Thomas Duvall was convicted for five sexual offenses and served several prison terms, violently attacking girls and women.
After his release from prison, he was civilly committed and spent years in the state’s sexual offender program where he is said to have become a model detainee and learned how to control violent sexual thoughts.
Early Life and Education
Duvall continued his stellar character acting career during the 1970s with notable roles like Major Frank Burns in M*A*S*H and Mafia attorney Tom Hagen from The Godfather series. Additionally, Duvall won an Academy Award for his nuanced portrayal as faded country music star running a motel and filling station in Tender Mercies.
In 2001, he was civilly committed and has spent over eight years in Minnesota’s Sex Offender Program as part of its final stage of treatment. Last year at trial, outside evaluators testified he wasn’t ready for release because of his sexual sadism, while also not being able to control violent sexual thoughts – an appeals court panel agreed with them; now his case heads for state Supreme Court review.
At the conclusion of World War II in 1944, Duvall joined Galt Pups junior hockey team as they prepared for playoffs and presented year-end awards to his teams.
Oscar-nominated films The Conversation (1974), Network (1976) and The Great Santini (1979). He also made appearances as Frank Hackett from The Godfather Part II as well as Lt. Col. Bull Meechum from Ike.
He was a veteran stage actor who also appeared in several small and midsized film roles including Horton Foote’s The Midnight Caller. Additionally, he was well known as an outstanding voiceover artist. Robert Altman cast him as Boo Radley in To Kill a Mockingbird while also featuring him prominently in Bullitt and True Grit films.
Achievement and Honors
Duvall has earned numerous film industry awards and nominations over his long acting career. His portrayals of reclusive Arthur Radley in To Kill a Mockingbird and career marine Lt. Colonel Kilgore in Apocalypse Now are particularly memorable, while in The Godfather he played Tom Hagen, an upstanding mob lawyer.
He recently received approval to return from MSOP (Minnesota’s Sexual Offender Program), though first must pass a polygraph exam and prove his innocence before rejoining society.
Duvall admitted to over 60 sexual attacks against teenage girls between the 1970s and ’80s that became increasingly violent over time. He has been classified as a sadist; however, his treatment team defended his character, noting his participation in hundreds of community outings as well as volunteering at a thrift store.
Duvall enjoys hunting, fishing and gardening; is an avid Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers fan; as well as an avid reader.
While at U-Tapao, he developed a long distance pen pal relationship with Jeanie Glenn of Dallas, Texas; eventually leading to marriage and the birth of two children.
Following his success as “Boo Radley” in To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), Duvall soon made more supporting roles for films, such as Horton Foote’s mentally disabled character in the 1962 adaptation of True Grit by Francis Ford Coppola starring John Wayne’s Rooster Cogburn; as well as being remembered as the heavy who gets shot by John Wayne during its climactic scene (1969). Duvall even received an Academy Award nomination for his performance in Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather Part II (1974).
Duvall has received multiple awards during his long and distinguished career in acting and producing, which have amassed him an estimated net worth of over $50 Million dollars. He also has experience in corporate management and manufacturing operations and often provides advice to emerging actors and filmmakers.
He holds the distinction of becoming the oldest actor ever nominated for an Academy Award and has featured in classic movies such as M*A*S*H, The Godfather and Apocalypse Now. Additionally, he is an expert tango dancer and owns a horse ranch in Virginia along with his wife Luciana.
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