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.
1997, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
2011, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
Zivia Forster — Ex-wife
Maeghen Foster — Daughter
June Provenzano — Ex-wife
Robert Wallace Foster — Father
Grace Dorothy Montanarella — Mother
Robert Foster — Son
Elizabeth Foster — Daughter
Kate Forster — Daughter
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)