Character actor Frederick Forrest, best remembered for his roles in Francis Ford Coppola’s “Apocalypse Now” and his Oscar-nominated role in “The Rose,” has died. He was 86 years old.
In “Apocalypse Now” he played Jay ‘Chef’ Hicks, a former New Orleans chef on a river patrol boat whose height is reduced by about ten inches thanks to Marlon Brando’s Colonel Kurtz.
He worked with Coppola on several films, including “One from the Heart,” “Hammett,” “Tucker: The Man and His Dream,” and the famous “The Conversation,” where his voice is heard throughout the film. a recording.
Other film credits include “Falling Down,” “The Missouri Breaks,” “The Two Jakes,” “Point Blank,” “Trauma,” “When the Legends Die” and “Valley Girl,” while TV credits include “Quo Wadis”. “Lonesome Dove” and “21 Jump Street”.
Forrest’s death was confirmed by his sister Ginger Jackson, and was first revealed on Twitter by his “The Rose” co-star Bette Midler, who paid tribute, saying:
“The great and beloved Frederick Forrest has passed away. Thank you to all his fans and friends for their support over the past few months. He was an amazing actor and a wonderful human being and I was lucky to have him in my life. He was at peace.
Coppola also paid tribute, writing in a statement:
“Freddie Forrest was a lovely, very sweet person, a wonderful actor and a good friend. His loss is heartbreaking for me.”
Forrest was married twice, the second time to Marilu Henner. He is survived by his sister, nephew and niece.