American actor (1922-2000). Born Jason Robards, Jr., he was the son of silent movie star Jason Robards, Sr. He served in the Navy during World War II and survived the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. After the war, he enjoyed tremendous success in Broadway productions of Eugene O'Neill's plays "The Iceman Cometh" and "Long Day's Journey Into Night" in the 1950s.

He had his film debut in "The Journey" in 1959 and spent most of his career playing supporting roles--often playing real people, including Al Capone in "The St. Valentine's Day Massacre", Doc Holliday in "Hour of the Gun", playwright George S. Kaufman in "Act One", New Mexico governor and "Ben Hur" author Lew Wallace in "Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid", Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee in "All the President's Men" (for which he won an Oscar in 1977), Dashiell Hammett in "Julia" (for which he won another Oscar in 1978), and Howard Hughes in "Melvin and Howard".

Some of his other films include: "Tender is the Night", "A Big Hand for the Little Lady", "Divorce American Style", "Once Upon a Time in the West", "Tora! Tora! Tora!", "Johnny Got His Gun", "A Boy and His Dog", "Comes a Horseman", "Raise the Titanic", "The Legend of the Lone Ranger", "Something Wicked This Way Comes", "Max Dugan Returns", "Bright Lights, Big City", "Parenthood", "Dream a Little Dream", "Quick Change", "Philadelphia", "The Adventures of Huck Finn", "The Paper", "Little Big League", "Crimson Tide", "Beloved", "Enemy of the State", and "Magnolia", as well as prominent TV movies like "The Day After", "Sakharov", and "Inherit the Wind".