The Breaking Bad film El Camino hit cinema screens on Friday. While the world waited with bated breaths for the film adaptation of their favourite TV series, the release came with a huge blow for the film’s cast and crew and the Hollywood industry at large. In an unfortunate event, actor Robert Forster – who reprised his role as the vacuum salesman Ed Galbraith in the spin-off film El Camino – passed away on the same day the project hit theatres, leaving his loved ones in a state of shock and despair. Forster succumbed to a long fight with brain cancer. According to reports, he breathed his last in his home.
As the news of his death broke on the internet, tributes poured in for the Oscar nominee on social media. Co-star Bryan Cranston posted, “I’m saddened today by the news that Robert Forster has passed away. A lovely man and a consummate actor. I met him on the movie Alligator 40 years ago and then again on Breaking Bad. I never forgot how kind and generous he was to a young kid just starting out in Hollywood. RIP Bob.” Samuel L Jackson tweeted, “RIP Robert Forster!! A truly class act/ Actor!” Greg Grunberg posted, “A legend has left us. One of the best. I was so fortunate to be able to work with him on Heroes. What a talent and what a beautiful person. #RIPRobertForster.”
Robert kicked off his acting career in the 1960s, with his first notable performance in Reflections In A Golden Eye, back in 1967.He followed this up with another hit, Medium Cool but it wasn’t until Quentin Tarantino cast him in Jackie Brown that he gained fame across the globe. The late star played Max Cherry in the 1997 film, alongside Samuel L Jackson and Pam Grier, with the role earning him an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Rest in peace, Robert!