Poll: What’s Your Favorite Robert Forster Role?

On October 11th, another Hollywood legend took his final bow when acclaimed character actor Robert Forster died at the age of 78 following a battle with brain cancer. Best known for his role as Max Cherry in Quentin Tarantino‘s Jackie Brown, a part that earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor, Forster began his career and the late-1960s and remained working right up until his death. (His final film, El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie was released just as word of his passing hit the media). A regular figure in films and on television, where he played authority figures, heavies, or everymen with ease, Robert Forster was never a global superstar. But he was something much more: A reliable actor who brought charm and grace to every character he portrayed, often elevating the material he was appearing in simply by being a part of it. As we remember Robert Forster, we ask you to pick your favorite of his roles below, and share what you love about him in the comments below.

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  • WDPjr

    I can’t believe I am the first one to comment on this poll. I chose Max Cherry from Jackie Brown as my favorite, but I also liked the role of Scott Thorson in Descendants very much. This is a great actor and I wish he had gotten more big roles.

  • http://themidnitedrive-in.blogspot.com Quiggy

    Can’t believe you left off “Medium Cool”.

    • David Anthony

      The poll was probably devised by younger people who don’t know about Forster’s earlier performers. We can thank Tarantino for resurrecting his career and making him better known to a new generation.

  • JimC

    Although an avid movie goer/seer I have to vote for Other as I have not seen any of these films

  • David Thornley

    I agree that Medium Cool is one of his most memorable performances. Strangely missing from the list.

  • David Anthony

    Private Williams in Reflections in a Golden Eye

  • Vernon Thorson

    Yates, from Peacemaker.

  • Alf Messina

    ‘John Cassellis’ in “MEDIUM COOL”(1969) +plus+ ‘Pvt. L.G. Williams’ in “REFLECTIONS IN A GOLDEN EYE”(1967) if only because the movie is such a BLAST!

  • Ogden

    His performance in Medium Cool was his best; the film itself is the finest he appeared in.

  • TrippyTrellis

    Left out, the only one that I really love: “Reflections in a Golden Eye”.

  • David Alan

    Pvt. L.G. Williams in Reflections in a Golden Eye