Oscar-nominated actor Robert Forster has died aged 78 following a short illness.
His publicist said Forster died of brain cancer following a brief illness. He was at home in Los Angeles, surrounded by family, including his four children and partner Denise Grayson.
The New York native received an Oscar nomination in 1998 for playing bail bondsman, Max Cherry, in Quentin Tarantino's Jackie Brown. Tarantino created the role especially for him and it completely rejuvenated Forster's career.
Forster also played Ed Galbraith, also known as `The Disappearer', in Breaking Bad and made his swansong when he reprised the role in the follow-up movie El Camino, which has just been released on Netflix.
Earlier this year he starred in family drama What They Had with Blythe Danner, Hilary Swank and Michael Shannon.
Other works that he was famous for include Mulholland Drive and Twin Peaks.
Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston has led tributes to the late actor:
I'm saddened today by the news that Robert Forster has passed away. A lovely man and a consummate actor. I met him on the movie Alligator (pic) 40 years ago, and then again on BB. I never forgot how kind and generous he was to a young kid just starting out in Hollywood. RIP Bob. pic.twitter.com/HtunD0Fx6g— Bryan Cranston (@BryanCranston) October 12, 2019
Robert Forster is one of the greatest actors I've ever worked with & severely underrated, in my opinion.— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) October 3, 2018
RIP Robert Forster!! A truly class act/ Actor!!— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) October 12, 2019
With more than 100 film credits spanning six decades, Robert Forster was a prolific talent who radiated warmth and kindness in everything he did. In 1998, he earned an Oscar nomination for his performance in "Jackie Brown." Thank you, Robert, for all that you've given us. pic.twitter.com/ZwTj21xfw6— The Academy (@TheAcademy) October 12, 2019