Duvall at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival, February 5, 2010
|Born||Robert Selden Duvall
January 5, 1931
San Diego, California, U.S.
|Alma mater||Principia College|
|Occupation||Actor and director|
A veteran actor, Duvall has starred in some of the most acclaimed and popular films and TV shows of all time, among them The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, To Kill a Mockingbird, THX 1138, Joe Kidd, The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, MASH, Network, The Apostle, True Grit, The Conversation, Apocalypse Now, Falling Down, Tender Mercies, The Natural and Lonesome Dove.
He began appearing in theater during the late 1950s, moving into television and film roles during the early 1960s in such works as To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) (as Boo Radley) and Captain Newman, M.D. (1963). He landed many of his most famous roles during the early 1970s with films like the blockbuster comedy MASH (1970) (as Major Frank Burns) and the lead in George Lucas' THX 1138 (1971), as well as Duvall's own favorite, Horton Foote's adaptation of William Faulkner's Tomorrow (1972), a project developed at The Actors Studio. This was followed by a series of critically lauded performances in films which were also commercial successes.
Since then Duvall has continued to act in both film and television with such productions as Tender Mercies (1983), The Natural (1984), Colors (1988), the television mini-series Lonesome Dove (1989), Stalin (1992), The Man Who Captured Eichmann (1996), A Family Thing (1996), The Apostle (1997) (which he also wrote and directed), A Civil Action (1998), Gods and Generals (2003), Broken Trail (2006) and Get Low (2010).
Duvall has been nominated for six Academy Awards, winning for his performance in Tender Mercies, six Golden Globes, winning four, and has multiple nominations and one win each of the BAFTA, Screen Actors Guild Award, and Emmy Award. Hoffman received the National Medal of Arts in 2005.
Robert Selden Duvall was born in San Diego, California, the son of Mildred Virginia (née Hart), an amateur actress, and William Howard Duvall, a Virginia-born U.S. Navy admiral. He has English, as well as German, Swiss-German, French Huguenot, Welsh, and Scottish, ancestry. His mother was a relative of American Civil War General Robert E. Lee and as such, of the Lee Family of Virginia, while his father was a descendant of settler Mareen Duvall.
Duvall was raised in the Christian Science religion and has stated that while it is his belief, he does not attend church. He grew up primarily on the East Coast, mainly in Annapolis, Maryland, the home of the United States Naval Academy. He recalled, "I was a Navy brat. My father started at the Academy when he was 16, made captain at 39 and retired as a rear admiral." He attended Severn School in Severna Park, Maryland, and The Principia in St. Louis, Missouri, and graduated, in 1953, from Principia College in Elsah, Illinois. He served in the United States Army from August 19, 1953, to August 20, 1954, leaving as Private First Class. While stationed at Camp Gordon (later renamed Fort Gordon) in Georgia, Duvall acted in an amateur production of the comedy "Room Service" in nearby Augusta Duvall served two years in the US Army during the Korean War. He explained in 1984, "That's led to some confusion in the press. Some stories have me shooting it out with the Commies from a foxhole over in Frozen Chosen. Pork Chop Hill stuff. Hell, I barely qualified with the M-1 rifle in basic [training]. He then attended Principia College in Elsah, Illinois.
In winter 1955 he began studies at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theater in New York, under Sanford Meisner, on the G.I. Bill. He was there for two years. Dustin Hoffman, Gene Hackman and James Caan were among his classmates. He was there in 1957 attending Meisner's classes. While working to become an actor, he worked as a Manhattan post office clerk. Duvall is friends with fellow California born actors Dustin Hoffman and Gene Hackman whom he knew during their years as struggling actors. In 1955, Duvall roomed with Hoffman in a New York City apartment while they were studying at The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre. Around this time he also roomed with Hackman, while working odd jobs such as clerking at Macy's, sorting mail at the post office and driving a truck. The three roommates have since earned eighteen Academy Award nominations, with five wins.
Early career in theatre, television and film: 1952–1969
Duvall began 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, an adaptation of The Little Prince, at what was then 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 and Howard Richardson's Dark Of The Moon (September 1955). The playbill of Dark Of The Moon indicated that he had portrayed the Witch Boy before and that he will "repeat his famous portrayal" of this character for the 1955 season's revival of this play. For Gateway's 1956 season (his third season with the Gateway Players), he played the role of Max Halliday in Frederick Knott's Dial M For Murder (July 1956), Virgil Blessing in Inge's Bus Stop (August 1956), and Clive Mortimer in John van Druten's I Am A Camera (August 1956). The playbills for the 1956 season described him as "an audience favorite" in the last season and as having "appeared at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York and studied acting with Sandy Meisner this past winter."
In its 1957 season, he appeared as Mr. Mayher in Agatha Christie's Witness For The Prosecution (July 1957), as Hector in Jean Anouilh's Thieves' Carnivall (July 1957), and the role which he once described as the "catalyst of his career":[where?] Eddie Carbone in Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge (from July 30 to August 3, 1957, and directed by Ulu Grosbard who was by then a regular director at the Gateway Theatre). Miller himself attended one of Duvall's performances as Eddie and also during this performance he met important people that allowed him to, in two months, land a "spectacular lead" in the Naked City television series.
While appearing at the Gateway Theatre in the second half of the 1950s, he was also appearing at the Augusta Civic Theatre, the McLean Theatre in Virginia and the Arena Theatre in Washington, D.C.. The 1957 playbills also described him as "a graduate of the Neighborhood Playhouse" (so he must have completed his studies there by the Summer of 1957), "a member of Sanford Meisner's professional Workshop" and as having worked with Alvin Epstein, a mime and a member of Marcel Marceau's Company. By this time also (July 1957) his theatrical credits included performances as Jimmy in The Rainmaker and as Harvey Weems in Horton Foote's The Midnight Caller. Already receiving top-billing at the Gateway Playhouse, in the 1959 season he appeared in lead roles as Stanley Kowalski in Tennessee Williams' Streetcar Named Desire (July–August 1959), Maxwell Archer in Once More With Feeling, Igor Romanoff in Peter Ustinov's Romanoff and Juliet, and Joe Mancuso in Kyle Crichton's The Happiest Millionaire (all in August 1959).
At the Neighborhood Playhouse, Meisner cast him in Tennessee Williams' Camino Real and the title role of Harvey Weems in Foote's one-act play The Midnight Caller. The latter was already part of Duvall's performance credits by mid-July 1957.
He made his Off-Broadway debut at the Gate Theater as Frank Gardner in George Bernard Shaw's Mrs. Warren's Profession on June 25, 1958. This play closed three days later (June 28) after five performances. His other early Off-Broadway credits include the role of Doug in the premiere of Michael Shurtleff's Call Me By My Rightful Name on January 31, 1961, at One Sheridan Square and the role of Bob Smith in the premiere of William Snyder's The Days and Nights of BeeBee Fenstermaker on September 17, 1962, until June 9, 1963, at the Sheridan Square Playhouse. His most notable Off-Broadway performance, for which he won an Obie Award in 1965 and which he considers his "Othello", was as Eddie Carbone (again) in Miller's A View From the Bridge at the Sheridan Square Playhouse from January 28, 1965, to December 11, 1966. It was directed again by Ulu Grosbard with Dustin Hoffman. On February 2, 1966, he made his Broadway debut as Harry Roat, Jr in Frederick Knott's Wait Until Dark at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. This played at the Shubert Theatre and George Abbott Theatre and closed on December 31, 1966, at the Music Box Theatre. His other Broadway performance was as Walter Cole in David Marnet's American Buffalo, which opened at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on February 16, 1977, and closed at the Belasco Theatre on June 11, 1977.
In 1959, Duvall made his first television appearance on Armstrong Circle Theater in the episode The Jailbreak. He appeared regularly on television as a guest actor during the 1960s, often in action, suspense, detective, or crime dramas. His appearances during this time include performances on Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Naked City, The Untouchables, Route 66, The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, The Fugitive, T.H.E. Cat, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, The Time Tunnel and The Mod Squad.
Duvall's screen debut was as Boo Radley in the critically acclaimed To Kill a Mockingbird (1962). He was cast in the film on the recommendation of screenwriter Horton Foote, who met Duvall at Neighborhood Playhouse during a 1957 production of Foote's play, The Midnight Caller. Foote, who would collaborate with Duvall many more times over the course of their careers, said he believed Duvall had a particular love of common people and ability to infuse fascinating revelations into his roles. Foote has described Duvall as "our number one actor."
After To Kill a Mockingbird, Duvall appeared in a number of films during the 1960s, mostly in mid sized parts but also in a few larger supporting roles. Some of his more notable appearances include the role of Capt. Paul Cabot Winston in Captain Newman, M.D. (1963), Chiz in Countdown (1968), and Gordon in The Rain People. Duvall has a small part as a cab driver who ferries McQueen around just before the chase scene in the film Bullitt (1969). He was the notorious malefactor "Lucky" Ned Pepper in True Grit (1969), in which he engaged in a climactic shootout with John Wayne's Rooster Cogburn on horseback.
Mid career: 1970–1989
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). 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.
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 "I love the smell of napalm in the morning" from Apocalypse Now is 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 received a BAFTA Award nomination for his portrayal of detestable television executive Frank Hackett in the critically acclaimed film Network (1976) and garnered an Oscar nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role in The Great Santini (1979) as the hard-boiled Marine LtCol. "Bull" Meechum. The latter role was loosely based on a Marine aviator, Colonel Donald Conroy, the father of the book's author Pat Conroy. He also co-starred with Laurence Olivier and Tommy Lee Jones in The Betsy (1978) and portrayed United States President Dwight D. Eisenhower in the television miniseries Ike (1979).
Duvall continued to appear in 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 was said[by whom?] to have written the music, but the actor said he wrote only a few "background, secondary songs." Duvall did do his own singing, insisting it be added to his contract that he sing the songs himself; Duvall said, "What's the point if you're not going to do your own [singing]? They're just going to dub somebody else? I mean, there's no point to that."
Actress Tess Harper, who co-starred, said Duvall inhabited the character so fully that she only got to know Mac Sledge and not Duvall himself. Director Bruce Beresford, too, said the transformation was so believable to him that he could feel his skin crawling up the back of his neck the first day of filming with Duvall. Beresford said of the actor, "Duvall has the ability to completely inhabit the person he's acting. He totally and utterly becomes that person to a degree which is uncanny." Nevertheless, Duvall and Beresford did not get along well during the production and often clashed during filming, including one day in which Beresford walked off the set in frustration.
In 1989, Duvall appeared in the miniseries Lonesome Dove in the role of Augustus "Gus" McCrae. He has stated in several forums, including CBS Sunday Morning,[date missing] that this particular role was his personal favorite. He won a Golden Globe Award and earned an Emmy Award nomination. For his role as a former Texas Ranger peace officer, Duvall was trained in the use of Walker revolvers by the Texas marksman Joe Bowman.
Later career: 1990–present
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).
He directed Assassination Tango (2002), a thriller about one of his favorite hobbies, tango. He portrayed General Robert E. Lee in Gods and Generals in 2003; he is a relative of the Confederate general.
Other roles during this period that displayed the actor's wide range included that of a crew chief in Days of Thunder (1990), a retiring cop in Falling Down (1992), a Hispanic barber in Wrestling Ernest Hemingway (1993), a New York tabloid editor in The Paper (1994), a rural doctor in Phenomenon (1996), an abusive father in 1996's Slingblade, an astronaut in Deep Impact (1998), a trail boss in Open Range (2003), a soccer coach in the comedy Kicking & Screaming, an old free spirit in Secondhand Lions (2003), a Las Vegas poker champion in Lucky You and a New York police chief in We Own the Night (both 2007).
Duvall has periodically worked in television during from the 1990s on. He won a Golden Globe Award and garnered an Emmy nomination for his portrayal of Joseph Stalin in the 1992 television film Stalin. He was nominated for an Emmy again in 1997 for portraying Adolf Eichmann in The Man Who Captured Eichmann. In 2006, he won an Emmy for the role of Prentice "Print" Ritter in the revisionist Western miniseries Broken Trail.
Duvall founded a production company, Butcher's Run Films.
Duvall has been married four times. He met his first wife, Barbara Benjamin, a former dancer on The Jackie Gleason Show, during the shooting of To Kill a Mockingbird. She had two daughters from her first marriage. The couple was married from 1964 until 1975. His second wife was Gail Youngs, to whom he was married from 1982 to 1986. His marriage to Youngs temporarily made him the brother-in-law of John Savage, Robin Young, and Jim Youngs. His third wife was Sharon Brophy, from 1991 to 1996.
In 2005, Duvall married his fourth wife, Luciana Pedraza, granddaughter of Argentine aviator pioneer Susana Ferrari Billinghurst. He met Pedraza in Argentina, recalling, "The flower shop was closed, so I went to the bakery. If the flower shop had been open, I never would've met her." They were both born on January 5, but Duvall is 41 years older. They have been together since 1997. He produced, directed, and acted with her in Assassination Tango, with the majority of filming in Buenos Aires. Robert Duvall is also known as a very prolific Argentine Tango dancer, having a Tango Studio in Argentina and in the United States.
Duvall's political views are variously described as libertarian or conservative. He was personally invited to Republican President George W. Bush's inauguration in 2001. In September 2007, he announced his support for Republican Presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani. Duvall worked the floor at the GOP's 2008 national convention and, according to an August 29, 2008, MSNBC article, Duvall narrated most of the videos for the convention. In September 2008, he appeared on stage at a John McCain-Sarah Palin rally in New Mexico.
In 2001, Pedraza and Duvall founded the Robert Duvall Children's Fund (RDCF) to assist families in Northern Argentina through renovations of homes, schools, and medical facilities. Duvall and Pedraza have been active supporters of Pro Mujer, a nonprofit charity organization dedicated to helping Latin America's poorest women (with Duvall and Pedraza concentrating on Pedraza's home of northern Argentina).
In May 2009 he spoke for historic preservation against Wal-Mart's proposal to build a store across the road from the entrance to the Wilderness Battlefield national park in Orange County, Virginia.
|Armstrong Circle Theater||1959||Berks||TV series||Season 10, episode 2: "The Jailbreak"|
|Armstrong Circle Theater||1960||TV series||Season 10, episode 16: "Positive Identification"|
|Playhouse 90||1960||TV series||Season 4, episode 8: "John Brown's Raid"|
|Defenders, TheThe Defenders||1961||Al Rogart||TV series||Season 1, episode 12: "Perjury"|
|Great Ghost Tales||1961||William Wilson||TV series||Season 1, episode 1: "William Wilson"|
|Shannon||1961||Joey Nolan||TV series||Season 1, episode 10: "The Big Fish"|
|Cain's Hundred||1961||Tom Nugent||TV series||Season 1, episode 6: "King of the Mountain"|
|Route 66||1961||Roman||TV series||Season 1, episode 25: "The Newborn"|
|Route 66||1961||Arnie||TV series||Season 2, episode 4: "Birdcage on My Foot"|
|Naked City||1961||Lewis Nunda||TV series||Season 2, episode 13: "A Hole in the City"|
|To Kill a Mockingbird||1962||Arthur "Boo" Radley||Feature film|
|Naked City||1962||L. Francis 'Frank' Childe||TV series||Season 3, episode 23: "The One Marked Hot Gives Cold "|
|Naked City||1962||Johnny Meigs||TV series||Season 4, episode 6: "Five Cranks for Winter... Ten Cranks for Spring"|
|Naked City||1962||Barney Sonners||TV series||Season 4, episode 8: "Torment Him Much and Hold Him Long "|
|Untouchables, TheThe Untouchables||1963||Eddie Moon||TV series||Season 4, Episode 17: "Blues for a Gone Goose"|
|Defenders, TheThe Defenders||1963||Luke Jackson||TV series||Season 2, episode 24: "Metamorphosis"|
|Route 66||1963||Lee Winters||TV series||Season 3, episode 18: "Suppose I Said I Was the Queen of Spain"|
|Twilight Zone, TheThe Twilight Zone||1963||Charley Parkes||TV series||Season 4, episode 8: "Miniature"|
|Virginian, TheThe Virginian||1963||Johnny Keel||TV series||Season 1, episode 24: "The Golden Door"|
|Stoney Burke||1963||Joby Pierce||TV series||Season 1, episode 23: "Joby"|
|Arrest and Trial||1963||Morton Ware||TV series||Season 1, episode 10: "The Quality of Justice"|
|Fugitive, TheThe Fugitive||1963||Eric Christian||TV series||Season 1, episode 4: "Never Wave Goodbye"|
|Captain Newman, M.D.||1963||Capt. Paul Cabot Winston||Feature film|
|Lieutenant, TheThe Lieutenant||1964||TV series||Season 1, episode 25: "Man with an Edge"|
|Kraft Suspense Theater||1964||Harvey Farnsworth||TV series||Season 1, episode 22: "Portrait of an Unknown Man"|
|Outer Limits, TheThe Outer Limits||1964||Louis Mace||TV series||Episode 31: "The Chameleon"|
|Outer Limits, TheThe Outer Limits||1964||Adam Ballard||TV series||Episodes 42 and 43: "The Inheritors"|
|Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea||1965||Zar||TV series||Season 1, episode 20: "The Invaders"|
|Combat!||1965||Karl||TV series||Season 3, episode 16: "The Enemy"|
|Defenders, TheThe Defenders||1965||Bill Andrews||TV series||Season 4, episode 30: "Only a Child"|
|Fugitive, TheThe Fugitive||1965||Leslie Sessions||TV series||Season 2, episode 16: "Brass Ring"|
|Nightmare in the Sun||1965||Motorcyclist||Feature film|
|Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre||1966||Frank Reeser||TV series||Season 3, episode 15: "Guilty or Not Guilty"|
|F.B.I., TheThe F.B.I.||1966||Johnny Albin||TV series||Season 2, episode 5: "The Scourge"|
|Combat!||1966||Peter Halsman||TV series||Season 5, episode 14: "Cry for Help"|
|Hawk||1966||Dick||TV series||Season 1, episode 6: "The Theory of the Innocent Bystander"|
|Felony Squad||1966||Albie Froehlich||TV series||Season 1, episode 8: "Death of a Dream"|
|Shane||1966||Tom Gary||TV series||Season 1, episode 9: "Poor Tom's A-Cold"|
|T.H.E. Cat||1966||Scorpio||TV series||Season 1, episode 9: "Crossing at Destino Bay"|
|Fame Is the Name of the Game||1966||Eddie Franchot||television film|
|Chase, TheThe Chase||1966||Edwin Stewart||Feature film|
|Time Tunnel, TheThe Time Tunnel||1967||Raul Nimon||TV series||Season 1, episode 24: "Chase Through Time"|
|Cimarron Strip||1967||Joe Wyman||TV series||Season 1, episode 18: "The Roarer"|
|Wild Wild West, TheThe Wild Wild West||1967||Dr. Horace Humphries||TV series||Season 3, episode 10: "The Night of the Falcon "|
|F.B.I., TheThe F.B.I.||1967||Ernie Milden||TV series||Season 2, episodes 25 and 26: "The Executioners"|
|T.H.E. Cat||1967||Laurent||TV series||Season 1, episode 24: "The Long Chase"|
|Combat!||1967||Michel||TV series||Season 5, episode 25: "The Partisan"|
|Cosa Nostra, Arch Enemy of the FBI||1967||Ernie Milden||television film|
|Flesh and Blood||1968||Howard||television film|
|CBS Playhouse||1968||Dr. Margolin||TV series||Season 2, episode 1: "The People Next Door"|
|Run for Your Life||1968||Richard Fletcher||TV series||Season 3, episode 19: "The Killing Scene"|
|Judd, for the Defense||1968||Raymond Cane||TV series||Season 1, episode 24: "Square House"|
|F.B.I., TheThe F.B.I.||1968||Joseph Troy||TV series||Season 4, episode 9: "The Harvest"|
|Detective, TheThe Detective||1968||Nestor||Feature film|
|Bullitt||1968||Cab driver||Feature film|
|Mod Squad, TheThe Mod Squad||1969||Matt Jenkins||TV series||Season 1, episode 23: "Keep the Faith, Baby"|
|F.B.I., TheThe F.B.I.||1969||Gerald Wilson||TV series||Season 5, episode 2: "Nightmare Road"|
|True Grit||1969||Ned Pepper||Feature film|
|Rain People, TheThe Rain People||1969||Gordon||Feature film|
|MASH||1970||Frank Burns||Feature film|
|Revolutionary, TheThe Revolutionary||1970||Despard||Feature film|
|THX 1138||1971||THX 1138||Feature film|
|Lawman||1971||Vernon Adams||Feature film|
|Godfather Part I, TheThe Godfather||1972||Tom Hagen||Feature film|
|Great Northfield Minnesota Raid, TheThe Great Northfield Minnesota Raid||1972||Jesse James||Feature film|
|Tomorrow||1972||Jackson Fentry||Feature film|
|Joe Kidd||1972||Frank Harlan||Feature film|
|Outfit, TheThe Outfit||1973||Earl Macklin||Feature film|
|Badge 373||1973||Eddie Ryan||Feature film|
|Lady Ice||1973||Ford Pierce||Feature film|
|Conversation, TheThe Conversation||1974||The Director||Feature film||Uncredited|
|Godfather Part II, TheThe Godfather Part II||1974||Tom Hagen||Feature film|
|Killer Elite, TheThe Killer Elite||1975||George Hanson||Feature film|
|Breakout||1975||Jay Wagner||Feature film|
|Eagle Has Landed, TheThe Eagle Has Landed||1976||Oberst Max Radl||Feature film|
|Seven-Per-Cent Solution, TheThe Seven-Per-Cent Solution||1976||Dr. Watson||Feature film|
|Network||1976||Frank Hackett||Feature film||Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role|
|Greatest, TheThe Greatest||1977||Bill McDonald||Feature film|
|We're Not the Jet Set||1977||n/a||Documentary||Director|
|Invasion of the Body Snatchers||1978||Priest on swing||Feature film||Uncredited|
|Betsy, TheThe Betsy||1978||Loren Hardeman III||Feature film|
|Ike||1979||Dwight D. Eisenhower||TV mini-series|
|Apocalypse Now||1979||Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore||Feature film|
|Great Santini, TheThe Great Santini||1979||Lieutenant Colonel Bull Meechum, USMC||Feature film||Nominated—Academy Award for Best Actor|
|Ike: The War Years||1980||Dwight D. Eisenhower||Television film|
|True Confessions||1981||Thomas Spellacy||Feature film||Venice Film Festival Pasinetti Cup for Best Actor|
|Pursuit of D.B. Cooper, TheThe Pursuit of D.B. Cooper||1981||Gruen||Feature film|
|Tender Mercies||1983||Mac Sledge||Feature film|
|Terry Fox Story, TheThe Terry Fox Story||1983||Bill Vigars||Television film||Nominated—CableACE Award for Best Actor in a Dramatic Presentation|
|Angelo My Love||1983||n/a||Feature film||Producer/Director|
|Stone Boy, TheThe Stone Boy||1984||Joe Hillerman||Feature film|
|Natural, TheThe Natural||1984||Max Mercy||Feature film|
|Let's Get Harry||1986||Norman Shrike||Feature film|
|Belizaire the Cajun||1986||The Preacher||Feature film|
|Waylon Jennings: America||1986||Doctor||Video short|
|The Lightship||1986||Calvin Caspary||Feature film||Venice Film Festival Pasinetti Cup for Best Actor|
|Hotel Colonial||1987||Roberto Carrasco||Feature film|
|Colors||1988||Officer Bob Hodges||Feature film|
|Lonesome Dove||1989||Augustus "Gus" McCrae||TV mini-series||Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor – Miniseries or a Movie
|Show of Force, AA Show of Force||1990||Howard||Feature film|
|Days of Thunder||1990||Harry Hogge||Feature film|
|Handmaid's Tale, TheThe Handmaid's Tale||1990||The Commander||Feature film|
|Rambling Rose||1991||Daddy Hilyer||Feature film||Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Lead Male|
|Stalin||1992||Joseph Stalin||television film|
|Newsies||1992||Joseph Pulitzer||Feature film|
|Peste, LaLa Peste||1992||Joseph Grand||Feature film|
|Falling Down||1993||Martin Prendergast||Feature film|
|Wrestling Ernest Hemingway||1993||Walter||Feature film|
|Geronimo: An American Legend||1993||Al Sieber||Feature film|
|Paper, TheThe Paper||1994||Bernie White||Feature film|
|Something to Talk About||1995||Wyly King||Feature film|
|Stars Fell on Henrietta, TheThe Stars Fell on Henrietta||1995||Mr. Cox||Feature film|
|Scarlet Letter, TheThe Scarlet Letter||1995||Roger Chillingworth||Feature film|
|Sling Blade||1996||Karl's father||Feature film||Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture|
|Man Who Captured Eichmann, TheThe Man Who Captured Eichmann||1996||Adolf Eichmann||Television film|
|Family Thing, AA Family Thing||1996||Earl Pilcher Jr.||Feature film||Producer|
|Phenomenon||1996||Doc Brunder||Feature film|
|Apostle, TheThe Apostle||1997||Euliss 'Sonny' Dewey — The Apostle E.F.||Feature film||
|Gingerbread Man, TheThe Gingerbread Man||1998||Dixon Doss||Feature film|
|Civil Action, AA Civil Action||1998||Jerome Facher||Feature film||
|Deep Impact||1998||Capt. Spurgeon 'Fish' Tanner||Feature film|
|Saturday Night Live||1998||various||TV series||Season 23, episode 14, hosted by Garth Brooks|
|Gone in 60 Seconds||2000||Otto Halliwell||Feature film|
|6th Day, TheThe 6th Day||2000||Dr. Griffin Weir||Feature film|
|Shot at Glory, AA Shot at Glory||2000||Gordon McLeod||Feature film||Producer|
|John Q||2002||Lt. Frank Grimes||Feature film|
|Assassination Tango||2002||John J. Anderson||Feature film||Producer/Writer/Director|
|Gods and Generals||2003||Gen. Robert E. Lee||Feature film|
|Secondhand Lions||2003||Hub||Feature film|
|Open Range||2003||Boss Spearman||Feature film|
|American Experience||2005||Narrator||TV series, documentary||Season 17, Episode 10: "The Carter Family: Will the Circle"|
|Kicking & Screaming||2005||Buck Weston||Feature film|
|Thank You for Smoking||2005||Doak "The Captain" Boykin||Feature film|
|Broken Trail||2006||Prentice "Print" Ritter||TV mini-series||
|Lucky You||2007||Mr. Cheever||Feature film|
|We Own the Night||2007||Albert Grusinsky||Feature film|
|Four Christmases||2008||Howard||Feature film|
|Crazy Heart||2009||Wayne Kramer||Feature film||Executive Producer|
|Road, TheThe Road||2009||Old Man (Ely)||Feature film|
|Get Low||2010||Felix Bush||Feature film||
|Seven Days in Utopia||2011||Johnny Crawford||Feature film|
|Hemingway & Gellhorn||2012||General Petrov||Television film||HBO released June 2012|
|Jayne Mansfield's Car||2012||Jim Caldwell||Feature film|
|Jack Reacher||2012||Martin Cash||Feature film|
|Man Who Killed Don Quixote, TheThe Man Who Killed Don Quixote||2013||Don Quixote||Feature film||pre-production|
|A Night In Old Mexico||2013||Grandfather||Feature film||filming|
|The Judge||2014||Feature film||filming|
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