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Also Known As: Robert Selden Duvall Died:
Born: January 5, 1931 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: San Diego, California, USA Profession: actor, producer, director, screenwriter, songwriter, postal clerk, dishwasher, restaurant owner, truck driver

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Widely hailed as one of the greatest actors of his generation, Robert Duvall was something of a late bloomer in Hollywood. Making his acclaimed debut at 31 years old as Arthur "Boo" Radley in "To Kill a Mockingbird" (1962), Duvall was a decade older when he played Tom Hagen, valued consigliere and adopted son of Don Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando) in "The Godfather" (1972) and "The Godfather, Part II" (1974). While not exactly matinee idol material, he unquestionably possessed a wide range that allowed him to play bullying corporate executive Frank Hackett in "Network" (1976), self-determined surfing fanatic Col. Kilgore in "Apocalypse Now" (1979), and hard-nosed Marine officer Bull Meechum in "The Great Santini" (1979). In the following decade, he won an Oscar for his performance as a washed-up country singer in "Tender Mercies" (1983), before playing a sportswriter in "The Natural" (1984) and a veteran cop in "Colors" (1988). On television, Duvall earned awards for turns as Gus McRae in "Lonesome Dove" (CBS, 1989) and Joseph Stalin in "Stalin" (HBO, 1992), though he stepped back into supporting roles on film with "Sling Blade" (1996). He earned acclaim for directing "The Apostle" (1997), while turns...

Widely hailed as one of the greatest actors of his generation, Robert Duvall was something of a late bloomer in Hollywood. Making his acclaimed debut at 31 years old as Arthur "Boo" Radley in "To Kill a Mockingbird" (1962), Duvall was a decade older when he played Tom Hagen, valued consigliere and adopted son of Don Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando) in "The Godfather" (1972) and "The Godfather, Part II" (1974). While not exactly matinee idol material, he unquestionably possessed a wide range that allowed him to play bullying corporate executive Frank Hackett in "Network" (1976), self-determined surfing fanatic Col. Kilgore in "Apocalypse Now" (1979), and hard-nosed Marine officer Bull Meechum in "The Great Santini" (1979). In the following decade, he won an Oscar for his performance as a washed-up country singer in "Tender Mercies" (1983), before playing a sportswriter in "The Natural" (1984) and a veteran cop in "Colors" (1988). On television, Duvall earned awards for turns as Gus McRae in "Lonesome Dove" (CBS, 1989) and Joseph Stalin in "Stalin" (HBO, 1992), though he stepped back into supporting roles on film with "Sling Blade" (1996). He earned acclaim for directing "The Apostle" (1997), while turns in the Westerns "Open Range" (2003) and "Broken Trail" (AMC, 2006) only bolstered his reputation. Still in great demand well into his seventies, Duvall showed no signs of slowing down well into the new millennium.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Assassination Tango (2002) Director
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  Apostle, The (1997) Director
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  Angelo, My Love (1983) Director
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  We're Not the Jet Set (1975) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Judge, The (2014)
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 Casting By (2013)
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 Jack Reacher (2012)
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 Get Low (2009)
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 Road, The (2009)
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 Crazy Heart (2009)
10.
 Four Christmases (2008)
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Milestones close milestones

1953:
Served two years in the United States Army
1955:
Moved to NYC to study acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse
1958:
Made off-Broadway debut in George Bernard Shaw's "Mrs. Warren's Profession"
1958:
First association with playwright Horton Foote, the NY production of "The Midnight Caller"
1959:
Made his first television appearance on "Armstrong Circle Theatre" (NBC)
1962:
Made his screen debut was as Boo Radley in "To Kill a Mockingbird"; screenplay by Foote
1963:
Played Capt. Paul Cabot Winston in "Captain Newman, M.D."
1965:
Gained notice for his performance of Eddie in Arthur Miller's "A View From the Bridge"; Dustin Hoffman was the assistant director
1966:
First film with Marlon Brando, "The Chase"; adapted from Foote's story and play
1966:
Starred in the original Broadway production of "Wait Until Dark"
1968:
Played the old nemesis of John Wayne's Marshall 'Rooster' Cogburn in "True Grit"
1968:
First movie with director Robert Altman and actor James Caan, "Countdown"
1969:
Initial screen collaboration with director Francis Ford Coppola, "The Rain People"
1970:
Portrayed Major Frank Burns in Altman's "M*A*S*H"
1971:
Played the title role in George Lucas' feature directing debut "THX 1138"; executive produced by Coppola
1972:
Supported Clint Eastwood in John Sturges' "Joe Kidd"
1972:
Offered critically acclaimed performance as Consigliere Tom Hagen in "The Godfather"; re-teamed with director Francis Ford Coppola and actors Caan and Brando; earned first Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor
1972:
Portrayed a handyman who falls in love with an abandoned pregnant woman in "Tomorrow"; screenplay written by Horton Foote
1974:
Acted in Coppola's "The Conversation"; first film with friend Gene Hackman
1974:
Reprised the role of Tom Hagen for "The Godfather, Part II"
1975:
Last film to date with Caan, "The Killer Elite"
1975:
Documentary film directing debut, "We're Not the Jet Set"
1976:
Earned rave reviews for his portrayal of television executive Frank Hackett in Sidney Lumet's "Network"
1977:
Returned to Broadway to appear as Walter Cole in David Mamet's "American Buffalo"
1979:
Featured as the gung ho Lt. Col. Kilgore in Coppola's Vietnam epic "Apocalypse Now"; earned second Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor
1980:
Portrayed a hard-nosed military man in "The Great Santini"; earned first Best Actor Academy Award nomination
1981:
Co-starred with Robert De Niro for "True Confessions"
1983:
Portrayed country Western singer Mac Sledge in Horton Foote's Oscar-winning script "Tender Mercies"; first producing credit and first credit as a song performer
1983:
Made feature directing and screenwriting debut with "Angelo, My Love"
1984:
Played cynical sportswriter Max Mercy in "The Natural"
1988:
Co-starred with Sean Penn as Los Angeles street cops assigned to gang detail in "Colors"
1989:
Starred as Gus McRae in CBS miniseries "Lonesome Dove"; earned an Emmy nomination
1992:
Played the title role in HBO biopic "Stalin"; nominated for an Emmy Award
1993:
Re-teamed with Hackman for "Geronimo: An American Legend"
1995:
First teamed with Billy Bob Thornton for "The Stars Fell on Henrietta"
1995:
Played Julia Roberts' straying father in "Something to Talk About"
1996:
Made a cameo appearance as Karl Childers' father in "Sling Blade"; starred Billy Bob Thornton, who also wrote and directed
1996:
Portrayed Adolph Eichmann in the TNT movie, "The Man Who Captured Eichmann"
1996:
Produced and starred opposite James Earl Jones in "A Family Thing"; co-scripted by Billy Bob Thornton
1997:
Received critical acclaim for writing, directing, and starring as a Pentecostal Christian preacher in "The Apostle"; earned an Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay, and SAG and Oscar nominations for Best Actor
1998:
Co-starred in Altman's "The Gingerbread Man"
1998:
Co-starred in "A Civil Action" as the opposing counsel to John Travolta; earned sixth career Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actor
2000:
Produced, co-wrote, and co-starred in "A Shot at Glory"
2002:
Wrote, produced, directed, and starred in the drama "Assassination Tango"
2002:
Portrayed General Robert E. Lee in the Civil War drama "Gods and Generals"
2003:
Received star on Hollywood Walk of Fame
2003:
Co-starred with Kevin Costner in compelling Western "Open Range"
2005:
Played Will Ferrell's father in the comedy "Kicking & Screaming"
2006:
Played a tobacco tycoon in Jason Reitman's satirical comedy "Thank You for Smoking"
2006:
Played an aging cowboy in AMC miniseries "Broken Trail"; earned Golden Globe and SAG nominations for Best Actor in a Miniseries
2007:
Cast as Eric Bana's father in "Lucky You"
2009:
Played an old, dying man in the feature adaptation of Joe Penhall's novel "The Road"
2009:
Played supporting role in "Crazy Heart," starring Jeff Bridges in his Oscar-winning role
2010:
Portrayed a backwoods hermit who stages his own premature funeral in "Get Low"
2011:
Played a Russian general in HBO romantic drama "Hemingway & Gellhorn"
2012:
Cast opposite Tom Cruise in action drama "Jack Reacher"
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Education

The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre: New York , New York -
The Principia School: St. Louis , Missouri -
Principia College: Elsah , Illinois - 1953

Notes

Duvall claims to be related to Robert E. Lee (way back) on his mother's side. His paternal grandfather's name was Abraham Lincoln Duvall.

"Stripping away artifice--it's the constant standard I aim for in acting, to approximate life. People talk about being bigger than life--but there's nothing bigger than life." --Duvall in Los Angeles Times, December 21, 1993

"Mr. Duvall is a very special actor in that he doesn't have to be noisily [or even quietly] busy to assert his control over character and the audience's attention. The camera sees everything he does, which, when one tries to describe it, seems to be nothing at at all. The behavior becomes somehow riveting." --Vincent Canby in his The New York Times review of "Convicts", December 6, 1991

"You're always looking for a way into the part. I've always remembered something Sanford Meisner, my acting teacher, told us. When you create a character, it's like making a chair, except instead of making someting out of wood, you make it out of yourself. That's the actor's craft--using yourself to create a character." --Robert Duvall to Los Angeles Times, March 18, 1998

On his auteur turn with "The Apostle": "It's been accepted by the secular hip community--the film people--and by the religious people as well [Billy Graham called it 'a compass pointing toward the 21st century'], and they're the toughest. I feel I'm a better person for making the movie; there's a certain sense of accomplishment that maybe I've made something that matters." --Robert Duvall to the London Times, June 3, 1998

"You smell that? Napalm, son. Nothing else in the world smells like that. I love the smell of napalm in the morning. D'you know, one time we had a hail bomb, for 12 hours. When it was all over I walked up ... we didn't find one of 'em, not one stinking dead body. The smell. You know that, that gasoline smell? The whole hill. Smells like ... victory." --Lieutenant Colonel Kilgore [Duvall] from "Apocalypse Now"

About the experience: " ... 'Apocalypse Now' took so long to come out, it was almost anticlimactic when it did. [Coppola] left a scene out, which I felt made it more complete: I save a baby's life. I've killed the parents, and I send it back in my helicopter to be dealt with at the hospital. Then for some reason they cut it out. Maybe in a longer version it'll be back in again." --Duvall to Empire. July 1998

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wife:
Barbara Benjamin. Designer. Married in 1964; divorced.
companion:
Lindsay Crouse. Actor. Involved in the 1970s.
wife:
Gail Youngs. Actor. Married in 1982; divorced in 1986; sister of actor John Savage; associate producer and 2nd unit director for Duvall's "Angelo, My Love".
wife:
Sharon Brophy. Dance instructor. Married on May 1, 1991; separated in 1995.
companion:
Luciana Pedraza. Equestrian, events planner. Together as of late 1996; Argentine; manages the restaurant he bought near his estate in Virginia; born c. 1972, she shares the same birthday as Duvall.
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father:
William Howard Duvall. Military officer. Former US Navy admiral.
step-daughter:
Nancy Horne.

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