Robert Selden Duvall is an award-winning American actor who’s been on screen for over 60 years. And he’s been putting in work the whole time. From The Twilight Zone and To Kill a Mockingbird in the 1960s through today, Duvall appeared in some of your favorite projects. Check out these highlights from the classic filmography of Robert Duvall.
10. Secondhand Lions
Character: Hub McCann
This coming-of-age story has Haley Joel Osmond spending the summer with his wealthy, eccentric uncles (Michael Caine and Duvall) in Texas.
9. True Grit
Character: “Lucky” Ned Pepper
This John Wayne Classic was remade with Josh Brolin and Jeff Bridges in 2010. When a hired hand kills her father, 14-year old Mattie Ross (Kim Darby/Hailee Steinfeld) enlists a drunken gunslinger for revenge. Duvall is the outlaw he’s holed up with.
8. Kicking and Screaming
Character: Buck Weston
Duvall plays the hard-nosed father Will Ferrell is competing against in a soccer match. This is one of the best sports comedies of all time.
7. Sling Blade
Character: Mr. Childers
Duvall has a supporting role in Billy Bob Thorton’s breakout,critically acclaimed hit.
Character: Joseph Pulitzer
Duvall plays Joseph Pulitzer, the news publisher fighting William Randolph Hearst while the newspaper delivery boys in the streets sing and dance in povery.
5. Deep Impact
Character: Captain Spurgeon “Fish” Tanner
Duvall leads the space crew trying to divert the meteor heading toward Earth. It’s the story at the heart of this world-ending story.
Character: Officer Bob Hodges
Duvall and Sean Penn are police officers at different ends of their careers. They’re cleaning up the gang-ridden streets of Los Angeles and getting at each other’s throats in the process.
3. Apocalypse Now
Character: Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore
This Vietnam War film is unlike anything else, and Duvall manages to stick out among an all-star cast with a classic line, “I love the smell of Napalm in the morning.”
2. The Godfather Series
Character: Tom Hagen
Duvall plays the Corleone family’s consigliere and lawyer. He was informally adopted into the family by Don Vito, and his mild manners and soft-spoken nature makes him the voice of reason in the family.
1. The Apostle
Character: Euliss “Sonny” Dewey/The Apostle E.F.
Duvall is an eccentric Pentacostal preacher who beats his wife’s lover into a coma and disappears into a small southern town to reinvent himself with a new church.