Holding It Down – Robert Duvall

OH YEA Duvall – Born January 5, 1931

A veteran actor, Duvall has starred in some of the most acclaimed and popular films and TV shows of all time!  born in San Diego, California, the son of Mildred Virginia (née Hart), an amateur actress. A little not to well known about Robert Duvall is that he is a direct relative of American Civil War General Robert E. Lee, and William Howard Duvall, a Virginia-born U.S. Navy admiral.

Robert E. Lee

Duvall grew up in the traditional life of a career military family, moving frequently from military base to military base, living for a time in Annapolis, Maryland, near the United States Naval Academy. He attended Severn School in Severna Park, Maryland and The Principia inSt. Louis, Missouri and graduated, in 1953, from Principia College in Elsah, Illinois. 

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 at the Gateway Theatre.  After a two-year absence when he was with the U.S. Army (1953–1954), he returned to Gateway in its 1955 summer season, playing: Eddie Davis in Ronald Alexander’s Time Out For Ginger (July 1955), Hal Carter in William Inge’s Picnic (July 1955), Charles Wilder in John Willard’s The Cat And The Canary (August 1955), Paris in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible (August 1955), and John the Witchboy in William Berney andHoward Richardson’s Dark Of The Moon (September 1955).

Duvall became an important presence in American films beginning in the 1970s:

He drew a considerable amount of attention in 1970 for his portrayal of Major Frank Burns in the film MASH and for his portrayal of the title role in the cult classic THX 1138 in 1971. His first major critical success came portraying Tom Hagen in The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather Part II (1974).

Al Pacino and Robert Duvall The God Father UNO! –

The former film earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. 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, And if that was not was not enough to show the world that we had yet produced ANOTHER big screen KILLER, Duvall received another Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor and won both a BAFTA Award and Golden Globe Award for his role as Lt. Colonel Kilgore in Apocalypse Now (1979). His line from Apocalypse Now is now regarded as iconic in cinema history. The full text is as follows:

(( You smell that? Do you smell that? Napalm, son. Nothing else in the world smells like that. I love the smell of napalm in the morning. You know, one time we had a hill bombed, for twelve hours. When it was all over I walked up. We didn’t find one of ’em, not one stinkin’ dink body. But the smell! You know – that gasoline smell… the whole hill! Smelled like… victory. (Pause)
Some day this war is going to end… ))

Duvall continued to appear in important films during the 1980s, including the roles of cynical sportswriter Max Mercy in The Natural (1984) and Los Angeles police officer Bob Hodges in Colors(1988). He won an Oscar for Best Actor as country western singer Mac Sledge in Tender Mercies (1983). Duvall has maintained a busy film career, sometimes appearing in as many as four in one year. He received Oscar nominations for his portrayals of evangelical preacher Euliss “Sonny” Dewey in The Apostle (1997) — a film he also wrote and directed — and lawyer Jerome Facher in A Civil Action (1998). 

One of Duvalls most noted parts was in the epic story  about two former Texas rangers who decide to move cattle from the south to Montana. Augustus McCrae and Woodrow Call run into many problems on the way, and the journey doesn’t end without numerous casualties. Retired Texas Rangers Gus McRae and Woodrow Call are content to live out their remaining years in the tiny Texas town of Lonesome Dove. Then their old friend Jake comes to town, and tells them about the incredible oppurtunities for cattle ranching in Montana. Encouraged by this, Call convinces Gus and many other townspeople to go on a perilous cattle drive to Montana. Gus has another agenda though: his former sweetheart now lives in Nebraska, and he hopes for a second chance with her. As the drive goes on it takes on an epic scale, ultimately becoming what could well be called the central event in the lives of all involved.   Robert Duvall, Tommy Lee Jones and Danny Glover to name a few of this all-star cast made the 6 hours go by as if we were there, involved in each part..

Broken Arrow –

In 2005, Duvall his fourth wife, Luciana Pedraza, granddaughter of famous Argentine aviator Susana Ferrari Billinghurst. He met Pedraza on a street in Buenos Aires, Argentina. They were both born on January 5, but Duvall is 41 years older. They have been together since 1997. He produced, directed, and they acted together in Assassination Tango, with the majority of filming in Buenos Aires.

Susana Ferrari Billinghurst- 

Duvall and Pedraza have been active supporters of Pro Mujer, a non-profit charity organization dedicated to helping Latin America’s poorest women (with Duvall and Pedraza concentrating on Pedraza’s home of northern Argentina) help themselves through micro-credit, business training and health care links.  All in All This man rules and totally Holds It Down..

Some goodies –

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