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Overview (4)

Born in Waxahachie, Texas, USA
Birth NameFrederic Fenimore Forrest Jr.
Nickname Daddy Freddy
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Frederic Forrest, the Oscar-nominated character actor, was born two days before Christmas Day in 1936 in Waxahachie, Texas, the same home town as director Robert Benton. Forrest had long wanted to be an actor, but he was so nervous that he ran out of auditions for school plays. Later, at Texas Christian University, he took a minor in theater arts while majoring in radio and television studies. His parents opposed his aspirations as a thespian as it was a precarious existence, but he moved on to New York and studied with renowned acting teacher Sanford Meisner. He eventually became an observer at the Actors Studio, where he was tutored by Lee Strasberg. During this time, he supported himself as a page at the NBC Studios in Rockefeller Plaza.

His theatrical debut was in the Off-Broadway production of "Viet-Rock", an anti-war play featuring music. He became part of avant-garde director Tom O'Horgan's stock company at La Mama, appearing in the infamous "Futz", among other productions. After starring in the off-Broadway play "Silhouettes", Forrest moved with the production to Los Angeles, intent on breaking into movies. While the production ran for three months and was visited by agents bird-dogging new talent, Forrest got no offers and had to support himself as a pizza-baker after the show closed. Eventually, he began auditing classes at Actors Studio West, and director Stuart Millar saw him in a student showcase production of Clifford Odets' "Watiting for Lefty" and cast him in When the Legends Die (1972). He copped a 1973 Golden Globe nomination as "Most Promising Newcomer - Male" for the role.

Forrest landed a small but very important part in "Godfather" director Francis Ford Coppola's The Conversation (1974). He and Cindy Williams are the two people having that titular conversation (recorded by Gene Hackman: so Forrest's voice is heard throughout the film). And Coppola wasn't done with him! Playing "Chef" in Apocalypse Now (1979) garnered Forrest the best notices of his career, and he parlayed that into Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations as Best Supporting Actor for The Rose (1979), his second hit that year. He was named Best Supporting Actor by the National Society of Film Critics for both films. Then he was cast as the star in Coppola's "One From The Heart". In Apocalypse Now (1979), his character ("Chef") is yelling for the Playboy Playmates from the crowd, one of whom is played by Colleen Camp, who, four years later, would play his hippie wife in the film Valley Girl (1983).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Jon C. Hopwood/Robert Sieger

Spouse (2)

Marilu Henner (28 September 1980 - 1983) ( divorced)
Nancy Ann Whittaker (27 March 1960 - 28 September 1963) ( divorced)

Trade Mark (3)

Tattoo of Iron Cross
Frequently cast in Francis Ford Coppola films.
Often played tough, no-nonsense characters.

Trivia (13)

Played mystery novelist Dashiell Hammett twice; first as the lead in Hammett (1982), then as a supporting role in Citizen Cohn (1992).
Has a collection of James Dean memorabilia and more than 200 hats.
In Apocalypse Now (1979), his character ("Chef") is yelling for the Playboy Playmates from the crowd, and one of them is played by Colleen Camp, who, in four years, would be his contented hippie wife in Valley Girl (1983).
Although he had a relatively small role in The Conversation (1974), it is an extremely important one: He and Cindy Williams are the two people having that titular conversation (recorded by Gene Hackman: so Forrest's and Williams's voices are heard throughout the film).
Is part of Francis Ford Coppola's Zoetrope family, having appeared in The Conversation (1974), Apocalypse Now (1979), and One from the Heart (1981), which were directed by Coppola, and The Stone Boy (1984), which Coppola produced.
In 1986-87, he spent a lot of time playing law enforcement agents on television: As real life Detective Bob Keppell in the Ted Bundy two-part television movie, The Deliberate Stranger (1986), and as the fictional Captain Richard Jenko on 21 Jump Street (1987).
In Apocalypse Now (1979), his character ("Chef") shouts the line, "Never Get Out Of The Boat!", which is later recited by Captain Willard (played by Martin Sheen).
Appeared for the first time at the popular Hollywood Show (Autograph Convention in Los Angeles) in 2018.
In 1976, in the quirky Western The Missouri Breaks (1976), he plays part of a group of men being hunted by Marlon Brando. That same year, Apocalypse Now (1979), started filming (to be released in 1979), where he plays part of a group of men who are hunting Brando.
Acted with Jack Nicholson in Arthur Penn's The Missouri Breaks (1976), and then acted with and directed Nicholson in the Chinatown remake, The Two Jakes (1990).
Acted in two movies with Robert Duvall, Apocalypse Now (1979), and Falling Down (1993); however their characters do not interact or share scenes. Also acted with Robert Duvall in the miniseries Lonesome Dove (1989).
In both The Don Is Dead (1973) and The Dion Brothers (aka The Gravy Train (1974)) Forrest played one of a pair of outlaw brothers, with Al Lettieri and Stacy Keach, respectively.
Appeared alongside Harry Dean Stanton in two movies that weren't initially well-received but have since acquired a cult following: The Missouri Breaks (1976), and One from the Heart (1981). They played good buddies in both.

Personal Quotes (1)

It's a continual problem when you don't have the lead. There's always the possibility you'll get cut; you have no control. If there's a scene with a character who isn't the lead and if it threatens the main story or detracts from it in any way, it doesn't make a difference how good it is. It goes.

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