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Frederic ForrestFrederic Forrest


A native of Waxahachie, Texas, Frederic Forrest graduated from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. After serving in the Army, Forrest moved to New York in 1961 to study acting, first with Irene Daily and Majorie Butterworth at the School of The Actors Company, then with Sanford Meisner and Lee Strasberg, ultimately joining the prestigious Actors Studio.

Forrest worked off-Broadway in a number of productions, including Joseph Chaikin's Open Theatre production of "Viet Rock," "Futz" and "Tom Paine," directed by Tom O'Horgan; at the Cafe Cino in "Moon" by Robert Heidi and "The Rimers of Elduich" by Lanford Wilson; Murray Mednik's "The Deer Kill" at Theatre Genesis; and Ted Harris' play "Silhouettes," first off-Broadway at the Actors Playhouse and in Los Angeles at the Gallery Theatre.

Forrest made his movie debut in the fall of 1971, starring opposite Richard Widmark in WHEN THE LEGENDS DIE, receiving a Golden Globe nomination for Best Newcomer for playing the Indian rodeo star, Tom Black Bull. He next began his long association with Fred Roos and Francis Ford Coppola, playing the role of the killer in THE CONVERSATION, starring Gene Hackman.

Forrest next starred in the TV movie "LARRY" opposite Tyne Daly; THE DON IS DEAD, THE DION BROTHERS, PERMISSION TO KILL with Ava Gardner and Timothy Dalton, and THE MISSOURI BREAKS with Marion Brando and Jack Nicholson. The following year, Forrest played "Chef" in Coppola's APOCALYPSE NOW. After sixteen months on the Phillipine location, Forrest came home to play Lee Harvey Oswald in the television movie of the week "RUBY AND OSWALD."

Forrest earned the National Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor and was nominated for both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for his role opposite Bette Midler in THE ROSE, directed by Mark Rydell; followed by co-starring roles in Wim Wender's HAMMETT, and Coppola's ONE FROM THE HEART and TUCKER: A MAN AND HIS DREAM.

His other film and television credits include "Saigon: Year of the Cat," directed by Stephen Frears for Thames TV; "Who Will Love My Children," opposite Ann Margaret; "Calamity Jane," playing Wild Bill Hickock opposite Jane Alexander; the miniseries "Quo Vadis, for Italian TV directed by Franco Rossi; THE STONE BOY, with Robert Duvall; the Emmy Award-winning "Lonesome Dove"; THE TWO JAKES, directed by Jack Nicholson; Elmore Leonard's CAT CHASER directed by Abel Ferrara; "Citizen Cohn" for HBO; and FALLING DOWN, opposite Michael Douglas and Robert Duvall, directed by Joel Schumacher.

In addition, Forrest starred in the highly acclaimed "Against the Wall" directed by John Frankenheimer for HBO; Talia Shire's "One Night Stand" and LASSIE, directed by Dan Petrie. Most recently, Forrest worked with Frankenheimer again in the highly-nominated "Andersonville" for TNT.

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