Tributes pour in after death of actor Robert Forster at the age of 78

12 October 2019, 11:36

Actor Robert Forster has died at the age of 78 following a short illness
Actor Robert Forster has died at the age of 78 following a short illness. Picture: PA

By Asher McShane

The character actor who saw a career resurgence and Oscar nomination for playing bail bondsman Max Cherry in Jackie Brown, has died aged 78.

Publicist Kathie Berlin said Robert Forster died of brain cancer following a brief illness.

He was at home in Los Angeles, surrounded by family, including his four children and partner Denise Grayson.

Condolences have poured on social media to the actor who appeared in favourites including the TV smash hit Breaking Bad starring Bryan Cranston.

Cranston called Forster a "lovely man and a consummate actor" in tribute.

The two met on the 1980 film Alligator and then worked together again on the television show Breaking Bad and its spin-off film, El Camino, which launched on Netflix.

"I never forgot how kind and generous he was to a young kid just starting out in Hollywood," Cranston wrote.

His Jackie Brown co-star Samuel L Jackson tweeted that Forster was "truly a class act/Actor!!"

Forster is survived by his four children, four grandchildren and Ms Grayson, his partner of 16 years.