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Interview: Actor Robert Forster talks about his Rochester roots during a stop at The Little Theatre

Sep 17, 2018

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Actor Robert Forster, a Rochester native who has been in dozens of films and TV shows, was in town over the weekend.

He hosted a private showing for family and friends at The Little Theatre of his new film, called  What They Had,  which is about a family dealing with Alzheimer’s disease. Its cast also includes Hilary Swank, Blythe Danner, and Michael Shannon.

WXXI’s Randy Gorbman caught up with Forster after the screening of the film on Saturday. The Rochester screening was the first time Forster had seen the film, which has previously been shown at the Sundance Film Festival and the Toronto Film Festival.


A couple of hundred people showed up at the private screening, many of them Forster’s family and friends. He also attended his 60th high school reunion last week for people who went to James Madison High School in Rochester.

What They Had  is expected to be out in theaters next month.