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.

Blythe Danner and Robert Forster in What They Had

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:

RIP Robert Forster!! A truly class act/ Actor!!

— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) October 12, 2019