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ROBERT DUVALL (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 Mercies.

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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