Frederic Forrest, ‘The Rose’ & ‘Valley Girl’ Star, Dies @ 86

Bette Midler took to Twitter Saturday to announce the death of her The Rose co-star Frederic Forrest, 86. She wrote:

Forrest & Midler (Image via 20th Century Fox)

"The great and beloved Frederic Forrest has died. Thank you to all of his fans and friends for all their support these last few months. He was a remarkable actor, and a brilliant human being, and I was lucky to have him in my life. He was at peace.”

Born December 23, 1936, in Waxahachie, Texas, Forrest began his acting career off-Broadway in 1966 in Viet Rock.

When the Legends Die in 1973, his first major film, led to a Golden Globe nomination for New Star of the Year.

His films included The Conversation (1974), The Missouri Breaks (1976) and Ruby and Oswald (1978), and his second truly impactful role came in Apocalypse Now (1979). For playing Jay "Chef" Hicks, Forrest was nominated for a National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor.

That same year, he was Huston Dyer in The Rose, which earned him an Oscar nomination, a Golden Globe nomination and a New York Film Critics Circle nomination.

Perhaps Forrest's other best-known films were One from the Heart (1982) and the quirky teen romantic comedy Valley Girl (1983).

Fer sher, fer sher (Image via Atlantic)

He worked steadily until 2006, occasionally on TV, as on the series 21 Jump Street (1987) and in the miniseries Lonesome Dove (1989) and Andersonville (1996).

Forrest was married and divorced twice, including a three-year union with actress Marilu Henner (b. 1952).

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