Jason Robards, Award Winner – MovieActors.com
Robards in MAX DUGAN RETURNS.
Jason Robards: Best Supporting Actor 1976 & 1977: MovieActors.com
Jason Robards received his first Supporting Oscar for playing the editor of the Washington Post who gave the approval to reporters Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward in their Watergate cover-up investigation.
1977: JULIA (Drama – PG)
Jason Robards won his second Supporting Oscar for portraying the author Dashiell Hammett, who helps Miss Hellman become a noted playwright.
About Jason Robards (1922 – 2000)
Jason Nelson Robards was born on July 26th, 1922, in Chicago, Illinois into an acting family; being the son of actor Jason Robards Sr.. His mother was Hope Maxine (Glanville). The family moved to New York City, when Jason was in his toddler years, and then moved to Los Angeles
in 1928, when Jason was six.
Though his father Jason Robards Sr. found success in acting on the Broadway stage in New York Cty, the family moved to Los Angeles, so he could be in the hot spot of silent film making.
This move didn't help his career in the long run.
During Jason's grade school years, Jason's parents got a divorce; an event that was devestating, and effected his personality and views about relationships.
Jason went to Hollywood High School, and excelled in sports, ignoring the drama department. He had soured on the Hollywood system, as he had seen first hand the decline of his father's career because his father didn't fare well with the advent of talkies.
When he graduated from Hollywood High in 1940, several universities were interested in his sports prowness, but Jason joined the Navy instead.
During WW 2, Jason did have some close calls, missing some bullets, but perhaps bringing home some inner stress issues that were quiet for awhile, until other stresses of life caused the need for self-medication; drinking.
Jason first served as a radio man on the heavy cruiser, Northhampton, that was 100 miles away from Pearl Harbor when it was attacked in 1941. But, the Northhampton was later sunk by two Japanese torpedoes later, during the Battle of Tassafarongain in 1942. Jason survived the attack, and treaded water until daybreak when he was rescued by a destroyer.
In November of 1944, Robards was radio man aboard The USS Nashville, that was the Flagship for the invasion of Mindoro in the northern Phillippines. His most traumatic experience was when The USS Nashville was hit by a kamikaze airplane during the invasion, blowing up one of the port gun mounts; while the plane's two bombs set the midsection ablaze.
While 223 servicemen died, some of whom were burned alive, Jason survived again, but probably saw the violence and death happen to his fellow sailors. The USS Nashville limped back to Pearl Harbor, and then back to Seattle to have repairs done.
Interestingly, it was while he served on The USS Nashville that Jason was bitten by the acting bug after reading a copy of Eugene O'Neill's play, STRANGE INTERLUDE, in the ship's library.
After serving in World War II, Jason Robards studied acting at American Academy of Dramatic Arts, as suggested by his father when Jason expressed his desire to try acting. Jason started at the bottom of the actor's food chain system, and eeked out a living in New York City as a small part / bit player thespian, but getting his foot in the door for bigger parts.
Jason's heart's desire as an actor was always performing in live theatre, on the Broadway stage. In an interview, Jason shared that he performed in Hollywood films so that he could "grab the money and go back to Broadway as fast as I can."
His love of acting on the stage showed in his performances, and resulted in Jason Robards receiving eight Tony Award nominations during his stage career; a record that hasn't been broken yet as of 2015, as well as other honors and kudos.
Jason Robards' big break, though, did not occur until 1956, when he wowed critics and audiences alike with his performance as the character, Hickey, in the Off-Broadway production of THE ICEMAN COMETH. He won the first Best Actor OBIE Award ever given to actors in Off-Broadway shows.
Jason's Broadway star began to rise. The next year, in 1957, Jason won the New York Drama Critics Award, and a Tony nomination for his performance in the Broadway production of LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT. In 1959, Jason won the Tony Award for his performance in the stage play, THE DISENCHANTED, where he performed along side his own father, Jason Robards Sr., who must of been so proud of his son!
His other Tony nominations were for the follwing plays:TOYS IN THE ATTIC;(1960), AFTER THE FALL;(1964), HUGHIE;(1965), THE COUNTRY GIRL;(1972), A MOON FOR THE MISBEGOTTEN, A TOUCH OF THE POET;(1978)
At the age of 37, Jason Robards finally made his film debut in THE JOURNEY; (1959), but did not appear again in films until 1961. By 1988, Jason had won the Triple Crown of acting: being awarded a Tony, two Oscars and an Emmy; Pretty good for someone who preferred acting on the stage!
Robards won back to back Best Supporting Actor Oscars for his performances in ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN;(1976), AND in JULIA;(1977). His third Oscar nomination was for his performance in the 1980 movie, Melvin and Howard, in which Jason played Howard Hughes.
Other career highlights include a rare starring role for Jason as an alcoholic uncle in A THOUSAND CLOWNS; (1965), a general in TORA! TORA TORA! (1970), and as Steve Martin's father in PARENTHOOD; (1989).
Married four times, Jason Robards was unlucky in love, in circumstance and had a drinking problem that was hard to live with. Jason first tied the knot with Eleanor Pittman on May 7th, 1948. They had three children: Sarah Louis, film editor Shannon Robards, and actor Jason Robards 111.
Eleanor's battle with mental illness made their marriage difficult, adding to Jason's stress baggage. Perhpas, this may have been the beginning of Jason's drinking problem to help him cope with it all. They got divorced 10 years later.
However, Jason was blessed to be the father of several children, some of which who have also pursued acting. Robards' third wife was actress Lauren Bacall, to whom he was married to for eight years. They had a son together, actor Sam Robards. Jason's drinking ended their marriage.
In 1972, Jason had a near fatal car accident,when he crashed his car into the side of a hill, caused by his drinking. Once again, Jason missed a bullet, but this time had to pay the piper. He recovered after many extensive surgeries. Jason stopped drinking and as a result stayed married to his fourth wife, Lois O'Connor until his death in 2000. They had two sons: David Robards and actor Jake Robards.
Jason Robards died of lung cancer in on December 26, 2000.
Jason Robards's notable movie credits include...
MELVIN AND HOWARD (1980)
TENDER IS THE NIGHT (1962)
A THOUSAND CLOWNS (1965)
DIVORCE AMERICAN STYLE (1967)
TORA! TORA! TORA! (1970)
JULIUS CAESAR (1970)
A BOY AND HIS DOG (1975)
COMES A HORSEMAN (1978)
RAISE THE TITANIC (1980)
MAX DUGAN RETURNS (1983)
THE GOOD MOTHER (1988)
QUICK CHANGE (1990)
INHERIT THE WIND (1988)
BLACK RAINBOW (1989)
STUDIO ONE THE PAPER (1955)
LITTLE BIG LEAGUE (1994)
CRIMSON TIDE (1995)
A THOUSAND ACRES (1997)
THE REAL MACAW (1998)
ENEMY OF THE STATE
Jason Robards's television credits include...
THE ICEMAN COMETH
ABE LINCOLN IN ILLINOIS
A MOON FOR THE MISBEGOTTEN
WASHINGTON: BEHIND CLOSED DOORS
FDR: THE LAST YEAR
THE DAY AFTER
THE ATLANTA CHILD MURDERS (TV Mini-Series)
THE LONG, HOT SUMMER
THE LAST FRONTIER
INHERIT THE WIND
THE CIVIL WAR (TV Mini-Series)
THE PERFECT TRIBUTE
MARK TWAIN AND ME
THE ENEMY WITHIN
THE WEST (TV Mini-Series)
THE IRISH IN AMERICA: LONG JOURNEY HOME
GOING HOME (2000)
Robards in ENEMY OF THE STATE (1998).
Jason Robards in PHILADELPHIA (1993).
Jason Robards in MELVIN AND HOWARD (1980).
Jason Robards in ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN (1976).
Jason Robards in BELOVED (1998)
Jason Robards and his co-stars in A BOY AND HIS DOG (1975).
Jason Robards in PARENTHOOD.
Robards in JULIA (1977).
Jason Robards in MAX DUGAN RETURNS.
Jason Robards in PAT GARRETT & BILLY THE KID (1973).
Jason Robards in MELVIN AND HOWARD.
Jason Robards in
ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN.
Jason Robards in THE BALLAD OF CABLE HOGUE (1970).