Jason  Robards, Jr.

Jason Robards, Jr.

Male 1922 - 2000  (78 years)    Has one ancestor and 2 descendants in this family tree.

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  • Name Jason Robards 
    Suffix Jr. 
    Relationshipwith Adam
    Born 26 Jul 1922  Chicago, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 26 Dec 2000  Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I184258  Geneagraphie
    Last Modified 17 Sep 2001 

    Father Jason Robards, Sr.,   b. 31 Dec 1892, Hillsdale, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Apr 1963, Sherman Oaks, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Family ID F121481  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Eleanor Pittman,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 7 May 1948 
    • 6 children
    Divorced 1958 
    Children 
     1. Living
    Last Modified 17 Sep 2001 
    Family ID F121482  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Rachel Taylor 
    Married 1959 
    Divorced 4 May 1962 
    Last Modified 17 Sep 2001 
    Family ID F121483  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Lauren Bacall,   b. 16 Sep 1924, New York City, NY, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Aug 2014, New York City, NY, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years) 
    Married 1961 
    Divorced 1969 
    Children 
     1. Living
    Last Modified 17 Sep 2001 
    Family ID F74257  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 4 Lois o' Connor 
    Married 14 Feb 1970 
    • 1 child
    Last Modified 17 Sep 2001 
    Family ID F121484  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Notes 
    • Son of stage and film star Jason Robards Sr.. After
      receiving the Navy Cross (the second highest decoration
      in the U.S. Navy) for his service in World War II, he
      struggled as a small-part actor in local New York theatre,
      TV, and radio before shooting to fame on the New York
      stage in the role of Hickey in Eugene O'Neill's "The
      Iceman Cometh." He followed that with another masterful
      O'Neill portrayal, as the alcoholic Jamie Tyrone in "Long
      Day's Journey Into Night" on Broadway. He entered films
      in 1959 in The Journey, and rose rapidly to even greater
      fame as a film star. Won consecutive Academy Awards
      for Best Supporting Actor for All the President's Men
      (1976) and Julia (1977), in each case playing real-life
      persons. Has continued to work on the stage, winning
      continued acclaim in works of 'Eugene O'Neill' including
      "Moon For the Misbegotten" and "Hughie." Father of
      actors Jason Robards III and Sam Robards.


      IMDb mini-biography by
      Jim Beaver

      Spouse
      'Lois O'Connor'
      (14 February 1970 - 26 December
      2000) (his death); 2 children
      Lauren Bacall
      (4 July 1962 - 10 September 1969)
      (divorced); 1 child
      Rachel Taylor
      (1959 - 4 May 1962) (divorced)
      'Eleanor Pittman'
      (7 May 1948 - 1958) (divorced); 6
      children


      Trivia

      Recipient of 22nd Annual Kennedy Center Honors for
      lifetime contribution to arts and culture, presented by
      President Clinton in Wash DC, Dec. 5, 1999.

      Father of actor Jason Robards III.

      Father, with actress Lauren Bacall, of actor Sam
      Robards.

      Pearl Harbor Survivor

      He has 3 children with Eleanor Pitman. He has 2 children
      with Lois O'Connor. He won an Emmy in 1988 for
      "Inherit The Wind".

      Is a Civil War buff in real life. Ironically he played
      President U.S. Grant in "The Legend of the Long Ranger
      (1980), and was the voice of General Grant in the PBS
      mini-series "The Civil War" (1990).

      Preferred working in the theater, and said once that he
      performed in Hollywood films so that he could "grab the
      money and go back to Broadway as fast as I can."

      In 1972, he was in a horrifying accident on a winding
      California road. He drove his car into the side of a
      mountain and nearly died. His acute drinking problem
      contributed to the accident. He slowly recovered after
      extensive surgery and facial reconstruction.


      Personal quotes

      "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."

      Biography from Leonard Maltin's Movie Encyclopedia:

      Gruff, raspy-voiced supporting player and character lead,
      one of the finest working in film today. The son of actor
      and silent-screen star Jason Robards, he served in the
      Navy during World War 2 (surviving the attack on Pearl
      Harbor), and studied at the American Academy of
      Dramatic Arts before scoring a spectacular triumph in the
      1956 Broadway production of Eugene O'Neill's "The
      Iceman Cometh." After winning the prestigious New York
      Drama Critics Award for his turn in "Long Day's Journey
      Into Night" the following year, Robards became a bona
      fide stage star (and cemented an indelible association with
      the works of O'Neill). He won a Tony award in 1959 for
      "The Disenchanted." His success in films hasn't been quite
      as stunning, possibly because he has remained, with few
      exceptions, in character roles, often registering best
      playing real-life figures.

      Robards made his movie debut in The Journey (1959),
      then didn't appear onscreen for another two years,
      resurfacing in By Love Possessed (1961). His portrayal
      of F. Scott Fitzgerald protagonist Dick Diver in Tender Is
      the Night (1962) earned Robards considerable praise, as
      did his reprise of the Jamie Tyrone role for that year's film
      adaptation of Long Day's Journey Into Night and his turn
      as playwright George S. Kaufman in Act One (1963).

      He had a rare starring role in A Thousand Clowns
      (1965), recreating his Broadway triumph as the
      irrepressible (and irresponsible) misfit and surrogate father
      to an adoring nephew. He then played gangster Al
      Capone in The St. Valentine's Day Massacre and
      Western gunslinger Doc Holliday in Hour of the Gun
      (both 1967). His parts in the late 1960s and early 1970s
      ran the gamut from a divorce lawyer in Divorce American
      Style (1967) to a burlesque performer in The Night They
      Raided Minsky's (1968), from a gunman in the
      super-spaghetti Western Once Upon a Time in the West
      (1968) to a wartime general in Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970),
      from Brutus in Julius Caesar (1971) to a Western
      dreamer in Sam Peckinpah's The Ballad of Cable Hogue
      (1970, the starring role). He rejoined Peckinpah to play
      New Mexico governor (and "Ben-Hur" author) Lew
      Wallace in Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (1973). Other
      credits during this period include Isadora (1968), Johnny
      Got His Gun (1971), and The War Between Men and
      Women (1972). Then in the late 1970s he won
      back-to-back Oscars, playing "Washington Post" editor
      Ben Bradlee in the Watergate thriller All the President's
      Men (1976) and following it with a skillful, sharply
      delineated turn as novelist Dashiell Hammett (to whom,
      with his unruly white hair and mustache, he bore a
      surprising resemblance) in the Lillian Hellman memoir Julia
      (1977). He was subsequently nominated (but did not win)
      for his purposely eccentric characterization of tycoon
      Howard Hughes in Melvin and Howard (1980).

      Robards, who juggles TV work and stage appearances
      with his movie assignments, made relatively few films in
      the 1980s, among them Raise the Titanic! (1980), The
      Legend of the Lone Ranger (1981), Something Wicked
      This Way Comes, Max Dugan Returns (both 1983),
      Square Dance (1987), Bright Lights, Big City, The Good
      Mother (both 1988), Dream a Little Dream, Black
      Rainbow, Reunion and Parenthood (all 1989, the last
      offering his best part in years, as Steve Martin's crotchety
      father). He was the original, well-cast star of Werner
      Herzog's problem-plagued Fitzcarraldo (1982), but was
      replaced by Klaus Kinski; he can be seen in Les Blank's
      revealing documentary on the making of that film, Burden
      of Dreams. He has since appeared on the big screen in
      Quick Change (1990, delightful as a world-weary New
      York cop) and Storyville (1992). Beginning with A
      Christmas to Remember (1978), he turned some of his
      energies to TV movies and miniseries, which have
      included Haywire (1980, as show-biz agent Leland
      Hayward), The Day After (1983), The Long Hot Summer
      (1985), Laguna Heat (1987), Inherit the Wind (1988, for
      which he won an Emmy), Mark Twain and Me (1991,
      unrecognizable under heavy makeup as the fabled author),
      and Heidi (1993). Recent credits include The Adventures
      of Huck Finn, Philadelphia (both 1993), The Paper, The
      Trial and Little Big League (all 1994). Formerly married
      to Lauren Bacall; their son Sam Robards has launched an
      acting career of his own, with roles in such films as
      Tempest (1982) and The Ballad of Little Jo (1993).


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