Robert Duvall

Actor, Director, Producer
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" ... Read more »
Born: 01/05/1931 in San Diego, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (120)

Hollywood Film Awards 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Himself

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

Wild Horses 2015 (Movie)

Scott Briggs (Actor)

A Night in Old Mexico 2014 (Movie)

Titus "Red" Bovie (Actor)

The Judge 2014 (Movie)

Joseph Palmer (Actor)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Jack Reacher 2012 (Movie)

Cash (Actor)

Casting By 2011 (Movie)

Interviewee (Actor)

Jayne Mansfield's Car 2011 (Movie)

Jim Caldwell (Actor)

Seven Days in Utopia 2011 (Movie)

Johnny (Actor)

Get Low 2010 (Movie)

Felix Bush (Actor)

Crazy Heart 2009 (Movie)

Wayne (Actor)

The Road 2009 (Movie)

Old Man (Actor)

Four Christmases 2008 (Movie)

Howard (Actor)

The 59th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Lucky You 2007 (Movie)

LC Cheever (Actor)

Operation Homecoming 2007 (Movie)

(Narrator)

We Own the Night 2007 (Movie)

Burt Grusinsky (Actor)

Thank You for Smoking 2006 (Movie)

The Captain (Actor)

Kicking & Screaming 2005 (Movie)

Buck Weston (Actor)

Assassination Tango 2003 (Movie)

John J (Actor)

Gods and Generals 2003 (Movie)

General Robert E Lee (Actor)

Open Range 2003 (Movie)

Boss Spearman (Actor)

Secondhand Lions 2003 (Movie)

Hub (Actor)

A Shot at Glory 2002 (Movie)

Gordon McLeod (Actor)

John Q. 2002 (Movie)

Lieutenant Frank Grimes (Actor)

James Caan: Making a Scene 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Gone in 60 Seconds 2000 (Movie)

Otto Halliwell (Actor)

The 6th Day 2000 (Movie)

Dr Griffin Weir (Actor)

14th Independent Spirit Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

A Civil Action 1998 (Movie)

Jerome Facher (Actor)

Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Deep Impact 1998 (Movie)

Spurgen Tanner (Actor)

The 70th Annual Academy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Gingerbread Man 1998 (Movie)

Dixon Doss (Actor)

The Apostle 1997 (Movie)

Euliss 'Sonny' Dewey (Actor)

A Family Thing 1996 (Movie)

Earl Pilcher, Jr (Actor)

Phenomenon 1996 (Movie)

Doc (Actor)

Sling Blade 1996 (Movie)

Karl's Father (Actor)

Something to Talk About 1995 (Movie)

Wyly King (Actor)

The Scarlet Letter 1995 (Movie)

Roger Prynne (Actor)

The Stars Fell on Henrietta 1995 (Movie)

Mr Cox (Actor)

The Paper 1994 (Movie)

Bernie White (Actor)

Falling Down 1993 (Movie)

Prendergast (Actor)

Geronimo: An American Legend 1993 (Movie)

Al Sieber (Actor)

Wrestling Ernest Hemingway 1993 (Movie)

Walt (Actor)

Cachao: Like His Rhythm There Is No Other 1992 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Newsies 1992 (Movie)

Joseph Pulitzer (Actor)

The 64th Annual Academy Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Plague 1992 (Movie)

Joseph Grand (Actor)

Convicts 1991 (Movie)

Soll Gautier (Actor)

Rambling Rose 1991 (Movie)

Daddy Hillyer (Actor)

A Show of Force 1990 (Movie)

Howard Baslin (Actor)

Days of Thunder 1990 (Movie)

Harry Hogge (Actor)

The 41st Annual Emmy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Handmaid's Tale 1990 (Movie)

Commander (Actor)

Colors 1988 (Movie)

Bob Hodges (Actor)

Hotel Colonial 1987 (Movie)

Carrasco (Actor)

Belizaire the Cajun 1986 (Movie)

Preacher (Actor)

Let's Get Harry 1986 (Movie)

Norman Shike (Actor)

The Lightship 1986 (Movie)

Calvin Caspary (Actor)

The Natural 1984 (Movie)

Max Mercy (Actor)

The Stone Boy 1984 (Movie)

Joe Hillerman (Actor)

Tender Mercies 1983 (Movie)

Mac Sledge (Actor)

The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper 1981 (Movie)

Gruen (Actor)

True Confessions 1981 (Movie)

Tom Spellacy (Actor)

Apocalypse Now 1979 (Movie)

Lieutenant-Colonel Bill Kilgore (Actor)

Ike 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

The Great Santini 1979 (Movie)

Bull Meechum (Actor)

Invasion of the Body Snatchers 1978 (Movie)

Priest on a Swing (Actor)

The Betsy 1977 (Movie)

Loren Hardeman III (Actor)

Network 1976 (Movie)

Frank Hackett (Actor)

The Greatest 1976 (Movie)

Bill McDonald (Actor)

Breakout 1975 (Movie)

Ray Wagner (Actor)

The Eagle Has Landed 1975 (Movie)

Lieutenant-Colonel Max Radl (Actor)

The Seven Per-Cent Solution 1975 (Movie)

Dr Watson (Actor)

The Godfather, Part II 1974 (Movie)

Tom Hagen (Actor)

The Killer Elite 1974 (Movie)

George Hansen (Actor)

The Conversation 1973 (Movie)

Director (Actor)

The Outfit 1973 (Movie)

Earl Macklin (Actor)

Badge 373 1972 (Movie)

Eddie Ryan (Actor)

Joe Kidd 1972 (Movie)

Frank Harlan (Actor)

Lady Ice 1972 (Movie)

Ford Pierce (Actor)

The Godfather 1972 (Movie)

Tom Hagen (Actor)

The Great Northfield, Minnesota Raid 1972 (Movie)

Jesse James (Actor)

Tomorrow 1972 (Movie)

Jackson Fentry (Actor)

Lawman 1971 (Movie)

Hersham (Actor)

THX 1138 1971 (Movie)

THX 1138 (Actor)

M*A*S*H 1970 (Movie)

Major Frank Burns (Actor)

The Revolutionary 1970 (Movie)

Despard (Actor)

The Wild Wild West 1965 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

The Rain People 1969 (Movie)

Gordon (Actor)

True Grit 1969 (Movie)

Ned Pepper (Actor)

Bullitt 1968 (Movie)

Weissberg (Actor)

Countdown 1968 (Movie)

Chiz (Actor)

Flesh and Blood 1967 - 1968 (TV Show)

Actor

The Detective 1968 (Movie)

Nestor (Actor)

The Chase 1966 (Movie)

Edwin Stewart (Actor)

The Outer Limits 1963 - 1965 (TV Show)

Actor

Nightmare in the Sun 1964 (Movie)

(Actor)

Captain Newman, M.D. 1962 (Movie)

Captain Paul Cabot Winston (Actor)

To Kill a Mockingbird 1962 (Movie)

Arthur "Boo" Radley (Actor)

Brando (TV Show)

Actor

Broken Trail (TV Show)

Actor

Hemingway & Gellhorn (TV Show)

Actor

Lonesome Dove (TV Show)

Actor

Stalin (TV Show)

Actor

The Terry Fox Story (TV Show)

Actor

The Twilight Zone (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (11)

Wild Horses 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

A Night in Old Mexico 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Get Low 2010 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Crazy Heart 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

For Sale by Owner 2006 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Assassination Tango 2003 (Movie)

(Producer)

A Shot at Glory 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Apostle 1997 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

A Family Thing 1996 (Movie)

(Producer)

Angelo, My Love 1983 (Movie)

(Producer)

Tender Mercies 1983 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)
Music (6)

Crazy Heart 2009 (Movie)

("Live Forever") (Song Performer)

The Apostle 1997 (Movie)

("There Ain't No Grave (Gonna Hold My Body Down)") (Song Performer)

1918 1985 (Movie)

(Song Performer)

Tender Mercies 1983 (Movie)

("Fool's Waltz" "I've Decided to Leave Here Forever") (Song Performer)

Tender Mercies 1983 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Apocalypse Now 1979 (Movie)

("Love Me and Let Me Love You") (Song)
Writer (5)

Wild Horses 2015 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Assassination Tango 2003 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Shot at Glory 2002 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Apostle 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Angelo, My Love 1983 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (5)

Wild Horses 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

Assassination Tango 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

The Apostle 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

Angelo, My Love 1983 (Movie)

(Director)

We're Not the Jet Set 1975 (Movie)

(Director)

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.

Relationships

Barbara Benjamin

Wife
Married Dec. 31, 1964 Divorced 1975

Sharon Brophy

Wife
May 1, 1991 Divorced 1996

Lindsay Crouse Actor

Companion
Together in the 1970s Lived together when Crouse met future husband David Mamet; no longer together

Luciana Duvall Actor

Wife

William Duvall Actor

Brother
Appeared in brother's film "Angelo, My Love" (1983)

John Duvall Sound

Brother
Appeared in brother's film "Angelo, My Love" (1983)

William Duvall

Father
Former U.S. Navy Admiral

Mildred Duvall

Mother
Direct descendant of General Robert E. Lee

Lucianna Pedraza Actor

Wife
Met late 1996 Married Oct. 6, 2004; he was 41 years her senior

Gail Youngs Actor

Wife
Married Aug. 22, 1982 She was associate producer in his film "Angelo, My Love" (1983) Divorced 1986

EDUCATION

Principia College

Elsah , Illinois 1953

The Principia School

St. Louis , Missouri

The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre

New York , New York
Studied with Sanford Meisner; classmates included Dustin Hoffman and Gene Hackman

Milestones

2012

Cast opposite Tom Cruise in action drama "Jack Reacher"

2011

Played a Russian general in HBO romantic drama "Hemingway & Gellhorn"

2010

Portrayed a backwoods hermit who stages his own premature funeral in "Get Low"

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"

2007

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

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"

2005

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

2003

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

2003

Received star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

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"

2000

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

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"

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

1996

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

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

1995

Played Julia Roberts' straying father in "Something to Talk About"

1995

First teamed with Billy Bob Thornton for "The Stars Fell on Henrietta"

1993

Re-teamed with Hackman for "Geronimo: An American Legend"

1992

Played the title role in HBO biopic "Stalin"; nominated for an Emmy Award

1989

Starred as Gus McRae in CBS miniseries "Lonesome Dove"; earned an Emmy nomination

1988

Co-starred with Sean Penn as Los Angeles street cops assigned to gang detail in "Colors"

1984

Played cynical sportswriter Max Mercy in "The Natural"

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"

1981

Co-starred with Robert De Niro for "True Confessions"

1980

Portrayed a hard-nosed military man in "The Great Santini"; earned first Best Actor Academy Award nomination

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

1977

Returned to Broadway to appear as Walter Cole in David Mamet's "American Buffalo"

1976

Earned rave reviews for his portrayal of television executive Frank Hackett in Sidney Lumet's "Network"

1975

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

1975

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

1974

Reprised the role of Tom Hagen for "The Godfather, Part II"

1974

Acted in Coppola's "The Conversation"; first film with friend Gene Hackman

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

1970

Played the title role in George Lucas' feature directing debut "THX 1138"; executive produced by Coppola

1969

Portrayed Major Frank Burns in Altman's "M*A*S*H"

1968

Initial screen collaboration with director Francis Ford Coppola, "The Rain People"

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"

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"

1965

Gained notice for his performance of Eddie in Arthur Miller's "A View From the Bridge"; Dustin Hoffman was the assistant director

1963

Played Capt. Paul Cabot Winston in "Captain Newman, M.D."

1962

Made his screen debut was as Boo Radley in "To Kill a Mockingbird"; screenplay by Foote

1959

Made his first television appearance on "Armstrong Circle Theatre" (NBC)

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"

1955

Moved to NYC to study acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse

1953

Served two years in the United States Army

Bonus Trivia

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

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Duvall turned down a reported $1 million to reprise the role of Hagan for "The Godfather, Part III" (1990). It was widely reportedly that he wanted a salary on par with co-stars Al Pacino and Diane Keaton, who received $3 million and $1.5 million respectively.

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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." – Duvall quoted in the London Times, June 3, 1998

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