Oscar-Nominated Actor Frederic Forrest, Star of ‘The Rose,’ D!es at Age 86

Frederic Forrest, is best remembered for his Oscar-nominated performance as Sgt. Huston Dyer in The Rose alongside Bette Midler, has d!ed. He was 86.

Midler broke the heartbreaking news on Friday night, tweeting, “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.”

Forrest died Friday at his Santa Monica home after a long illness, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The cause of deαth was not revealed. His pals set up a GoFundMe campaign in September to assist cover his caregiving needs while he battled an unspecified ailment.

Contributions, have helped “maintain Fredric’s home care for the past six months by paying caregivers to be with him 8 hours a day, 7 days a week.”

Midler made her film debut in the 1979 musical drama as Mary Rose Foster, a rock singer who battled her own demons. She eventually falls for Forrest’s character, an Army sergeant who went AWOL, despite the fact that their connection was fraught with difficulties.

Oscar-Nominated Actor Frederic Forrest, Star of 'The Rose,' D!es at Age 86

The Rose, directed by Mark Rydell, received four Academy Award nominations, including Best Actress in a Leading Role (Midler) and Best Supporting Actor (Forrest).

The film was also nominated for Best Film Editing and Best Sound. Forrest was also nominated for a Golden Globe for The Rose, but Melvyn Douglas (Being There) won both.

When the Legends Die (his film debut), Apocalypse Now, The Conversation, One From the Heart, Tucker: The Man and His Dream (all four directed by Francis Ford Coppola), The Missouri Breaks, It Lives Again, The Two Jakes, and Point Blank were among his other film appearances. He was most recently seen in All the King’s Men.

He was born on December 23, 1936, in Waxahachie, Texas, where he took use of the three movie theaters in his small town as a child.

“I would act out movies when I was a kid. All we had was the picture show. There was no television so we’d go see all the movies,” he told Alan Mercer in July 2014. “We had three movie theaters in Waxahachie. Back in those days, actors would tour with the movies, so we’d get some cowboy stars that would come through. ‘B’ movies were big in little towns because you had the Saturday matinee.”

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