Jason Robards

Highest Rated: 100% The Day After (1983)
Birthday: Jul 26, 1922
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



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
83% 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
24% 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
88% 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
31% Little Big League Thomas Heywood 1994
88% The Paper Graham Keighley 1994
79% Philadelphia Charles Wheeler 1993
No Score Yet Heidi Grandfather 1993
33% The Trial Dr. Hud 1993
73% The Adventures of Huck Finn The King 1993
67% 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
82% Quick Change Chief Rotzinger 1990
No Score Yet Final Warning Dr. Armand Hammer 1990
93% 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
63% Bright Lights, Big City Alex Hardy 1988
No Score Yet Inherit the Wind Henry Drummond 1988
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
60% 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
90% Melvin and Howard Howard Hughes 1980
43% Raise the Titanic Admiral James Sandecker 1980
38% Hurricane Capt. Bruckner 1979
75% Comes a Horseman Jacob 'J.W.' Ewing 1978
No Score Yet A Christmas to Remember Daniel Larson 1978
72% Julia Dashiell Hammett 1977
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
85% 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
67% Johnny Got His Gun Joe's Father 1971
55% 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
86% Hour of the Gun Doc Holliday 1967
88% 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


No Score Yet American Experience
Narrator Voice
  • 1997
  • 1996
  • 1991
No Score Yet Ken Burns' Baseball
  • 1994
No Score Yet American Playhouse
Erie Smith
  • 1984
No Score Yet Great Performances