Reactions to the death of Robert Forster were many. The actor, known for his kind demeanor on screen and off, passed away Friday, Oct 11, 2019 from brain cancer. This according to his publicist. Cockatoo Inn fans might know Forster best for his role as Max Cherry, the bail bondsman and romantic interest of Jackie Brown.
The film’s director, Quentin Tarantino, was a fan of Forster and had long wished to cast him in a film. Many credit Tarantino for reviving Forster’s career in the late 90s. Forster would go on to earn an Oscar nomination for his role as Max Cherry. On Saturday, Tarantino was quoted in Deadline as saying:
“Today the world is left with one less gentleman. 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.”
The actor’s death was shocking for some Breaking Bad fans, who eagerly awaited the October 11 release of El Camino, a Breaking Bad Movie. Forster, who appears in the film, died the same day. The film’s star, Aaron Paul, paid tribute on Twitter:
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
The original show’s lead, Bryan Cranston, said:
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.
Samuel L. Jackson, Forster’s Jackie Brown co-star had a more succinct tribute:
RIP Robert Forster!! A truly class act/ Actor!!
Fellow actors who knew Forster also gave their condolences.
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
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
In addition to Jackie Brown and Breaking Bad, Forster also appeared in Me, Myself and Irene, The Descendants, Mulholland Drive, and Twin Peaks, among many other films and shows.