Frederic Forrest

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).

Frederic Forrest
Forrest in 1993
Frederic Fenimore Forrest Jr.

(1936-12-23) December 23, 1936
Years active1967–2006
Nancy Ann Whittaker
(m. 1960; div. 1963)

Marilu Henner
(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.[1]

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.[2] 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.


List of film credits
Year Title Role Notes
1967 Dark Shadows Blue Whale customer (uncredited)
1968 The Filthy Five Johnny Longo
1969 Futz! Sugford
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 Conversation Mark
1974 Larry Larry Herman
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
1982 Hammett Hammett
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.
1985 Return Brian Stoving
1986 The Deliberate Stranger Det. Bob Keppel
1986 Where are the Children? Courtney Parrish
1987 Stacking Buster McGuire
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
1988 Gotham Father George
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 Twin Sisters Delvaux
1992 The Young Riders 2 episodes
1992 Citizen Cohn Dashiell Hammett
1992 The Habitation of Dragons Leonard Tolliver
1992 Rain Without Thunder Warden
1993 Hidden Fears Mike
1993 Falling Down Nick, Nazi Surplus Store Owner
1993 Trauma Dr. Judd
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
1994 Chasers Duane
1994 Lassie Sam Garland
1995 One Night Stand Michael Joslyn
1996 Double Jeopardy Jack
1996 Andersonville Sgt. McSpadden
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
1997 Alone Carl
1998 Implicated Det. Luddy
1998 Boogie Boy Edsel Dundee
1998 Murphy Brown Kenny Episode: A Man and a Woman
1998 Point Blank Mac Bradford
1998 Whatever Mr. Chaminski
1998 Black Thunder The Admiral
1998 The First 9½ Weeks David Millman
1999 Shadow Lake Roy Harman
1999 Sweetwater Alex (present day)
2000 Shadow Hours Sean
2000 The Spreading Ground Det. Michael McGivern
2000 Militia William Fain
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


  1. "Frederic Forrest Biography (1936–)". December 23, 1936. Retrieved January 22, 2013.
  2. "Oscar nominees announced for 52nd annual ceremony". The Victoria Advocate. Google News Archive. February 24, 1980. Retrieved July 27, 2015.
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