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DiedDecember 26, 2000, Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States
SpouseLois O'Connor, Lauren Bacall, Rachel Taylor, Eleanor Pittman
MarkLong, pointed face
FactWon 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.

Jason Robards was an American actor. He was born in Chicago, Illinois, on July 26, 1922, to Hope Maxine (née Glanville) and Jason Robards Sr., an actor who later became a stage director. His parents divorced when he was a child, and he moved with his mother to New York City. He attended the High School of Music & Art in Manhattan and later the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

Robards began his acting career in the 1940s, appearing in several Broadway productions. He made his film debut in The Journey (1959). He went on to have a successful career in film and television, appearing in such films as The Magnificent Seven (1960), All the President’s Men (1976), and Julia (1977). He won an Academy Award for his performance in All the President’s Men.

Robards was married three times. His first marriage, to Lois Wilson, ended in divorce. His second marriage, to Suzanne Pleshette, lasted from 1966 until her death in 2008. He had two children with Pleshette: a son, Sam, and a daughter, Rebecca. His third marriage, to Kathryn Rossetter, lasted from 2009 until his death in 2012.

Robards died on December 26, 2012, at the age of 87.

General Info

Full NameJason Robards
DiedDecember 26, 2000, Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States
Height1.76 m
ProfessionVoice Actor
EducationHollywood High School, American Academy of Dramatic Arts


SpouseLois O'Connor, Lauren Bacall, Rachel Taylor, Eleanor Pittman
ChildrenSam Robards, Jake Robards, Jason Robards III, Shannon Robards, David Robards, Sarah Louise Robards
ParentsJason Robards Sr., Hope Maxine Glanville Robards


AwardsAcademy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Cannes Best Actor Award, Kennedy Center Honors, Tony Award for Best Lead Actor in a Play, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie, National Board of Review Award for Best Actor, National Society of Film Critics...
NominationsGolden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture, Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Tony Award for Best Featured ...
MoviesOnce Upon a Time in the West, All the President's Men, Magnolia, A Thousand Clowns, Philadelphia, The Ballad of Cable Hogue, Parenthood, Hour of the Gun, Julia, Melvin and Howard, Tora! Tora! Tora!, The St. Valentine's Day Massacre, The Day After, A Big Hand for the Little Lady, Something Wicked Thi...
TV ShowsThe West, Heidi, The Civil War, Laguna Heat, The Long Hot Summer, Washington: Behind Closed Doors, An Inconvenient Woman, The Atlanta Child Murders

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#Marks / Signs
1Sardonic deadpan
2Characters with a bizarre or uncoventional personal code or ethos
3Long, pointed face
4Gravelly but commanding voice


1I would much rather be on the stage. I do films, but I've really been on stage most of my life. It's not only more of an emotional experience, but it's also a communication. It's the satisfaction of saying something about the human condition through the author, with the actors acting as the instrument, and then hearing the audience response.
2Sometimes you do junk just to keep alive. You know it's junk when you go in. You just hope you will do the best you can, and that the film will be entertaining. Many times, it isn't, but you just do those things to pay the bills.
3[about Arthur Miller's semi-autobiographical play "After the Fall"] They should have called it "After the Money"!
4The theatre has kept me alive, and it's allowed me to work at my craft.
5All I know is, I don't do a lot of analysis. I know those words have to move me. I rely on the author. I don't want actors reasoning with me about "motivation" and all that bull. All I want 'em to do is learn the goddamn lines and don't bump into each other.
6Once you're on [stage], nobody can say, "Cut it". You're out there on your own, and there's always that thrill of a real live audience.
7I've always played disintegrated characters.
8An actor doesn't change thought, theme, or mood unless the character does, and the character only does it within the words of the play.


1He 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.
2He 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.
3Broadway 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!.
4He 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 Mein liebster Feind - Klaus Kinski (1999).
5His maternal grandmother was Swedish. His other roots were English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, and German.
6Is 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.
7His and Leonardo DiCaprio's Oscar nominations for playing Howard Hughes makes them only the second pair to both lose. Robards lost to Timothy Hutton, while DiCaprio lost to Jamie Foxx. Prior to that, only Fredric March and James Mason both lost Oscars for playing Norman Maine in the 1937 and 1954 versions of "A Star is Born". Subsequently, the only pair of actors to both lose an Oscar for playing the same part were Anthony Hopkins and Frank Langella for playing Richard Nixon. Previously, Marlon Brando and Robert De Niro both won for playing Vito Corleone. José Ferrer won while Gérard Depardieu was only nominated for playing Cyrano de Bergerac; and John Wayne won while Jeff Bridges was only nominated for playing Rooster Cogburn. Richard Burton and Robert Shaw also lost Oscars for playing Henry VIII, but Charles Laughton won the award for the role.
8He studied drama at HB Studio in Greenwich Village in New York City.
9Served as a radioman aboard the U.S.S. Northampton, which was sunk by Japanese torpedoes in the Battle of Tassafaronga.
10Has 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).
11He was nominated for a 1976 Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Guest Artist in a play, Hughie, at the Academy Festival Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.
12Was a trustee at Fairfield University in Connecticut.
13Katharine Hepburn was the godmother of his son Sam Robards.
14In 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).
15He 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).
16Shares 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.
17He was awarded the American National Medal of the Arts in 1997 by the National Endowment of the Arts in Washington, DC.
18He is more closely associated with the works of Eugene O'Neill than any other actor.
19Played Hickey in three different productions of Eugene O'Neill's play The Iceman Cometh -- off-Broadway in 1955, on television in 1960, and on Broadway in 1955. Also played Hickey in production of Iceman Cometh 1985/86 in NYC (Lunt-Fontane) and LA (James Doolittle Theater).
20As of 2015, he is the only actor to win consecutive best supporting actor Oscars (for All the President's Men (1976) and Julia (1977)).
21He 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).
22Was 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.
23Won 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.
24In 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).
25Received all of his Oscar nominations for playing real-life people: Benjamin C. Bradlee in All the President's Men (1976), Dashiell Hammett in Julia (1977), and Howard Hughes in Melvin and Howard (1980).
26Two daughters and four sons: Sarah Louise, Shannon Robards, Jason Robards III, Sam Robards, David and Jake Robards.
27First lead role was in the 1953 off-Broadway production of "American Gothic" directed by José Quintero.
28Avoided films until age 37 because he felt his acting father, Jason Robards Sr., had sold out and tarnished his own reputation by "going Hollywood".
29Attended 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.
30In 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.
31Jennifer 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.".
32On April 22, 2002, the first Jason Robards Award for Excellence in Theatre was awarded to Christopher Plummer by the Roundabout Theatre.
33In 1972, he was in a horrifying accident on a winding California road. He drove his car into the side of a mountain and nearly died. His acute drinking problem contributed to the accident. He slowly recovered after extensive surgery and facial reconstruction.
34Preferred 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."
35Was 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).
36He has three children with Eleanor Pittman. He has two children with Lois O'Connor. He won an Emmy in 1988 for Inherit the Wind (1988).
37Father, with actress Lauren Bacall, of actor Sam Robards.
38Father of actor Jason Robards III.
39Recipient of 22nd Annual Kennedy Center Honors for lifetime contribution to arts and culture, presented by President Bill Clinton in Washington, DC, Dec. 5, 1999.




Going Home2000TV MovieCharles Barton
Magnolia1999Earl Partridge
Aimee Mann: Save Me1999Video shortEarl Partridge
Heartwood1998Logan Reeser
Enemy of the State1998Congressman Phillip Hammersley (uncredited)
Beloved1998Mr. Bodwin
The Real Macaw1998Grandpa Girdis
American Experience1996-1997TV Series documentaryNarrator
A Thousand Acres1997Larry Cook
Journey1995TV MovieMarcus
Crimson Tide1995Rear Admiral Anderson, Board of Inquiry President (uncredited)
My Antonia1995TV MovieJosea Burden
The Enemy Within1994TV MovieGeneral R. Pendleton Lloyd
Little Big League1994Thomas Heywood
The Paper1994Graham Keighley
Philadelphia1993Charles Wheeler
The Trial1993Doctor Huld
The Adventures of Huck Finn1993The King
Heidi1993TV Mini-SeriesGrandfather
Rabbit Ears: Jonah and the Whale1992Video shortNarrator
Lincoln1992TV MoviePresident Abraham Lincoln (voice)
Storyville1992Clifford Fowler
Mark Twain and Me1991TV MovieMark Twain
American Masters1991TV Series documentaryNarrator
Chernobyl: The Final Warning1991TV MovieDr. Armand Hammer
The Perfect Tribute1991TV MoviePresident Abraham Lincoln
An Inconvenient Woman1991TV Mini-SeriesJules Mendelson
The Civil War1990TV Mini-Series documentaryUlysses S. Grant
Quick Change1990Chief Rotzinger
Black Rainbow1989Walter Travis
Metallica: 2 of One1989VideoJoe's Father (uncredited)
Reunion1989Henry Strauss
Dream a Little Dream1989Coleman Ettinger
Metallica: One1989TV ShortJoe's Father
Thomas Hart Benton1988TV MovieNarrator
The Christmas Wife1988TV MovieJohn Tanner
The Good Mother1988Muth
Bright Lights, Big City1988Drunken Writer - Mr. Hardy (uncredited)
Inherit the Wind1988TV MovieHenry Drummond
Breaking Home Ties1987TV MovieLloyd
Laguna Heat1987TV MovieWade Shephard
Square Dance1987Dillard
The Last Frontier1986TV MovieEd Stenning
Johnny Bull1986TV MovieStephan Kovacs
The Long Hot Summer1985TV MovieWill Varner
The Atlanta Child Murders1985TV Mini-SeriesAlvin Binder
Great Performances1984TV SeriesGrandpa Martin Vanderhof
Sakharov1984TV MovieAndrei Sakharov
American Playhouse1984TV SeriesErie Smith
The Day After1983TV MovieDr. Russell Oakes
Something Wicked This Way Comes1983Charles Halloway
Max Dugan Returns1983Max Dugan
Broadway on Showtime1981TV SeriesErie Smith
The Legend of the Lone Ranger1981President Ulysses S. Grant
Melvin and Howard1980Howard Hughes
Raise the Titanic1980Admiral James Sandecker
Haywire1980TV MovieLeland Hayward
F.D.R.: The Last Year1980TV MoviePresident Franklin D. Roosevelt
Caboblanco1980Gunther Beckdorff
Hurricane1979Capt. Bruckner
A Christmas to Remember1978TV MovieDaniel Larson
Comes a Horseman1978Jacob 'J.W.' Ewing
Washington: Behind Closed Doors1977TV Mini-SeriesPresident Richard Monckton
The Spy Who Never Was1976Inspector Barkan
All the President's Men1976Ben Bradlee
Addie and the King of Hearts1976TV MovieJamie Mills
Mr. Sycamore1975John Gwilt
A Moon for the Misbegotten1975TV MovieJames Tyrone Jr.
The Easter Promise1975TV MovieJamie
A Boy and His Dog1975Lou Craddock
The Country Girl1974TV MovieFrank Elgin
The Thanksgiving Treasure1973TV MovieJames Mills
Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid1973Governor Wallace
The House Without a Christmas Tree1972TV MovieJamie Mills
Circle of Fear1972TV SeriesElliot Brent
The War Between Men and Women1972Stephen Kozlenko
Murders in the Rue Morgue1971Cesar Charron
Johnny Got His Gun1971Joe's Father
Fools1970Matthew South
Tora! Tora! Tora!1970General Short
Julius Caesar1970Marcus Brutus
The Ballad of Cable Hogue1970Cable Hogue
Rosolino Paternò, soldato...1970Sam Armstrong
Spoon River1969TV MovieReader
Once Upon a Time in the West1968Manuel 'Cheyenne' Gutiérrez
The Night They Raided Minsky's1968Raymond Paine
Hour of the Gun1967Doc Holliday
The Bell Telephone Hour1967TV Series
The St. Valentine's Day Massacre1967Al Capone
Divorce American Style1967Nelson Downes
ABC Stage 671966TV SeriesRoyal Earle Thompson
Any Wednesday1966John Cleves
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre1963-1966TV SeriesIrish LaFontain / Ivan Denisovich
A Big Hand for the Little Lady1966Henry Drummond
A Thousand Clowns1965Murray Burns
Mr. Broadway1964TV Series
Abe Lincoln in Illinois1964TV MovieAbraham Lincoln
Act One1963George S. Kaufman
Long Day's Journey Into Night1962Jamie Tyrone (as Jason Robards Jr.)
Westinghouse Presents: That's Where the Town Is Going1962TV MovieHobart Cramm (as Jason Robards Jr.)
Tender Is the Night1962Dr. Richard 'Dick' Diver (as Jason Robards Jr.)
By Love Possessed1961Julius Penrose (as Jason Robards Jr.)
The Case of the Dangerous Robin1961TV Series
Play of the Week1960TV SeriesTheodore 'Hickey' Hickman
The Iceman Cometh1960TV MovieTheodore 'Hickey' Hickman
Dow Hour of Great Mysteries1960TV SeriesDetective Anderson
A Doll's House1959TV MovieDr. Rank (as Jason Robards Jr.)
Sunday Showcase1959TV SeriesAlex Reed
Playhouse 901959TV SeriesRobert Jordan
The Journey1959Paul Kedes (as Jason Robards Jr.)
Omnibus1958TV SeriesPrime Minister
Studio One in Hollywood1955-1957TV SeriesPrisoner / Leonard O'Brien / Cameron
The Seven Lively Arts1957TV Series
The Alcoa Hour1956-1957TV SeriesJayson / Bert Palmer / Bridger
Goodyear Playhouse1956-1957TV Series
Star Tonight1955-1956TV Series
Justice1955-1956TV SeriesKarder
Appointment with Adventure1955-1956TV Series
Armstrong Circle Theatre1955-1956TV SeriesPaul Foster / Ralph Sawyer / Reinhardt Schmidt
The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse1955TV SeriesMason / Joe Grant
Windows1955TV Series
The Big Story1951-1954TV SeriesMr. Simms / Aaron Dudley
The Man Behind the Badge1954TV Series
The Magnavox Theatre1950TV Series
Follow That Music1947Short


Magnolia1999performer: "Wise Up"
The 35th Annual Tony Awards1981TV Special performer: "There Is Nothing Like a Dame", "Sweet Rosie O'Grady", "Cecilia", "Bloody Mary", "Mame", "Hello, Dolly!"
Melvin and Howard1980performer: "Bye Bye Blackbird"
The Ballad of Cable Hogue1970performer: "Butterfly Mornin's"
A Thousand Clowns1965performer: "Yes, Sir, That's My Baby" 1925 - uncredited


That Moment: Magnolia Diary2000Video documentary thanks


Stages: Houseman Directs Lear1981TV Movie documentaryHimself - Host
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts1980TV SpecialHimself
Good Morning America1978-1980TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 34th Annual Tony Awards1980TV SpecialHimself - Host & Presenter: Best Actress in a Play
Today1966-1980TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Ghosts of Cape Horn1980DocumentaryNarrator (voice)
The Making of Cabo Blanco1980Documentary shortHimself
They Said It with Music: Yankee Doodle to Ragtime1977TV Special
The 49th Annual Academy Awards1977TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Dinah!1976TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 28th Annual Tony Awards1974TV SpecialHimself
Old Faithful1973TV MovieHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1965-1972TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
The 26th Annual Tony Awards1972TV SpecialHimself
Rollin' on the River1971TV SeriesHimself
The Belle of 14th Street1967TV SpecialHimself
The 38th Annual Academy Awards1966TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Film Editing
The Danny Kaye Show1965TV SeriesHimself - Guest
What's My Line?1965TV SeriesHimself - Mystery Guest
The Presidency: A Splendid Misery1964TV Movie documentary
The DuPont Show of the Week1963TV SeriesHimself - Narrator
The Theater of Tomorrow1963TV MovieHimself
Heavyweight Elimination Contest: Cassius Clay vs. Doug Jones1963Himself - Audience Member
The 16th Annual Tony Awards1962TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The 15th Annual Tony Awards1961TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Gala Adlai on Broadway1960TV MovieHimself - Performer
The 14th Annual Tony Awards1960TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The 13th Annual Tony Awards1959TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Best Actor in a Play
Producers' Showcase1955TV SeriesHimself
Broadway Legends2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
Money and Power: The History of Business2001TV Movie documentaryNarrator
They Drew Fire2000TV Movie documentaryNarrator (voice)
That Moment: Magnolia Diary2000Video documentaryHimself
6th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2000TV SpecialHimself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts1999TV SpecialHimself - Honoree
The 53rd Annual Tony Awards1999TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Play
The Irish in America: Long Journey Home1998TV Mini-Series documentary
The West1996TV Series documentaryBrigham Young / Philip Sheridan
The Great American West1995Documentary shortNarrator (voice)
Baseball1994TV Mini-Series documentaryVarious / Himself
Sam Peckinpah: Man of Iron1993TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Roots of Roe1993TV Movie documentaryAnthony Comstock (voice)
When It Was a Game 21992TV Movie documentaryHimself (voice)
Reading Rainbow1992TV SeriesHimself
Pillar of Fire1992TV Movie documentaryNarrator
One More Spring1992TV MovieHimself - Host
The Peoples Palace: Secrets of the New York Public Library1992DocumentaryNarrator
When It Was a Game1991TV Movie documentaryHimself (voice)
Empire of the Air: The Men Who Made Radio1991DocumentaryNarrator (voice)
On the Waterways1991TV Series documentaryNarrator
Night of 100 Stars III1990TV MovieHimself
The 42nd Annual Tony Awards1988TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Revival
Happy 100th Birthday, Hollywood1987TV Special documentaryHimself
This Is Your Life1987TV Series documentaryHimself
American Masters1986TV Series documentaryHimself
National Geographic Explorer1985TV Series documentaryHimself - Narrator
The World of Tomorrow1984DocumentaryHimself - Narrator
America and Lewis Hine1984Documentary voice
The Making of 'Something Wicked This Way Comes'1983TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 36th Annual Tony Awards1982TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Special Award
Burden of Dreams1982DocumentaryFitzcarraldo
Night of 100 Stars1982TV SpecialHimself
The Magic of David Copperfield IV: The Vanishing Airplane1981TV MovieHimself - Guest Host
The 35th Annual Tony Awards1981TV SpecialHimself - Performer
The 38th Annual Golden Globe Awards1981TV SpecialHimself - Nominee
Signature1981TV SeriesHimself - Guest

Archive Footage

The Americans2016TV SeriesDr. Russell Oakes
Democracy Now!2016TV SeriesBen Bradlee
Gentleman Gothic: Gordon Hessler at American International Pictures2015Video documentary shortCesar Charron (uncredited)
Media Buzz2014TV SeriesBen Bradlee in 'All the President's Men'
Entertainment Tonight2014TV SeriesBen Bradlee in 'All The President's Men'
Welcome to the Basement2012TV SeriesFitzcarraldo / Himself
The 80th Annual Academy Awards2008TV SpecialHimself
Metallica: The Videos 1989-20042006VideoJoe's Father (video "One")
American Experience2006TV Series documentaryHimself
Out of the Shadows: The Man Who Was Deep Throat2006Video documentary shortHimself - Ben Bradlee (uncredited)
Woodward and Bernstein: Lighting the Fire2006Video documentary shortHimself - Ben Bradlee (uncredited)
Sam Peckinpah's West: Legacy of a Hollywood Renegade2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
Private Screenings2001TV SeriesDoc Holliday in 'Hour Of The Gun'
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Thrills: America's Most Heart-Pounding Movies2001TV Special documentaryHimself
The 73rd Annual Academy Awards2001TV SpecialHimself (Memorial Tribute)
Heroes of Comedy1999TV Series documentary
Mein liebster Feind - Klaus Kinski1999DocumentaryFitzcarraldo
La classe américaine1993TV MovieLe patron du journal
Werner Herzog: Filmemacher1986Documentary short


Won Awards

2001Video Premiere AwardDVD Exclusive AwardsBest Supporting ActorThe Real Macaw (1998)
2000FFCC AwardFlorida Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Ensemble CastMagnolia (1999)
1999ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Cast EnsembleMagnolia (1999)
1988Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a SpecialInherit the Wind (1988)
1981BSFC AwardBoston Society of Film Critics AwardsBest Supporting ActorMelvin and Howard (1980)
1978OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Supporting RoleJulia (1977)
1977OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Supporting RoleAll the President's Men (1976)
1977KCFCC AwardKansas City Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Supporting ActorJulia (1977)
1977LAFCA AwardLos Angeles Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActorJulia (1977)
1977NSFC AwardNational Society of Film Critics Awards, USABest Supporting ActorAll the President's Men (1976)
1977NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Supporting ActorAll the President's Men (1976)
1976KCFCC AwardKansas City Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Supporting ActorAll the President's Men (1976)
1976NBR AwardNational Board of Review, USABest Supporting ActorAll the President's Men (1976)
1962Best ActorCannes Film FestivalLong Day's Journey Into Night (1962)
1962NBR AwardNational Board of Review, USABest ActorLong Day's Journey Into Night (1962)

Nominated Awards

2000ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Theatrical Motion PictureMagnolia (1999)
1993CableACECableACE AwardsActor in a Movie or MiniseriesMark Twain and Me (1991)
1990CableACECableACE AwardsActor in a Movie or MiniseriesThe Christmas Wife (1988)
1985Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionSakharov (1984)
1981OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Supporting RoleMelvin and Howard (1980)
1981Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actor in a Supporting Role - Motion PictureMelvin and Howard (1980)
1980Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a SpecialF.D.R.: The Last Year (1980)
1979BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Supporting ActorJulia (1977)
1978Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actor in a Supporting Role - Motion PictureJulia (1977)
1978Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Limited SeriesWashington: Behind Closed Doors (1977)
1977Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actor in a Supporting Role - Motion PictureAll the President's Men (1976)
1977BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Supporting ActorAll the President's Men (1976)
1976Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Drama or Comedy SpecialA Moon for the Misbegotten (1975)
1966Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actor - Comedy or MusicalA Thousand Clowns (1965)
1964Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading RoleAbe Lincoln in Illinois (1964)
1962Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Male New Personality9th place.

2nd Place Awards

1980NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Supporting ActorMelvin and Howard (1980)

3rd Place Awards

1981NSFC AwardNational Society of Film Critics Awards, USABest Supporting ActorMelvin and Howard (1980)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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