Jason Nelson Robards, Jr., was born on July 26, 1922 – died December 26, 2000. Robards was an American actor. He became famous playing works of American dramatist Eugene O’Neill, and would regularly play O’Neill’s works throughout his career. Robards’ was cast in both common-man roles and as well known historical figures. Radioman 3rd class Robards joined the heavy cruiser USS Northampton (CA-26) in 1941. He was aboard her at sea 100 miles away when the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor occurred and, contrary to some stories, witnessed the devastation of the attack only afterwards, when Northampton returned to Pearl two days later. Robards decided to get into acting after the war. His career started out slowly. He moved to New York City and found small parts there, first in radio and then on the stage. His big break was landing the starring role in José Quintero’s 1956 off-Broadway production and the 1960 television film of Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh, as the philosophical salesman Hickey, winning an Obie Award for his performance. Received the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special for the 1988 production of Inherit the Wind. He was among the recipients at the Kennedy Center Honors in 1999. In 1972, he was in a terrible automobile accident on a winding California road. He drove his car into the side of a mountain and nearly died. His acute drinking problem contributed to the accident. He slowly recovered after extensive surgery and facial reconstruction. A resident of the Southport section of Fairfield, Connecticut, he died of lung cancer in Bridgeport, Connecticut in December, 2000. His death was mourned by both fans and actors, and at a memorial service at Broadway’s Broadhurst Theater to honor Robards, it was actors who seemed to feel most profoundly the loss of one of the greats, one of their own. “He was the last of a breed of actors who dedicated themselves to a life in the theater,” said Kevin Spacey. Robards was cremated and his ashes were given to a friend or family. Robards was a major U.S. Civil War buff and scholar. He ultimately did the voice of Ulysses S. Grant for Ken Burns’ miniseries The Civil War, and received an Emmy nomination for playing Abraham Lincoln in Abe Lincoln in Illinois for The Hallmark Hall of Fame in 1963. The Jason Robards Award was created by the Roundabout Theatre Company in honor of the late actor and his relationship with the theatre.


Original Jason Robards Autograph, signed blue paper. Approx. size 3 3/8 x 4 3/4 inches. Regular Price – $ 75.00 / Sale Price – $ 39.95.

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