Frederic Forrest

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Frederic Forrest
Frederic Forrest.jpg
Forrest in 1979
BornFrederic Fenimore Forrest, Jr.
(1936-12-23) December 23, 1936 (age 77)
Waxahachie, Texas, U.S.
Years active1967–2006
  • Nancy Ann Whittaker (m. 1960; div. 1963)
  • Marilu Henner (m. 1980; div. 1983)
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Frederic Forrest
Frederic Forrest.jpg
Forrest in 1979
BornFrederic Fenimore Forrest, Jr.
(1936-12-23) December 23, 1936 (age 77)
Waxahachie, Texas, U.S.
Years active1967–2006
  • Nancy Ann Whittaker (m. 1960; div. 1963)
  • Marilu Henner (m. 1980; div. 1983)

Frederic Fenimore Forrest, Jr. (born December 23, 1936) is a retired American actor. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Huston Dyer in the 1979 musical drama The Rose and portrayed "Chef" in the epic war classic Apocalypse Now released the same year.


Forrest was born in Waxahachie, Texas, the son of Virginia Allie (née McSpadden) and Frederic Fenimore Forrest, a furniture store owner.[1] He is known for his roles as Chef in Apocalypse Now, When The Legends Die, It Lives Again, the neo-Nazi surplus store owner in Falling Down, Right to Kill? and for playing the writer Dashiell Hammett twice in film — in Hammett (1982) and in Citizen Cohn (1992 TV movie). He had a role as the notorious Mexican/Indian bandit Blue Duck in the 1989 miniseries, Lonesome Dove. He was Academy Award-nominated in the Supporting Actor category for his role in The Rose. He was married to Marilu Henner from 1980 to 1982.


Notable roles include four films directed by Francis Ford Coppola, Apocalypse Now (as Engineman 3rd Class "Chef" Hicks), The Conversation, One from the Heart and Tucker: The Man and His Dream, along with Hammett, produced by Coppola. He also appeared in Valley Girl, The Two Jakes, The Stone Boy, The Missouri Breaks, The Deliberate Stranger (TV), Promise Him Anything (TV) and horror maestro Dario Argento's first American film, Trauma.

On television, he played Captain Richard Jenko on the first season of the Fox Television series 21 Jump Street, in 1987. Forrest was subsequently replaced by actor Steven Williams, who played Captain Adam Fuller for the remainder of the series. He played Sgt. McSpadden in the Civil War-themed movie Andersonville and real-life U.S. Army General Earle Wheeler in 2002's Path to War, the final film of director John Frankenheimer.


List of film credits
1967Dark ShadowsBlue Whale customer(uncredited)
1968The Filthy FiveJohnny Longo
1972When the Legends DieTom Black BullNominated - Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year - Actor
1973The Don is DeadTony Fargo
1974The ConversationMark
1974LarryLarry Herman
1974The Gravy TrainRut
1975Promise Him AnythingPaul Hunter
1975Permission to KillScott Allison
1976The Missouri BreaksCary
1978Ruby and OswaldLee Harvey Oswald
1978It Lives AgainEugene Scott
1979Mrs. ColumboMartinEpisode: Word Games
1979Apocalypse NowJay "Chef" HicksNational Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor (also for The Rose)
1979Survival of DanaMr. Davis(uncredited)
1979The RoseHuston DyerNational Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor (also for Apocalypse Now)
Nominated - Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated - New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
1982One From the HeartHank
1983Who Will Love My Children?Ivan Fray
1983Valley GirlSteve Richman
1983Saigon: Year of the CatBob Chesneau
1984The ParadeMatt Kirby
1984Calamity JaneWild Bill Hickock
1984Best Kept SecretsBlaise Dietz
1984The Stone BoyAndy Jansen
1985Adventures of Huckleberry FinnPap Finn
1985"Quo Vadis?"Petronius(TV Mini-Series)
1985Right to Kill?Richard Jahnke, Sr.
1985ReturnBrian Stoving
1986The Deliberate StrangerDet. Bob Keppel
1986Where are the Children?Courtney Parrish
1987StackingBuster McGuire
198721 Jump StreetCaptain Richard Jenko6 episodes
1988Little Girl LostTim Brady
1988Beryl Markham: A Shadow on the SunRaoul Schumacher
1988Tucker: The Man and His DreamEddie
1988GothamFather George
1989Lonesome DoveBlue Duck(TV Mini-Series) (unknown episodes)
1989Margaret Bourke-WhiteErskine Caldwell
1989Valentino ReturnsSonny Gibbs
1989Cat ChaserNolen Tyner
1989Music BoxJack Burke
1990The Two JakesChuck Newty
1990Die KinderLomax6 episodes
1992Twin SistersDelvaux
1992The Young Riders2 episodes
1992Citizen CohnDashiell Hammett
1992The Habitation of DragonsLeonard Tolliver
1992Rain Without ThunderWarden
1993Hidden FearsMike
1993Falling DownNick, Nazi Surplus Store Owner
1993TraumaDr. Judd
1993Precious VictimsSheriff Frank Yocom
1994Double ObsessionPaul Harkness
1994Against the WallWeisbad
1994LassieSam Garland
1995One Night StandMichael Joslyn
1996Double JeopardyJack
1996AndersonvilleSgt. McSpadden
1997Crash DiveAdm. Pendleton
1997The BraveLou Sr.
1997The End of ViolenceRanger MacDermot
1997One of Our OwnMaj. Ron Bridges
1998ImplicatedDet. Luddy
1998Boogie BoyEdsel Dundee
1998Murphy BrownKennyEpisode: A Man and a Woman
1998Point BlankMac Bradford
1998WhateverMr. Chaminski
1998Black ThunderThe Admiral
1998The First 9½ WeeksDavid Millman
1999Shadow LakeRoy Harman
1999SweetwaterAlex (present day)
2000Shadow HoursSean
2000The Spreading GroundDet. Michael McGivern
2000MilitiaWilliam Fain
2000A Piece of EdenPaulo Tredici
2002The House Next DoorVernon Crank
2002Path to WarEarle Wheeler
2003The Quality of LightDavid
2006All the King's MenWillie's Father


  1. ^ "Frederic Forrest Biography (1936-)". 1936-12-23. Retrieved 2013-01-22. 

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