Debuted at the age of two playing a television ad for Coppertone tanning creams. The four began to work in series television. At 14 years old reached his first hit in 1976 with Cinematographic Taxi Driver by Martin Scorsese, gaining a nomination for an Oscar.
The performances are remarkable for Foster, characterizing women with emotional burdens giving his characters a complex profile of mixed emotions. It is a very prolific actress, especially since the beginning of this decade, since it has been more interested in direction, but not intensive.
His most notable performances include: The Blood of Others (C. Chabrol, 1983), Accused (J. Kaplan, 1988 his first Oscar), The Silence of the Lambs, Jonathan Demme in 1991, his second oscar , Shadows and Fog (Woody Allen, 1991), Sommersby (Amiel J., 1992), Nell (M. Apted, 1994), Contact (Robert Zemeckis in 1997), Anna and the King (A. Tennant, 1999) and the panic room (David Fincher, 2002).
He was offered a million dollar salary back to his role as Detective Starling in The Silence of the Lambs sequel Hannibal, but unlike Anthony Hopkins, refusal to participate in it, according to some, because he feared not match the level of the first film, and according to others, because the argument then was too truculent.
Directorial debut with Little Tate in 1991.

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