So, today is Robert Duvall’s 83rd birthday. Happy Birthday Bob. How many actors have had bands take their name from a character they played? The Boo Radleys took their name from the character in To Kill A Mockingbird, Boo Radley, written by Harper Lee and interpreted by Bob in an all time classic..

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A small role in Bullitt opposite Steve McQueen in 1968.

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He was Ned Pepper in True Grit opposite The Duke, John Wayne. “I call that bold talk for a one eyed fat man”

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Major Frank Burns in Robert Altman’s wonderful M.A.S.H.

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He was, of course, THX in THX 1138 for George Lucas.

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He was in much underrated Michael Winner western Lawman, with Burt Lancaster.

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Then came The Godfather, his Oscar nominated role as Tom Hagen, underplayed in a sea of great performances.

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Then came Joe Kidd, The Outfit and The Conversation with Gene Hackman.

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The Godfather Part II and a film once again laden with awards.

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Breakout with Charlie Bronson then The Killer Elite with James Caan.

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Network followed with an amazing ensemble cast that won 4 Oscars, one posthumously for Peter Finch.

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The Eagle Has Landed in the same year.

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Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

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Then came Apocalypse Now and probably his most quoted napalm line.

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The Great Santini, True Confessions then an Oscar for Tender Mercies.

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A great turn as nosy reporter Max Mercy in The Natural.

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Days of Thunder with Tom Cruise.

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Great performances in Slingblade, The Apostle, Colors, Handmaids Tale, Rambling Rose, Falling Down. Deep Impact, Gone in Sixty Seconds and many many more.
A superb western with Kevin Costner in Open Range.

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This is one of the greatest actors of all time.

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Happy Birthday Robert Duvall

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