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Robert Duvall

Highest Rated:   100% Rambling Rose (1991)
Lowest Rated:   8% Gods and Generals (2003)
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Birthplace:   San Diego, California, USA
One of Hollywood's most distinguished, popular, and versatile actors, Robert Duvall possesses a rare gift for totally immersing himself in his roles. Born January 5, 1931 and raised by an admiral, Duvall fought in Korea for two years after graduating from Principia College. Upon his Army discharge, he moved to New York to study acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse, where he won much acclaim for his portrayal of a longshoreman in A View From the Bridge. He later acted in stock and off-Broadway, and had his onscreen debut as Gregory Peck's simple-minded neighbor Boo Radley in To Kill a Mockingbird (1962).With his intense expressions and chiseled features, Duvall frequently played troubled, lonely characters in such films as The Chase (1966) during his early film career. Whatever the role, however, he brought to it an almost tangible intensity tempered by an ability to make his characters real (in contrast to some contemporaries who never let viewers forget that they were watching a star playing a role). Though well-respected and popular, Duvall largely eschewed the traditionally glitzy life of a Hollywood star; at the same time, he worked with some of the greatest directors over the years. This included a long association with Francis Ford Coppola, for whom he worked in two Godfather movies (in 1972 and 1974) and Apocalypse Now (1979). The actor's several Oscar nominations included one for his performance as a dyed-in-the-wool military father who victimizes his family with his disciplinarian tirades in The Great Santini (1980). For his portrayal of a has-been country singer in Tender Mercies -- a role for which he composed and performed his own songs -- Duvall earned his first Academy Award for Best Actor. He also directed and co-produced 1983's Angelo My Love and earned praise for his memorable appearance in Rambling Rose in 1991. One of Duvall's greatest personal triumphs was the production of 1997's The Apostle, the powerful tale of a fallen Southern preacher who finds redemption. He had written the script 15 years earlier, but was unable to find a backer, so, in the mid-'90s, he financed the film himself. Directing and starring in the piece, Duvall earned considerable acclaim, including another Best Actor Oscar nomination.The 1990s were a good decade for Duvall. Though not always successful, his films brought him steady work and great variety. Not many other actors could boast of playing such a diversity of characters: from a retired Cuban barber in 1993's Wrestling Ernest Hemingway to an ailing editor in The Paper (1994) to the abusive father of a mentally impaired murderer in the harrowing Sling Blade (1996) to James Earl Jones's brother in the same year's A Family Thing (which he also produced). Duvall took on two very different father roles in 1998, first in the asteroid extravaganza Deep Impact and then in Robert Altman's The Gingerbread Man. Throughout his career, Duvall has also continued to work on the stage. In addition, he occasionally appeared in such TV miniseries as Lonesome Dove (1989) and Stalin (1992), and has even done voice-over work for Lexus commercials. In the early 2000s, he continued his balance between supporting roles in big-budget films and meatier parts in smaller efforts. He supported Nicolas Cage in Gone in 60 Seconds and Denzel Washington in John Q., but he also put out his second directorial effort, Assassination Tango (under the aegis of old friend Coppola, which allowed him to film one of his life's great passions -- the tango. In 2003, Kevin Costner gave Duvall an outstanding role in his old-fashioned Western Open Range, and Duvall responded with one of his most enjoyable performances.Duvall subsequently worked in a number of additional films, including playing opposite Will Ferrell in the soccer comedy Kicking & Screaming, as well as adding a hilarious cameo as a tobacco king in the first-rate satire Thank You For Smoking.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
32% In Dubious Battle
  • Bolton
2017
No Score Yet The Godfather Epic
  • Tom Hagen
2016
17% Wild Horses
  • Director
  • Scott Briggs
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
2015
47% The Judge
  • Joseph Palmer
$35.7M 2014
41% A Night In Old Mexico
  • Producer
  • Red Bovie
2014
94% Casting By
  • Actor
$14.5k 2013
34% Jayne Mansfield's Car
  • Jim Caldwell
$14.8k 2013
62% Jack Reacher
  • Cash
$80.1M 2012
16% Seven Days In Utopia
  • Johnny Crawford
$4.4M 2011
64% Belizaire the Cajun
  • Preacher
2011
85% Get Low
  • Executive Producer
  • Felix "Bush" Breazeale
$9.2M 2010
No Score Yet For Love of Liberty
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet The Last Full Measure
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots
  • Actor
2010
91% Crazy Heart
  • Producer
  • Wayne
$38.4M 2009
74% The Road
  • Old Man
$8.1M 2009
25% Four Christmases
  • Howard
$120.2M 2008
56% We Own the Night
  • Burt Grusinsky
$27.6M 2007
29% Lucky You
  • L.C. Cheever
$5.8M 2007
No Score Yet Brando
  • Actor
2007
90% America At A Crossroads: Operation Homecoming: Writing The Wartime Experience
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Broken Trail
  • Executive Producer
  • Print Ritter
2006
86% Thank You for Smoking
  • Doak `The Captain' Boykin
$24.9M 2006
No Score Yet American Experience
  • Narrator
2005
41% Kicking & Screaming
  • Buck Weston
$52.6M 2005
No Score Yet Stone Boy
  • Actor
2005
59% Secondhand Lions
  • Hub
$41.5M 2003
79% Open Range
  • Boss Spearman
$58.3M 2003
48% Assassination Tango
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Director
  • John J. Anderson
$0.9M 2003
8% Gods and Generals
  • Gen. Robert E. Lee
$12.9M 2003
No Score Yet Festival Pass with Chris Gore
  • Actor
2002
23% John Q
  • Lt. Frank Grimes
$71.1M 2002
93% Apocalypse Now Redux
  • Lt. Col. Kilgore
$2M 2001
67% A Shot at Glory
  • Gordon McLeod
  • Producer
2001
41% The 6th Day
  • Dr. Griffin Weir
$33.9M 2000
24% Gone in 60 Seconds (Gone in Sixty Seconds)
  • Otto Halliwell
$101M 2000
60% A Civil Action
  • Jerome Facher
1998
48% Deep Impact
  • Spurgeon Tanner
1998
89% The Apostle
  • Eulis "Sonny" Dewey/The Apostle E.F.Sonny Dewey/The Apostle E.F.
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Executive Producer
1998
60% The Gingerbread Man
  • Dixon Doss
1997
96% Sling Blade
  • Karl's Father
1996
50% Phenomenon
  • Doc
1996
73% A Family Thing
  • Earl Pilcher Jr.
  • Producer
1996
No Score Yet El Asesino en mis Manos
  • Adolf Eichmann
  • Producer
1996
14% The Scarlet Letter
  • Roger Chillingworth
1995
37% Something to Talk About
  • Wyly King
1995
44% The Stars Fell on Henrietta
  • Mr. Cox
1995
57% Wrestling Ernest Hemingway
  • Walter
1994
88% The Paper
  • Bernie White
1994
73% Falling Down
  • Det. Martin Prendergast
1993
53% Geronimo - An American Legend
  • Al Sieber
1993
No Score Yet Stalin
  • Stalin
1992
No Score Yet The Plague (La Peste)
  • Grand
1992
39% Newsies
  • Joseph Pulitzer
1992
No Score Yet Waylon Jennings: Renegade. Outlaw. Legend.
  • Actor
1992
100% Rambling Rose
  • Daddy Hillyer
1991
100% Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse
  • Actor
1991
38% Days of Thunder
  • Harry Hogge
1990
No Score Yet A Show of Force
  • Howard
1990
31% The Handmaid's Tale
  • Commander
1990
No Score Yet Convicts
  • Soll Gautier
1990
No Score Yet Lonesome Dove - The Making of An Epic
  • Actor
1990
No Score Yet Tango: Our Dance
  • Actor
1988
80% Colors
  • Officer Bob Hodges
1988
No Score Yet Hotel Colonial
  • Roberto Carrasco (Luca Venieri)
1987
No Score Yet The Lightship
  • Calvin Caspary
1986
No Score Yet Let's Get Harry
  • Norman Shrike
1986
No Score Yet Falling for the Stars
  • Actor
1985
82% The Natural
  • Max Mercy
1984
80% The Stone Boy
  • Joe Hillerman
1984
No Score Yet The Terry Fox Story (Heart of a Champion)
  • Bill Vigars
1983
85% Tender Mercies
  • Producer
  • Mac Sledge
1983
No Score Yet Angelo, My Love
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Director
1983
No Score Yet The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper
  • Gruen
1981
75% True Confessions
  • Det. Tom Spellacy
1981
94% The Great Santini
  • Lt. Col. Bull Meechum
1979
98% Apocalypse Now
  • Lt. Col. Kilgore
1979
94% Invasion of the Body Snatchers
  • Priest on Swing (uncredited)
1978
No Score Yet The Betsy
  • Loren Hardeman III
1978
No Score Yet Ike: The War Years
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower
1978
No Score Yet The Greatest
  • Bill McDonald
1977
91% Network
  • Frank Hackett
1976
82% The Seven-Per-Cent Solution
  • Dr. Watson
1976
86% The Eagle Has Landed
  • Colonel Radl
1976
55% The Killer Elite
  • George Hansen
1975
38% Breakout
  • Jay Wagner
1975
97% The Godfather, Part II
  • Tom Hagen
1974
98% The Conversation
  • The Director
1974
No Score Yet The Outfit
  • Macklin
1974
No Score Yet Badge 373
  • Eddie Ryan
1973
No Score Yet Lady Ice
  • Pierce
1973
67% The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid
  • Jesse James
1972
No Score Yet Tomorrow
  • Jackson Fentry
1972
99% The Godfather
  • Tom Hagen
1972
86% Joe Kidd
  • Frank Harlan
1972
No Score Yet The Godfather: The Coppola Restoration
  • Actor
1972
80% Lawman
  • Adams
1971
88% THX 1138
  • THX 1138
1971
87% M*A*S*H
  • Maj. Frank Burns
1970
No Score Yet The Revolutionary
  • Despard
1970
82% The Rain People
  • Gordon
1969
90% True Grit
  • Ned Pepper
1969
97% Bullitt
  • Weissberg
1968
No Score Yet The Detective
  • Nestor
1968
No Score Yet Countdown
  • Chiz
1968
80% The Chase
  • Edwin Stewart
1966
No Score Yet Fame Is the Name of the Game
  • Eddie
1966
No Score Yet Captain Newman, M.D.
  • Capt. Paul Cabot Winston
1963
91% To Kill A Mockingbird
  • Boo Radley
1962
No Score Yet John Brown's Raid
  • Actor
1960

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013
  • Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • 2014
  • 2012
No Score Yet American Experience
1988
  • Voice
  • Narrator
  • 2005
No Score Yet The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • Charley Parkes
  • 1963

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