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Robert Duvall was born Jan. 5, 1931, in San Diego, Calif., the son of a Navy admiral. After military service, Duvall studied acting at New York's Neighborhood Playhouse and made off-Broadway appearances.

His first screen role as the mute Boo Radley in To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) left a lasting impression, and his visibility grew in such films as The Chase, Bullitt, True Grit, The Rain People and MASH. Duvall received his first Oscar nomination for The Godfather (1972); he scored another nomination for Apocalypse Now and a third for The Great Santini.

He finally earned a Best Actor Oscar for playing country singer Mac Sledge in Tender Mercies (1983) and was also nominated for The Apostle (which he also directed) and A Civil Action. Duvall has excelled in cowboy roles that have led to Emmy and Golden Globe recognition, including the miniseries Lonesome Dove (1989) and Broken Trail (2006), for which he won his first Emmy for Best Actor in a Miniseries.

Robert Duvall in Jack Reacher

Jack Reacher

2012 PG-13

When ex-military cop Jack Reacher investigates an elite sniper charged with killing five people, he teams up with a beautiful defense lawyer -- and they soon find themselves drawn into a dangerous cat-and-mouse game in this exciting thriller.

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