Robert Forster (born July 13, 1941) is an American actor, best known for his role as Max Cherry in the Quentin Tarantino film, Jackie Brown.
Forster was born Robert Wallace Foster, Jr. in Rochester, New York, the son of Grace Dorothy (née Montanarella) and Robert Wallace Foster, Sr., who worked as an elephant trainer for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and later as an executive for a baking supply company. His mother was Italian American and his father was of English and Irish ancestry. The two divorced in 1949. As a tribute to his father, Forster was allowed to hang one of his father’s Barnum & Bailey Circus posters in the office of his character “Max Cherry” in the Quentin Tarantino film Jackie Brown.
Forster completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in history at the University of Rochester, where he starred in student dramatic performances such as “Bye Bye Birdie” and, after initially intending to go on to study law, instead decided to forego his… read more