Frederic Forrest

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Frederic Forrest
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Forrest in 1993
Frederic Fenimore Forrest Jr.

(1936-12-23) December 23, 1936 (age 84)
Years active1967–2006
Nancy Ann Whittaker
(m. 1960;div. 1963)

(m. 1980;div. 1983)

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 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

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Forrest in 1979

Forrest was born in Waxahachie, Texas, the son of Virginia Allie (née McSpadden) and Frederic Fenimore Forrest, a furniture store owner [1] whose greenhouses provided plants for sale in retail stores. [2]

In 1966, Forrest began acting on stage in an Off-Broadway production of Viet Rock . Forrest's film debut was in When the Legends Die (1973). [2]

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 . [3] 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
1967 Dark Shadows Blue Whale customer(uncredited)
1968The Filthy FiveJohnny Longo
1972 When the Legends Die Tom Black BullNominated – 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
1975Promise Him AnythingPaul 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 MartinEpisode: 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
1984The ParadeMatt Kirby
1984Calamity Jane Wild Bill Hickock
1984Best Kept SecretsBlaise Dietz
1984 The Stone Boy Andy Jansen
1985"Quo Vadis?"Petronius(TV Mini-Series)
1985 Right to Kill? Richard Jahnke, Sr.
1985 Return Brian Stoving
1986Adventures of Huckleberry FinnPap Finn
1986 The Deliberate Stranger Det. Bob Keppel
1986 Where are the Children? Courtney Parrish
1987StackingBuster McGuire
1987 21 Jump Street Captain Richard Jenko6 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)
1989Margaret Bourke-WhiteErskine Caldwell
1989Valentino ReturnsSonny Gibbs
1989 Cat Chaser Nolen Tyner
1989 Music Box Jack Burke
1990 The Two Jakes Chuck Newty
1990 Die Kinder Lomax6 episodes
1992Twin SistersDelvaux
1992 The Young Riders 2 episodes
1992 Citizen Cohn Dashiell Hammett
1992The Habitation of DragonsLeonard Tolliver
1992 Rain Without Thunder Warden
1993Hidden FearsMike
1993 Falling Down Nick, Nazi Surplus Store Owner
1993 Trauma Dr. Judd
1993 Precious Victims Sheriff Frank Yocom
1994Double ObsessionPaul HarknessFilmed in Boulder. Distributed by Tri-Star. Directed by Eduardo Montes-Bradley
1994 Against the Wall Weisbad
1994 Chasers Duane
1994 Lassie Sam Garland
1995One Night StandMichael Joslyn
1996Double JeopardyJack
1996 Andersonville Sgt. McSpadden
1997Crash DiveAdm. Pendleton
1997 The Brave Lou Sr.
1997 The End of Violence Ranger MacDermot
1997One of Our OwnMaj. Ron Bridges
1998ImplicatedDet. Luddy
1998 Boogie Boy Edsel Dundee
1998 Murphy Brown KennyEpisode: A Man and a Woman
1998 Point Blank Mac Bradford
1998 Whatever Mr. Chaminski
1998Black ThunderThe Admiral
1998 The First 9½ Weeks David Millman
1999Shadow LakeRoy Harman
1999SweetwaterAlex (present day)
2000 Shadow Hours Sean
2000 The Spreading Ground Det. Michael McGivern
2000 Militia William Fain
2000 A Piece of Eden Paulo Tredici
2002The House Next DoorVernon Crank
2002 Path to War Earle Wheeler
2003 The Quality of Light David
2006 All the King's Men Willie's Father

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