Robert Forster
Character(s) Ray Archer
Date of Birth July 13, 1941
Origin Rochester, New York, USA
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Robert Forster portrays Ray Archer on Alcatraz. He is best known for his portrayal of Max Cherry in Jackie Brown and Arthur Petrelli on Heroes.


Robert Forster, born Robert Wallace Foster, Jr. in Rochester, New York, started his acting career at the University of Rochester in theatre productions. After graduating in 1964 with a Bachelor of Arts in history, Forster had his first starring role in 1969's Medium Cool. Following his starring roles in the TV series Banyon in 1972 and Nakia in 1974, Forster appeared in several B-movies. His acting career was elevated by his Academy-Award nominated role as Max Cherry in Quentin Tarantino's Jackie Brown in 1997, after which he appeared in other successful movies such as 2000's Me, Myself, & Irene, 2002's Like Mike, and 2006's Lucky Number Slevin.

Forster starred in the short lived 2003 crime drama Karen Sisco as the wise father of the main character. Forster appeared in the third season of NBC's Heroes, as Arthur Petrelli, the father of two of the show's main characters. His character has been mentioned by name constantly before his first appearance in the season's fifth episode, "Angels and Monsters". His character was killed off in the twelfth episode, "Our Father", and appeared as a corpse in the following episode, "Dual."

Selected FilmographyEdit

Year Title Role
1969 Medium Cool John Cassellis
1980 Alligator David
1997 Jackie Brown Max Cherry
1998 Psycho Dr. Fred Simon
2000 Me, Myself & Irene Colonel Partington
2006 Lucky Number Slevin Murphy
Year Title Role Episode(s)
1971-1973 Banyon Miles C. Banyon 9 episodes
1974 Nakia Nakia Parker 14 episodes
2003-2004 Karen Sisco Marshall Sisco 10 episodes
2008 Heroes Arthur Petrelli 9 episodes
2012- Alcatraz Ray Archer Series regular
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