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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January 5, 1931, saw the birth of a new star that went on become the most distinguished star in Hollywood Robert Duvall. The actor graduated in Drama and learned that his interest is in acting at a very young age. His crisp features and intense expressions went on to make him a star actor. During his early filming career, he portrayed disturbed characters like The Chase. In that movie Duvall was searching for gun safes to keep his guns safe. Duvall had the ability to turn any character real with his intense acting skill. Duvall was a reserved person and shunned the glitz and glamour of Hollywood though he is respected in the circle. He had the opportunity to work with some big moviemakers of the times like Francis Ford Coppola, who was the creator of The Godfather and Apocalypse Now.
The actor was nominated for Oscars several times, and this includes The Great Santini where he played the role of a disciplinary military father master of the highest rated hunting knife in the world. He received the Academy Award for Best Actor for the country singer role in Tender Mercies. The actor composed and voiced the song. He turned directed with the film Angelo My Love that he co-produced in the year 1983. The best of his works was The Apostle (1997) and Rambling Rose. He had penned the script for The Apostle 15 years back, and he also financed the film. He was nominated for the Oscars for Best Actor. During the 90s, he worked on a variety of films that gave him recognition.
Duvall was lucky to play a diversity of characters. Some of his roles included a Cuban barber, ailing editor, psychopath murderer, etc. Despite doing varied characters on the silverscreen, he did not forget the stage. He also worked on TV miniseries like Stalin and Lonesome Dove. He lends his voice for commercials. Duvall was able to manage both big and small budget films. He joined hands with popular Hollywood stars like Nicolas Cage for Gone in 60 seconds and with Denzel Washington in John Q. He received the Academy Best Supporting Actor for The Judge in 2014.