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Actor Jason Robards Jr. On the Rise

Feb. 21, 1963 - Jason Robards Jr., now sought after for stage and screen starring roles, spent six years playing mediocre parts before he achieved recognition. “I did just one horrible job after another,” he said today, including the hindquarters of a cow in a production of “Jack and the Beanstalk.” As a youth, Robards witnessed firsthand the decline of his father's acting career. The elder 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 Robards a bit soured on the Hollywood film industry. Robards currently stars with Katharine Hepburn, Ralph Richardson, and Dean Stockwell in Eugene O’Neill’s “Long Day’s Journey Into Night,” which is screening currently in theaters. He also stars on Broadway in “A Thousand Clowns.”


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