Last Man Standing, Breaking Bad Actor Found Dead

Dean James at Right Wing Tribune

It is with great sadness to report that character actor Robert Forster died Friday in Los Angeles after a brief battle with brain cancer. He was 78.

While Forster isn’t exactly a household name or superstar, his resume is quite impressive.

I personally am familiar with his work on the Fox show “Last Man Standing” where he played the role of Tim Allen’s character Mike Baxter’s widower father, Bud Baxter, who opened a marijuana dispensary in Colorado after legalization.

Bud’s Buds-lol.

I love that show.

FOX News reports that Forster starred in the Quentin Tarantino flick “Jackie Brown,” earning him an Academy Award nomination for his role as bail bondsman Max Cherry.

The actor’s most recent appearance came in the Netflix film “El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie,” in which Forster reprised his “Breaking Bad” character Ed “the Disappearer,” in the spinoff film that was released on Friday.

Forster also held roles in Steven Spielberg’s “Amazing Stories” and in “Werewolf” and has acted in more than 100 films.

He made his film debut opposite Marlon Brando and Elizabeth Taylor in John Huston’s Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967), then sparkled as an ethically challenged cameraman in Haskell Wexler’s ultra-realistic Medium Cool (1969), The Hollywood Reporter reports.

Bryan Cranston remembered the actor on Twitter. “I’m saddened today by the news that Robert Forster has passed away,” he wrote. “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.”

El Camino star Aaron Paul took to Instagram: “I am heartbroken to hear the news of the passing of my dear friend Robert Forster,” he wrote. “My god. I had the privilege of knowing this beautiful man and working along side of him. A true gentleman that loved to act. I love you my friend. Thank you for loving me back. You are and always will be a legend.”

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Robert Forster wasn’t only one of the best people I’ve ever known in the industry, he was one of the best people I’ve known anywhere. I met him at a film festival before I’d even directed my first film and we kept in touch and would meet for breakfast, where he gave me tips on the film business, what he did right and what he could have done differently. He had no reason to do this other than our spirits were kindred and he was kind. Later on I arranged for him to speak to groups of actors, where he’d dole out advice and entertainment and play the spoons for their delight. He’d do all this for free because, again, he was simply a kind soul. I just woke up to the news he passed away. It’s been a while since we’ve spoken and I wish I could have told him what he meant to me before today. It was a lot. Hope he’s somewhere playing those spoons like the pro he was in all ways. ❤️????❤️

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Forster is survived by his partner, Denise Grayson, children Bobby, Elizabeth, Kate, and Maeghen, and grandchildren Tess, Liam, Jack, and Olivia.

Rest in peace brother and thanks for the memories…

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