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Jason Robards

Highest Rated:   100% The Day After (1983)
Lowest Rated:   0% Dream a Little Dream (1989)
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Birthplace:   Chicago, Illinois, USA
One of Hollywood's elder statesmen, Jason Robards Jr. had a rich, deep voice and authoritative aura that befit the distinguished citizens he often played. The son of stage and screen actor Jason Robards Sr., Robards kept alive his rich heritage throughout the second half of the 20th century.Born July 26, 1922, in Chicago, Robards was a military man before becoming an actor. He served seven years in the Navy, and was at Pearl Harbor when it was attacked in 1941 (he later received the Navy Cross). Following his service, Robards moved to New York to pursue an acting career. He found work in incidental plays, radio soap operas, and live television dramas, driving a cab and teaching school to support himself. After a decade of obscurity, he rose to prominence in 1956 in the Circle in the Square production of Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh. He appeared on Broadway the following year in Long Day's Journey Into Night, for which he won a New York Drama Critics Award. Following that success, he remained a busy and popular Broadway performer, and, in 1958, got the opportunity to appear with his father in The Disenchanted.Making his onscreen debut in The Journey (1959), Robards maintained a TV and screen career while continuing to work on the stage. He tended to appear in two or three movies per year during the '60s, including the acclaimed 1962 screen adaptation of Long Day's Journey Into Night and Sergio Leone's much lauded 1968 Western Once Upon a Time in the West. Two years after his role in the war epic Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970), the actor was in a near-fatal car crash, but managed to make a complete recovery, returning to Broadway two years later. He ended the '70s by winning Oscars for his supporting roles in All the President's Men (1976) and Julia (1977), and was nominated for the same award for his portrayal of reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes in Melvin and Howard (1980), The slew of awards and nominations during this period also served as a nice complement to the six Tony awards he had been nominated for between 1960 and 1974. In 1978, Robards returned to the material that had helped to cement his reputation by directing himself in a revival of Long Day's Journey Into Night, which opened at Brooklyn Academy of Music Opera House.Robards continued to act on-stage and in film throughout the '80s, in addition to working on a number of documentaries and made-for-TV movies. Among his more notable television portrayals were the title role in the acclaimed 1980 miniseries F.D.R.: The Last Year (1980) and a lead part in You Can't Take It With You (1984). He also participated in the 1982 documentary Burden of Dreams, a highly acclaimed film about the making of Werner Herzog's Fitzcarraldo. Robards' screen roles during that decade were usually limited to the part of the patriarch in such films as Square Dance (1987) and Parenthood (1989), although he was introduced to a younger audience with his lead in the 1989 comedy Dream a Little Dream, which featured Corey Haim and Corey Feldman and little else. Robards worked steadily throughout the '90s, taking on roles in such acclaimed features as Philadelphia (1993), A Thousand Acres (1997), and Beloved (1998). He also continued to appear in a number of TV miniseries. In 1999, Robards lent his voice to the widely lauded documentary The Irish in America: The Long Journey Home, further demonstrating that, in addition to being one of Hollywood's most respected figures, he was also one of its most versatile. One of Robards' last roles was a suitably complex one, a dying man longing for a reconciliation with his estranged son in Paul Thomas Anderson's Magnolia (1999). The actor died of cancer, himself, the following year.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Black Rainbow
  • Walter Travis
2000
No Score Yet Going Home
  • Charles Barton
2000
No Score Yet They Drew Fire: Combat Artists of World War II
  • Narrator
1999
84% Magnolia
  • Earl Partidge
1999
No Score Yet Heartwood
  • Logan Reeser
1998
71% Enemy of the State
  • Senator Hammersly
1998
No Score Yet Noon Wine
  • Actor
1998
78% Beloved
  • Baldwin
1998
No Score Yet The Real Macaw
  • Grandpa Ben Girdis
1998
23% A Thousand Acres
  • Larry Cook
1997
No Score Yet The Line King: The Al Hirschfeld Story
  • Actor
1996
No Score Yet The Great American West
  • Actor
1995
No Score Yet Journey
  • Marcus
1995
87% Crimson Tide
  • Rear Admiral Anderson, Board of Inquiry President
1995
No Score Yet My Antonia
  • Grandfather
1995
No Score Yet The Enemy Within
  • Gen. Lloyd
1994
33% Little Big League
  • Thomas Heywood
1994
88% The Paper
  • Graham Keighley
1994
78% Philadelphia
  • Charles Wheeler
1993
No Score Yet Heidi
  • Grandfather
1993
33% The Trial
  • Dr. Hud
1993
69% The Adventures of Huck Finn
  • The King
1993
60% Storyville
  • Clifford
1992
No Score Yet Lincoln: Now He Belongs to the Ages, 1865
  • Abraham Lincoln
1992
No Score Yet Lincoln: I Want to Finish This Job, 1864
  • Abraham Lincoln
1992
No Score Yet Lincoln: The Pivotal Year, 1863
  • Abraham Lincoln
1992
No Score Yet Lincoln: The Making of a President, 1860-1862
  • Abraham Lincoln
1992
No Score Yet Jonah & the Whale
  • Actor
1992
No Score Yet On the Waterways
  • Actor
1991
9% Pure Luck
  • Actor
1991
No Score Yet An Inconvenient Woman
  • Jules Mendelson
1991
No Score Yet Mark Twain and Me
  • Mark Twain
1991
80% Quick Change
  • Chief Rotzinger
1990
No Score Yet Final Warning
  • Dr. Armand Hammer
1990
92% Parenthood
  • Frank
1989
No Score Yet Reunion
  • Henry Strauss
1989
0% Dream a Little Dream
  • Coleman Ettinger
1989
No Score Yet Ken Burns American Stories
  • Narrator
1989
No Score Yet The Christmas Wife
  • John Tanner
1988
55% The Good Mother (The Price of Passion)
  • Muth
1988
61% Bright Lights, Big City
  • Alex Hardy
1988
No Score Yet Inherit the Wind
  • Henry Drummond
1988
72% Julia
  • Dashiell Hammett
1987
31% Square Dance
  • Dillard
1987
No Score Yet Laguna Heat
  • Wade Shephard
1987
No Score Yet Norman Rockwell's 'Breaking Home Ties'
  • Lloyd
1987
No Score Yet The Long Hot Summer
  • Will Varner
1985
No Score Yet The Atlanta Child Murders
  • Alvin Binder
1985
No Score Yet America and Lewis Hine
  • Narrator
1984
No Score Yet The World of Tomorrow
  • Actor
1984
No Score Yet Hughie
  • Actor
1984
No Score Yet You Can't Take It with You
  • Actor
1984
No Score Yet Sakharov
  • Andrei Sakharov
1984
100% The Day After
  • Dr. Russell Oakes
1983
58% Something Wicked This Way Comes
  • Charles Halloway
1983
75% Max Dugan Returns
  • Max Dugan
1983
94% Burden of Dreams
  • Actor
1982
No Score Yet The Legend of the Lone Ranger
  • President Ulysses S. Grant
1981
No Score Yet Caboblanco (Cabo Blanco)
  • Gunther Beckdorff
1981
94% Melvin and Howard
  • Howard Hughes
1980
50% Raise the Titanic
  • Admiral James Sandecker
1980
50% Hurricane
  • Capt. Bruckner
1979
86% Comes a Horseman
  • Jacob 'J.W.' Ewing
1978
No Score Yet A Christmas to Remember
  • Daniel Larson
1978
93% All the President's Men
  • Ben Bradlee
1976
No Score Yet Mr. Sycamore
  • John Gwilt
1975
No Score Yet A Moon for the Misbegotten
  • Actor
1975
75% A Boy and His Dog
  • Lou Craddock
1975
No Score Yet The Death Merchants
  • Actor
1975
83% Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid
  • Governor Wallace
1973
No Score Yet The House Without a Christmas Tree
  • James Mills
1972
No Score Yet The War Between Men and Women
  • Stephen Kozlenko
1972
20% Murders in the Rue Morgue
  • Cesar Charron
1971
70% Johnny Got His Gun
  • Joe's Father
1971
57% Tora! Tora! Tora!
  • Lt. Gen. Walter C. Short
1970
93% The Ballad of Cable Hogue
  • Cable Hogue
1970
No Score Yet Julius Caesar
  • Marcus Brutus
1970
No Score Yet Fools
  • Matthew South
1970
71% Isadora (The Loves of Isadora)
  • Paris Singer
1969
No Score Yet The Night They Raided Minsky's (The Night They Invented Striptease)
  • Raymond Paine
1968
98% Once Upon a Time in the West
  • Cheyenne
1968
100% Hour of the Gun
  • Doc Holliday
1967
100% The St. Valentine's Day Massacre
  • Al Capone
1967
100% Divorce American Style
  • Nelson Downes
1967
No Score Yet Barbra Streisand - The Belle of 14th Street
  • Actor
1967
No Score Yet Any Wednesday
  • John Cleves
1966
No Score Yet A Big Hand for the Little Lady
  • Henry Drummond
1966
69% A Thousand Clowns
  • Murray Burns
1965
No Score Yet Act One
  • George S. Kaufman
1963
No Score Yet Tender Is the Night
  • Dick Diver
1962
93% Long Day's Journey Into Night
  • Jamie
1962
No Score Yet By Love Possessed
  • Julius Penrose
1961
No Score Yet Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh
  • Actor
1960
No Score Yet The Journey
  • Paul Kedes
1959

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet American Experience
1988
  • Narrator
  • Voice
  • 1997
  • 1996
  • 1991
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Actor

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