40 Facts About Jason Robards


Jason Robards is one of 24 performers to have achieved the Triple Crown of Acting.


Jason Robards was of German, English, Welsh, Irish, and Swedish descent.


Later interviews with Jason Robards suggested that the trauma of his parents' divorce, which occurred during his grade-school years, greatly affected his personality and world view.


The elder Jason Robards had enjoyed considerable success during the era of silent films, but he fell out of favor after the advent of "talkies", leaving the younger Jason Robards soured on the Hollywood film industry.


The teenage Jason Robards excelled in athletics, running a 4:18-mile during his junior year at Hollywood High School in Los Angeles.


Jason Robards found himself treading water until near daybreak, when he was rescued by an American destroyer.


Jason Robards served honorably during the war, but was not a recipient of the US Navy Cross, contrary to what has been reported in numerous sources.


Aboard Nashville, Jason Robards first found a copy of Eugene O'Neill's play Strange Interlude in the ship's library.


Jason Robards had emceed for a Navy band in Pearl Harbor, got a few laughs, and decided he liked it.


Jason Robards's father suggested he enroll in the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City, from which he graduated in 1948.


Jason Robards left the Navy in 1946 as a Petty officer first class.


Jason Robards moved to New York City and began working on radio and stage.


Jason Robards later portrayed Hickey again in another 1985 Broadway revival staged by Quintero.


Jason Robards created the role of Jamie Tyrone in the original Broadway production of O'Neill's Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning Long Day's Journey into Night, which was directed by Quintero; Jason Robards appeared in the lead role of James Tyrone Sr.


Jason Robards repeated his role in Long Day's Journey into Night in the 1962 film and televised his performances in A Moon for the Misbegotten and Hughie.


Jason Robards made his film debut in the two-reel comedy Follow That Music, but after his Broadway success, he was invited to make his feature debut in The Journey.


Jason Robards became a familiar face to movie audiences throughout the 1960s, notably for his performances in A Thousand Clowns repeating his stage performance, Hour of the Gun as Doc Holliday, The Night They Raided Minsky's, and Once Upon a Time in the West.


Jason Robards appeared on television anthology series, including two segments in the mid-1950s of CBS's Appointment with Adventure.


Jason Robards played Abraham Lincoln in the television film The Perfect Tribute and supplied the voice for two television documentaries, first for "The Presidency: A Splendid Misery" in 1964, and then again in the title role of the 1992 documentary miniseries Lincoln.


Jason Robards played the role of Ulysses S Grant in The Legend of the Lone Ranger and supplied the Union General's voice in the PBS miniseries The Civil War.


Jason Robards played Franklin D Roosevelt in FDR: The Final Years.


Jason Robards appeared in two dramatizations based on the Watergate scandal.


In 1983, Jason Robards starred in the television movie The Day After where he played Dr Russell Oakes.


Jason Robards appeared in the documentary Empire of the Air: The Men Who Made Radio and played a cancer patient in the 1999 film Magnolia.


Jason Robards received eight Tony Award nominations, more than any other male actor as of 2020.


Jason Robards won the Tony for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play for his work in The Disenchanted ; this was his only stage appearance with his father.


Jason Robards received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in consecutive years: for All the President's Men, portraying Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, and for Julia, portraying writer Dashiell Hammett.


Jason Robards was nominated for another Academy Award for his role as Howard Hughes in Melvin and Howard.


Jason Robards received the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for his role in the television film Inherit the Wind.


In 1997, Jason Robards received the US National Medal of Arts, the highest honor conferred to an individual artist on behalf of the people.


In 2000, Jason Robards received the first Monte Cristo Award, presented by the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, and named after O'Neill's home.


Jason Robards narrated the public radio documentary, Schizophrenia: Voices of an Illness, produced by Lichtenstein Creative Media, which was awarded a 1994 George Foster Peabody Award for Excellence in Broadcasting.


Jason Robards is in the American Theater Hall of Fame, inducted in 1979.


Jason Robards had two more children with his fourth wife, Lois O'Connor, and they remained married until his death.


In 1972, Jason Robards was seriously injured in an automobile crash when he drove his car into the side of a mountain on a winding California road, requiring extensive surgery and facial reconstruction.


Jason Robards overcame his addiction and went on to publicly campaign for alcoholism awareness.


Jason Robards was a resident of the Southport section of Fairfield, Connecticut.


Jason Robards died of lung cancer in Bridgeport, Connecticut, on December 26,2000.


Jason Robards's remains were buried at Oak Lawn Cemetery in Fairfield.


The Jason Robards Award was created by the Roundabout Theatre Company in New York City in his honor and his relationship with the theater.