Jason Robards (1922–2000)

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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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Magnolia Earl Partridge
Once Upon a Time in the West Manuel 'Cheyenne' Gutiérrez
Parenthood Frank


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 2000 Going Home (TV Movie)
Charles Barton
 1999 Magnolia
Earl Partridge
 1999 Aimee Mann: Save Me (Music Video short)
Earl Partridge
 1998 Enemy of the State
Congressman Phillip Hammersley (uncredited)
 1998 Beloved
Mr. Bodwin
 1998 The Real Macaw
Grandpa Girdis
 1998 Heartwood
Logan Reeser
 1996-1997 American Experience (TV Series documentary)
- 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)
 1997 A Thousand Acres
Larry Cook
 1995 Journey (TV Movie)
 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 Little Big League
Thomas Heywood
 1994 The Paper
Graham Keighley
 1993 The Roots of Roe (TV Movie documentary)
Anthony Comstock (voice)
 1993 Philadelphia
Charles Wheeler
 1993 Heidi (TV Mini Series)
- Part II (1993) ... Grandfather
- Part I (1993) ... Grandfather
 1993 The Trial
Doctor Huld
 1993 The Adventures of Huck Finn
The King
 1992 Deceptions
Clay (voice)
 1992 Lincoln (TV Movie)
President Abraham Lincoln (voice)
 1992 Storyville
Clifford Fowler
 1992 Rabbit Ears: Jonah and the Whale (Video short)
 1991 Mark Twain and Me (TV Movie)
Mark Twain
 1991 American Masters (TV Series documentary)
 1991 An Inconvenient Woman (TV Mini Series)
Jules Mendelson
- Episode #1.2 (1991) ... Jules Mendelson
- Episode #1.1 (1991) ... Jules Mendelson
 1991 Chernobyl: The Final Warning (TV Movie)
Dr. Armand Hammer
 1991 The Perfect Tribute (TV Movie)
President Abraham Lincoln
 1990 The Civil War (TV Mini Series documentary)
Ulysses S. Grant
- War Is All Hell (1865) (1990) ... Ulysses S. Grant (voice)
- The Better Angels of Our Nature (1865) (1990) ... Ulysses S. Grant (voice)
- Valley of the Shadow of Death (1864) (1990) ... Ulysses S. Grant (voice)
- Most Hallowed Ground (1864) (1990) ... Ulysses S. Grant (voice)
- The Universe of Battle (1863) (1990) ... Ulysses S. Grant (voice)
 1990 Quick Change
Chief Rotzinger
 1989 Black Rainbow
Walter Travis
 1989 Parenthood
 1989 Reunion
Henry Strauss
 1989 Dream a Little Dream
Coleman Ettinger
 1988 The Christmas Wife (TV Movie)
John Tanner
 1988 The Good Mother
W. O. 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)
 1987 Laguna Heat (TV Movie)
Wade Shephard
 1987 Square Dance
 1986 The Last Frontier (TV Movie)
Ed Stenning
 1986 Johnny Bull (TV Movie)
Stephan Kovacs
 1985 The Long Hot Summer (TV Mini Series)
Will Varner
- Part 2 (1985) ... Will Varner
- Part 1 (1985) ... 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 Great Performances (TV Series)
Grandpa Martin Vanderhof
- You Can't Take It with You (1984) ... Grandpa Martin Vanderhof
 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
 1981 The Legend of the Lone Ranger
President Grant
 1980 Melvin and Howard
Howard Hughes
 1980 Raise the Titanic
Admiral James Sandecker
 1980 Haywire (TV Movie)
Leland Hayward
 1980 F.D.R.: The Last Year (TV Movie)
President Franklin D. Roosevelt
 1980 Cabo Blanco
Gunther Beckdorff
 1979 Hurricane
Capt. Charles Bruckner
 1978 A Christmas to Remember (TV Movie)
Daniel Larson
 1978 Comes a Horseman
 1977 Julia
 1977 Washington: Behind Closed Doors (TV Mini Series)
President Richard Monckton
- Part 6 (1977) ... President Richard Monckton
- Part 5 (1977) ... President Richard Monckton
- Part 4 (1977) ... President Richard Monckton
- Part 3 (1977) ... President Richard Monckton
- Part 2 (1977) ... President Richard Monckton
 1976 The Spy Who Never Was
Inspector Barkan
 1976 All the President's Men
Ben Bradlee
 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)
 1975 A Boy and His Dog
Lou Craddock
 1974 The Country Girl (TV Movie)
Frank Elgin
 1973 The Thanksgiving Treasure (TV Movie)
James Mills
 1973 Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid
Governor Wallace
 1973 Old Faithful (TV Movie)
Jason Robards
 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!
General Walter C. Short
 1970 The Ballad of Cable Hogue
Cable Hogue
 1970 Rosolino Paternò, soldato...
Sam Armstrong
 1970 Julius Caesar
 1969 Spoon River (TV Movie)
 1968 The Night They Raided Minsky's
Raymond Paine
 1968 Once Upon a Time in the West
Manuel 'Cheyenne' Gutiérrez
 1968 Isadora
 1967 The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (TV Movie)
Dr. Henry Jekyll / Mr. Edward Hyde
 1967 Hour of the Gun
Doc Holliday
 1967 The Bell Telephone Hour (TV Series)
 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.)
 1966 A Big Hand for the Little Lady
Henry Drummond
 1965 A Thousand Clowns
 1964 Mr. Broadway (TV Series)
 1964 Abe Lincoln in Illinois (TV Movie)
Abraham Lincoln
 1963 Act One
George S. Kaufman
 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 Play of the Week (TV Series)
Theodore 'Hickey' Hickman
- The Iceman Cometh: Part 2 (1960) ... Theodore 'Hickey' Hickman
- The Iceman Cometh: Part 1 (1960) ... Theodore 'Hickey' Hickman
 1960 The Iceman Cometh (TV Movie)
Theodore 'Hickey' Hickman
 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.)
 1959 The Journey
Paul Kedes (as Jason Robards Jr.)
 1958 Omnibus (TV Series)
Prime Minister
- Moment of Truth (1958) ... Prime Minister
 1955-1957 Studio One (TV Series)
Prisoner / Leonard O'Brien / Frank Cameron
- Twenty-Four Hours (1957) ... Prisoner (as Jason Robards Jr.)
- The Power (1956)
- The Incredible World of Horace Ford (1955) ... Leonard O'Brien (as Jason Robards Jr.)
- A Picture in the Paper (1955) ... Frank 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)
- Pattern of Lies (1956) ... Karder (as Jason Robards Jr.)
- Decision by Panic (1955) ... (as Jason Robards Jr.)
 1955-1956 Appointment with Adventure (TV Series)
Joe / Jed
- A Thief There Was (1956) ... Joe
- The Quiet Gun (1955) ... Jed
 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 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
 1954 Mama (TV Series)
 1950 The Magnavox Theater (TV Series)
 1947 Follow That Music (Short)
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Other Works:

Stage Play: We Bombed in New Haven. Satire. Written by Joseph Heller. Music for the song "Bomb, Bomb, Bombing Along" by Burton Lane. Lyrics for the song "Bomb, Bomb, Bombing Along" by Joseph Heller. Scenic Design by William Ritman. Directed by John Hirsch. Ambassador Theatre: 16 Oct 1968- 29 Dec 1968 (85 performances + 10 previews). Cast: ... See more »

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Alternate Names:

Jason Robards Jr. | Jason Robards Sr.


5' 8½" (1.74 m)


Lois O'Connor  (his death)  (2 children) | See more »


Sam Robards


Jason Robards Sr. | Hope Maxine Glanville

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The theatre has kept me alive, and it's allowed me to work at my craft. See more »


In 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. See more »


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