Robert Forster

  • Birth Name: Robert Wallace Foster Jr.
  • Birth Place: Rochester, New York, United States
  • Died: October 11, 2019
  • Profession: Actor, Producer, Director, Voice-overs, Motivational speaker

Fast Facts

  • His father was an elephant trainer for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. The circus props and memorabilia seen in Jackie Brown are a tribute to his dad.
  • A New York Times columnist dubbed him a "grindhouse giant" for his early, gritty movie roles.
  • Has worked as a motivational speaker and an acting coach.
  • Worked with his daughter Kate in the 2001 film Mulholland Dr.
  • Provided the voice for characters featured in the Justice League and Spawn animated series.


  • 2011, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1997, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee


  • Zivia Forster — Ex-wife
  • Elizabeth Foster — Daughter
  • Maeghen Foster — Daughter
  • Grace Dorothy Montanarella — Mother
  • Robert Foster — Son
  • Kate Forster — Daughter
  • June Provenzano — Ex-wife
  • Robert Wallace Foster — Father


  • Attended Heidelberg College, Tiffin, Ohio, United States; attended Alfred University, Village of Alfred, New York, United States; University of Rochester, Rochester, New York, United States (BA in Psychology, 1964)