Hollywood has produced many highly respected actors and actresses who have left an indelible mark in the world of entertainment. Veteran actor and director Robert Duvall is one of these celebrated actors. Robert has proven his ability by moving from supporting roles to leading roles and has managed to win millions of fans around the world.
The Hollywood legend starred in several classic films, including M*A*S*H, To Kill a Mockingbird, and The Godfather I & II. Robert’s unique ability to fully immerse himself in the roles assigned to him has earned him several prestigious awards and honors in the entertainment industry, including the National Medal of Arts awarded to him by President George W. Bush in 2005. He has received several Oscar nominations and won one for his 1983 film Tender Mercies. On September 18, 2003, Robert Duvall received a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.
Robert Duvall Biography
Robert Selden Duvall was born on January 5, 1931, in San Diego, California. His father, William Howard Duvall, had a solid career in the military and retired at the rank of admiral. His mother, Mildred Virginia, earned her living as an amateur actress. An interesting fact is that Robert’s mother is a direct descendant of Robert E. Lee, a character Robert portrayed in Gods and Generals in 2003. The veteran actor grew up alongside two brothers – John Duvall and William Duvall.
For his college education, he attended Principia College in Illinois. At Principia College, he majored in the liberal arts. After graduating in 1953, Robert Duvall joined the Army for a few years before enrolling at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York, where he studied for two years under Sanford Meisner. During his years at the Neighborhood Playhouse, he met Dustin Hoffman and Gene Hackman.
Robert Duvall: Net Worth
Robert Duvall has been working in the entertainment industry since 1952 and has become a legend in Hollywood. The total net worth of the iconic actor is a whopping $70 million, although his annual salary is not specified. The Hollywood superstar financed in particular 1997 film The Apostle after it was rejected by several studios. He provided $5 million of his personal money to ensure that the film he wrote, directed, and produced was made. Fortunately for the actor, the film became a critical and commercial success; he earned $21 million compared to his budget of $5 million and earned the acclaimed actor an Oscar nomination. It is safe to say that the money was well spent.
Robert Duvall, like many celebrities, owns several properties. The actor owns a house in Argentina, which he visits at least five times a year. He also owns a huge estate in rural Virginia. Together with his fourth wife, Luciana, he was also active on the philanthropic front. He founded the Robert Duvall Children’s Fund with a focus on helping families in northern Argentina. The couple also supported “Pro Mujer” – a non-profit organization dedicated to helping the poorest women throughout Latin America.
Spouse, Wife, and Children
The superstar from Hollywood has four marriages and three divorces. His first attempt at marriage was with Barbara Benjamin, whom he met on the set of the film To Kill A Mockingbird. The duo entered into marriage on December 31, 1964, and remained together for eleven years, but unfortunately, the marriage ended in 1975.
After the end of his first marriage, Robert was single for almost seven years, but in 1982 he married his second wife, Gail Youngs. After their marriage, the marriage lasted four years before it broke up in 1986 and led to Robert’s second divorce. The legendary actor’s third wedding was with his long-time girlfriend, Sharon Brophy, an ex-dancer with whom he was with from 1989 to 1991. Their relationship, which culminated in marriage in 1991, was maintained until 1996 when it ended in a divorce.
Robert Duvall’s current wife is Luciana Pedraza, with whom he had been together for seven years before their marriage on October 6, 2004. The couple lived together since 1997 before they married in 2004. What is remarkable about this relationship is that Luciana is 41 years younger than Robert, but they seem to be happy together despite their age difference. They have performed together in public time and again, and as a couple has undertaken several charity projects.
Although Robert Duvall has been married four times, the veteran actor has not fathered a biological child of his own, but he has two stepdaughters, Nancy Horn and Suzan Benjamin, from his past marriages.