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ROBERT DUVALL (Graham Weir) was born in San Diego, California, one of three sons born into a military family. At the age of ten, Robert and his family moved to the East Coast where he grew up primarily in Annapolis, Maryland. During that time he spent several summers at his uncle's ranch in Montana.

Duvall's father, a rear admiral in the U.S. Navy, encouraged Robert to pursue a life in the military. The future actor compromised by majoring in history and government at Principia College in Elsah, Illinois, where his family lived at the time. He later switched to the drama department where he earned his degree.

In 1955, following a two-year tour of duty with the U.S. Army, Duvall moved to New York and enrolled in the renowned Neighborhood Playhouse on the G.I. Bill. Sanford Meisner, a respected acting coach, was the first to recognize Duvall's potential and cast him in Tennessee William's "Camino Real" and Horton Foote's "The Midnight Caller."

The fledging actor, who supported himself by working at the Post Office and as a janitor at American University, shared an apartment with two other struggling actors, Dustin Hoffman and Gene Hackman. During this time, Horton Foote recommended the young Duvall for the role of the mysterious Boo Radley in the now classic "To Kill A Mockingbird." It marked Duvall's screen debut and the first of several collaborations with Foote.

In 1965, Duvall won an Obie for his performance as the hero in a revival of Arthur Miller's "A View From the Bridge." Miller was so impressed by Duvall's performance that he continued to provide valuable career assistance over the years.

A standout role on the live television series "The Naked City" gave Duvall's career a major boost and helped him win roles on many of the top dramatic TV shows. Duvall spent most of 1966 on Broadway in the hit show "Wait Until Dark."

Duvall's other credits during the 1960's include "Captain Newman, M.D.," "The Chase," "Countdown," "The Detective," "Bullitt," "The Rain People," and "True Grit." With his movie career in full swing, Duvall began the 1970's as the pious Major Frank Burns in M*A*S*H," followed by "THX 1138"and "Lawman." In 1972 he was honored with an Academy Award® nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Corleone Family consigliere Tom Hagen in Francis Ford Coppola's epic "The Godfather." Duvall's other credits during the early ‘70's include Horton Foote's "Tomorrow," Coppola's "The Conversation," "Joe Kidd," "The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid," "Badge 373," and "The Outfit."

In 1974, Duvall appeared in "The Godfather, Part II" followed by "Breakout" and "The Killer Elite." In the 1976 Duvall played the ruthless television network executive in the box office hit "Network" and Dr. Watson in "The Seven Per Cent Solution."

In 1977, he directed and co-produced "We're Not the Jet Set," a documentary about a Nebraska rodeo family. The film was honored at the London Film Festival.

Subsequent acting credits as the Seventies drew to a close were "The Eagle Has Landed" in which he played a Nazi officer, "The Greatest," and "The Betsy." In 1977 he returned to the New York stage in David M


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