Frederic Forrest, 'Apocalypse Now,' dies at 86

June 25, 2023
Robert Ayers

Actor Frederic Forrest, known for Apocalypse Now, has died. He was 86 years old. 

The news of Forrest's passing was announced Friday on Twitter by actress Bette Midler, Forrest's former co-star.

Midler wrote:

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," Midler added.

What we know:

The circumstances of Forrest's death, at the time of this writing, have not been revealed.

Actor Barry Primus told The Hollywood Reporter, "Forrest died Friday at his home in Santa Monica after a long illness, his friend, actor Barry Primus."

No other details about Forrest's "long illness" were provided.

It is known that Primus, last year, helped to set up a GoFundMe page for Forrest's caregiving expenses.

The page states:

Thanks to the many generous donations so many friends and fans have made so far, we have been able to maintain Frederic's home care for the past six months by paying caregivers to be with him 8 hours a day, 7 days a week. However, to maintain his care, we will need to raise additional funds at this time.

Remembering Forrest

From Texas, Forrest is perhaps best known for portraying Jay "Chef" Hicks in the 1979 Francis Ford Coppola film Apocalypse Now. Forrest, in the film, appeared alongside Robert Duvall, Martin Sheen, and Marlon Brando.

Today reports:

As Jay “Chef” Hicks in Francis Ford Coppola’s “Apocalypse Now,” Forrestt played the tightly-wound former New Orleans chef on the river patrol boat who raves “I didn’t come here for this, I don’t f****** need this, all I wanted to do is f****** cook” before later getting beheaded.

Forrest also appeared in numerous other films, including One From the Heart, The Conversation, Hammett, Tuck: The Man and His Dream, Falling Down, The Missouri Breaks, The Two Jakes, Valley Girl, Point Blank, and others. His final on-screen appearance was in 2006 in All the King's Men.

But, the other big film that Forrest is remembered for is The Rose, where he co-starred beside Bette Midler. The New York Post reports, "the actress playing a troubled rockstar and the late actor portraying her limousine-driver-turned-love-interest, Huston Dyer."

For the role, Forrest earned one Academy Award nomination and one Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Act.

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