A charismatic and unique actor
Actor Robert Duvall turns 89 today
Veteran actor and director Robert Duvall was born on January 5, 1931, in San Diego, CA, to Mildred Virginia (Hart), an amateur actress, and William Howard Duvall, a career military officer who later became an admiral. During the early 1960s, Duvall became roommates with another struggling actor, Dustin Hoffman, and the two also befriended Gene Hackman. Duvall made his on-screen debut in 1962 big-screen classic “To Kill a Mockingbird”, playing the silent but pivotal character Boo Radley. From Mockingbird, Duvall worked consistently throughout the ensuing decades, starring in scores of projects in either lead roles or as supporting roles. He became revered for portrayals that come across as authentic and highly believable, perhaps an extension of Duvall’s lack of interest in cultivating a “star” persona off-screen. Duvall has received seven Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations, and he won a lead actor statuette Oscar for his role in 1983’s “Tender Mercies”. In the film, in which Duvall wrote and performed his own music, he played an alcoholic country musician who begins to clean up his act and find love. He’s also worked behind the camera as a director, with films like 1983’s “Angelo My Love” and 1997’s “The Apostle”, which Duvall wrote and starred in as well, a role that earned Duvall his fifth Oscar nomination. Duvall also wrote and directed 2002’s “Assassination Tango”, in which he was able to explore his passion for the dance form. At this point in his career, there seems to be little Robert Duvall hasn’t done.
Look back at Robert Duvall in a scene of the movie “Tender Mercies”, 1983
By Ken Warren, 2017/18
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