78 (passed away Dec. 26th, 2000)
Jul. 26th, 1922
Chicago, Illinois, USA
5' 9 1/2"
Jason Robards' Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles1999 - Magnolia
1998 - Enemy of the State
1995 - Crimson Tide
1994 - Little Big League
1994 - The Paper
1993 - The Adventures of Huck Finn
1993 - Philadelphia
1990 - Quick Change
1989 - Parenthood
1989 - Dream a Little Dream
1988 - Bright Lights, Big City
1983 - Something Wicked This Way Comes
1982 - Burden of Dreams
1981 - The Legend of the Lone Ranger
1980 - Raise The Titanic
1980 - Caboblanco
1978 - Comes a Horseman
1977 - Julia
1976 - All the President's Men
1975 - A Boy and His Dog
1973 - Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid
1971 - Johnny Got His Gun
1970 - Tora! Tora! Tora!
1970 - Julius Caesar
1970 - The Ballad of Cable Hogue
1968 - Isadora
1968 - The Night They Raided Minsky's
1967 - The St. Valentine's Day Massacre
1967 - Hour of the Gun
1966 - Any Wednesday
1965 - A Thousand Clowns
1962 - Long Day's Journey Into Night
Guest TV Roles
Royal Earle Thompson
Powerful and highly respected American star character actor. Son of stage and film star Jason Robards Sr., he was born in Chicago, but 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) and Julia (1977), in each case playing real-life people. He continued to work on the stage, winning continued acclaim in such O'Neill works as "Moon For the Misbegotten" and "Hughie." Robards died of lung cancer in 2000.
- On April 22, 2002, the first Jason Robards Award for Excellence in Theatre was awarded to 'Christopher Plummer (I)' (qv) by the Roundabout Theatre.
- He has 3 children with Eleanor Pitman. He has 2 children with 'Lois O'Connor (I)'. He won an Emmy in 1988 for _Inherit the Wind (1988) (TV)_ (qv).
- Avoided films until age 37 because he felt his acting father, 'Jason Robards Sr.' (qv), had sold out and tarnished his own reputation by "going Hollywood".
- As of 2005, he is the only actor to win consecutive Best Supporting Actor Oscars (for _All the President's Men (1976)_qv) and _Julia (1977)_ (qv)).
- Two daughters and four sons: Sarah Louise, 'Shannon Robards' (qv), 'Jason Robards III' (qv), 'Sam Robards' (qv), David and 'Jake Robards' (qv).
- 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."
- In one of his last roles, in 'Paul Thomas Anderson' (qv)'s _Magnolia (1999)_ (qv), he portrayed a man dying from lung cancer to excellent effect. Two years later he himself died from the same disease.
- 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 (I)' (qv)'s "The Iceman Cometh" during the 1955-56 season. He tied for the Best Actor award with 'George Voskovec' (qv), who was cited for "Uncle Vanya."
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