Robert Duvall Biography

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Born: January 05, 1931


Date of Birth: January 5, 1931

Coming to New York after two years of military service in Korea, Duvall trained at the Neighborhood Playhouse before acting in stock theater and off-Broadway productions. He made his film debut as the eccentric Boo Radley in the Oscar-winning To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), and has since established himself as a distinctive and versatile character actor who is perhaps best remembered for his memorable performance as the surf-mad Colonel in Apocalypse Now who utters the line: "I love the smell of Napalm in the morning."

One of the most sought after actors in Hollywood, Duvall was nominated for Academy Awards for his performances in The Godfather, Apocalypse Now, The Great Santini, The Apostle and A Civil Action. He won a Best Actor Oscar for his work in Tender Mercies and a Best Actor Prize at Venice for True Confessions. "I've mellowed some," he says, "but I haven't slowed down. I got a lot I wanna do." More recently, he received his seventh Academy Award nomination for his starring role in The Judge (2014).

Divorced three times, Robert married his fourth wife—a woman 42 years younger than him—in 2004.

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