Date of Birth : Jun 13th 1941
Describing his career as a “five-years upwards first act and a 25-year sliding second act,” actor Robert Forster finally got to settle into a satisfying third act when Quentin Tarantino worked his ’70s resurrection magic by casting Forster in Jackie Brown (1997).
Born and raised in Rochester, NY, Forster was a high school and college athlete, and occasional school thespian. After graduating from the University of Rochester (his third college) with a degree in psychology, Forster opted for acting over law school. Honing his craft in local theater, Forster subsequently moved to New York City where he landed his first Broadway role in 1965. After garnering attention in a 1967 production of A Streetcar Named Desire opposite Julie Harris, Forster made his movie debut in John Huston’s Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967) as the au natural horseback-riding private who ignites military officer Marlon Brando’s desire. Holding out for interesting offers after Reflections, Forster retreated to Rochester with his wife and worked as a substitute teacher and manual laborer.