ROBERT DUVALL was born in San Diego, California in 1931
ROBERT DUVALL was born in San Diego, California in 1931.
At age ten, he moved with his family to the East Coast and lived
primarily in Annapolis, Maryland, spending several summers on
an uncle's ranch in Montana.
At Principia College in Elsah, Illinois, Duvall majored in history
and government. eventually switching to the drama department,
where he earned his degree. Following a twoyear tour of duty with the United States Army
he moved to New York in 1955 and enrolled in the renowned Neighborhood
Playhouse on the G.I. Bill. Sanford Meisner, the acclaimed acting
teacher, recognized Duvall's potential and cast him in Tennessee
Williams' "Camino Real" and Horton Foote's "The
The fledgling actor supported himself with a number of odd jobs
and shared an apartment with two thenunknown actors, Dustin
Hoffman and Gene Hackman. Five years after his first meeting Horton Foote, the playwright/screenwriter
recommended Duvall for his 1963 screen debut in To Kill A Mockingbird.
In the nowclassic motion picture. Duvall played the
pivotal role of the mysterious, misunderstood Boo Radley .
In 1965, Duvall won an Obie for his performance as the hero in
a revival of' Arthur Miller's "A View From the Bridge.''
After a standout role on the live television series "Naked
City" and guest spots on a number of top dramatic TV shows.
Duvall starred in the Broadway
hit "Wait Until Dark.''
Other film credits during the 1960's include, Captain Newman,
M.D., The Chase, Countdown (directed
by Robert Altman), The Detective. The Rain People (directed
by Francis Ford Coppola), and True Grit. He began the 1970's
as pious Major Frank Burns in Altman's smash comedy, M*A*S*H,
followed by George Lucas' directorial debut. THX 1138 and
In 1972, Duvall was honored with an Academy Award nomination as
Best Supporting Actor for his role as Tom Hagen in Coppola's The
Godfather. Other films during the early seventies include,
Horton Foote's Tomorrow, The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid,
Joe Kidd, Badge 373, Coppola's The Conversation and
In 1974, Duvall starred in The Godfather, Part II, followed
by Breakout and The Killer Elite directed by Sam
Peckinpah. In the 1976 box office success Network, by Sidney Lumet,
he portrayed a ruthless television network executive, and in Herbert
Ross' The SevenPerCent Solution he played Conan
Doyle's Dr. Watson.
Duvall made his directorial debut with the 1977 documentary We're
Not the Jet Set, about a Nebraska rodeo family. The film,
which he also coproduced, was honored at he London Film
Festival. He then returned to the New York stage in David Mamet's
''American Buffalo," while other screen credits from the
period include the films 'I'he Eagle Has Landed, The
Greatest and The Betsy, along with the difficult title
role in the acclaimed television miniseries "Ike."
In 1979, Duvall earned his second Oscar nomination as Best Supporting
Actor for Apocalypse Now. The following year brought another
Academy Award nomination' this time for Best Actor, as the macho
Marine pilot Bull Meechum in
The Great Santini. He also starred in True Confessions
and The Pursuit of' D.B. Cooper.
Once again working on a Horton Foote project, Tender Mercies,
Duvall starred as lilac Sledge' a bornagain country
music star wh
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