A high-IQ or genius society is an organization that typically accepts people who have obtained a specific score on an IQ test. The largest and oldest society is Mensa International and some notable celebrities part of their club include; Geena Davis, Alan Rachins, Steve Martin, and Lisa Simpson! But have you heard of the Triple Nine Society? And is Robert Forster part of this group?
Robert Forster, best known for his role in Jackie Brown, is actually part of the Triple Nine Society. The society is reserved only for people whose IQ is at least 99.9th percentile. Only about one in 1,000 individuals pass the screening process.
Who was Robert Forster?
Robert Wallace Forster Jr. was born on July 13, 1941, in Rochester, New York. He was the son of Robert Wallace Forster Sr., an elephant trainer for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, and Grace Dorothy.
Forster attended Rochester’s Madison High School and then Alfred University. By 1964, he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Rochester. The actor started his career in show business three years later, appearing in Reflections in a Golden Eye.
A year later, his performance was applauded with his role in Medium Cool. Forster moved from the big screen to television series as Miles Banyon in the detective series Banyon. He also starred as Deputy Nakia Parker in Nakia. He also played different roles in Police Story and appeared in the movie Alligator in 1980.
His acting career continued until the mid-2000s, playing various roles in different TV series like Once a Hero, William Tell, Walker, Texas Ranger, Murder She Wrote, and One West Waikiki. He also was cast in several movies like Me, Myself & Irene, Diamond Men, Like Mike, Firewall, Lucky Number Slevin, London Has Fallen, What They Had, and Damsel.
One of Forster’s acclaimed works was with Director Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown. He earned a nomination for Best Supporting Actor in the Academy Awards and the Chicago Film Critics Association Awards.
He was still active in the industry until he died on October 11, 2019, of brain cancer. (Source: The Famous People)
What is the Triple Nine Society?
The Triple Nine Society (TNS) is the world’s largest IQ society reserved for individuals who scored at or above the 99.9th percentile. People who are part of the society pass selected intelligence tests administered by the community.
TNS was founded in 1978 with the intention of being committed to friendship, communication, the adventure of intellectual exploration, and a greater realization of individual potentials. (Source: Triple Nine)
Compared to MENSA’s worldwide membership of almost 110,000, admission to TNS is at 0.1%, meaning that only one in one thousand individuals gain membership. TNS only has about 1,900 members globally, with people from a diverse educational, ethnic, cultural, political, and geographical backgrounds.
Members of the society gain access to discuss with others who are on the same IQ percentile as they are and can gain mentorship in educational and business settings. On top of that, members are enrolled in email forums, the society’s official Facebook group, subscriptions to the society’s journal, and invited to the annual meetings.
Since admission to the society is held to a very high IQ level, only a few famous personalities are members of the TNS.
- Robert Forster – Actor
- Mike Keefe – Editorial Cartoonist
- Kirk Kirkpatrick – Businessman
- Jack Schaeffer – Musician
- Ronald Hoeflin – Philosopher
- Richard Ballerand – Security Advisor