Rolling Thunder and Brubaker star Linda Haynes dead at 75 as heartbroken son speaks out

Linda Haynes died peacefully at her South Carolina home, surrounded by loved ones last month, her son Greg Sylvander has announced in a statement.

He wrote on Twitter: “It is with great sadness that I report my mother, Linda Haynes Sylvander, has passed away, peacefully at home. We are going to miss my mom immensely.”

A cause of death is yet to be revealed.

Linda was a life member of The Actor’s Studio and member of The Screen Actors Guild (SAG).

Her acting career, from 1969 to the early 1980s, saw her star in a number of films.

The actress’ first on-screen role was in Latitude Zero, which also starred Cesar Romero, Richard Jaeckel, and Joseph Cotten.

She went on to act in Coffy (1973), The Nickel Ride (1974), The Drowning Pool (1975), Rolling Thunder (1977), Human Experiments (1979), Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones (1980), and Brubaker (1980).

After leaving the acting world behind, Linda went on to train as a legal secretary.

She is best known for her role as barmaid Linda Forchet in Rolling Thunder, which Quentin Tarantino once praised.

According to her obituary, he said: “The performance of the film for me is Linda Haynes as Linda Forchet!

“She was in one of the sleepers for the first [Quentin Tarantino Film Festival], The Nickel Ride, she was in Pam Grier’s Coffy.”

He continued: “But Linda Forchet is my favorite female character in a Paul Schrader movie… She has that look that Ava Gardner (actress, who died in 1990) got — you know, blousey — but it took Ava years to do it, and Linda Haynes just did it naturally. And I mean that in a good way.”

Tributes have flooded in for the late American film star on social media this evening. 

William Boyle wrote: “RIP Linda Haynes, the star of all-time favorites Rolling Thunder and The Nickel Ride. She was so damn incredible.”

Linda’s fan also went on to call a signed picture from the actress a “prized possession of mine”.

David Lambert commented: “RIP Linda Haynes.”

Aharon Keshales typed: “Rolling Thunder is one of the greatest American thrillers.

“It also has a huge heart, and that heart belongs to Linda Haynes. She was electrifying in this film.

“If I were William Devine, I would’ve abandoned any revenge plot I had in my mind and focused on making her happy. RIP.”

Linda is survived by her son, her daughter-in-law, Courtney Lynn Sylvander, her grandchildren, James Riley Sylvander and Amelia Grace Sylvander.