Oscar nominee Robert Forster dies at 78 after battling mind cancer

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Forster passed away in Los Angeles on Friday surrounded by his family, his long-time publicist Kathie Berlin told CNN. The 78-year-old was diagnosed with cancer in June.

His acting career spanned more than five decades, and he was best known for his roles in “Reflections in a Golden Eye” and “Medium Cool.” He also got a best supporting actor Oscar nomination for his role as a bail bondsman in Quentin Tarantino’s “Jackie Brown,” Berlin said.

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Oscar nominee Robert Forster dies at 78 after battling brain cancer

About Robert
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More recently, Forster starred in the film “El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie” that premiered on Netflix Friday night.

Robert Forster was born in Rochester, New York on July 13, 1941. After he graduated from the University of Rochester, he moved to New York City, where he made his Broadway debut. Forster’s performance in “Mrs. Dally Has a Lover” landed him a role in his first film — “Reflections in a Golden Eye,” with Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando in 1967.

Oscar nominee Robert Forster dies at 78 after battling brain cancer

Forster went on to appear in more than 100 films and several television series.

One of his favorite roles, according to his publicist, was playing President Ronald Reagan in the one-man show “The Lifeguard.” He performed portions of the show for former first lady Nancy Reagan at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles.

Forster is survived by his four children, four grandchildren, and long-time partner, Denise Grayson.

Details of his memorial service have not yet been announced, Berlin said.