hollywood audience in 1967 with John Huston’s “Reflections in a Golden Eye,” starring Marlon Brando and Elizabeth Taylor. In the years that followed, Forster had roles in films like “The Lady in Red,” “The Black Hole” and “Delta Force,” but it was Quentin Tarantino’s “Jackie Brown” that gave his career a boost… and an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Forster went on to star as Sheriff Frank Truman on “Twin Peaks” and can currently be seen in “El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie” on Netflix.
“El Camino” star Aaron Paul tweeted that he was heartbroken to hear of Forster’s passing, calling him a “beautiful man” and “a true gentleman.”
I am heartbroken to hear the news of the passing of Robert Forster. My god. I had the privilege of knowing this beautiful man and working along side of him. A true gentleman that loved to act. I love you my friend. Thank you for loving me. You are and always will be a legend. ??-? pic.twitter.com/CokPGjIDzU
– Aaron Paul (@aaronpaul_8) October 12, 2019
Forster’s “Breaking Bad” costar Bryan Cranston also weighed in, recalling the first time they worked together four decades ago.
I’m saddened today by the news that Robert Forster has passed away. A lovely man and a consummate actor. I met him on the movie Alligator (pic) 40 years ago, and then again on BB. I never forgot how kind and generous he was to a young kid just starting out in Hollywood. RIP Bob. pic.twitter.com/HtunD0Fx6g
– Bryan Cranston (@BryanCranston) October 12, 2019
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So sorry to hear of the passing of Robert Forster. A wonderful actor and person. My condolences to his family. Rest In Peace my friend. https://t.co/pWu7uff9LO
– Gary Sinise (@GarySinise) October 12, 2019
So sad to hear of Robert Forster’s passing. Am of the right age to have been obsessed by The Black Hole (I even had an action figure of Capt. Holland) and Alligator. Then I was just wowed by him in Jackie Brown. He’s also heartbreaking in recent What They Had. A great actor. RIP. pic.twitter.com/v7DwuI8TCS
– edgarwright (@edgarwright) October 12, 2019
Robert Forster wasn’t only one of the best people I’ve ever known in the industry, he was one of the best people I’ve known anywhere… https://t.co/xp6QdzVXcP
– James Gunn (@JamesGunn) October 12, 2019
RIP Robert Forster!! A truly class act/ Actor!!
– Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) October 12, 2019
I’ve never met anyone quite like #RobertForster. He was uncommonly kind and generous to me and my family; I suspect there are scores of people who would tell you the same thing. https://t.co/aeQsm3mIUR pic.twitter.com/DQXEuBHwvR
– Leonard Maltin (@leonardmaltin) October 12, 2019
Oh Lord, just learned of the passing of Robert Forster. What a classy man. Had the pleasure of his company on several occasions. A gentle gentleman, through and through. And what a fine, fine actor. We’ve lost a good one. #RIPRobertForster
– jason alexander (@IJasonAlexander) October 12, 2019
Robert Forster was such a gentleman. Classy, even-keeled, kind-hearted, and what an actor! It was an honor to work with him in Me, Myself, and Irene, and an even bigger honor to know him as a person. God bless him. #RobertForster
– Farrelly Brothers (@farrellybros) October 12, 2019
So very sad at Roberts passing, he was a gift to me personally and a emotional part of our show. Prayers and condolences to his beautiful wife and family.
– Tim Allen (@ofctimallen) October 12, 2019
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