Robert Duvall in MGM’s Assassination Tango – 2003 Photo: Juan-Angel Urruzola

It’s difficult to pick just one memorable role of Robert Duvall’s. The actor, born on this day in 1931, has contributed to such great films as The Godfather (I and II), Apocalypse Now and Network. The son of a career military officer, Duvall himself spent a few years in the service before moving to New York and studying alongside Dustin Hoffman at The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in New York City. After establishing a solid stage career, Duvall debuted on film as Arthur “Boo” Radley in the pivotal 1962 movie To Kill A Mockingbird. Over the years, the award-winning actor has successfully dabbled in both directing and screenwriting, and has been nominated for a total of six Academy Awards, with one Best Actor win for 1983’s Tender Mercies.

Filmstar Quotable: “I love the smell of napalm in the morning.” —Duvall as Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore in Apocalypse Now