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Robert Duvall is an acclaimed Hollywood actor & director with a long list of critically and commercially successful films

InformationDetail
BirthdayJanuary 5, 1931
NationalityAmerican
FamousHumanitarian, Philanthropists, Film & Theater Personalities, Actors, Directors
City/StateCalifornia
SpousesLuciana Pedraza (m. 2004), Barbara Benjamin (m. 1964–1975), Gail Youngs (m. 1982–1986), Sharon Brophy (m. 1991–1996)
SiblingsJohn Duvall, William Duvall
Known asRobert Selden Duvall
Universities
  • Severn School
  • The Principia
  • Principia College
  • Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theater
Birth PlaceSan Diego, California, U.S
Political IdeologyRepublican
ReligionChristian Science
Height174cm
GenderMale
FatherWilliam Howard Duvall
MotherMildred Virginia (née Hart)
Net Worth$60 million as of Jan 2,2017
Sun SignCapricorn
Born inSan Diego, California, U.S
Famous asActor, Director

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Who is Robert Duvall?

An iconic actor, Robert Duvall is synonymous to great talent and proficiency. Gifted with great artistic endowment, he has made huge mark in all the forms of entertainment whether theatre, television or films through his soulful rendition and absolute mastery. What makes him exemplary in his work is his ability to completely inhabit the character that he is performing to the point of losing his own identity for the duration of the film shoot. This probably best explains his dexterity and dominance over the films that he does. Through his career, he has appeared in a number of films and television series, including ‘The Twilight Zone’, ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, ‘The Godfather’ series, ‘The Apostle’, ‘Apocalypse Now’, ‘Tender Mercies’, and ‘Lonesome Dove’. He has been a proud recipient of an Academy Award, two Emmy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards and a BAFTA over the course of his career. Other than just being actor, Duvall has served as the executive producer and director for a couple of his flicks.

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Childhood & Early Life

Robert Selden Duvall was born to William Howard Duvall and Mildred Virginia in San Diego, California. While his father was a Virginia-born US Navy admiral, his mother was an amateur actress.

He had an English, German, Swiss German, French Huguenot, Welsh and Scottish ancestry. He was raised in Christian Science religion.

He received his formal education from Severn School. He graduated from The Principia in St Louis Missouri in 1953 and later enrolled at the Principia College in Illinois.

From 1955 until 1957, he studied at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theater in New York, wherein he was trained by Sanford Meisner. It was there that he befriended Dustin Hoffman and Gene Hackman

Besides receiving his acting training, he took up odd jobs for survival which included working as a clerk in Manhattan post office, doing clerical work at Macy’s and driving a truck

Career

His first stint at acting professionally was in 1952, playing the role of a Pilot for a stage show, Laughter in the Stars, an adaptation of The Little Prince.

He was drafted to serve the United States Army for a year from 1953 to 1954. It was during his service at the military that he acted in an amateur production of the comedy, ‘Room Service’.

After relieving himself of the military duties, he returned to theater and was cast in a variety of roles in 1955 including, Eddie Davis in Ronald Alexander's ‘Time Out For Ginger’, Hal Carter in William Inge's ‘Picnic’, Charles Wilder in John Willard's ‘The Cat And The Canary’, Paris in Arthur Miller's ‘The Crucible’ and John the Witchboy in William Berney and Howard Richardson's ‘Dark Of The Moon’.

Just as the 1955 season, the 1956 season was even jam-packed for this budding star who was seen in a number of theatre productions such as Frederick Knott's ‘Dial M For Murder’, Inge's ‘Bus Stop’ and John van Druten's ‘I Am A Camera’.

Tremendous artistic capabilities and acting talent won him much popularity and varied roles. Year 1957 witnessed him play the characters of Mr. Mayher in Agatha Christie's ‘Witness For The Prosecution’, Hector in Jean Anouilh's ‘Thieves' Carnivall’ and Eddie Carbone in Arthur Miller's ‘A View from the Bridge’

Other than appearing at the Gateway Theatre, he also made an appearance at the Augusta Civic Theatre, McLean Theatre and Virginia and the Arena Theatre. After playing so many characters in theatre, he became a leading actor of the theatre.

He made his Off-Broadway debut in 1958 playing the character of Frank Gardner in George Bernard Shaw's ‘Mrs. Warren's Profession’. Some of his other Broadway works include Michael Shurtleff's‘Call Me By My Rightful Name’ and William Snyder's ‘The Days and Nights of BeeBeeFenstermaker’

Year 1959 saw him appear in a number of lead roles such as Stanley Kowalski in Tennessee Williams' ‘Streetcar Named Desire’, Maxwell Archer in ‘Once More With Feeling’, Igor Romanoff in Peter Ustinov's ‘Romanoff and Juliet’, and Joe Mancuso in Kyle Crichton's ‘The Happiest Millionaire’.

In 1959, he made his debut on television for ‘Armstrong Circle Theatre’, in the episode, ‘The Jailbreak’. Ever since then, he made regular guest appearances in several television shows including, ‘Naked City’, ‘The Untouchables’, ‘Route 66’, ‘The Twilight Zone’, ‘The Outer Limits’, ‘The Fugitive’ and so on.

While his career graph was steadily escalating, he made his foray into the big screen with the film ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ in 1962. All throughout the 1960s, he played minor and major supporting roles in varied films.

In 1966, he made his Broadway debut as Harry Roat, Jr in Frederick Knott's ‘Wait Until Dark’. Thereafter, he was seen playing the character of Walter Cole in David Marnet's‘American Buffalo’.

No sooner, he became a major figure in the Hollywood film industry. Though he had appeared in a number of films, his biggest breakthrough came with the 1972 film, ‘The Godfather’ in which he played the character of Tom Hagen. He reprised his role for the sequel in 1974.

Two years later he was seen playing a notable supporting role in the film, ‘The Eagle Has Landed’. In 1979, he gave a Golden Globe award winning performance in the film ‘Apocalypse Now’ playing the supporting character of Lt Colonel. Some of his other films of the decade include, ‘Network’, ‘The Great Santini’ and ‘The Betsy’.

The decade of 1980 opened with a bang as he earned an Academy Award for Best Actor for the film, ‘Tender Mercies’. His other releases for the decade included ‘The Natural’ and‘Colors’. Additionally, he appeared in the miniseries ‘Lonesome Dove’

The decade of 1990 was the busiest year in terms of film career as he made an appearance in as many as 21 films, sometimes starring in four films in a single year. While all his films did good business at the box office, two exceptionally successful ones include the Academy Award nominated flick, ‘The Apostle’ and ‘A Civil Action’.

In addition to appearing in films, he has made numerous appearances in television including the Golden Globe Award winning portrayal of the character of Joseph Stalin in ‘Stalin’ and ‘Adolf Eichmann in ‘The Man Who Captured Eichmann’

He started year 2000 with three releases scheduled, ‘Gone in 60 Seconds’, ‘The 6th Day’ and ‘A Shot at Glory’. Eventually, he was seen appearing in a number of movies, some of which include ‘Assassination Tango’, ‘Gods and Generals’, ‘Open Range’, ‘Four Christmases’, ‘Thank You For Smoking’, ‘Get Low’ and so on.

In 2011, he played the role of Johnny Crawford in ‘Seven Days in Utopia’. The following year, he had two releases with ‘Jayne Mansfield’s Car’ and ‘Jack Reacher’.

Awards & Achievements

For his exemplary artistic talent and acting skills, he has been nominated six times to the prestigious Academy Awards, winning once for ‘Tender Mercies’. Furthermore, out of his six nominations at the Golden Globe, he won four times.

In addition to this, he has won one each of BAFTA, Screen Actors Guild Award, and Emmy Award.

He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2003.

In 2005, he was felicitated by President George W. Bush with the National Medal of Arts at the White House.

Personal Life & Legacy

He tied the nuptials four times, with Barbara Benjamin (1964-75), Gail Youngs (1982-86), Sharon Brophy (1991-96) and lastly to Luciana Pedraza (2005 - till date).

Not many know that he is a trained Argentina Tango dancer and has a Tango Studio of his own in Argentina and the United States.

Besides his work commitments and crazy schedule, he works for the Robert Duvall Children’s Fund which he founded along with his wife Pedraza for assisting families in Northern Argentina through renovations of homes, schools, and medical facilities.

Furthermore, they actively support a non-profit charitable organization, Pro Mujer that is dedicated to helping Latin America's poorest women

He has been an avid supporter of historic preservation and has openly voiced his opinion against building of a Wal-Mart store to safeguard Wilderness Battlefield National Park.

Trivia

This talented Academy Award winning American actor of ‘The Apostle’ fame once shared a room with Dustin Hoffman and Gene Hackman during his struggling days.

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Robert Duvall awards

YearNameAward

Academy Awards(Oscars)

1984Best Actor in a Leading RoleTender Mercies (1983)

Golden Globe Awards

1993Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionStalin (1992)
1990Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionLonesome Dove (1989)
1984Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - DramaTender Mercies (1983)
1980Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Motion PictureApocalypse Now (1979)

Primetime Emmy Awards

2007Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or MovieBroken Trail (2006)
2007Outstanding MiniseriesBroken Trail (2006)

BAFTA Awards

1980Best Supporting ActorApocalypse Now (1979)

Robert Duvall biography timelines

  • // 5th Jan 1931
    Robert Selden Duvall was born to William Howard Duvall and Mildred Virginia in San Diego, California. While his father was a Virginia-born US Navy admiral, his mother was an amateur actress.
  • // 1952
    His first stint at acting professionally was in 1952, playing the role of a Pilot for a stage show, Laughter in the Stars, an adaptation of The Little Prince.
  • // 1953
    He received his formal education from Severn School. He graduated from The Principia in St Louis Missouri in 1953 and later enrolled at the Principia College in Illinois.
  • // 1953 To 1954
    He was drafted to serve the United States Army for a year from 1953 to 1954. It was during his service at the military that he acted in an amateur production of the comedy, ‘Room Service’.
  • // 1955 To 1957
    From 1955 until 1957, he studied at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theater in New York, wherein he was trained by Sanford Meisner. It was there that he befriended Dustin Hoffman and Gene Hackman
  • // 1955
    After relieving himself of the military duties, he returned to theater and was cast in a variety of roles in 1955 including, Eddie Davis in Ronald Alexander's ‘Time Out For Ginger’, Hal Carter in William Inge's ‘Picnic’, Charles Wilder in John Willard's ‘The Cat And The Canary’, Paris in Arthur Miller's ‘The Crucible’ and John the Witchboy in William Berney and Howard Richardson's ‘Dark Of The Moon’.
  • // 1955 To 1956
    Just as the 1955 season, the 1956 season was even jam-packed for this budding star who was seen in a number of theatre productions such as Frederick Knott's ‘Dial M For Murder’, Inge's ‘Bus Stop’ and John van Druten's ‘I Am A Camera’.
  • // 1957
    Tremendous artistic capabilities and acting talent won him much popularity and varied roles. Year 1957 witnessed him play the characters of Mr. Mayher in Agatha Christie's ‘Witness For The Prosecution’, Hector in Jean Anouilh's ‘Thieves' Carnivall’ and Eddie Carbone in Arthur Miller's ‘A View from the Bridge’
  • // 1958
    He made his Off-Broadway debut in 1958 playing the character of Frank Gardner in George Bernard Shaw's ‘Mrs. Warren's Profession’. Some of his other Broadway works include Michael Shurtleff's‘Call Me By My Rightful Name’ and William Snyder's ‘The Days and Nights of BeeBeeFenstermaker’
  • // 1959
    Year 1959 saw him appear in a number of lead roles such as Stanley Kowalski in Tennessee Williams' ‘Streetcar Named Desire’, Maxwell Archer in ‘Once More With Feeling’, Igor Romanoff in Peter Ustinov's ‘Romanoff and Juliet’, and Joe Mancuso in Kyle Crichton's ‘The Happiest Millionaire’.
  • // 1959
    In 1959, he made his debut on television for ‘Armstrong Circle Theatre’, in the episode, ‘The Jailbreak’. Ever since then, he made regular guest appearances in several television shows including, ‘Naked City’, ‘The Untouchables’, ‘Route 66’, ‘The Twilight Zone’, ‘The Outer Limits’, ‘The Fugitive’ and so on.
  • // 1962
    While his career graph was steadily escalating, he made his foray into the big screen with the film ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ in 1962. All throughout the 1960s, he played minor and major supporting roles in varied films.
  • // 1964
    He tied the nuptials four times, with Barbara Benjamin (1964-75), Gail Youngs (1982-86), Sharon Brophy (1991-96) and lastly to Luciana Pedraza (2005 - till date).
  • // 1966
    In 1966, he made his Broadway debut as Harry Roat, Jr in Frederick Knott's ‘Wait Until Dark’. Thereafter, he was seen playing the character of Walter Cole in David Marnet's‘American Buffalo’.
  • // 1972 To 1974
    No sooner, he became a major figure in the Hollywood film industry. Though he had appeared in a number of films, his biggest breakthrough came with the 1972 film, ‘The Godfather’ in which he played the character of Tom Hagen. He reprised his role for the sequel in 1974.
  • // 1979
    Two years later he was seen playing a notable supporting role in the film, ‘The Eagle Has Landed’. In 1979, he gave a Golden Globe award winning performance in the film ‘Apocalypse Now’ playing the supporting character of Lt Colonel. Some of his other films of the decade include, ‘Network’, ‘The Great Santini’ and ‘The Betsy’.
  • // 1980
    The decade of 1980 opened with a bang as he earned an Academy Award for Best Actor for the film, ‘Tender Mercies’. His other releases for the decade included ‘The Natural’ and‘Colors’. Additionally, he appeared in the miniseries ‘Lonesome Dove’
  • // 1990
    The decade of 1990 was the busiest year in terms of film career as he made an appearance in as many as 21 films, sometimes starring in four films in a single year. While all his films did good business at the box office, two exceptionally successful ones include the Academy Award nominated flick, ‘The Apostle’ and ‘A Civil Action’.
  • // 2000
    He started year 2000 with three releases scheduled, ‘Gone in 60 Seconds’, ‘The 6th Day’ and ‘A Shot at Glory’. Eventually, he was seen appearing in a number of movies, some of which include ‘Assassination Tango’, ‘Gods and Generals’, ‘Open Range’, ‘Four Christmases’, ‘Thank You For Smoking’, ‘Get Low’ and so on.
  • // 2003
    He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2003.
  • // 2005
    In 2005, he was felicitated by President George W. Bush with the National Medal of Arts at the White House.
  • // 2011
    In 2011, he played the role of Johnny Crawford in ‘Seven Days in Utopia’. The following year, he had two releases with ‘Jayne Mansfield’s Car’ and ‘Jack Reacher’.

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Robert Duvall's FAQ

  • What is Robert Duvall birthday?

    Robert Duvall was born at 1931-01-05

  • Where is Robert Duvall's birth place?

    Robert Duvall was born in San Diego, California, U.S

  • What is Robert Duvall nationalities?

    Robert Duvall's nationalities is American

  • Who is Robert Duvall spouses?

    Robert Duvall's spouses is Luciana Pedraza (m. 2004), Barbara Benjamin (m. 1964–1975), Gail Youngs (m. 1982–1986), Sharon Brophy (m. 1991–1996)

  • Who is Robert Duvall siblings?

    Robert Duvall's siblings is John Duvall, William Duvall

  • What was Robert Duvall universities?

    Robert Duvall studied at Severn School, The Principia, Principia College, Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theater

  • What is Robert Duvall's political ideology?

    Robert Duvall's political ideology is Republican

  • What is Robert Duvall's religion?

    Robert Duvall's religion is Christian Science

  • How tall is Robert Duvall?

    Robert Duvall's height is 174

  • Who is Robert Duvall's father?

    Robert Duvall's father is William Howard Duvall

  • Who is Robert Duvall's mother?

    Robert Duvall's mother is Mildred Virginia (née Hart)

  • What is Robert Duvall's sun sign?

    Robert Duvall is Capricorn

  • How famous is Robert Duvall?

    Robert Duvall is famouse as Actor, Director