Robert Duvall

Born Jan 5, 1931

Robert Selden Duvall is an American actor and director. He has won an Academy Award, two Emmy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards and a BAFTA over the course of his career.

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Robert Duvall.


1931 Birth Born on January 5, 1931.


1952 21 Years Old Duvall began his professional acting career with the Gateway Playhouse, an Equity summer theatre based in Bellport, Long Island, New York. Arguably his stage debut was in its 1952 season when he played the Pilot in Laughter In The Stars, an adaptation of The Little Prince, at what was then the Gateway Theatre.
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…  He graduated, in 1953, from Principia College in Elsah, Illinois.
In the winter of 1955, Duvall began studies at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theater in New York, under Sanford Meisner, on the G.I. Bill. … Read More
1956 25 Years Old For Gateway's 1956 season (his third season with the Gateway Players), he played the role of Max Halliday in Frederick Knott's Dial M for Murder (July 1956), Virgil Blessing in Inge's Bus Stop (August 1956), and Clive Mortimer in John van Druten's I Am a Camera (August 1956). … Read More
In its 1957 season, he appeared as Mr. Mayher in Agatha Christie's Witness For The Prosecution (July 1957), as Hector in Jean Anouilh's Thieves' Carnivall (July 1957), and the role which he once described as the "catalyst of his career": Eddie Carbone in Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge (from July 30 to August 3, 1957, and directed by Ulu Grosbard who was by then a regular director at the Gateway Theatre). … Read More


1961 - 1964 2 More Events
1965 34 Years Old His most notable Off-Broadway performance, for which he won an Obie Award in 1965 and which he considers his "Othello", was as Eddie Carbone (again) in Miller's A View From the Bridge at the Sheridan Square Playhouse from January 28, 1965, to December 11, 1966. … Read More
1966 35 Years Old On February 2, 1966, he made his Broadway debut as Harry Roat, Jr in Frederick Knott's Wait Until Dark at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. … Read More
1970 39 Years Old …  He drew a considerable amount of attention in 1970 for his portrayal of the dastardly Major Frank Burns in the film MASH and for his portrayal of the title role in the cult classic THX 1138 in 1971. … Read More


1976 45 Years Old In 1976, Duvall played supporting roles in The Eagle Has Landed and as Dr. Watson in The Seven-Per-Cent Solution opposite Nicol Williamson, Alan Arkin, Vanessa Redgrave and Laurence Olivier. … Read More
1977 46 Years Old In 1977 Duvall returned to Broadway to appear as Walter Cole in David Mamet's American Buffalo. … Read More


1982 51 Years Old His second wife was Gail Youngs, to whom he was married from 1982 to 1986. … Read More
1989 58 Years Old In 1989, Duvall appeared in the miniseries Lonesome Dove in the role of Captain Augustus "Gus" McCrae, Texas Rangers (retired). … Read More


1991 - 2001 4 More Events
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In 2005, Duvall was awarded a National Medal of Arts by President George W. Bush at the White House. … Read More
2007 76 Years Old In September 2007, he announced his support for Republican Presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani.
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Duvall worked the floor at the GOP's 2008 national convention and, according to an August 29, 2008, MSNBC article, Duvall narrated most of the videos for the convention.
2009 78 Years Old In May 2009, Duvall spoke for historic preservation against Wal-Mart's proposal to build a store across the road from the entrance to the Wilderness Battlefield national park in Orange County, Virginia.
2011 80 Years Old In 2011, he appeared at the Texas Children's Cancer Center charity event "An Evening with a Texas Legend" in Houston, where he was interviewed by Bob Schieffer.
2012 81 Years Old Duvall endorsed Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney in 2012.
2014 83 Years Old He revealed during a March 13, 2014, interview with The Daily Beast however that he will probably vote independent, calling today's Republican Party "a mess." … Read More
2015 84 Years Old In 2015, at age 84, Duvall became the oldest person ever to be nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the Academy Awards, with a nomination for the film The Judge.
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