the actor Frederick Forrest has passed away. Per THR actor is perhaps best known for his roles in the flower And End of the world nowHe died after a long illness, according to Barry Primus, a fellow actor and personal friend. He was 86 years old.

Forrest the flower Former star Bette Midler has been encouraging fans to raise money to help pay for Forrest’s foster care expenses. Two GoFundMe pages have been set up to help pay for the 24/7 care he needs. After his death, Midler shared a message of appreciation and thanked those who were there to support the ailing actor while commenting on the loss of a “brilliant human being.”

“The great and beloved Frederick Forrest has died,” Midler shared on Twitter. “Thank you to all his fans and friends for all their support over the past few months. He was an amazing actor and a brilliant human being, and I was lucky to have him in my life. He was at peace.”

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released in 1979, the flower It was a musical drama based on Janis Joplin starring Midler as a self-destructive 1960s rock star. Forrest co-stars as an Army sergeant major who serves as a love interest for Midler’s character. Not only was it a box office success, but Midler and Forrest were also nominated for Academy Awards for their performances in the film. Forrest was also nominated for a Golden Globe, his second nomination after an earlier nod for the 1972 film When legends die.

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Frederick Forrest was unforgettable in Apocalypse Now

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Another major film to feature Forrest in a major role was Francis Ford Coppola’s war film End of the world now. In the film, he played Jay “Chef” Hicks, and the performance earned him a Best Supporting Actor award from the National Society of Film Critics. Coppola was also so impressed with Forrest’s work on film that he later cast him as the romantic hero in the 1981 film one from the heart. The two worked together on the 1974 movie Conversation.

Forrest would appear in many other films from the 1960s to the 2000s. Some of the other movies of the late actor include gravy trainAnd LarryAnd Permission to killAnd Ruby and OswaldAnd HammettAnd Who will love my children?And Right to kill?And Valentino’s returnAnd He fallsAnd A piece of Eden. He has also appeared in a variety of TV shows including 21 Jump StreetAnd lonely doveAnd Kinder diesAnd Murphy BrownAnd Young Knights. His last acting role was in the 2006 movie All the king’s menwhich featured Forrest alongside the late James Gandolfini as well as Sean Penn, Jude Law, Kate Winslet, Mark Ruffalo, and Anthony Hopkins.

Forrest has been married twice before. He was with his first wife, Nancy Ann Whitaker, from 1960 to 1963. He was later married to Marilou Henner from 1980 to 1983, the marriage ending in divorce. Among the Forrest survivors is a sister to whom we send our condolences at this time. Rest in peace, Frederick Forrest.


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