Bette Midler reveals her Rose costar Frederic Forrest has died at age 86
By Brian Marks
June 24, 2023
- Forrest’s nomination — his only one — was for best-supporting actor
- He worked with Francis Ford Coppola on Apocalypse Now and The Conversation
- Forrest worked mostly in supporting roles for a string of acclaimed directors
The acclaimed actor Frederic Forrest has died at age 86, according to his friend and former costar Bette Midler.
The 77-year-old stage and screen veteran shared the news in a tweet on Friday evening.
‘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,’ she wrote. ‘He was a remarkable actor, and a brilliant human being, and I was lucky to have him in my life. He was at peace.’Bette Midler
Honored: Forrest received his only Academy Award nomination — for best-supporting actor — for 1979’s The Rose, which was the screen debut of his costar Midler (R)
The two actors costarred in the classic 1979 rock musical The Rose, which marked the Hocus Pocus actress’ screen debut.
Forrest also had major lead and supporting roles in several New Hollywood classics of the 1970s and ’80s. Among those are multiple classic films directed by Francis Ford Coppola, including The Conversation (1974), Apocalypse Now (1979), and One From The Heart (1981).
New Hollywood star: The acclaimed actor Frederic Forrest has died at age 86, according to a tweet shared on Friday from his friend and former costar Bette Midler; seen in 2001 in Hollywood