Frederic Fenimore Forrest Jr. (born December 23, 1936) is an American actor. Forrest came to public attention for his performance in When the Legends Die (1972), which earned him a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer. He went on to receive Academy and Golden Globe Award nominations in the Best Supporting Actor category for his portrayal of Huston Dyer in musical drama The Rose (1979).
Forrest in 1993
Frederic Fenimore Forrest Jr.
December 23, 1936
Waxahachie, Texas, U.S.
Nancy Ann Whittaker
(m. 1960; div. 1963)
(m. 1980; div. 1983)
Forrest portrayed Jay "Chef" Hicks in Francis Ford Coppola's epic war film Apocalypse Now (1979), and collaborated with Coppola on four other films: The Conversation (1974), One from the Heart (1982), Hammett (1982) and Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988). Other credits include The Missouri Breaks (1976), The Two Jakes (1990) and Falling Down (1993), along with the television series 21 Jump Street, Lonesome Dove and Die Kinder.
Life and career
Forrest was born in Waxahachie, Texas, the son of Virginia Allie (née McSpadden) and Frederic Fenimore Forrest, a furniture store owner.
He is known for his roles as Chef in Apocalypse Now, When The Legends Die, It Lives Again, the neo-Nazi surplus store owner in Falling Down, Right to Kill? and for playing the writer Dashiell Hammett twice in film — in Hammett (1982) and in Citizen Cohn (1992 TV movie). He had a role as the notorious Mexican/Indian bandit Blue Duck in the 1989 miniseries, Lonesome Dove. He was Academy Award-nominated in the Supporting Actor category for his role in The Rose. He was married to Marilu Henner from 1980 to 1982.
Notable roles include four films directed by Francis Ford Coppola, Apocalypse Now (as Engineman 3rd Class "Chef" Hicks), The Conversation, One from the Heart and Tucker: The Man and His Dream, along with Hammett, produced by Coppola.
He also appeared in Valley Girl, The Two Jakes, The Stone Boy, The Missouri Breaks, The Deliberate Stranger (TV), Promise Him Anything (TV) and horror maestro Dario Argento's first American film, Trauma.
On television, he played Captain Richard Jenko on the first season of the Fox Television series 21 Jump Street, in 1987. Forrest was subsequently replaced by actor Steven Williams, who played Captain Adam Fuller for the remainder of the series. In 1990, he appeared as private investigator Lomax in the BBC miniseries Die Kinder. He played Sgt. McSpadden in the Civil War-themed movie Andersonville and real-life U.S. Army General Earle Wheeler in 2002's Path to War, the final film of director John Frankenheimer.
|1967||Dark Shadows||Blue Whale customer||(uncredited)|
|1968||The Filthy Five||Johnny Longo|
|1972||When the Legends Die||Tom Black Bull||Nominated – Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actor|
|1973||The Don Is Dead||Tony Fargo|
|1974||The Gravy Train||Rut|
|1975||Promise Him Anything||Paul Hunter|
|1975||Permission to Kill||Scott Allison|
|1976||The Missouri Breaks||Cary|
|1978||Ruby and Oswald||Lee Harvey Oswald|
|1978||It Lives Again||Eugene Scott|
|1979||Mrs. Columbo||Martin||Episode: Word Games|
|1979||Apocalypse Now||Jay "Chef" Hicks||National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor (also for The Rose)|
|1979||Survival of Dana||Mr. Davis||(uncredited)|
|1979||The Rose||Huston Dyer||National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor (also for Apocalypse Now)|
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
|1982||One From the Heart||Hank|
|1983||Who Will Love My Children?||Ivan Fray|
|1983||Valley Girl||Steve Richman|
|1983||Saigon: Year of the Cat||Bob Chesneau|
|1984||The Parade||Matt Kirby|
|1984||Calamity Jane||Wild Bill Hickock|
|1984||Best Kept Secrets||Blaise Dietz|
|1984||The Stone Boy||Andy Jansen|
|1985||Adventures of Huckleberry Finn||Pap Finn|
|1985||"Quo Vadis?"||Petronius||(TV Mini-Series)|
|1985||Right to Kill?||Richard Jahnke, Sr.|
|1986||The Deliberate Stranger||Det. Bob Keppel|
|1986||Where are the Children?||Courtney Parrish|
|1987||21 Jump Street||Captain Richard Jenko||6 episodes|
|1988||Little Girl Lost||Tim Brady|
|1988||Beryl Markham: A Shadow on the Sun||Raoul Schumacher|
|1988||Tucker: The Man and His Dream||Eddie|
|1989||Lonesome Dove||Blue Duck||(TV Mini-Series) (3 Episodes)|
|1989||Margaret Bourke-White||Erskine Caldwell|
|1989||Valentino Returns||Sonny Gibbs|
|1989||Cat Chaser||Nolen Tyner|
|1989||Music Box||Jack Burke|
|1990||The Two Jakes||Chuck Newty|
|1990||Die Kinder||Lomax||6 episodes|
|1992||The Young Riders||2 episodes|
|1992||Citizen Cohn||Dashiell Hammett|
|1992||The Habitation of Dragons||Leonard Tolliver|
|1992||Rain Without Thunder||Warden|
|1993||Falling Down||Nick, Nazi Surplus Store Owner|
|1993||Precious Victims||Sheriff Frank Yocom|
|1994||Double Obsession||Paul Harkness||Filmed in Boulder. Distributed by Tri-Star. Directed by Eduardo Montes-Bradley|
|1994||Against the Wall||Weisbad|
|1995||One Night Stand||Michael Joslyn|
|1997||Crash Dive||Adm. Pendleton|
|1997||The Brave||Lou Sr.|
|1997||The End of Violence||Ranger MacDermot|
|1997||One of Our Own||Maj. Ron Bridges|
|1998||Boogie Boy||Edsel Dundee|
|1998||Murphy Brown||Kenny||Episode: A Man and a Woman|
|1998||Point Blank||Mac Bradford|
|1998||Black Thunder||The Admiral|
|1998||The First 9½ Weeks||David Millman|
|1999||Shadow Lake||Roy Harman|
|1999||Sweetwater||Alex (present day)|
|2000||The Spreading Ground||Det. Michael McGivern|
|2000||A Piece of Eden||Paulo Tredici|
|2002||The House Next Door||Vernon Crank|
|2002||Path to War||Earle Wheeler|
|2003||The Quality of Light||David|
|2006||All the King's Men||Willie's Father|
- "Frederic Forrest Biography (1936–)". Filmreference.com. December 23, 1936. Retrieved January 22, 2013.
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