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Jason Robards (1922–2000)


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,... See full bio »

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Won 2 Oscars. Another 14 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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 2000 Going Home (TV Movie)
Charles Barton
 1998 Heartwood
Logan Reeser
 1998 Beloved
Mr. Bodwin
 1998 The Real Macaw
Grandpa Girdis
 1996-1997 The American Experience (TV Series documentary)
Narrator
- Truman: Part I (1997) ... Narrator
 1997 A Thousand Acres
Larry Cook
 1995 Journey (TV Movie)
Marcus
 1995 Crimson Tide
Rear Admiral Anderson, Board of Inquiry President (uncredited)
 1995 My Antonia (TV Movie)
Josea Burden
 1994 The Enemy Within (TV Movie)
General R. Pendleton Lloyd
 1994 The Paper
Graham Keighley
 1993 Heidi (TV Movie)
Grandfather
 1993 The Trial
Doctor Huld
 1992 Deceptions
Clay
 1992 Rabbit Ears: Jonah and the Whale (Video short)
Narrator
 1992 Lincoln (TV Movie)
President Abraham Lincoln (voice)
 1992 Storyville
Clifford Fowler
 1991 Mark Twain and Me (TV Movie)
Mark Twain
 1991 American Masters (TV Series documentary)
Narrator
 1991 An Inconvenient Woman (TV Movie)
Jules Mendelson
 1991 Chernobyl: The Final Warning (TV Movie)
Dr. Armand Hammer
 1989 Black Rainbow
Walter Travis
 1989 Metallica: 2 of One (Video)
Joe's Father (uncredited)
 1989 Reunion
Henry Strauss
 1989 Dream a Little Dream
Coleman Ettinger
 1989 Metallica: One (TV Short)
Joe's Father
 1988 Thomas Hart Benton (TV Movie)
Narrator
 1988 The Christmas Wife (TV Movie)
John Tanner
 1988 The Good Mother
Muth
 1988 Bright Lights, Big City
Drunken Writer -- Mr. Hardy (uncredited)
 1988 Inherit the Wind (TV Movie)
Henry Drummond
 1987 Breaking Home Ties (TV Movie)
Lloyd
 1987 Laguna Heat (TV Movie)
Wade Shephard
 1987 Square Dance
Dillard
 1986 The Last Frontier (TV Movie)
Ed Stenning
 1986 Johnny Bull (TV Movie)
Stephan Kovacs
 1985 The Long Hot Summer (TV Movie)
Will Varner
 1985 The Atlanta Child Murders (TV Mini-Series)
Alvin Binder
 1984 Sakharov (TV Movie)
Andrei Sakharov
 1984 American Playhouse (TV Series)
Erie Smith
- Hughie (1984) ... Erie Smith
 1983 The Day After (TV Movie)
Dr. Russell Oakes
 1983 Something Wicked This Way Comes
Charles Halloway
 1983 Max Dugan Returns
Max Dugan
 1981 Broadway on Showtime (TV Series)
Erie Smith
- Hughie (1981) ... Erie Smith
 1980 Haywire (TV Movie)
Leland Hayward
 1979 Hurricane
Capt. Bruckner
 1978 A Christmas to Remember (TV Movie)
Daniel Larson
 1978 Comes a Horseman
Jacob 'J.W.' Ewing
 1977 Julia
Hammett
 1976 The Spy Who Never Was
Inspector Barkan
 1976 Addie and the King of Hearts (TV Movie)
Jamie Mills
 1975 Mr. Sycamore
John Gwilt
 1975 A Moon for the Misbegotten (TV Movie)
James Tyrone Jr.
 1975 The Easter Promise (TV Movie)
Jamie
 1975 A Boy and His Dog
Lou Craddock
 1974 The Country Girl (TV Movie)
Frank Elgin
 1973 The Thanksgiving Treasure (TV Movie)
James Mills
 1972 The House Without a Christmas Tree (TV Movie)
Jamie Mills
 1972 Circle of Fear (TV Series)
Elliot Brent
- The Dead We Leave Behind (1972) ... Elliot Brent
 1972 The War Between Men and Women
Stephen Kozlenko
 1971 Murders in the Rue Morgue
Cesar Charron
 1971 Johnny Got His Gun
Joe's Father
 1971 Jud
 1970 Fools
Matthew South
 1970 Tora! Tora! Tora!
Lt. Gen. Walter C. Short
 1970 Rosolino Paternò, soldato...
Sam Armstrong
 1969 Spoon River (TV Movie)
Reader
 1968 The Night They Raided Minsky's
Raymond Paine
 1968 Isadora
Singer
 1967 Divorce American Style
Nelson Downes
 1966 ABC Stage 67 (TV Series)
Royal Earle Thompson
- Noon Wine (1966) ... Royal Earle Thompson
 1966 Any Wednesday
John Cleves
 1963-1966 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series)
Irish LaFontain / Ivan Denisovich
- Shipwrecked (1966) ... Irish LaFontain
- One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (1963) ... Ivan Denisovich (as Jason Robards Jr.)
 1965 A Thousand Clowns
Murray
 1964 Mr. Broadway (TV Series)
 1962 Long Day's Journey Into Night
Jamie Tyrone (as Jason Robards Jr.)
 1962 Westinghouse Presents: That's Where the Town Is Going (TV Movie)
Hobart Cramm (as Jason Robards Jr.)
 1962 Tender Is the Night
Dr. Richard 'Dick' Diver (as Jason Robards Jr.)
 1961 By Love Possessed
Julius Penrose (as Jason Robards Jr.)
 1961 The Case of the Dangerous Robin (TV Series)
- The Deadly Impersonation (1961) ... (as Jason Robards Sr.)
 1960 Dow Hour of Great Mysteries (TV Series)
Detective Anderson
- The Bat (1960) ... Detective Anderson (as Jason Robards Jr.)
 1959 A Doll's House (TV Movie)
Dr. Rank (as Jason Robards Jr.)
 1959 Sunday Showcase (TV Series)
Alex Reed
- People Kill People Sometimes (1959) ... Alex Reed (as Jason Robards Jr.)
 1959 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Robert Jordan
- For Whom the Bell Tolls: Part 2 (1959) ... Robert Jordan (as Jason Robards Jr.)
- For Whom the Bell Tolls: Part 1 (1959) ... Robert Jordan (as Jason Robards Jr.)
 1959 The Journey
Paul Kedes (as Jason Robards Jr.)
 1958 Omnibus (TV Series)
Prime Minister
 1955-1957 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
Prisoner / Leonard O'Brien / Cameron
- Twenty-Four Hours (1957) ... Prisoner (as Jason Robards Jr.)
- The Incredible World of Horace Ford (1955) ... Leonard O'Brien (as Jason Robards Jr.)
- A Picture in the Paper (1955) ... Cameron (as Jason Robards Jr.)
 1957 The Seven Lively Arts (TV Series)
- The Changing Ways of Love (1957) ... (as Jason Robards Jr.)
 1956-1957 The Alcoa Hour (TV Series)
Jayson / Bert Palmer / Bridger
- Night (1957) ... Jayson (as Jason Robards Jr.)
- The Big Build-Up (1957) ... Bert Palmer (as Jason Robards Jr.)
- Even the Weariest River (1956) ... Bridger (as Jason Robards Jr.)
 1956-1957 Goodyear Playhouse (TV Series)
- Nobody's Town (1957) ... (as Jason Robards Jr.)
- Proud Passage (1956) ... (as Jason Robards Jr.)
 1955-1956 Star Tonight (TV Series)
- Boy Crazy (1956) ... (as Jason Robards Jr.)
- Flame and Ice (1955) ... (as Jason Robards Jr.)
 1955-1956 Justice (TV Series)
Karder
- Pattern of Lies (1956) ... Karder (as Jason Robards Jr.)
- Decision by Panic (1955) ... (as Jason Robards Jr.)
 1955-1956 Appointment with Adventure (TV Series)
 1955-1956 Armstrong Circle Theatre (TV Series)
Paul Foster / Reinhardt Schmidt
- Man in Shadow (1956) ... Paul Foster
- Lost $2 Billion: The Story of Hurricane Diane (1955) ... Reinhardt Schmidt (as Jason Robards Jr.)
 1955 The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Mason / Joe Grant
- The Outsiders (1955) ... Mason (as Jason Robards Jr.)
- The Death of Billy the Kid (1955) ... Joe Grant (as Jason Robards Jr.)
 1955 Windows (TV Series)
- A Domestic Dilemma (1955) ... (as Jason Robards Jr.)
 1951-1954 The Big Story (TV Series)
Mr. Simms / Aaron Dudley
- Aaron Dudley, Reporter (1951) ... Aaron Dudley
 1947 Follow That Music (Short)
 1938 The Nurse from Brooklyn
Surgeon (uncredited)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: He became a star in the original Broadway stage production of "Long Day's Journey into Night" in 1956, playing James "Jamie" Tyrone, Jr., a role he repeated in the 1962 film (Long Day's Journey Into Night (1962)). See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 1 Interview | 1 Article | See more »

Alternate Names:

Jason Robards Jr. | Jason Robards Sr.

Height:

5' 8½" (1.74 m)
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Personal Quote:

I've always played disintegrated characters. See more »

Trivia:

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'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. See more »

Trademark:

Sardonic deadpan See more »

Star Sign:

Leo

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