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Jason Robards

Jason Robards (actor; born July 26, 1922, in Chicago; died December 26 , 2000) Recognized around the world as the definitive interpreter of the works of Eugene O'Neill throughout his long and esteemed career, Jason Robards has been hailed as one of this country's finest stage actors and acclaimed for his outstanding work in film and on television. Ellis Rabb, who directed Robards in a 1980s revival of the classic American comedy You Can't Take It with You, put into words what Robards demonstrates every time he steps onto a stage or in front of a camera: "Robards can do anything, from O'Neill to light comedy to Shakespeare, a range we seldom see in this country." In addition to O'Neill, his stage performances span works by many of the major playwrights who define 20th-century theater: Arthur Miller, Clifford Odets, Lillian Hellman, Brian Friels, Kaufman and Hart, and Harold Pinter. One of his early stage appearances, in Jose Quintero's 1956 Circle in the Square revival of The Iceman Cometh, won Robards an Obie Award and restored O'Neill's crumbling reputation as perhaps this country's finest dramatist. A Tony Award followed in 1959 for The Disenchanted.

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