Jason Robards built quite a career for himself as an Academy Award-winning actor. In his early acting career, Robards appeared in such films as the Lana Turner dramatic adaptation "By Love Possessed" (1961), the Katharine Hepburn dramatic adaptation "Long Day's Journey Into Night" (1962) and "Tender Is the Night" (1962). He also appeared in "Act One" (1963). Robards was nominated for a Supporting Actor BAFTA Award for "All the President's Men" in 1976 as well as for a Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Golden Globe Award for "All the President's Men" in 1976. Robards won a Best Actor National Board of Review Award for "Long Day's Journey Into Night" in 1962 as well as a Best Actor National Board of Review Award for "Tender Is the Night" in 1962. His film career continued throughout the eighties in productions like "The Legend of the Lone Ranger" (1981) with Klinton Spilsbury, the Werner Herzog documentary "Burden of Dreams" (1983) and "Max Dugan Returns" (1983). He also appeared in "Something Wicked This Way Comes" (1983). Film continued to be his passion as he played roles in the James Spader mystery thriller "Storyville" (1992), the dramatic adventure "The Adventures of Huck Finn" (1993) with Elijah Wood and "The Trial" (1993) with Kyle MacLachlan. He also appeared in "Philadelphia" (1993) with Tom Hanks and the Michael Keaton dramatic comedy "The Paper" (1994). Most recently, Robards appeared on "Eugene O'Neill: A Documentary Film" (PBS, 2005-06).
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Served as a radioman with the US Navy; stationed at Pearl Harbor at the time of the Japanese attack that precipitated American involvement in WWII
Broadway debut in "The Mikado"
Stage acting debut in "Out of the Frying Pan", Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
Served as assistant stage manager at NYC's 48th Street Theatre
Appeared in Broadway production of "Stalag 17" at 48th Street Theatre
Was assistant stage managr at NYC's Playhouse Theatre
Performed in acclaimed Circle in the Square production of Eugene O'Neill's "The Iceman Cometh", directed by Jose Quintero, in which the audience was so close a patron once reached over and touched Robards' cheek; his OBIE-winning protrayal of Hickey revitalized his career, and the success of the production convinced the playwright's widow Carlotta to allow Quintero to stage "Long Day's Journey Into Night"
Played Jamie Tyrone in the original Broadway production of O'Neill's "Long Day's Journey Into Night"
Performed together onstage with his father for almost a year in Budd Schulberg's "The Disenchanted", which earned him his only Tony (Best Actor in a Drama) to date for his role as Manley Halliday (a thinly disguised F Scott Fitzgerald)
Acted the part of Dr. Rank in an NBC "Hallmark Hall of Fame" presentation of Henrik Ibsen's "A Doll's House"; Julie Harris portrayed Nora and Christopher Plummer was Torvald
Film acting debut as a Hungarian freedom fighter in Anatole Litvak's "The Journey"
Starred as "Macbeth" in a Quintero-directed production in Cambridge, Massachusettes
Acted on Broadway in Lillian Hellman's "Toys in the Atttic", garnering a Tony nomination
Starred as Murray Burns in Broadway production of "A Thousand Clowns"
Reprised his role as Jamie Tyrone in Sidney Lumet's film version of "Long Day's Journey Into Night" and starred opposite Jennifer Jones in "Tender Is the Night", based on F Scott Fitzgerald's novel
Essayed the role of playwright George S. Kaufman in "Act One", a film adaptation of Moss Hart's autobiography
First played Abraham Lincoln in a TV adaptation of Robert Sherwood's play "Abe Lincoln in Illinois"; received first Emmy nomination
Reprised Murray Burns character and received top billing in a feature film for the first time in "A Thousand Clowns"
Acted on Broadway in Joseph Heller's "We Bombed in New Haven", which bombed in New York
Received credit as song performer in Sam Peckinpah's "The Ballad of Cable Hogue", singing "Butterfly Mornin's"; also starred in title role
Played role of James Mills in "The House Without a Christmas Tree", the first of four CBS nearly annual TV-movies exploring the lives of a Nebraska family in the 1940s
Was in a car crash on a California highway in the mountains; had no heartbeat when he arrived at the nearest hospital
Played James Tyrone Jr opposite Colleen Dewhurst's Josie Hogan in Broadway production of O'Neill's "A Moon for the Misbegotten" (directed by Quintero), stopped drinking for good during its run (a process which he had begun soon after his near-death in the wreck), though he admitted to <i>The New York Times</i> (February 9, 1994): "Of course, every once in a while I'll take a glass of wine"
Reteamed with Peckinpah for "Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid", playing Governor Lew Wallace (the author of "Ben Hur")
Earned second Emmy nomination for the "ABC Theatre" presentation of "A Moon for the Misbegotten"
Acted a second time in "Long Day's Journey Into Night", this time in the role of the father, James Tyrone, in a production staged first at Washington DC's Eisenhower Theatre and the following year at the Brooklyn Academy of Music; also directed production
Earned first Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his portrayal of <i>Washington Post</i> editor Ben Bradlee in "All the President's Men"
Made last of four TV-movies about the Mills family, "Addie and the King of Hearts"
First TV miniseries, "Washington: Behind Closed Doors" (ABC), earned another Emmy nomination for his portrayal of Richard Monckton (a thinly-disguised Richard Nixon)
Snagged second Best Supporting Actor Oscar as Dashiell Hammett in "Julia", based on Hellman's memoir "Pentimento"
Acted in Broadway production of O'Neill's "A Touch of the Poet", directed by Quintero
Oscar-nominated for his supporting turn as reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes in "Melvin and Howard"; first collaboration with director Jonathan Demme
Received an Emmy nomination for his title portrayal in NBC's "F.D.R -- The Final Years"; also garnered praise as agent and producer Leland Hayward in CBS' "Haywire"
Portrayed Grandpa Martin Vanderhof in Broadway revival of "You Can't Take It with You"; acted with Dewhurst during course of its run
Played an American doctor fighting to survive in the aftermath of nuclear war in ABC's "The Day After"
Starred in the title role of "Max Dugan Returns", scripted by Neil Simon
Acclaimed for his portrayal of Soviet dissident Andrei Sakharov in HBO's "Sakharov"
Reprised his role as Hickey in Broadway production of "The Iceman Cometh", directed by Quintero
Acted a third time (again as the senior Tyrone) in stage production of "Long Day's Journey Into Night", this time a Broadway revival directed by Quintero; done in repertory with O'Neill's lone comedy, "Ah, Wilderness!", in which he played Nat Miller; acted with Dewhurst and her son Campbell Scott in both productions
Copped an Emmy as Henry Drummond in the NBC presentation of "Inherit the Wind"
Only movie to date with son Sam, "Bright Lights, Big City"
First collaboration with director Ron Howard, playing the father of grown children (Steve Martin, Dianne Wiest, Harley Kozak and Tom Hulce) in "Parenthood"
Provided the voice of Ulysses S. Grant in Ken Burns' acclaimed PBS documentary "The Civil War"; had previously played Grant in the little-seen "The Legend of the Lone Ranger" (1981)
Again played Abraham Lincoln in the ABC TV-movie "The Perfect Tribute"
Hosted and narrated the 13-part PBS documentary series "On the Waterways"
Portrayed Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens) in "Mark Twain & Me" (The Disney Channel), a TV-movie based on the author's friendship with 11-year-old Dorothy Quick, as chronicled in her autobiographical account, "Enchantment"
Played cold-hearted head of a law firm that dismisses a young colleague (Tom Hanks) with AIDS in Demme's "Philadelphia"
Portrayed the grandfather in The Disney Channel miniseries remake of "Heidi"
Reteamed with Ron Howard for "The Paper"
Starred on Broadway with Christopher Plummer as two elderly British poets in revival of Harold Pinter's "No Man's Land"
Acted in Pinter's "Moonlight" at NYC's Roundabout Theater's new Laura Pels Theater in NYC
Last stage role to date in Brial Friel's "Molly Sweeney" with Alfred Molina (also for the Roundabout)
Played the Lear-like patriarch in "A Thousand Acres"
Played Mr. Bodwin in Demme's "Beloved", starring Oprah Winfrey
Portrayed the dying patriarch Earl Partridge in Paul Thomas Anderson's "Magnolia"
Starred opposite Sherry Stringfield as an elderly father who can no longer take care of himself in the CBS movie "Going Home"