Robert Duvall

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Robert Duvall

Born Robert Selden Duvall
January 5, 1931 (1931-01-05) (age 84)
San Diego, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor, director
Years active 1952–present
Spouse Barbara Benjamin (1964–1975)
Gail Youngs (1982–1986)
Sharon Brophy (1991–1996)
Luciana Pedraza (2005–present)

Robert Selden Duvall (born January 5, 1931) is an American actor and director. Duvall won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in Tender Mercies (1983). He has also won the Screen Actors Guild Award, several Golden Globe Awards, and a BAFTA Award.

Early life[change | change source]

Duvall was born in San Diego, California. His parents were Mildred Virginia Hart and William Howard Duvall. He studied at Severn School in Severna Park, Maryland and The Principia in St. Louis, Missouri. He graduated, in 1953, from Principia College in Elsah, Illinois.

Career[change | change source]

Duvall's career began in 1952. His first role was as Arthur "Boo" Radley in the 1962 movie To Kill A Mockingbird. He then appeared on Captain Newman, M.D. (1963).

He landed many of his most famous roles during the early 1970s, such as Major Frank Burns in the blockbuster comedy MASH (1970) and the lead role in THX 1138 (1971), as well as Horton Foote's adaptation of William Faulkner's Tomorrow (1972).[1] This was followed by a series of critically lauded performances in commercially successful films.

Personal life[change | change source]

Duvall's political views are variously described as libertarian or conservative.[2]

Duvall was married to Barbara Benjamin from 1964 until they divorced in 1975. Then, he was married to Gail Youngs from 1982 through 1985. Then he was married to Sharon Brophy from 1991 through 1996. He has been married to Argentine actress Luciana Pedraza since 2005.

Duvall has no children. He lives in The Plains, Virginia.

Movies[change | change source]

He has appeared in many other films including:

Legacy[change | change source]

In 2015, at age 84, Duvall became the oldest person ever nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the Academy Awards, with a nomination for the movie The Judge.[3]

References[change | change source]

Other websites[change | change source]

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