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Robert Duvall – American actor, producer and director, best known for the film “The Godfather”, winner of the award “Oscar” (1984), has a 4 “Golden Globe” and the two statues Award “Emmy.” Born on January 5, 1931 in San Diego, California.
His father was a naval officer, who eventually rose to the rank of Admiral. Robert spent his childhood in the town of Annapolis. Robert Duvall graduated from college in 1953, and one year served in the US Army.
Returning to civilian life, Robert Duvall moved to New York and enrolled in acting school. During his studies, he met future stars – Dustin Hoffman and Gene Hackman. Instructor Robert’s acting school became Sanford Meisner, who was destined to play an important role in Duvall career.
Theatrical debut of Robert Duvall took place in 1958, when he took to the stage of the theater “Gate” in “Mrs. Warren’s Profession” play. During the following years the actor has played in many theaters, he participated in productions on Broadway. Performance 1966 “Wait Until Dark” with Duvall in the role of a psychiatrist became a real sensation. A year later, on the play of the same name filmed a movie with Audrey Hepburn.
In the 50-60-ies Robert Duvall starred in TV shows and serials. They were mostly episodic occurrence and minor characters, until he got the role of Arthur Radley in the famous drama “To Kill a Mockingbird.” It is believed that this role he advised Sanford Meisner – his teacher of drama school. The nature of his character the actor had to convey without words, only the language of facial expressions and gestures. With this, he coped perfectly well, his role was very memorable, although it was small.
In 1969, director Francis Ford Coppola asked Duvall on one of the main roles in the film “The Rain People”. Alternating dramatic roles diluted comedy “Military Field Hospital MESH”. Duvall has proved that not only can move the audience to tears, but laugh it. In 1971, the actor was fortunate enough to work on the set of George Lucas. In the sci-fi movie “Galaxy THX-1138” Duvall starred.
But to truly become a famous actor for his role as a lawyer in the cult film “The Godfather” Coppola. He even received a nomination for “Oscar” for Best Supporting Actor. However, this time the statue was another artist. In 1974, the screens came the continuation of the saga of The Godfather where, of course, was filmed and Robert Duvall.
The next big hit in the filmography of the actor was the picture “Apocalypse Now.” The role of Lieutenant Colonel in the new war drama by Francis Ford Coppola earned him several nominations in almost all the prestigious awards “Oscar”, “Golden Globe”, “a BAFTA ‘.
By the force of character-military incarnation Duvall had no equal in Hollywood. So, Lieutenant Colonel in the film “The Great Santini” earned him his third in a row nominated for “Oscar” award. Good luck in the movie spurred the theatrical success of the actor. In 1977, he returned to Broadway in the play “American Buffalo.” Once again, his work was highly praised by critics.
In 1984, Robert Duvall so believable played country music artist Mac Sledge in “Tender Mercies,” which was again nominated for “Oscar”. At this time, it is a cherished statuette went to Duvall.
Repeatedly Robert Duvall tried himself in the role of director. In 1997 he staged the drama “The Apostle”, and in 2002 – the thriller “Deadly Tango”. Even more movies where Duvall acted as producer. And in the 90s, and in the 2000s the actor was filmed actively, sometimes producing 4 films a year.