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…more
Jason has been nominated for five Emmy awards. In 1964, Jason was nominated an Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role playing Abraham Lincoln on Abe Lincoln in Illinois. In 1976, Jason was nominated an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama or Comedy Special playing James Tyrone Jr. on A Moon for the Misbegotten. In 1978, Jason was nominated an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series playing President Richard Monckton on Washington: Behind Closed Doors. In 1980, Jason was nominated an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Special playing Franklin D. Roosevelt on F.D.R.: The Last Year. In 1988, Jason won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Special playing Henry Drummond on Inherit The Wind.
In 2000 Jason was nominated for a SAG award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Theatrical Motion Picture for Magnolia.
Jason has been nominated for five Golden Globes. In 1966 he was nominated for Best Motion Picture Actor- Musical/Comedy for A Thousand Clowns. In 1977 he was nominated for Best Motion Picture Actor in a Supporting Role for All the President's Men. In 1978 he was nominated for Best Motion Picture Actor in a Supporting Role for Julia. In 1981 he was nominated for Best Motion Picture Actor in a Supporting Role for Melvin and Howard. In 1985 he was nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV for Sakharov.
Jason is the only consecutive winner of the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.
Jason received Kennedy Center Honours in 1999.
In 1957, Jason was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Supporting or Featured Actor (Dramatic), for Long Day's Journey into Night.
Jason won a Tony Award for Best Dramatic Actor in 1959, for his role in the Broadway play The Disenchanted.
Jason received all his Academy Award nominations for playing real life people.
Jason was married to Eleanor Pittman from 1948 to 1958.
Jason was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1980 for his role as Howard Hughes in the movie Melvin and Howard.
Jason has played a total three different U.S. Presidnets in films. He has played Frenklin Delano Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln, and Ulysses S. Grant.
In 1977, Jason won another Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role playing Hammett on Julia.
In 1976, Jason won an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role playing Ben Bradlee on All the President's Men.
Robards has the distinction of being the worst incarnation of Al Capone in movie history with his "performance" in the 1967 film The St. Valentine's Day Massacre.
Jason: All I know is, I don't do a lot of analysis. I know those words have to move me. I rely on the author. I don't want actors reasoning with me about 'motivation' and all that bull. All I want 'em to do is learn the goddamn lines and don't bump into each other.
Jason: 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.