Robert Forster has the sort of gruff, earthy looks that directors love when they are casting, well, gruff, earthy characters. And, lo and behold, that's exactly what he comes across as in Me, Myself & Irene (opening today), in which he plays Colonel Partington. Forster (right} was born in Rochester, New York, on July 13, 1941, and started his acting career in community theatre. But it was on his arrival in New York City in 1965 that things really took off. He won immediate acclaim for his part in a revival of A Streetcar Named Desire and that brought his first film role in The Graduate. Unfortunately, of course, it wasn't the production that launched Dustin Hoffman to superstardom: this one was about a renegade cop. His 'official' arrival as a big-screen attraction came in 1967 when he was cast in John Houston's Reflections In A Golden Eye, opposite Marlon Brando and Elizabeth Taylor. He followed that up with Medium Cool (1969), which won him further critical praise, but then things strangely seemed to dry up. Television came calling, however, and Forster worked his way through such titles as The Death Squad (1973), Goliath Awaits (1981) and Crossbow (1994). In 1996, fate - and a young director named Quentin Tarantino - crossed his path. Tarantino was casting Jackie Brown and was a well-known fan of 1970s and 80s B-grade productions. And Forster, he said, was in the 'As of the Bs'. Tarantino cast him alongside fellow B-teamer Pam Grier and his faith was rewarded when Forster won an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actor. Since then, the film roles have once again come thick and fast.