1931 – Born January 5th in San Diego, California. American actor noted for his ability to quietly inhabit any character, particularly average working people, whom he brings fully but subtly to life.
1953 – Duvall graduated from Illinois’s Principia College and served two years in the army during the Korean War.
1962 – A brief but memorable film debut came when Duvall played the simpleminded Arthur (“Boo”) Radley in To Kill a Mockingbird.
1970-1972 – This path led to major supporting parts in films with large ensemble casts, such as the repressed and self-righteous Major Frank Burns in M*A*S*H and the business-minded Mafia attorney Tom Hagen in The Godfather and its sequel, The Godfather, Part II. The original role earned Duvall his first Oscar nomination.
1983 – Duvall wrote many of his own songs for his beautifully nuanced performance as a faded country music star running a motel and filling station in Tender Mercies; for this role he won the Oscar for best actor.
1989 – He ended with his highly praised performance in the Emmy Award-winning TV miniseries Lonesome Dove.
1990-1996 – Duvall’s credits include successful Hollywood pictures such as Days of Thunder, Phenomenon, and A Family Thing.
1997 – He wrote, directed, and starred in The Apostle, a pet project that Duvall spent years developing and that earned for him his third Oscar nomination for best actor.
1998 – His performance in A Civil Action was honoured with Duvall’s third Oscar nomination for best supporting actor.