12 Actual Truths About Robert Duvall

1. He has been nominated for seven Academy Awards , and has multiple nominations and one win each of the BAFTA, Screen Actors Guild Award, and Emmy Award.

2. He began appearing in theater during the late 1950s, moving into television and film roles during the early 1960s, playing Boo Radley in To Kill a Mockingbird .

3. My father started at the Academy when he was 16, made captain at 39 and retired as a rear admiral.”

4. He attended Severn School in Severna Park, Maryland, and The Principia in St. Louis, Missouri.

5. Hell, I barely qualified with the M-1 rifle in basic training”.

6. In the winter of 1955, Duvall began studies at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theater in New York, under Sanford Meisner, on the G.I. Bill.

7. Dustin Hoffman, Gene Hackman, and James Caan were among his classmates. While studying acting, he worked as a Manhattan post office clerk.

8. Duvall began his professional acting career with the Gateway Playhouse, an Equity summer theatre based in Bellport, Long Island, New York.

9. 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.

10. 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.”

11. 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..

12. This played at the Shubert Theatre and George Abbott Theatre and closed on December 31, 1966, at the Music Box Theatre.

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