Robert Selden Duvall is an American actor and filmmaker who was born on January 5, 1931. Known for his eight-decades-long career, Robert is considered one of the greatest actors of all time. He has won two Primetime Emmy Awards, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a BAFTA Award, four Golden Globe Awards, and an Academy Award.

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Duvall started his TV career in 1960 before moving to Broadway and the movies with small parts on Playhouse 90 and the Armstrong Circle Theater TV series. In 1966, Duvall made his Broadway debut in the production of Wait Until Dark. In 1977, he made a comeback to the stage with David Mamet’s play American Buffalo.

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REAL NAME Robert Selden Duvall
NICKNAMERobert Duvall
BORNJanuary 5, 1931
AGE92 years old (2023)
BIRTHPLACE San Diego, California
PROFESSIONActor, filmmaker
SPOUSELuciana Pedraza
NET WORTH$70 Million
HEIGHT5 feet 8 inches (174cm)

How was the early life of Robert Duvall?

Robert Duvall was born in San Diego, California, on January 5, 1931. He grew up mostly in Annapolis, Maryland, where the United States Naval Academy is located. Duvall was the son of an admiral in the U.S. Navy. He continued his education at Principia College in Elsah, Illinois, where he earned a drama B.A. in 1953.

Duvall served in the US Army for a year after the Korean War, leaving as a private first class in the summer of 1954. He then started training under acting coach Sanford Meisner, who created the “Meisner technique“, at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in New York City.

He started his professional acting career at Bellport, Long Island’s Gateway Playhouse theater. Duvall made his stage debut as Eddie Carbone in Arthur Miller’s film A View from the Bridge during the summer of 1957. Duvall described this performance as the “catalyst of his career“.

Robert Duvall personal life

Duvall is childless despite having got married four times. From 1964 to 1975, Duvall was wed to Barbara Benjamin, a former dancer on “The Jackie Gleason Show“, as his first wife. His second marriage, which lasted from 1982 to 1986, was to actress and producer Gail Youngs. He wed dancer Sharon Brophy, his third wife, from 1991 to 1995.

In 2005, Duvall married Luciana Pedraza, his longtime girlfriend and fourth wife. Pedraza is 41 years younger than Duvall and the granddaughter of Argentine aviation pioneer Susana Ferrari Billinghurst. In Assassination Tango, he co-directed, produced, and performed alongside her.


The Robert Duvall Children’s Fund was established in 2001 by Pedraza and Duvall to provide education, healthcare, and other services to poor or underprivileged children in Northern Argentina as well as their families. Additionally, Duvall and Pedraza actively support Pro Mujer, a nonprofit that helps the poorest women in Latin America.

Robert Duvall career

In 1958, Duvall made his off-Broadway debut at Manhattan’s Gate Theater in George Bernard Shaw’s Mrs. Warren’s Profession as Frank Gardner. He appeared in Armstrong Circle Theater for the first time in 1959 “The Jailbreak“. Duvall’s first on-screen debut as Boo Radley in the highly regarded movie To Kill a Mockingbird was in 1962.

The 1970s was the real growth of Duvall’s career. He made his breakthrough performance in several movies and first major critical success in The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather Part II (1974) as Tom Hagen.

Duvall founded Butcher’s Run Films in 1992 and is the owner of a star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame. In Stalin, Duvall played the brutal communist leader Joseph Stalin in a performance that was nominated for an Emmy and won a Golden Globe Award that same year.

President George W. Bush presented Duvall with a National Medal of Arts at the White House in 2005. Ten years later, in the movie The Judge, Duvall—who is now 84 years old became the oldest actor to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

How much is Robert Duvall worth?

Robert Duvall is an American actor, producer, and director with a net worth of $70 million US dollars. Among the most famous actors in American history is Robert Duvall. His roles in The Godfather and The Godfather Part II are undoubtedly what made him most famous. He has received seven Golden Globe nominations (winning four) and seven Academy Award nominations (winning one) as of this writing.

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In the first Godfather movie, they paid Robert $36,000 for his role. That is $1,000 MORE than Al Pacino, the co-star. For the second installment, he received $500,000. A $1 million salary was offered to Duvall during the pre-production phase of the third film.

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