Robert Duvall


Actor
Robert Duvall

About

Also Known As
Robert Selden Duvall
Birth Place
San Diego, California, USA
Born
January 05, 1931

Biography

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 Godfath...

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Family & Companions

Barbara Benjamin
Wife
Designer. Married in 1964; divorced.
Lindsay Crouse
Companion
Actor. Involved in the 1970s.
Gail Youngs
Wife
Actor. Married in 1982; divorced in 1986; sister of actor John Savage; associate producer and 2nd unit director for Duvall's "Angelo, My Love".
Sharon Brophy
Wife
Dance instructor. Married on May 1, 1991; separated in 1995.

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

Biography

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.

Born in San Diego, CA on Jan. 5, 1931, Robert Selden Duvall was raised in Annapolis, MD. The son of a Navy admiral, Duvall served in the U.S. Army and later drew from this background for such performances as Kilgore in "Apocalypse Now" (1979) and career military man Bull Meecham in "The Great Santini" (1979). Duvall would also use his early experiences to inform a wide variety of Southern parts - an affinity perhaps owing to his father's Virginia roots - beginning with Boo Radley. During the mid-1950s, Duvall gravitated to New York City, where he appeared off-Broadway in Horton Foote's one-act play, "The Midnight Caller" (1958) - the first of his many associations with the playwright. Duvall also acted in an acclaimed off-Broadway revival of Arthur Miller's "A View from the Bridge" (1965). Duvall began acting on television in the early 1960s, racking up guest shots on series like "The Outer Limits" (ABC, 1963-65), "The Twilight Zone" (CBS, 1959-1964), "Route 66" (CBS, 1960-64) and "The Defenders" (CBS, 1961-65). Having gained a solid reputation by the late 1960s, Duvall closed out the decade with two notable performances. The first was as the unpredictable Ned Pepper in "True Grit" (1969), regarded by many as the definitive John Wayne Western. That same year, Duvall earned kudos for his performance in Francis Ford Coppola's drama, "The Rain People" (1969), marking the first of five collaborations between the actor and filmmaker.

Duvall continued to challenge himself with unusual roles through much of the 1970s. Having portrayed an astronaut in director Robert Altman's "Countdown" (1968), Duvall reunited with the director for "M*A*S*H" (1970), a cutting anti-war dramedy set in Korea. As super pious surgeon Major Frank Burns, Duvall showed off his formidable comedic chops, invoking flashes of brilliance not seen since his villainous turn in "True Grit." The following year, Duvall gave one of his most unusual performances as the title character in George Lucas' feature directing debut, "THX 1138" (1971). Though the Orwellian sci-fi thriller did poorly in its initial release, the film was later reevaluated in a more positive light. Duvall's next project was the Horton Foote-scripted "Tomorrow" (1972), regarded by many as the best film adaptation of a William Faulkner work. The story of a handyman who falls for an abandoned pregnant woman (Olga Bellin), "Tomorrow" garnered respectful reviews, but little business. Bigger things awaited the actor, however.

In late 1971, director Francis Ford Coppola tapped Duvall for the part of Tom Hagen, the loyal Corleone family consigliere in "The Godfather" (1972). One of Duvall's best-known roles, Tom Hagen was an instrumental part of Mario Puzo's story. Masterfully underplayed, yet powerfully effective, Duvall's character would be fleshed out significantly in "The Godfather: Part II" (1974). Released just two years after, the sequel picked up where the original left off, continuing Puzo's inter-generational family saga. Interestingly, when Paramount greenlit "The Godfather: Part III" (1990) some 16 years later, Duvall was naturally expected to participate. When he and the studio were unable to come to terms over salary, however, the character of Tom Hagen was regrettably dropped from the final script. Although financial issues led Duvall to pass on appearing in the less than operatic "Part III," the actor did join former co-stars Marlon Brando and James Caan in reprising their characters vocally for the 2006 video game "The Godfather: The Game."

Professionally speaking, Duvall truly came into his own as an actor towards the late 1970s and early 1980s. Already considered one of Hollywood's top supporting actors by that point, Duvall left his indelible mark on a number of superior films. In 1979, the actor gave a tour-de-force performance as the sadistic Lt. Col. Bull Meechum in the film adaptation of Pat Conroy's "The Great Santini." Nominated for two Oscars, the film successfully re-energized Duvall's career. Later that same year, Duvall appeared as the gung-ho surfing enthusiast/battlefield warrior Colonel Kilgore in Francis Ford Coppola's epic war drama, "Apocalypse Now" (1979). Though his part was relatively small, Duvall would deliver one of modern cinema's most memorable lines: "I love the smell of napalm in the morning smells like victory." However, it was not until the Oscar-winning "Tender Mercies" (1983) that the actor's talents would formally be recognized. Delivering a career performance as faded country singer Mac Sledge, Duvall perfectly captured the pain, heartache and despair of a once beloved entertainer. One of the best films of the year, "Tender Mercies" deservedly received two Oscars, including one for Duvall for Best Actor.

While the Eighties boasted some of Duvall's finest work, the following decade was somewhat of a mixed bag for the actor, artistically speaking. Settling into an increasingly familiar role as the mentor-cum-wizened father figure, Duvall breezed through a series of high-budget movies playing broad variations of the same character. While none of these films - among them: "Days of Thunder" (1990), "The Paper" (1993), "Falling Down" (1994), "Phenomenon" (1995), "The Gingerbread Man" (1998) and "Deep Impact" (1998) - offered much in the way of challenge, they did, at least, insure the actor lifelong financial security. Par for the course, Duvall's presence actually elevated some of these films to undeserved heights. His performance as a slick corporate legal counsel in the merely adequate "A Civil Action" (1998), for example, earned the film its highest notices. One of the rare exceptions to this rule, though, was "The Apostle" (1997) - a pet project that Duvall had tried to get off the ground for over a decade. Written by, directed by and starring Duvall, "The Apostle" told the tale of a fallen preacher (Duvall) who, through a course of deceptive practices, ultimately finds unexpected redemption. Boasting fine supporting performances from Farrah Fawcett, Miranda Richardson and Billy Bob Thornton, "The Apostle" was a huge critical hit and earned Duvall yet another Best Actor Oscar nomination. As his film career peaked, Duvall returned to television periodically. Among his triumphs was his Emmy-nominated portrayal of retired Texas Ranger Captain Augustus 'Gus' McCrae in the TV miniseries adaptation of Larry McMurtry's "Lonesome Dove" (CBS, 1989).

Duvall's output remained prolific - if a bit uninspired - as he entered the new millennium. Following a lengthy hiatus, Duvall returned with a splash in "Gone In 60 Seconds" (2000) - a high budget, high-octane spectacle starring Nicolas Cage and Angelina Jolie. Later that year, Duvall popped up again in another lucrative, but otherwise unchallenging role as a cloning scientist in Arnold Schwarzenegger's "The 6th Day" (2000). He also added his distinctive gravitas to his role as a seasoned police negotiator in the over-earnest populist drama, "John Q" (2000), starring Denzel Washington. Duvall did, however, manage to land one of his more distinguished roles of the era as legendary Confederate general Robert E. Lee in "Gods and Generals" (2003) - the prequel to the acclaimed novel and film "Gettysburg" (1993).

Continuing his efforts behind the camera, Duvall again took center stage as star, writer, producer and director of his next project, the crime drama, "Assassination Tango" (2002). Co-produced by his "Godfather" collaborator, Francis Ford Coppola, the film was notable for its clever incorporation of one of Duvall's passions - Argentinean tango dancing - into the plot. Giving another finely etched performance, Duvall played an aging, paranoid, dance-loving hit man in this offbeat film. More acting jobs followed. In 2004, Duvall teamed with Michael Caine for "Secondhand Lions," a sentimental tale of two eccentric uncles who take in their neglected young nephew (Haley Joel Osment) for a summer. Duvall subsequently called upon his estimable comedic chops to play Will Ferrell's win-at-all-costs father in "Kicking & Screaming" (2005). In "Thank You for Smoking" (2006), Jason Reitman's satirical look at the world of spin doctoring; Duvall played a millionaire owner of a tobacco company dying of lung cancer, who sends his best lobbyist (Aaron Eckhart) to convince Hollywood moguls to put more smoking back into movies.

Later in 2006, Duvall found himself back in familiar territory when he starred the Western "Broken Trail" (AMC, 2005-06), a two-part miniseries about an old cowboy (Duvall) and his nephew (Thomas Haden Church) who come across five Chinese women kidnapped from their home and sold into sexual slavery seeking to find safe haven from their captors. Duvall earned yet another Golden Globe Award nomination, this time for Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie. In 2007, Duvall returned before the cameras for a supporting role in director Curtis Hanson's poker-themed family drama, "Lucky You," giving a powerful performance as L.C. Cheever, the estranged father of Eric Bana's character, hotshot poker player Huck Cheever. When father and son face off against each other in the film's climax, it is as opponents at the world-famous World Series of Poker championship.Meanwhile, the accolades continued for his performance in "Broken Trail." Duvall earned an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie, the first-ever win in his long, venerable career. Later in the evening, Duvall took the Emmy stage a second time to accept the award for Outstanding Miniseries on behalf of the producers.

Showing no signs of slowing down - sometimes at the expense of participating in less than stellar projects - Duvall made an appearance as the emotionally distant, excessively macho dad of Vince Vaughn in the miserable holiday comedy "Four Christmases" (2008). He redeemed himself the following year with a small but devastating turn in the film adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's bleak post-apocalyptic journey, "The Road" (2009). In the story of a father and son (Viggo Mortensen and Kodi Smit-McPhee) on a desperate struggle for survival, Duvall's cameo of a 90-year-old dying man who is looking for his own son, was one of the more heart-wrenching moments of an already emotionally brutal film. That same year, Duvall delivered another quietly eloquent performance as a concerned friend trying to steer Jeff Bridges' washed-up country singer toward the path to redemption in the critically lauded "Crazy Heart" (2009). The nearly 80-year-old actor followed with a leading role in the little seen, but highly regarded independent drama, "Get Low" (2010). Alongside Sissy Spacek and Bill Murray, Duvall's portrayal of a curmudgeonly hermit in 1930s Tennessee who decides to throw himself a "funeral party" while he is still alive earned the veteran actor a Screen Actors Guild Award nod. From there, he played Russian General Petrov in "Hemingway & Gellhorn" (HBO, 2012), starring Clive Owen as Ernest Hemingway and Nicole Kidman as his third wife, Martha Gellhorn, and followed that with a supporting turn as a former U.S. Marine who operates a shooting range in the action thriller, "Jack Reacher" (2012), which featured Tom Cruise as the titular former military M.P.-turned-vigilante. Duvall next starred in the drama "A Night in Old Mexico" (2013), followed by a turn opposite Robert Downey Jr. in the title role of the legal drama "The Judge" (2014).

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

Wild Horses (2015)
Director
Assassination Tango (2003)
Director
The Apostle (1997)
Director
Angelo, My Love (1983)
Director
We're Not the Jet Set (1975)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

Widows (2018)
In Dubious Battle (2017)
Wild Horses (2015)
The Judge (2014)
Jayne Mansfield's Car (2013)
Casting By (2013)
Hemingway & Gellhorn (2012)
Jack Reacher (2012)
Tribes of October (2011)
The Road (2009)
Crazy Heart (2009)
Get Low (2009)
Four Christmases (2008)
We Own the Night (2007)
Lucky You (2007)
Operation Homecoming (2007)
Narrator
Thank You for Smoking (2006)
Kicking & Screaming (2005)
Buck Weston
Secondhand Lions (2003)
Gods and Generals (2003)
Assassination Tango (2003)
Open Range (2003)
Boss Spearman
John Q (2002)
Lieutenant Frank Grimes
Apocalypse Now Redux (2001)
Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000)
A Shot at Glory (2000)
Gordon Mcleod
The 6th Day (2000)
The Gingerbread Man (1998)
Dixon Doss
Deep Impact (1998)
A Civil Action (1998)
The Apostle (1997)
Euliss 'Sonny' Dewey
A Family Thing (1996)
The Man Who Captured Eichmann (1996)
Phenomenon (1996)
The Scarlet Letter (1995)
Something to Talk About (1995)
The Stars Fell On Henrietta (1995)
The Paper (1994)
Falling Down (1993)
Cachao: Like His Rhythm There Is No Other (1993)
Himself
Geronimo: An American Legend (1993)
Wrestling Ernest Hemingway (1993)
Walt
Stalin (1992)
Stalin
Newsies (1992)
The Plague (1992)
Joseph Grand
Rambling Rose (1991)
Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (1991)
Convicts (1991)
Days of Thunder (1990)
The Handmaid's Tale (1990)
A Show Of Force (1990)
Colors (1988)
Hotel Colonial (1987)
Carrasco
Let's Get Harry (1986)
Belizaire The Cajun (1986)
Preacher
The Lightship (1985)
The Stone Boy (1984)
The Natural (1984)
Tender Mercies (1983)
Mac Sledge
The Terry Fox Story (1983)
True Confessions (1981)
The Pursuit Of D.B. Cooper (1981)
Great Santini (1979)
Bull Meechum
The Gift of Fury (1979)
Apocalypse Now (1979)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
The Betsy (1978)
The Greatest (1977)
Network (1976)
The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (1976)
The Eagle Has Landed (1976)
Lieutenant-Colonel Max Radl
The Killer Elite (1975)
George Hansen
Breakout (1975)
The Conversation (1974)
Mr. C.
The Outfit (1974)
The Godfather Part II (1974)
Badge 373 (1973)
Lady Ice (1973)
The Godfather (1972)
Tom Hagen
Tomorrow (1972)
Jackson Fentry
Joe Kidd (1972)
Frank Harlan
The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid (1972)
Jesse James
THX 1138 (1971)
THX [1138]
Lawman (1971)
Vernon Adams
The Revolutionary (1970)
Despard
M*A*S*H (1970)
Maj. Frank Burns
The Rain People (1969)
Gordon
True Grit (1969)
Ned Pepper
The Detective (1968)
Nestor
Countdown (1968)
Chiz
Bullitt (1968)
Weissberg
The Chase (1966)
Edwin Stewart
Nightmare in the Sun (1964)
Motorcyclists
Captain Newman, M. D. (1963)
Capt. Paul Cabot Winston
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
Arthur "Boo" Radley

Writer (Feature Film)

Wild Horses (2015)
Screenplay
Assassination Tango (2003)
Screenplay
A Shot at Glory (2000)
Screenwriter
The Apostle (1997)
Screenwriter
Angelo, My Love (1983)
Screenplay

Producer (Feature Film)

Wild Horses (2015)
Producer
Get Low (2009)
Executive Producer
Crazy Heart (2009)
Producer
For Sale by Owner (2009)
Executive Producer
Assassination Tango (2003)
Producer
A Shot at Glory (2000)
Producer
The Apostle (1997)
Executive Producer
A Family Thing (1996)
Producer
The Man Who Captured Eichmann (1996)
Executive Producer
Angelo, My Love (1983)
Producer
Tender Mercies (1983)
Associate Producer

Music (Feature Film)

Crazy Heart (2009)
Song Performer
The Apostle (1997)
Song Performer ("There Ain'T No Grave (Gonna Hold My Body Down)")
1918 (1985)
Song Performer
Tender Mercies (1983)
Songs
Tender Mercies (1983)
Song Performer ("Fool'S Waltz" "I'Ve Decided To Leave Here Forever")
Apocalypse Now (1979)
Song

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Cachao: Like His Rhythm There Is No Other (1993)
Other
Belizaire The Cajun (1986)
Creative Consultant

Cast (Special)

Brando (Part 1) (2007)
Himself
Brando (Part 2) (2007)
Himself
James Caan: Making a Scene (2001)
With the Filmmaker: Portraits By Albert Maysles (2001)
14th Independent Spirit Awards (1999)
Performer
The 70th Annual Academy Awards (1998)
Performer
Blockbuster Entertainment Awards (1998)
Performer
Ralph Emery: On the Record With Waylon Jennings (1996)
Interviewee
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts (1996)
Performer
Lonesome Dove: The Making of an Epic (1992)
The 64th Annual Academy Awards Presentation (1992)
Presenter
The 26th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards (1991)
Performer
The Godfather Family: A Look Inside (1990)
Himself
Sanford Meisner: The Theater's Best Kept Secret (1990)
The 41st Annual Emmy Awards (1989)
Performer
Guilty Or Not Guilty (1966)
Frank Reeser

Misc. Crew (Special)

The Godfather Family: A Look Inside (1990)
Other

Cast (Short)

Shakespeare Brando (2007)
Himself
Dining with Brando (2007)
Himself

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Lonesome Dove (1989)
Ike: The War Years (1979)

Life Events

1953

Served two years in the United States Army

1955

Moved to NYC to study acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse

1958

First association with playwright Horton Foote, the NY production of "The Midnight Caller"

1958

Made off-Broadway debut in George Bernard Shaw's "Mrs. Warren's Profession"

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

Starred in the original Broadway production of "Wait Until Dark"

1966

First film with Marlon Brando, "The Chase"; adapted from Foote's story and play

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

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

1972

Supported Clint Eastwood in John Sturges' "Joe Kidd"

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

Documentary film directing debut, "We're Not the Jet Set"

1975

Last film to date with Caan, "The Killer Elite"

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

Made feature directing and screenwriting debut with "Angelo, My Love"

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

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

Produced and starred opposite James Earl Jones in "A Family Thing"; co-scripted by Billy Bob Thornton

1996

Portrayed Adolph Eichmann in the TNT movie, "The Man Who Captured Eichmann"

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 "A Civil Action" as the opposing counsel to John Travolta; earned sixth career Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actor

1998

Co-starred in Altman's "The Gingerbread Man"

2000

Produced, co-wrote, and co-starred in "A Shot at Glory"

2002

Portrayed General Robert E. Lee in the Civil War drama "Gods and Generals"

2002

Wrote, produced, directed, and starred in the drama "Assassination Tango"

2003

Co-starred with Kevin Costner in compelling Western "Open Range"

2003

Received star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

2005

Played Will Ferrell's father in the comedy "Kicking & Screaming"

2006

Played an aging cowboy in AMC miniseries "Broken Trail"; earned Golden Globe and SAG nominations for Best Actor in a Miniseries

2006

Played a tobacco tycoon in Jason Reitman's satirical comedy "Thank You for Smoking"

2007

Cast as Eric Bana's father in "Lucky You"

2009

Played supporting role in "Crazy Heart," starring Jeff Bridges in his Oscar-winning role

2009

Played an old, dying man in the feature adaptation of Joe Penhall's novel "The Road"

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"

Photo Collections

Network - Movie Posters
Here are a few original American movie posters from Network (1976), starring Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Peter Finch, and Robert Duvall.
The Outfit - Movie Poster
The Outfit - Movie Poster

Videos

Movie Clip

Network (1976) - The Popular Rage TV entertainment executive Diana (Faye Dunaway in her Academy Award-winning role) first with her assistant (Conchata Ferrell) then with network big shot Hackett (Robert Duvall), raving about the anchorman gone-mad, in Paddy Chayefsky's Network, 1976.
Countdown (1968) - Roger, Houston, Apollo 3 Opening scene from director Robert Altman’s first feature, Robert Duvall, James Caan and Michael Murphy the crew of an Apollo spacecraft, when they get an irritating order from Houston, in Countdown, 1968, from a novel by Henry Searls.
Countdown (1968) - An Emergency Backup To Apollo James Caan as scientist-astronaut Lee, joining Barbara Baxley, wife of his Apollo crew chief Chiz (Robert Duvall), who explains to him and colleague Rick (Michael Murphy) about what happened in training that day, and an emergency mission, in director Robert Altman’s first feature, Countdown, 1968.
Countdown (1968) - The Man In The Moon Is A Girl Shot at director Robert Altman’s home, from his first feature, Robert Ridgely the singing guest, Ted Knight a NASA administrator, James Caan as Lee, the astronaut host, Robert Duvall as Chiz, whom he’s been chosen to replace for a solo moon mission, with early-Altman overlapping dialogue, in Countdown, 1968.
Natural, The (1984) - He Looks Wild At a rail stop, sportswriter Max (Robert Duvall) arranges a showdown between "The Whammer" (Joe Don Baker) and young Roy Hobbs (Robert Redford), John Finnegan as "Sam," Barbara Hershey observing, in The Natural 1984.
M*A*S*H (1970) - Scratch My Nose Radar (Gary Burghoff) conducts new Korean War surgeons Hawkeye (Donald Sutherland) and Duke (Tom Skerritt) to their tent, meeting colleague Frank Burns (Robert Duvall) and local Ho-Jon (Kim Atwood), before director Robert Altman’s first operating room scene, in M*A*S*H, 1970.
M*A*S*H (1970) - Open, Suicide Is Painless The opening from Robert Altman, including the rarely-heard lyric from the song, which became the TV title theme, which made writer Mike Altman (the director’s son) rich, and a brief introduction of Colonel Blake (Roger Bowen) and Radar (Gary Burghoff), from M*A*S*H, 1970,
Bullitt (1968) - He Put In A Lot Of Change Delgetti (Don Gordon) and Bullitt (Steve McQueen, title character) do the textbook good-cop/bad-cop on a hotel clerk (Al Checco) as they re-trace the steps of their mob witness, leading to a visit with San Francisco cabbie Weissberg (Robert Duvall), in Peter Yates’ Bulllitt, 1968.
Seven-Per-Cent Solution, The (1976) - Toast Of Four Continents Freud (Alan Arkin) brings Watson (Robert Duvall) and just-recovered Holmes (Nicol Williamson) to a Vienna hospital to see patient Lola Devereaux (Vanessa Redgrave), whose trouble he quickly deduces, in novelist-screenwriter Nicholas Meyer’s popular riff on Arthur Conan Doyle, The Seven-Per-Cent Solution, 1976.
Great Santini, The (1979) - Welcome Home, Colonel Introducing the family of the title character (Robert Duvall as the Marine pilot “Bull” Meechum), Blythe Danner as mom Lillian, Michael O’Keefe as Ben (representing Pat Conroy from his autobiographical novel), with Lisa Jane Persky, Brian Andrews and Jullie Anne Haddock, early in The Great Santini, 1979.
Great Santini, The (1979) - Would You Like To Be Killed In Action? En route to his new post at Beaufort, South Carolina, 1962, Robert Duvall as Marine Col. “Bull” Meechum (title character), Michael O’Keefe his son Ben, the substantially autobiographical character from the Pat Conroy novel, Blythe Danner as wife Lillian, in The Great Santini, 1979.
Seven-Per-Cent Solution, The (1976) - Only The Facts Have Been Made Up Colorful opening credits and the introduction of Mrs Hudson (Alison Leggatt), Watson (Robert Duvall) and Sherlock (Nicol Williamson), from The Seven-Per-Cent Solution, 1976, directed by Herbert Ross, from Nicholas Meyer’s audacious and generally well-received novel and screenplay.

Trailer

Wrestling Ernest Hemingway (1993) -- Original Trailer Original trailer for director Randa Haines’ 1993 sleeper hit Wrestling Ernest Hemingway.
Great Santini, The - (Original Trailer) A marine (Robert Duvall) has problems adjusting to domestic life during peacetime in The Great Santini (1979).
Bullitt - (Original Trailer) Steve McQueen and a souped-up Mustang go roaring after the mob in San Francisco in Bullitt (1968).
Countdown - (Original Trailer) An astronaut (James Caan) is caught between precautions and a race to the Moon in Countdown (1968), directed by Robert Altman.
Chase, The - (Original Trailer) A convict's escape ignites passions in his hometown in The Chase (1966) starring Marlon Brando, Jane Fonda and Robert Redford.
Apocalypse Now - (Original Trailer) An Army captain (Martin Sheen) travels to Cambodia during the Vietnam War to terminate a renegade officer (Marlon Brando) in Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now (1979).
To Kill a Mockingbird - (Original Trailer) A young girl grows up fast when her lawyer father defends a black man accused of raping a white woman in To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) starring Gregory Peck.
M-A-S-H - (Original Trailer) The staff of a Korean War field hospital use humor to keep their sanity during wartime in Robert Altman's breakthrough movie M-A-S-H (1970).
True Grit - (Original Trailer) John Wayne was awarded Best Actor playing a drunken U.S. Marshal who gets in touch with his True Grit (1969).
Seven-Per-Cent Solution, The - (Original Trailer) Sherlock Holmes encounters Sigmund Freud and the two become involved in a case in the imaginative pastiche The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (1976).
Captain Newman, M.D. - (Original Trailer) A World War II Army psychiatrist (Gregory Peck) tries to help his battle-shocked patients in Captain Newman, M.D. (1964).
Network - (Re-issue Trailer) Television programmers turn a deranged news anchor into "the mad prophet of the airwaves" in Network (1976) starring Peter Finch.

Family

William Howard Duvall
Father
Military officer. Former US Navy admiral.
Nancy Horne
Step-Daughter

Companions

Barbara Benjamin
Wife
Designer. Married in 1964; divorced.
Lindsay Crouse
Companion
Actor. Involved in the 1970s.
Gail Youngs
Wife
Actor. Married in 1982; divorced in 1986; sister of actor John Savage; associate producer and 2nd unit director for Duvall's "Angelo, My Love".
Sharon Brophy
Wife
Dance instructor. Married on May 1, 1991; separated in 1995.
Luciana Pedraza
Companion
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.

Bibliography

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