Mild spoilers ahead for El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie.
Legendary actor Robert Forster died today (Friday, October 11, 2019) at his home in Los Angeles after suffering brain cancer. He was 78.
Robert Forster earned an Oscar nomination as Max Cherry in Quentin Tarantino's 1997 movie Jackie Brown. His lengthy movie and TV filmography started in the late 1960s and really took off with the lead role in Medium Cool in 1969. He was known for dozens of other roles -- including in Mulholland Dr.; Me, Myself & Irene; Twin Peaks; Heroes; The Descendants; Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle; Firewall; Lucky Number Slevin; Olympus Has Fallen; and London Has Fallen.
The timing of Robert Forster's death was particularly shocking for Breaking Bad fans, since he co-stars in El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, which just premiered today on Netflix. Many fans just finished binging the movie only to find out Forster was gone. In the movie, Forster returns to his Breaking Bad role as a vacuum repairman who specializes in "disappearing" and relocating people. I was just saying I wanted the next Breaking Bad spinoff after Better Call Saul to follow Forster's Ed Galbraith. How quickly that dream ended.
Tributes started pouring in immediately for Robert Forster, including from his former Heroes co-star Greg Grunberg:
Fans were quick to honor this epitome of cool:
He was also the epitome of a tough guy:
The news broke fairly late for East Coast fans, and it certainly made for a dark end to the day:
El Camino fans in particular were struck by just finishing a binge of the new Breaking Bad movie only to discover Robert Forster was dead:
The Hollywood Reporter posted a life-and-death quote from Robert Forster that resonated with grieving fans:
According to THR, Robert Forster's survivors include his third wife Evie and his children Elizabeth, Kathrine, Maeghen, and Robert. He will be missed.
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