In Memory: Robert Forster, Known for His Role in ‘Jackie Brown’ and As a Regular at Marco’s, Has Died

Maro’s owner Marco Cappani, left, with actor Robert Forster

Robert Forster, an actor famous for his role as Max Cherry in Quentin Tarantino’s “Jackie Brown,” has died.

Forster, 78, died of brain cancer.

Forster was well known locally as one of a group of actors who hung out at the Silver Spoon, a popular restaurant on the northeast corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and Havenhurst,

which closed in 2011. In recent years he has been a regular at Marco’s Trattoria on the other side of Santa Monica Boulevard.

A West Hollywood resident, Forster was born in Rochester, N.Y. in 1941. His first two pictures, in which he had supporting roles, were John Huston’s “Reflections in a Golden Eye (1968),” and a “The Stalking Moon” (1969). Forster’s first lead role was in “Medium Cool,” a 1969 film that was acclaimed by film critics, as was Forster’s performance. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in Jackie Brown.

Survivors include partner Denise Grayson; his children Bobby, Elizabeth, Kate, and Maeghen, and his grandchildren Jac, Liam, Olivia, and Tess.

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The Real Zam
The Real Zam
9 months ago

Robert was my neighbor for several years and we occasionally stayed in touch thereafter. He was such an amazing person… A bright light every time we spoke. He was also extremely kind and respectful. He always insisted on helping me load / unload things from my home. He’d even grab some items for me on the all too frequent occasions during which our elevator failed. The world is a better place thanks to him.

Karen Snyder
Karen Snyder
9 months ago

Max Cherry was in love with Jackie Brown (or maybe, Pam Grier?). We women all fell in love with Max Cherry (that is, Robert Forster). I have watched the movie a dozen times, once as a midnite movie at my local (yes) neighborhood theater. Left the audience breathless. Especially the last scene. Wow.

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