Award-winning actor Frederic Forrest, known for his unforgettable performances in a series of iconic films, passed away at 86. The news of his passing was confirmed by his beloved co-star, Bette Midler, who shared screen time with him in their famous movie, The Rose.
Forrest had earned an Academy Award nomination for his role in this film. On Friday night, Midler expressed her heartfelt tribute to the late actor. "We have lost the wonderful and greatly admired Frederic Forrest," she shared.
"Gratitude goes out to his fans and friends for their unwavering support throughout his final months. His acting prowess was beyond extraordinary, matched by his humanity. I am fortunate to have known him, and he died peacefully."
Forrest's Diverse Cinematic Legacy
Throughout his career, Forrest graced the silver screen in numerous impactful roles.
His filmography includes critically acclaimed films like Apocalypse Now, The Conversation, The Two Jakes, One From The Heart, The Missouri Breaks, and Falling. Born in the small town of Waxahachie, Texas, in 1936, Forrest's acting journey led him to the bright lights of New York City.
Here, he was mentored by renowned acting coach Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio, which was the launching pad for his illustrious career. A memorable milestone in Forrest's career was his role in Francis Ford Coppola's The Conversation in 1974.
This performance began a long-standing collaboration between Forrest and the esteemed director.
His unforgettable portrayal of Chef in Apocalypse Now in 1979 and his role as Huston Dyer, the limo driver who embarks on a passionate love affair with Midler's rock singer character, Mary Rose Foster, in The Rose solidified his status in Hollywood.
The latter role garnered him an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Forrest also left his mark on television, starring in the first season of 21 Jump Street. He played Captain Richard Jenko, sharing the screen with a young Johnny Depp.
Off-screen, Forrest had two notable marriages. His first wife was Nancy Ann Whittaker, with whom he was married from 1960 to 1963. He later married actress Marilu Henner in 1980; they divorced in 1983. The legacy that Frederic Forrest leaves behind will be remembered in the annals of cinematic history, his performances forever embedded in the hearts of fans and colleagues alike.