Hollywood mourned the death of actor Robert Forster today, remembering him as a consummate professional who brought magic to his screen portrayals while retaining a warm, human touch in his everyday interactions.
“Our hearts go out to Robert and his family,” Breaking Bad and El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie producer Sony Pictures TV, said in a statement. “He was a true professional and an integral part of ou r Breaking Bad family. He will be missed.”
Producer Gale Ann Hurd called him a “Brilliant actor, wonderful man. #RIP #RobertForster” in her Twitter tribute. Her words were echoed in other online tributes, including from Forster’s Jackie Brown co-star Samuel L. Jackson and from Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston:
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RIP Robert Forster!! A truly class act/ Actor!!
— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) October 12, 2019
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
Oh, Dear Robert – Beloved by all of us in our community of actors.
Remembering our classic poker nights at Norby’s:
We’d joke “We’ll bury our friends and one day it will be me.”
Today is your day. 💗
Fly with the angels dear friend.
— Frances Fisher (@Frances_Fisher) October 12, 2019
Just had the privilege of working with the great Robert Forster. I’m in shock. So sad. RIP.
— Adam Horowitz (@AdamHorowitzLA) October 12, 2019
Had the honor of making this little gem of a movie (Diamond Men) with this incredible gem of a man — Robert Forster.
— Donnie Wahlberg (@DonnieWahlberg) October 12, 2019
I’m devastated. I had the great fortune of working with and knowing this man. He was a hero to me – a gentleman through and through. RIP, Robert Forster. pic.twitter.com/7eHPnuYhol
— Bruce Boxleitner (@boxleitnerbruce) October 12, 2019
— klaus_kinski (@klaus_kinski) October 12, 2019
To those unfamiliar with his work, Robert Forster had essentially two careers: pre-Tarantino & post-Tarantino. They were both great. He could merely sigh and convey a complicated emotion. He could just stare and manage to leave you feeling this wave of emotion for his character. https://t.co/W3ejc54Qmb
— Ben Mankiewicz (@BenMank77) October 12, 2019
Robert Forster. A gem. RIP.
— Brent Spiner (@BrentSpiner) October 12, 2019
Robert Forster died. Time for BLACK HOLE, ALLIGATOR, MANIAC COP 3, MEDIUM COOL, EL CAMINO, THICK AS THIEVES and JACKIE BROWN! pic.twitter.com/wMrNTnve6H
— Harry Knowles (@headgeek666) October 12, 2019
— Vashi Nedomansky, ACE (@vashikoo) October 12, 2019
Max Cherry going to buy the Delfonics tape after he hears them at Jackie’s place. Just an incredibly endearing performance. RIP Robert Forster
— Patrick Monahan (@pattymo) October 12, 2019