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ROBERT DUVALL (Spurgeon Tanner) stars in "Deep Impact" as the former Astronaut brought out of retirement by the President to lead a crucial space mission: to break up the comet that's on a direct path to the Earth and minimize its devastation.

An Academy Award ® winner as best actor for "Tender Mercies" (and Golden Globe Award), Mr. Duvall was nominated for best actor for "The Great Santini," and for best supporting actor for "The Godfather" and "Apocalypse Now." He also received an Oscar ® nomination for best actor for his most recent personal triumph, "The Apostle," in which he was the writer, director, star and financier of the dramatic feature through his Butchers Run production company. The film also won three Independent Spirit Awards for best actor, best picture and best direction.

The multi-talented actor also directed and wrote "Angelo My Love," produced "A Family Thing" and the Emmy-nominated television film "The Man Who Captured Eichmann" and wrote the songs for "Tender Mercies."

Some of his many feature film credits include "The Gingerbread Man," "Phenomenon," "Sling Blade," "The Stars Fell on Henrietta," "Rambling Rose," "Days of Thunder," "Colors," "The Natural," "True Confessions," "Network," "The Conversation," "The Godfather Part II," "M*A*S*H," "THX 1138" and "To Kill a Mockingbird."

He earned an Emmy nomination for the television mini-series "Lonesome Dove" and a Golden Globe for the title role in HBO's "Stalin."

Mr. Duvall's primary residence is a horse farm near Leesburg, Virginia, and in addition to being considered an excellent horseman, he is a serious contender on the tennis court. An ardent dancer, Mr. Duvall frequents the tango clubs of Buenos Aires.


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