GODS AND GENERALS
(General Robert E. Lee) didn't travel as far as some for his role in Gods
and Generals. Considered by many as one of America's finest
actors, Duvall lives on a Revolutionary War-era estate in rural Virginia,
which was within easy reach of most of the film's locations.
Duvall was born in San Diego, California, into a military family. After
duty with the U.S. Army he studied acting in New York with Sanford Meisner,
founder of the respected Neighborhood Playhouse, who was the first to
recognize his potential and cast him in several plays. Duvall once
shared an apartment with another struggling actor, Dustin Hoffman; the two
palled around with Gene Hackman.
Playwright Horton Foote was the one who recommended him for To Kill a
Mockingbird. Duvall followed this with an Obie Award-winning
performance in Arthur Miller's revival of A View From the Bridge.
The actor has starred in a number of America's finest films: The
Godfather, which earned him an Oscar nomination, and The Godfather,
Part II; he was nominated a second time for an Oscar for his performance
in Apocalypse Now; he was nominated a third time for The Great
Santini; and won the Best Actor Academy Award for his role in Tender
Duvall wrote, directed, starred in and produced The Apostle, receiving
an Oscar nomination for his performance in the title role, as well as
Independent Spirit Awards for Best Feature, Best Director and Best Actor.
He co-starred in Deep Impact and A Civil Action, which won him
his sixth Oscar nomination as well as a Golden Globe nomination.
Other memorable characterizations were in Gone in 60 Seconds, A Shot
at Glory and John Q. An avid tango dancer, another film
venture close to his heart is Assassination Tango, which Duvall
produced, wrote, starred in and directed in Argentina.
Duvall honed his craft in such well-known films as Bullitt, True
Grit, M*A*S*H, THX 1138, The Seven-Per-Cent Solution,
The Eagle Has Landed, The Greatest, The Betsy, True
Confessions, and in the role of Dwight D. Eisenhower in the miniseries Ike.
In l983 he wrote, produced and directed Angelo My Love, a portrait of
New York's secretive Gypsy life. Other film roles were in The Stone
Boy, The Natural, Let's Get Harry and Colors.
Duvall received an Emmy nomination for his performance in the mini-series Lonesome
Dove (one of his favorite roles).
In the last decade he starred in Days of Thunder, The Handmaid's
Tale, A Show of Force, Convicts, Rambling Rose, Falling
Down, Geronimo and Wrestling Ernest Hemingway. He
formed Butchers Run Films in l992, producing and starring in A Family Thing,
which earned a Humanitas Award, followed by the second Butchers Run Film The
Man Who Captured Eichmann, for which Duvall was nominated for an Emmy.
Duvall was also seen in
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