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Jason Robards (1922–2000)


Powerful and highly respected American actor Jason Nelson Robards, Jr. was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Hope Maxine (Glanville) and stage and film star Jason Robards Sr. He had Swedish, English, Welsh, German, and Irish ancestry. Robards was raised mostly in Los Angeles. A star athlete at Hollywood High School, he served in the U.S. Navy in World... See full bio »

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Won 2 Oscars. Another 13 wins & 18 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Once Upon a Time in the West
Once Upon a Time in the West Manuel 'Cheyenne' Gutiérrez
(1968)
All the President's Men
(1976)
Tora! Tora! Tora!
Tora! Tora! Tora! General Walter C. Short
(1970)
Philadelphia
Philadelphia Charles Wheeler
(1993)

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 2000 Going Home (TV Movie)
Charles Barton
 1996-1997 American Experience (TV Series documentary)
Narrator
- Truman: Part II (1997) ... Narrator (voice)
- Truman: Part I (1997) ... Narrator (voice)
- T.R.: The Story of Theodore Roosevelt (Part II) (1996) ... Narrator (voice)
- T.R.: The Story of Theodore Roosevelt (Part I) (1996) ... Narrator (voice)
 1995 Journey (TV Movie)
Marcus
 1995 My Antonia (TV Movie)
Josea Burden
 1994 The Enemy Within (TV Movie)
General R. Pendleton Lloyd
 1993 Heidi (TV Mini-Series)
Grandfather
- Episode #1.2 (1993) ... Grandfather
- Episode #1.1 (1993) ... Grandfather
 1992 Lincoln (TV Movie)
President Abraham Lincoln (voice)
 1991 Mark Twain and Me (TV Movie)
Mark Twain
 1991 American Masters (TV Series documentary)
Narrator
 1991 Chernobyl: The Final Warning (TV Movie)
Dr. Armand Hammer
 1991 An Inconvenient Woman (TV Mini-Series)
Jules Mendelson
- Episode #1.2 (1991) ... Jules Mendelson
- Episode #1.1 (1991) ... Jules Mendelson
 1988 Thomas Hart Benton (TV Movie)
Narrator
 1988 The Christmas Wife (TV Movie)
John Tanner
 1988 Inherit the Wind (TV Movie)
Henry Drummond
 1987 Breaking Home Ties (TV Movie)
Lloyd
 1987 Laguna Heat (TV Movie)
Wade Shephard
 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
- Episode #1.2 (1985) ... Alvin Binder
- Episode #1.1 (1985) ... 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
 1981 Broadway on Showtime (TV Series)
Erie Smith
- Hughie (1981) ... Erie Smith
 1980 Haywire (TV Movie)
Leland Hayward
 1978 A Christmas to Remember (TV Movie)
Daniel Larson
 1976 Addie and the King of Hearts (TV Movie)
Jamie Mills
 1975 A Moon for the Misbegotten (TV Movie)
James Tyrone Jr.
 1975 The Easter Promise (TV Movie)
Jamie
 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
 1969 Spoon River (TV Movie)
Reader
 1967 The Bell Telephone Hour (TV Series)
Romeo
 1966 ABC Stage 67 (TV Series)
Royal Earle Thompson
- Noon Wine (1966) ... Royal Earle Thompson
 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.)
 1964 Mr. Broadway (TV Series)
 1962 Westinghouse Presents: That's Where the Town Is Going (TV Movie)
Hobart Cramm (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 The DuPont Show of the Month (TV Series)
- Billy Budd (1959)
 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.)
 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 / Ralph Sawyer / Reinhardt Schmidt
- Man in Shadow (1956) ... Paul Foster
- The Town That Refused to Die (1955) ... Ralph Sawyer
- 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
 1950 The Magnavox Theatre (TV Series)
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Other Works:

Love Letters (1989). Written by A.R. Gurney. Directed by John Tillinger. Edison Theatre: 31 Oct 1989- 21 Jan 1989 (96 performances). Cast: Colleen Dewhurst (as "Melissa Gardner [from 31 Oct 1989- 5 Nov 1989], Jason Robards (as "Andrew Makepiece") [from 31 Oct 1989- 5 Nov 1989]. Replacement actors: Polly Bergen (as "Melissa ... See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 1 Interview | 1 Article | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

Jason Robards Jr. | Jason Robards Sr.

Height:

5' 8½" (1.74 m)
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Personal Quote:

An actor doesn't change thought, theme, or mood unless the character does, and the character only does it within the words of the play. See more »

Trivia:

Shares 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. See more »

Trademark:

Gravelly but commanding voice See more »

Star Sign:

Leo

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