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Robert Forster Biography

Birth Name:
Robert Wallace Foster Jr.
Birth Place:
Rochester, New York, United States
Actor, producer, director, voice-overs, motivational speaker

Fast Facts

  • 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


  • 2011Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1997Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated


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