ROBERT DUVALL Biography - Other artists & entretainers


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NAME: Robert Duvall
BORN: 05/01/1931
BIRTH PLACE: San Diego, California, USA


A direct descendent of Confederate General, Robert E. Lee, raised by an Admiral and having served in the Army in Korea, it may seem surprising that, upon his discharge from the military, Duvall moved to New York to study acting.


Working in theatre in the late 1950s and early 1960s, he also appeared on TV, before making his film debut in 1962, as Boo Radley, in ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’.


During his long film career, in which he has worked with some of Hollywood’s greatest directors, including a long association with Francis Ford Coppola, Duvall has frequently played troubled, lonely characters.


Probably Duvall’s most iconic moment was his performance as the crazed Colonel Kilgore, in Coppola’s sprawling jungle epic, ‘Apocalypse Now’, in which the actor delivered probably the most famous line in the movie "I love the smell of napalm in the morning!"