Frederic Forrest

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Frederic Forrest, the Oscar-nominated character actor, was born two days before Christmas Day in 1936 in Waxahachie, Texas, the same home town as director Robert Benton. Forrest had long wanted to be an actor, but he was so nervous that he ran out of auditions for school plays. Later, at Texas Christian University, he took a minor in theater arts ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »


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Apocalypse Now Jay 'Chef' Hicks
Falling Down Surplus Store Owner
Lonesome Dove Blue Duck


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 2006 All the King's Men
Willie's Father (as Frederic F. Forrest)
 2003 The Quality of Light
 2002 Path to War (TV Movie)
General Earle G. Wheeler
 2002 The House Next Door
Vernon Crank
 2000 Militia
William Fain
 2000 The Spreading Ground
Michael McGivern
 2000 A Piece of Eden
Paulo Tredici
 2000 Shadow Hours
 1999 Shadow Lake (TV Movie)
Lt. Roy Harman
 1999 Sweetwater (TV Movie)
Alex (present day)
 1999 Implicated
Det. Luddy
 1998 The First 9 1/2 Weeks
David Millman
 1998/II Black Thunder
The Admiral
 1998 Whatever
Mr. Chaminski
 1998 Point Blank
Mac Bradford
 1998 Murphy Brown (TV Series)
- A Man and a Woman (1998) ... Kenny
 1998 Boogie Boy
Edsel Dundee
 1997 One of Our Own
Maj. Ron Bridges
 1997 The End of Violence
Ranger MacDermot
 1997 The Brave
Lou Sr.
 1997 Alone (TV Movie)
 1996 Crash Dive (Video)
Adm. Pendleton
 1996 Andersonville (TV Mini Series)
Sgt. McSpadden
 1996 Double Jeopardy (TV Movie)
 1995 One Night Stand
Michael Joslyn
 1994 Lassie
Sam Garland
 1994 Chasers
Duane, Mechanic
 1994 Against the Wall (TV Movie)
 1993 Hidden Fears
 1993 Precious Victims (TV Movie)
Sheriff Frank Yocom
 1993 Trauma
Dr. Judd
 1993 Falling Down
Surplus Store Owner
 1992 Double Obsession
Paul Harkness
 1992 Rain Without Thunder
Walker Point Warden
 1992 The Habitation of Dragons (TV Movie)
Leonard Tolliver
 1992 Citizen Cohn (TV Movie)
Dashiell Hammett
 1992 The Young Riders (TV Series)
Tommy Urbach
- 'Til Death Do Us Part: Part 2 (1992) ... Tommy Urbach
- 'Til Death Do Us Part: Part 1 (1992) ... Tommy Urbach
 1992 Twin Sisters (Video)
 1990 Die Kinder (TV Series)
- The Revolution Recycled (1990) ... Lomax
- The Gathering Storm (1990) ... Lomax
- Catastrophe Theory (1990) ... Lomax
- Hidden Agenda (1990) ... Lomax
- Ghosts (1990) ... Lomax
 1990 The Two Jakes
 1989 Music Box
Jack Burke
 1989 Cat Chaser
Nolen Tyner
 1989 I Know My First Name Is Steven (TV Mini Series)
Kenneth Parnell
- Episode #1.2 (1989) ... Kenneth Parnell
- Episode #1.1 (1989) ... Kenneth Parnell
 1989 Valentino Returns
Sonny Gibbs
 1989 Margaret Bourke-White (TV Movie)
Erskine Caldwell
 1989 Lonesome Dove (TV Mini Series)
Blue Duck
- Return (1989) ... Blue Duck
- The Plains (1989) ... Blue Duck
- On the Trail (1989) ... Blue Duck
- Leaving (1989) ... Blue Duck (credit only)
 1988 Gotham (TV Movie)
Father George
 1988 Beryl Markham: A Shadow on the Sun (TV Movie)
Raoul Schumacher
 1988 Little Girl Lost (TV Movie)
Tim Brady
 1987 21 Jump Street (TV Series)
Captain Richard Jenko
- The Worst Night of Your Life (1987) ... Captain Richard Jenko
- My Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades (1987) ... Captain Richard Jenko
- Don't Pet the Teacher (1987) ... Captain Richard Jenko
- America, What a Town (1987) ... Captain Richard Jenko
- Pilot (1987) ... Captain Richard Jenko
 1986-1987 American Playhouse (TV Series)
Buster McGuire / Pap Finn
- Stacking (1987) ... Buster McGuire
- Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1986) ... Pap Finn
 1986 Where Are the Children?
Courtney Parrish
 1986 The Deliberate Stranger (TV Mini Series)
Det. Bob Keppel
 1985 Right to Kill? (TV Movie)
Richard Jahnke Sr.
 1985/I Return
Brian Stoving
 1985 Quo Vadis? (TV Mini Series)
- Episode #1.6 (1985) ... Petronius
- Episode #1.5 (1985) ... Petronius
- Episode #1.4 (1985) ... Petronius
- Episode #1.3 (1985) ... Petronius
- Episode #1.2 (1985) ... Petronius
 1984 The Stone Boy
Andy Jansen
 1984 Best Kept Secrets (TV Movie)
Blaise Dietz
 1984 Calamity Jane (TV Movie)
Wild Bill Hickok
 1984 The Parade (TV Movie)
Matt Kirby
 1983 Saigon: Year of the Cat (TV Movie)
Bob Chesneau
 1983 Valley Girl
Steve Richman
 1983 Who Will Love My Children? (TV Movie)
Ivan Fray
 1982 Hammett
 1981 One from the Heart
 1979 The Rose
 1979 Survival of Dana (TV Movie)
Mr. Davis (uncredited)
 1979 Apocalypse Now
Jay 'Chef' Hicks
 1979 Mrs. Columbo (TV Series)
- Word Games (1979) ... Martin
 1979 Sweepstakes (TV Series)
- Episode #1.5 (1979)
 1978 It Lives Again
Eugene Scott
 1978 Ruby and Oswald (TV Movie)
Lee Harvey Oswald
 1976 The Missouri Breaks
 1975 The Executioner
Scott Allison
 1975 Promise Him Anything (TV Movie)
Paul Hunter
 1974 The Dion Brothers
Russell (Rut) Dion
 1974 Larry (TV Movie)
Larry Herman
 1974 The Conversation
 1973 The Don Is Dead
Tony Fargo
 1972 When the Legends Die
Tom Black Bull
 1969 Futz
Sugford (as Fred Forrest)
 1969 N.Y.P.D. (TV Series)
- Three-Fifty-Two (1969) ... Hank
 1968 The Filthy Five
Johnny Longo (as Matt Garth)
 1967 Dark Shadows (TV Series)
Blue Whale customer
- Episode #1.137 (1967) ... Blue Whale customer (uncredited)
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Alternate Names:

Frederic F. Forrest | Frederick Forrest | Fred Forrest | Matt Garth


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It's a continual problem when you don't have the lead. There's always the possibility you'll get cut; you have no control. If there's a scene with a character who isn't the lead and if it threatens the main story or detracts from it in any way, it doesn't make a difference how good it is. It goes.


In 1986-87, he spent a lot of time playing law enforcement agents on television: As real life Detective Bob Keppell in the Ted Bundy two-part television movie, The Deliberate Stranger (1986), and as the fictional Captain Richard Jenko on 21 Jump Street (1987). See more »


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