Forster, Robert 1941–

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Forster, Robert 1941–


Original name, Robert Wallace Foster, Jr.; born July 13, 1941, in Rochester, NY; son of Robert Wallace (an executive and animal trainer) and Grace Dorothy (maiden name, Montanarella) Foster; married June Provenzano, 1966 (divorced, c. 1975); married Zivia, 1978 (divorced, 1980); children: (with a companion named Marlene) Robert; (with Provenzano) Elizabeth, Kathrine ("Kate"; an actress and producer), Maeghen. Education: Attended Heidelberg College, 1959; attended Alfred University, 1960–61; University of Rochester, B.A., psychology, 1963 (some sources cite 1964).

Addresses: Agent—Paradigm, 360 North Crescent Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210. Manager—The Firm, 9465 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 600, Beverly Hills, CA 90212. Publicist—Guttman Associates Public Relations, 118 South Beverly Dr., Suite 201, Beverly Hills, CA 90212.

Career: Actor, producer, and director. Interacting, Los Angeles, motivational speaker; also an acting instructor. Worked as a door-to-door vacuum cleaner salesperson, dishwasher, waiter, and cook.

Member: Actors' Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild.

Awards, Honors: Academy Award nomination, best supporting actor, and Saturn Award nomination, best actor, Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, both 1998, for Jackie Brown; Special Recognition, Hamptons International Film Festival, 2000, for Diamond Men; Lifetime Achievement Award, Sonoma Valley Film Festival, 2002; Lifetime Achievement Award, Waterfront Film Festival, 2002; Career Achievement Award, Marco Island Film Festival, 2002.


Film Appearances:

Private Williams, Reflections in a Golden Eye, Warner Bros./Seven Arts, 1967.

John Cassellis, Medium Cool, Paramount, 1969.

Narouz, Justine, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1969.

Nick Tana, The Stalking Moon, National General, 1969.

Gregory Lind, Pieces of Dreams, United Artists, 1970.

Tony Hall, Run Shadow Run (also known as Cover Me Babe), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1970.

Frank, Journey through Rosebud, Cinerama, 1972.

Frank, The Don Is Dead (also known as Beautiful but Deadly and The Deadly Kiss), Universal, 1973.

Glen Wilson, Stunts (also known as Who Is Killing the Stuntmen?), New Line Cinema, 1977.

Nick Thorne, Avalanche, New World, 1978.

Captain Dan Holland, The Black Hole, Buena Vista, 1979.

(Uncredited) The Lady in Red (also known as Guns, Sin and Bathtub Gin), New World, 1979.

Detective David Madison, Alligator, Group 1, 1980.

Linda (also known as Captive Women, Naked Super Witches of the Rio Amore, Orgy of the Nymphomaniacs, Die Nackten Superhexen vom Rio Amore, and Orgia de ninfomanas), Gold Internacional/Lisa Films Produktion Rapid Film/Plata Films, 1980.

Alan Arnoldi, Crunch (also known as Heartbreak High and The Kinky Coaches and the Pom Pom Pussycats), American International Pictures, 1981.

Eddie Marino, Vigilante (also known as Street Gang), Film Ventures, 1982.

Jason Walk, Walking the Edge (also known as The Hard Way), Empire, 1983.

Harry, Hollywood Harry (also known as Harry's Kingdom and Harry's Machine), Cannon/Shapiro, 1985.

Abdul, The Delta Force (also known as Mahatz Ha-Delta), Cannon, 1986.

Dr. Desmond Moore, Committed, World Wide Entertainment, 1988.

First gentleman, Tank Malling, 1989.

Madero, Esmeralda Bay (also known as La Bahia Esmeralda), United Int.Pic.Cia, 1989.

Sergeant Dan Jefferson, The Banker, Westwind/Virgin Vision, 1989.

Jack Cotton, Checkered Flag, 1990.

Yates, Peacemaker, Fries Entertainment, 1990.

Lou Cherney, Satan's Princess (also known as Malediction), Paramount Home Video, 1991.

Sergeant Tartaglia, 29th Street, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1991.

Stonebridge, Diplomatic Immunity, Fries Home Video, 1991.

Vinnie, In Between (also known as Bardo), 1991.

Detective Ted Coleman, South Beach (also known as Night Caller), Prism Entertainment, 1993.

Dr. Powell, Maniac Cop 3: Badge of Silence, Academy Entertainment, 1993.

Bob Sibley, Point of Seduction: Body Chemistry III (also known as Body Chemistry 3 and Body Chemistry III: Point of Seduction), New Horizons Home Video, 1994.

Therapist, Cover Story, Arrow Releasing, 1994.

Captain Dimaggio, Guns and Lipstick, 1995.

Captain Jack Bitters, Scanner Cop II: Volkin's Revenge (also known as Scanner Cop II, Scanner Cop 2, Scanner Cop Two, and Scanners: The Showdown), Republic Pictures, 1995.

Littman, American Yakuza (also known as Yakuza), Columbia/TriStar Home Video, 1995.

Detective Slatten, Original Gangstas (also known as Hot City and War Zone), Orion, 1996.

Michael Donahue, Hindsight, Bruder Releasing, 1996.

Christian's father, The Method, 1997.

Jake, American Perfekt, American Perfekt Productions, 1997.

Max Cherry, Jackie Brown (also known as Rum Punch), Miramax, 1997.

Congressperson Cummings, Uncle Sam, Unapix Entertainment, 1998.

Dr. Fred Simon, Psycho, Universal, 1998.

Odell Parks, Outside Ozona, Sony Pictures Releasing, 1998.

Henry Musser, Family Tree, Independent Artists/Warner Vision Entertainment, 1999.

Sal Fortuna, Kiss Toledo Goodbye, A—pix Entertainment, 1999.

A. J. Marley, Supernova, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 2000.

(Uncredited) Barbequeman at wedding, Cowboys and Angels (also known as Kissed by an Angel), R.S. Entertainment, 2000.

Colonel Partington, Me, Myself and Irene, Twentieth Century-Fox, 2000.

Eddie Miller, Diamond Men (also known as The Altoona Riding Club), Lions Gate Films, 2000.

Henry, The Magic of Marciano, Outrider Pictures, 2000.

Ray Parker, Great Sex, 2000.

Wally, It's a Shame About Ray (short film), 2000.

Detective Harry McKnight, Mulholland Dr. (also known as Mulholland Drive), Universal Focus, 2001.

Jack, Strange Hearts (also known as Rat in the Can and Roads to Riches), Gold Circle Films, 2001.

Joe Pitko, Lakeboat, Cowboy Booking International, 2001.

Nathan's father, Human Nature, Fine Line Features, 2001.

Officer Campbell, Finder's Fee, Lions Gate Films, 2001.

Himself, The A-List (short film), Greta Films/Laurelwood Entertainment/Sticking Place Films, 2001.

Himself, The Joe Spinell Story (documentary), Anchor Bay Entertainment, 2001.

Coach Wagner, Like Mike, Twentieth Century-Fox, 2002.

Bob, Where's Angelo?, Evolving Pictures Entertainment, 2003.

Morgan Price, Confidence (also known as Confidence: After Dark and En toute confiance), Lions Gate Releasing, 2003.

Roger Wixon, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, Columbia, 2003.

Stanley Parsons, Grand Theft Parsons, Swipe Films, 2004.

Jack, D-War (also known as Dragon Wars), Yonggu-Art Movies, 2005.

Lloyd, Rise, Senator International, c. 2005.

Wilson, Wild Seven, Beat Pirate Films, 2006.

Appeared in Heat from Another Sun.

Film Work:

Director and producer, Hollywood Harry (also known as Harry's Kingdom and Harry's Machine), Cannon/Shapiro, 1985.

Executive producer, Diamond Men (also known as The Altoona Riding Club), Lions Gate Films, 2000.

Television Appearances; Series:

Miles C. Banyon, Banyon, NBC, 1972–73.

Deputy Nakia Parker, Nakia, ABC, 1974.

Gumshoe, Once a Hero, ABC, 1987.

Voice of Major Forsberg, Spawn (animated; also known as Spawn: The Animated Series, Spawn 2, Spawn 3: Ultimate Battle, and Todd McFarlane's "Spawn"), HBO, 1997–99.

Marshall Sisco, Karen Sisco, ABC, 2003, USA Network, 2004.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Commander Jeff Selkirk, Goliath Awaits, 1981.

Jay Aldrich, The Grid, TNT and BBC, 2004.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Eric Benoit, The Death Squad, 1974.

Lieutenant Matt Lewis, The City, 1977.

The clone and Professor Paul Corwin, The Darker Side of Terror, 1978.

Luke Shasta, Standing Tall, NBC, 1978.

The dictator, Counterforce (also known as Escuadron and Escuadron: Counterforce), c. 1991.

Charles Galbis, In the Shadow of a Killer (also known as An Eye for an Eye), NBC, 1992.

Sid, Sex, Love and Cold Hard Cash, USA Network, 1993.

Detective Charlie Moore, Rear Window, ABC, 1998.

Gentry, Demolition University, Showtime, 1999.

Teak Taylor, Night Vision, HBO, 1999.

Tyler, All the Rage (also known as It's the Rage), New City Releasing, 2000.

Ken "Pappa" Kimes, Like Mother, Like Son: The Strange Story of Sante and Kenny Kimes (also known as A Most Deadly Family), CBS, 2001.

Gus, Lone Hero (also known as Heroes solitaire), HBO, 2002.

Jesse Rapple, Due East, Showtime, 2002.

Steve Carroll, Murder in Greenwich (also known as Dominick Dunne Presents: Murder in Greenwich), USA Network, 2002.

Scott Green, Undefeated, HBO, 2003.

Television Appearances; Specials:

The 1998 Envelope Please (documentary), MSNBC, 1998.

Himself, Look Out Haskell, It's Real: The Making of "Medium Cool" (documentary), 2001.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

The Fourth Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (also known as Screen Actors Guild Fourth Annual Awards), TNT, 1998.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Henry Detweiler, "The Hour of the Bath," Alcoa Premiere, ABC, 1962.

"To Catch a Hero," N.Y.P.D., ABC, 1967.

Doug Payson, "Higher and Higher," Premiere, 1968.

Ray Elliott, "In a Puff of Smoke," Judd for the Defense, ABC, 1968.

David Corbin, "The Moonlight Heater," Medical Story, CBS, 1975.

Detective Ed Brenner, "Little Boy Lost," Police Story, NBC, 1975.

Sergeant Frank Dolan, "The Man in the Shadows," Police Story, NBC, 1975.

Bob Vandon, "Trash Detail, Front and Center," Police Story, NBC, 1976.

Detective Tackleberry, "Ice Time," Police Story, NBC, 1977.

Don Carpenter, "Pressure Point," Police Story, NBC, 1977.

Tyler Peabody McKinney, "All for One: Parts 1 & 2," Magnum, P.I., CBS, 1985.

Gilbert Gaston, "The Perfect Foil," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1986.

Aymong, "The Four Horseman," Crossbow (also known as Adventures of William Tell, William Tell, and Guillaume Tell), CBN, 1987.

Garry, "The Milkman Cometh," Tales from the Darkside, syndicated, 1987.

Steve Cameron, "Unfinished Business," Hotel, ABC, 1987.

Aymong, "The Citadel," Crossbow (also known as Adventures of William Tell, William Tell, and Guillaume Tell), CBN, 1988.

Aymong, "The Princess," Crossbow (also known as Adventures of William Tell, William Tell, and Guillaume Tell), CBN, 1988.

Don, "There Goes the Neighbourhood," P.S. I Luv U, CBS, 1991.

Ed Delaney, "Where or When: Parts 1 & 2," Jake and the Fatman, CBS, 1991.

Vince Riker, "Tough Love," Silk Stalkings, CBS and USA Network, 1993.

Frank Roussel, "Big Easy Murder," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1995.

Gerard Foster, "Flowers of Evil," One West Waikiki, syndicated, 1995.

Ricky Ricketts, "The Big Bingo Bamboozle," Walker, Texas Ranger, CBS, 1995.

Lane Tillman, "Texas vs. Cahill," Walker, Texas Ranger, CBS, 1997.

Guest, "The Oscars," Dennis Miller Live, HBO, 1998.

Himself, Blockbuster Entertainment, 2001.

Raymond "Ray-Ray" Ray, "Ray Ray," Fastlane, Fox, 2002.

Raymond "Ray-Ray" Ray, "Popdukes," Fastlane, Fox, 2003.

Tony DeAngelo, "Cop Killer," Street Time, Showtime, 2003.

Ben Huffstodt, "Flashpants," Huff, Showtime, 2004.

Ben Huffstodt, "Lipstick on Your Panties," Huff, Showtime, 2004.

Ben Huffstodt, "That Fucking Cabin," Huff, Showtime, 2004.

Burt Austin, "Spectator Interference," Clubhouse, CBS, 2004.

Jimmy Towne, "Gentleman Jim," Tilt, ESPN, 2005.

Jimmy Towne, "Shuffle Up and Deal," Tilt, ESPN, 2005.

Voice of the president, "Flashpoint," Justice League: Unlimited (animated), Cartoon Network, 2005.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Miles C. Banyon, Banyon, NBC, 1971.

Nakia Parker, Nakia, ABC, 1974.

Royce, Royce, CBS, 1976.

Jack Cotton, Checkered Flag, c. 1990.

County 187, NBC, 2000.

Jerry, Bounty Hunters, CBS, 2005.

Appeared as Detective Harry McKnight in Mulholland Dr. (also known as Mulholland Drive), ABC, a pilot which later became the film of the same name. Also appeared in Mickie & Frankie.

Stage Appearances:

Buddy, Come Blow Your Horn, Rochester Community Theatre, Rochester, NY, 1963.

Frankie, Mrs. Dally Has a Lover, John Golden Theatre, New York City, 1965.

Stanley Kowalski, A Streetcar Named Desire, Vivian Beaumont Theatre, New York City, 1973.

Appeared as juror number eight in Twelve Angry Men; also appeared in The Big Knife, The Glass Menagerie, One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest, and The Sea Horse.

Radio Appearances; Episodic:

Appeared in episodes of radio series.



Himself, Jackie Brown: How It Went Down (short documentary), Miramax Home Entertainment, 2002.


(Voice of Midnight Louie) Carole Nelson Douglas, Cat on a Hyacinth Hunt: A Midnight Louie Mystery, Audio Literature, 1998.

(Voice of Midnight Louie) Carole Nelson Douglas, Cat in a Jeweled Jumpsuit: A Midnight Louie Mystery, Audio Literature, 1999.

(Voice of Midnight Louie) Carole Nelson Douglas, Cat in an Indigo Mood: A Midnight Louie Mystery, Audio Literature, 1999.

(Narrator) Robert B. Parker, Double Play, New Millennium, 2004.



People Weekly, February 2, 1998, p. 20.

TV Guide, November 15, 2003, pp. 67-68.


Robert Forster,, July 15, 2005.

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