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