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
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  • 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


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


  • 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)
MIXED-ISH - In "mixed-ish," Rainbow Johnson recounts her experience growing up in a mixed-race family in the '80s and the constant dilemmas they had to face over whether to assimilate or stay true to themselves. Bow's parents Paul and Alicia decide to move from a hippie commune to the suburbs to better provide for their family. As her parents struggle with the challenges of their new life, Bow and her siblings navigate a mainstream school in which they're perceived as neither black nor white. This family's experiences illuminate the challenges of finding one's own identity when the rest of the world can't decide where you belong. (ABC/Kelsey McNeal)
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