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Birth information

26 July 1922 Chicago, Illinois, USA

Death information

26 December 2000 Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA

Given Name

Jason Nelson Robards Jr.

How tall is Jason Robards?

1.74 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Lois O'Connor
Lauren Bacall
Rachel Taylor
Eleanor Pitman

Life Story of Jason Robards

Powerful and highly respected American actor Jason Nelson Robards, Jr. was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Hope Maxine (Glanville) and stage and film star Jason Robards Sr. He had Swedish, English, Welsh, German, and Irish ancestry. Robards was raised mostly in Los Angeles. A star athlete at Hollywood High School, he served in the U.S. Navy in World War II, where he saw combat as a radioman (though he is not listed in official rolls of Navy Cross winners, despite the claims some -- not he -- have made. Neither was he at Pearl Harbor during the Dec. 7, 1941 attack, his ship being at sea at the time.) Returning to civilian life, he attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and struggled as a small-part actor in local New York theatre, TV and radio before shooting to fame on the New York stage in Eugene O'Neill's "The Iceman Cometh" as Hickey. He followed that with another masterful O'Neill portrayal, as the alcoholic Jamie Tyrone in "Long Day's Journey Into Night" on Broadway. He entered feature films in The Journey (1959) and rose rapidly to even greater fame as a film star. Robards won consecutive Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor for All the President's Men (1976)...

Significant features of Jason Robards

Gravelly but commanding voice
Long, pointed face
Characters with a bizarre or uncoventional personal code or ethos
Sardonic deadpan

How much money has Jason Robards earned?

All the President's Men (1976) $50,000

Publications and Magazines about Jason Robards

Eugene O'Neill Society Jason Robards Remembered. 2002
Druxman, Michael B. JASON ROBARDS At The Old Place. 2019

What movies did Jason Robards play or participate?

Actors Filmography
Going Home (2000) Charles Barton, Magnolia (1999) Earl Partridge, Aimee Mann: Save Me (1999) Earl Partridge, Heartwood (1998) Logan Reeser, Enemy of the State (1998) Congressman Phillip Hammersley, Beloved (1998) Mr. Bodwin, The Real Macaw (1998) Grandpa Girdis, American Experience (1997) Narrator, A Thousand Acres (1997) Larry Cook, Journey (1995) Marcus, Crimson Tide (1995) Rear Admiral Anderson, Board of Inquiry President, My Antonia (1995) Josea Burden, The Enemy Within (1994) General R. Pendleton Lloyd, Little Big League (1994) Thomas Heywood, The Paper...

Birth information

26 July 1922 Chicago, Illinois, USA

Death information

26 December 2000 Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA

Given Name

Jason Nelson Robards Jr.

How tall is Jason Robards?

1.74 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Lois O'Connor
Lauren Bacall
Rachel Taylor
Eleanor Pitman

Life Story of Jason Robards

Powerful and highly respected American actor Jason Nelson Robards, Jr. was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Hope Maxine (Glanville) and stage and film star Jason Robards Sr. He had Swedish, English, Welsh, German, and Irish ancestry. Robards was raised mostly in Los Angeles. A star athlete at Hollywood High School, he served in the U.S. Navy in World War II, where he saw combat as a radioman (though he is not listed in official rolls of Navy Cross winners, despite the claims some -- not he -- have made. Neither was he at Pearl Harbor during the Dec. 7, 1941 attack, his ship being at sea at the time.) Returning to civilian life, he attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and struggled as a small-part actor in local New York theatre, TV and radio before shooting to fame on the New York stage in Eugene O'Neill's "The Iceman Cometh" as Hickey. He followed that with another masterful O'Neill portrayal, as the alcoholic Jamie Tyrone in "Long Day's Journey Into Night" on Broadway. He entered feature films in The Journey (1959) and rose rapidly to even greater fame as a film star. Robards won consecutive Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor for All the President's Men (1976)...

Significant features of Jason Robards

Gravelly but commanding voice
Long, pointed face
Characters with a bizarre or uncoventional personal code or ethos
Sardonic deadpan

How much money has Jason Robards earned?

All the President's Men (1976) $50,000

Publications and Magazines about Jason Robards

Eugene O'Neill Society Jason Robards Remembered. 2002
Druxman, Michael B. JASON ROBARDS At The Old Place. 2019

What movies did Jason Robards play or participate?

Actors Filmography
Going Home (2000) Charles Barton, Magnolia (1999) Earl Partridge, Aimee Mann: Save Me (1999) Earl Partridge, Heartwood (1998) Logan Reeser, Enemy of the State (1998) Congressman Phillip Hammersley, Beloved (1998) Mr. Bodwin, The Real Macaw (1998) Grandpa Girdis, American Experience (1997) Narrator, A Thousand Acres (1997) Larry Cook, Journey (1995) Marcus, Crimson Tide (1995) Rear Admiral Anderson, Board of Inquiry President, My Antonia (1995) Josea Burden, The Enemy Within (1994) General R. Pendleton Lloyd, Little Big League (1994) Thomas Heywood, The Paper...

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Martin Balsam, Jason Robards, Basil Hoffman, John McMartin, etc.

Father of actor Jason Robards III.

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Tom Hanks, Roger Corman, Jason Robards, Charles Glenn, etc.

Was a Civil War buff in real life. He played President U.S. Grant in The Legend of the Lone Ranger (1981), and was the voice of Gen. Grant in the PBS mini-series The Civil War (1990).

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Tom Hanks, Jason Robards, Charles Glenn, Robert Ridgely, etc.

Preferred working in the theater, and said once that he performed in Hollywood films so that he could "grab the money and go back to Broadway as fast as I can."

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Jason Robards and Katharine Ross in Fools (1970)

On April 22, 2002, the first Jason Robards Award for Excellence in Theatre was awarded to Christopher Plummer by the Roundabout Theatre.

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Jason Robards and Sandy Dennis in Mr. Sycamore (1975)

Jennifer Jason Leigh added the Jason to her stage name in tribute to Robards, a long-time family friend. She said, "I like the way it sounds between Jennifer and Leigh.".

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Matthew Broderick, Jason Robards, and Marsha Mason in Max Dugans Moneten (1983)

In one of his last roles, in Paul Thomas Anderson's Magnolia (1999), he portrayed a man dying from lung cancer to excellent effect. One year later he himself died from the same disease.

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Jason Robards and Chuck McCann in Storyville (1992)

Attended Hollywood High School in Hollywood, CA, and played on the football, baseball, basketball, and track teams, at one time entertaining the idea of becoming a professional athlete.

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Britt Ekland, Jason Robards, Herbie Faye, Forrest Tucker, and Norman Wisdom in Die Nacht, etc.

Avoided films until age 37 because he felt his acting father, Jason Robards Sr., had sold out and tarnished his own reputation by "going Hollywood".

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Denholm Elliott, Jason Robards, and Norman Wisdom in Die Nacht, als Minsky aufflog (1968)

First lead role was in the 1953 off-Broadway production of "American Gothic" directed by José Quintero.

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Jason Robards and Norman Wisdom in Die Nacht, als Minsky aufflog (1968)

Two daughters and four sons: Sarah Louise, Shannon Robards, Jason Robards III, Sam Robards, David and Jake Robards.

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Jason Robards and Norman Wisdom in Die Nacht, als Minsky aufflog (1968)

In 1988, he became the 11th performer to win the Triple Crown of acting: Oscar, Tony, Emmy. Two Oscars: Best Supporting Actor, All the President's Men (1976), and Best Supporting Actor, Julia (1977). Tony: Best Actor, Play, "The Disenchanted" (1959). Emmy: Best Actor, Miniseries/Special: Inherit the Wind (1988).

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Britt Ekland and Jason Robards in Die Nacht, als Minsky aufflog (1968)

Won Broadway's 1959 Tony Award as best actor (dramatic) for The Disenchanted. He was nominated seven other times: as best supporting or featured actor (dramatic) in 1957 for Long Day's Journey into Night; as best actor (dramatic) in 1960 for Toys in the Attic, in 1964 for After The Fall, in 1965 for Hughie, in 1972 for The Country Girl and in 1974 for A Moon for the Misbegotten; and as best actor (play) in 1978 for A Touch of the Poet. With eight nominations, he holds the record for being the actor nominated the most times for the Tony Award, although he only won once.

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Jason Robards and Maureen Kerwin in Der wiedergefundene Freund (1989)

Was the first winner of a Best Actor Obie Award, which recognize achievement in the off-Broadway theater, for playing Hickey in the revival of Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh during the 1955-1956 season. He tied for the best actor award with George Voskovec, who was cited for Uncle Vanya.

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Jason Robards in Der wiedergefundene Freund (1989)

He and Leonardo DiCaprio both received Oscar-nominations for portraying Howard Hughes. Robards was nominated for Melvin and Howard (1980) and DiCaprio for The Aviator (2004).

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Jason Robards and Barbara Harris in Tausend Clowns (1965)

He is more closely associated with the works of Eugene O'Neill than any other actor.

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Jason Robards and Barbara Harris in Tausend Clowns (1965)

He was awarded the American National Medal of the Arts in 1997 by the National Endowment of the Arts in Washington, DC.

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Jason Robards and Barry Gordon in Tausend Clowns (1965)

Shares the role of Howard Hughes with Leonardo DiCaprio. In the television series (Parenthood (1990)) based on Parenthood (1989), DiCaprio took over the role that Joaquin Phoenix had played in the film--opposite Robards as his grandfather.

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Jason Robards and Barry Gordon in Tausend Clowns (1965)

He won an Oscar for playing Benjamin Bradlee in All the President's Men (1976), making him one of 17 actors to win the Award for playing a real person who was still alive at the evening of the Award ceremony (as of 2015). The other sixteen actors and their respective performances are: Spencer Tracy for playing Father Edward Flanagan in Boys Town (1938), Gary Cooper for playing Alvin C. York in Sergeant York (1941), Patty Duke for playing Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker (1962), Robert De Niro for playing Jake La Motta in Raging Bull (1980), Sissy Spacek for playing Loretta Lynn in Coal Miner's Daughter (1980), Jeremy Irons for playing Claus Von Bullow in Reversal of Fortune (1990) (1990), Susan Sarandon for playing Sister Helen Prejean in Dead Man Walking (1995), Geoffrey Rush for playing David Helfgott in Shine (1996), Julia Roberts for playing Erin Brockovich in Erin Brockovich (2000), Jim Broadbent for playing John Bayley in Iris (2001), Helen Mirren for playing Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen (2006), Sandra Bullock for playing Leigh Anne Tuohy in The Blind Side (2009), Melissa Leo for playing Alice Eklund-Ward in The Fighter (2010), Christian Bale for playing Dickie Eklund in The Fighter (2010), Meryl Streep for playing Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady (2011) and most recently Eddie Redmayne for playing Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything (2014).

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Jason Robards and Barry Gordon in Tausend Clowns (1965)

In 1978 he became the second actor to receive an Oscar, Emmy and Tony nomination in the same calendar year (for Julia (1977), Washington: Behind Closed Doors (1977) and "A Touch of the Poet," respectively).

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Jason Robards and Jennifer Jones in Zärtlich ist die Nacht (1962)

Katharine Hepburn was the godmother of his son Sam Robards.

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Jason Robards and Jennifer Jones in Zärtlich ist die Nacht (1962)

Was a trustee at Fairfield University in Connecticut.

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Jason Robards and Jennifer Jones in Zärtlich ist die Nacht (1962)

He was nominated for a 1976 Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Guest Artist in a play, Hughie, at the Academy Festival Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.

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Jason Robards and Jill St. John in Zärtlich ist die Nacht (1962)

Has portrayed President Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln (1992), The Perfect Tribute (1991) and Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1964), President Ulysess S. Grant in The Civil War (1990) and The Legend of the Lone Ranger (1981), President Franklin D. Roosevelt in F.D.R.: The Last Year (1980) and fictional President Richard Monckton (A Richard Nixon-type) in Washington: Behind Closed Doors (1977).

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Jason Robards and Jennifer Jones in Zärtlich ist die Nacht (1962)

He studied drama at HB Studio in Greenwich Village in New York City.

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Jason Robards in Die Unbestechlichen (1976)

Is one of 9 actors to have won the Triple Crown of Acting (an Oscar, Emmy and Tony); the others in chronological order are Thomas Mitchell, Melvyn Douglas, Paul Scofield, Jack Albertson, Jeremy Irons, Al Pacino, Geoffrey Rush and Christopher Plummer.

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Jason Robards and Jim Davis in Eine Farm in Montana (1978)

He was cast as the lead in Fitzcarraldo (1982) but had to drop out after filming started, because of ill-health. Footage of him in the part can be seen in Burden of Dreams (1982) and My Best Fiend (1999).

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Jason Robards in Eine Farm in Montana (1978)

Broadway and NYC-Hollywood television actor Jack Dodson (b.1931-d.1994, age 63) and Jason Robards (b.1922-d.2000, age78) were extremely close friends. Their friendship began when they were cast in a Broadway production. They became bar mates after their curtain (call) dropped each night, when they would join together in their favorite after theater local Broadway bar. When Jason Robards was cast in a play, he would arrange for Jack to be cast, as well, so that he would have a good drinking buddy and bar mate! Jack Dodson's amiable humorous spirit and show-biz antidotes always entertained. Jason Robards and Jack Dodson had a mutual respect for each other's professional abilities and talents. Their character traits made each a man's man and a damned good best friend! The pair were a comedy performance when seated together at the pub's main bar, or at a restaurant table. When asked by the bar's host if they minded being seated at a back table adjacent the kitchen service room door, Jack's response, "that's O.K., we make the same noise sitting there as we would sitting in the middle or at this joint's front door!" and they DID!.

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Jason Robards and Paul Le Mat in Melvin und Howard (1980)

He was awarded the 1986 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Distinguished Lead Performance for "The Iceman Cometh" in the University of California (Los Angeles) Center for the Arts and Theatre group production at the Mark Taper Forum Theatre in Los Angeles, California.

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Jason Robards and Paul Le Mat in Melvin und Howard (1980)

He was awarded the 1986 Drama Logue Award for Outstanding Performance for "The Iceman Cometh," in Mark Taper Forum production at the James A. Doolittle Theatre at the University of California in Los Angeles, California.

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Jason Robards in Melvin und Howard (1980)

Starred in three Oscar Best Picture nominees: A Thousand Clowns (1965), All the President's Men (1976) and Julia (1977). All three movies won for Best Supporting Actor, with Jason Robards himself winning back-to-back for the latter two.

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Jason Robards, Mary Steenburgen, Paul Le Mat, etc.

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Jason Robards in Jeden Mittwoch (1966)

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Jason Robards in Chicago-Massaker (1967)

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Jason Robards in Chicago-Massaker (1967)

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