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Taormina Arte Awards for Cinematic Excellence


Robert Duvall

Date: 13/06/2003

He was born in San Diego, California in 1931. At Principia College in Elsah, Illinois, Duvall majored in history and government, eventually switching to the drama department, where he earned his degree. He moved to New York in 1955 and enrolled in the renowned Neighborhood Playhouse on the G.I. Bill. Sanford Meisner, the acclaimed acting teacher, recognized Duvall’s potential and cast him in Tennessee Williams’ Camino Real and Horton Foote’s The Midnight Caller. Five years after his first meeting with Horton Foote, the playwright/screenwriter recommended Duvall for his 1963 screen debut in To Kill A Mockingbird. In 1965, Duvall won an Obie for his performance as the hero in a revival of Arthur Miller’s A View From the Bridge. After a standout role on the live television series Naked City and guest spots on a number of top dramatic TV shows, Duvall starred in the Broadway hit Wait Until the Dark. Other film credits during the 1960’s include, Captain Newman, M.D., The Chase, Countdown (directed by Robert Altman), The Detective, The Rain People (directed by Francis Ford Coppola), and True Grit. He began the 1970’s as pious Major Frank Burns in Altman’s smash comedy, M*A*S*H, followed by George Lucas’ directorial debut, THX 1138 and Lawman. In 1972, Duvall was honored with an Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actor for his role as Tom Hagen in Coppola’s The Godfather. Other films during the early seventies include Tomorrow, The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid, Joe Kidd, Badge 373, The Conversation and The Outfit. In 1974, Duvall starred in The Godfather: Part II, followed by Breakout and The Killer Elite directed by Sam Peckinpah. In the 1976 box office success Network by Sidney Lumet, he portrayed a ruthless television network executive, and in Herbert Ross’s The Seven-Per-Cent Solution he played Conan Doyle’s Dr. Watson. Duvall made his directorial debut with the 1977 documentary We’re Not the Jet Set. He then returned to the New York stage in David Mamet’s American Buffalo, while other screen credits include the films The Eagle Has Landed, The Greatest and The Betsy, along with the difficult title role in the acclaimed television miniseries Ike. In 1979, Duvall earned his second Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actor for Apocalypse Now. The following year brought another Academy Award nomination, this time for Best Actor, as the macho Marine pilot Bull Meechum in The Great Santini. He also starred in True Confessions and The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper. Once again working on a Horton Foote project, Tender Mercies, Duvall starred as Mac Sledge, a bornagain country music star who puts his life back together. Duvall created and performed his own songs for the 1983 film, which earned him an Academy Award for Best Actor. In 1983, he directed his second film, Angelo, My Love, a portrait of New York’s mysterious Gypsy community, which he also wrote and produced. Acting roles from this period include The Stone Boy, The Natural, The Lightship, Belizaire the Cajun and Colors. Duvall received an Emmy nomination for the role of Gus in the popular miniseries Lonesome Dove, which he describes as “one of the best parts of [his] career”. The early 90’s saw Duvall on screen in Days of Thunder, The Handmaid ‘s Tale, A Show of Force and in Horton Foote’s Convicts. Other credits include The Paper, Newsies, Rambling Rose, Falling Down, Geronimo and Wrestling Ernest Hemingway. For his starring role as the ruthless Soviet dictator in the HBO Original film Stalin, he received the Golden Globe. Most recently, Duvall starred in The Stars Fell on Henrietta, The Scarlet Letter, Phenomenon, and in the forthcoming DreamWorks SKG disaster film, Deep Impact. In 1992, Duvall formed Butchers Run Films. The company’s first co-production, A Family Thing, which was written by Billy Bob Thornton and teamed Duvall with James Earl Jones, earned a Humanitas Award. Continuing his commitment to quality stories, Duvall executive produced Butchers Run Films’ second co-production, the critically acclaimed TNT Original The Man Who Captured Eichmann, in which Duvall portrays the remorseless Nazi bureaucrat Adolph Eichmann.  


:: filmography

To Kill a Mockingbird, di Robert
Captain Newman, M.D., di
David Miller
Nightmare in the Sun, di Marc
Fame Is the Name of the Game,
di Stuart Rosemberg (TV)
The Chase, di Arthur Penn
Cosa Nostra, Arch Enemy of
the FBI, di Don Medford (TV)
Bullitt, di Peter Yates
The Detective, di Gordon
Countdown, di Robert Altman,
William Conrad
Flesh and Blood, di Arthur
Penn (TV)
The Rain People, di Francis
Ford Coppola
True Grit, di Henry Hathaway
The Revolutionary, di Paul
M*A*S*H, di Robert Altman
Lawman, di Michael Winner
THX 1138, di George Lucas
Tomorrow, di Joseph Anthony
Joe Kidd, di John Sturges
The Great Northfield, Minnesota
Raid, di Philip Kaufman
The Godfather, di Francis
Ford Coppola
Badge 373, di Howard W.
Koch, Martin ScorseseLady Ice, di Tom Gries
The Godfather: Part II, di
Francis Ford Coppola
The Outfit, di John Flynn
The Conversation, di Francis
Ford Coppola
The Killer Elite, di Sam Pekinpah
Breakout, di Tom Gries
The Seven-Per-Cent Solution,
di Herbert Ross
The Eagle Has Landed, di
John Sturges
Network, di Sidney Lumet
The Greatest, di Tom Gries,
Monte Hellman
Ike: The War Years, di Melville
Shavelson (TV)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers,
di Philip Kaufman
The Betsy, di Daniel Petrie
The Great Santini, di Lewis
John Carlino
Apocalypse Now, di Francis
Ford Coppola
Ike, di Boris Sagal, Melville
Shavelson (TV)
The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper,
di Roger Spottiswoode
True Confessions, di Ulu
Aliens From Another Planet,
di Irwin Allen, Sobey Martin
The Terry Fox Story, di Ralph
L. Thomas (TV)
Tender Mercies, di Bruce Beresford
Sanford Meisner: The American
Theatre’s Best Kept
Secret, di Nick Doob
The Stone Boy, di Christopher
The Natural, di Barry Levinson
The Lightship, di Jerzy Skolomowski
Let’s Get Harry, di Stuart
Belizaire the Cajun, di Glen
Apocalypse Pooh, di T.
Graham (TV)
Tango Bayle nuestro, di
Jorge Zanada
Hotel Colonial, di Cinzia Th.
Colors, di Dennis Hopper
Lonesome Dove, di Simon
Wincer (TV)
Convicts, di Peter Masterson
Days of Thunder, di Tony Scott
A Show of Force, di Bruno
The Handmaid’s Tale, di
Volker Schlöndorff
The Godfather Family: ALook
Inside, di Jeff Werner (TV)
Rambling Rose, di Martha
The Godfather Trilogy: 1901-
1980, di Francis Ford Coppola
Stalin, di Ivan Passer (TV)
La Peste, di Luis Puenzo
Newsies, di Kenny Ortega
Wrestling Ernest Hemingway,
di Randa Haines
Geronimo: An American Legend,
di Walter HillFalling Down, di Joel Schumacher
The Paper, di Ron Howard
The Scarlet Letter, di Roland
The Stars Fell on Henrietta,
di James Keach
Something to Talk About, di
Lasse Hallström
The Kennedy Center Honors:
A Celebration of the
Performing Arts, di John
Frook, Sara Lukinson (TV)
The Man Who Captured
Eichmann, di William A.
Graham (TV)
Sling Blade, di Billy Bob
Phenomenon, di Jon Turteltaub
A Family Thing, di Richard
The Apostle, di Robert Duvall
ACivil Action, di Steven Zaillian
Deep Impact, di Mimi Leder
The Gingerbread Man, di
Robert Altman
The 6th Day, di Roger Spottiswoode
A Shot at Glory, di Michael
Gone in Sixty Seconds, di
Dominic Sena
Assassination Tango, di Robert
John Q, di Nick Cassavetes
Open Range, di Kevin Costner
Secondhand Lions, di Tim
Gods and Generals, di Ronald
F. Maxwell

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