Born in San Diego, California, Robert Duvall relocated to the East Coast at the age of 10. Duvall graduated from the Principa College in Elsah, Illinois. He majored in History and Government. Later he moved to the drama department. He was in the line of duty for two years in the United States Army and then in the year 1955 moved to New York. Duvall enrolled in the Neighborhood Playhouse under the aegis of Sanford Meisner, a renowned acting teacher Duvall was able to identify his caliber that got him a role in Tennessee Williams, The Midnight Caller, Horton Foote and Camino Real.
Duvall started taking up odd jobs to support himself and shared an apartment with Dustin Hoffman and Gene Hackman, who were unknown names then. He met Horton Foote, who was a screenwriter who was instrumental in getting him his maiden project in the year 1963, To Kill A Mockingbird. Duvall played the role of the uncanny Boo Radley in the film. The actor went on to win the Obie for Arthur Miller’s ‘A View from the Bridge’ in which he played the male protagonist. He was spotted in a number of drama TV shows like Naked City, and this gave him the much needed break with the Broadway hit ‘Wait Until Dark’.
With this, there is no stopping this actor as he went to be nominated for the Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor for his role in The Godfather as Tom Hagen in the year 1972. Other films that the actor performed many film in the early 70s including Tomorrow, Joe Kidd, Badge 373, The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid and more. 1974 started with The Godfather Part II then he moved on to Breakout and The Killer Elite. He also played the role of Dr. Watson in Conan Doyle’s The Seven-Per-Cent-Solution.
In the year 1977, he plunged into direction with We’re Not the Jet Set. The documentary is about Nebraska rodeo family. The film was honored at the London Film Festival. He then returned to the US where he performed in David Mamet’s American Buffalo. In the year 1979 he won the Oscars for Best Supporting Actor for Apocalypse. He earned another Academy Award for Best Actor in The Great Santini. He directed his second film in the year 1983, Angelo, My Love. Recently, the actor saw Phenomenon, The Scarlet Letter, Deep Impact, The Stars Fell on Henrietta and more.
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