Jason Robards

July 26, 1922 – December 26, 2000

Jason Nelson Robards, Jr. was a highly-regarded American stage and screen actor. Born in 1922, Robards’ father was a silent-era Hollywood actor who struggled during the transition to “talkies” and, though Jason initially resented Hollywood’s treatment of his father, sometimes the acting gene just prevails. Following a harrowing Naval service in World War II, Robards launched his own acting career in New York in the late 1940s.Most of his stage success was attributed to his extensive work with playwright Eugene O’Neill’s works. He received a Tony nomination for his part in the original 1956 production of Long Day’s Journey into Night. He would later win the Tony for 1959’s The Disenchanted. He also won two Academy Awards for All the President’s Men (1976) and Julia (1977). In all, he appeared in more than 60 films and dozens of stage productions as well as many, many television appearances.

He was married three times, including to Lauren Bacall. He struggled with alcoholism throughout his life, eventually getting sober for good and becoming an advocate for awareness of the disease. He died of lung cancer at the age of 78 in Connecticut.


Oak Lawn Cemetery – Fairfield, CT

Specific Location

Enter the cemetery and stay to the right. Take a right at the intersection of Oak Lawn Road and River Circle into Section M. The ROBARDS marker will be on your left beyond a small set of stone steps leading down to the road.


One Response to “Jason Robards”

  1. Maria L Valdemi Says:

    Somewhere, Jason is sharing a drink with Eugene O’Neill.

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