LOS ANGELES, CA — Oscar-nominated actor Robert Foster died Friday at age 78, the same day as “El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie” was released in theaters and began streaming on Netflix.
Foster died of brain cancer at his Los Angeles home, his publicist told the entertainment trade publication The Hollywood Reporter.
Foster received a best supporting actor Oscar nomination in 1998 for his portrayal of bail bondsman Max Cherry in the Quentin Tarantino-directed crime film “Jackie Brown.” The Oscar went to Robin Williams of “Good Will Hunting.”
Foster appeared in more than 100 films, beginning with the 1967 drama “Reflections in a Golden Eye.” Foster starred in the critically acclaimed 1969 drama “Medium Cool.” Foster’s other film credits included the best picture Oscar nominee “The Descendants,” “Olympus Has Fallen” and its sequel, “London Has Fallen.”
Foster also appeared in two projects directed by David Lynch: the 2001 film “Mulholland Drive” and 2017 Showtime version of “Twin Peaks.”
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Foster’s other television credits included the title roles in the 1972- 73 NBC period detective drama “Banyon” and 1974 ABC police drama “Nakia.” He also had a recurring role as the father of Tim Allen’s character on the ABC comedy “Last Man Standing.”
In “El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie,” Foster portrayed Ed Galbraith, a vacuum repairman who specializes in relocating people running from the law, giving them new identities for a hefty fee.
“Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston called Foster “a lovely man and a consummate actor.”
“I met him on the movie ‘Alligator’ 40 years ago, and then again on BB,” Cranston tweeted. “I never forgot how kind and generous he was to a young kid just starting out in Hollywood.”
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