Robert Duvall

by Lil Vacha on April 12, 2010

Birth Name: Robert Selden Duvall

Place of Birth: San Diego, California, U.S.

Date of Birth: January 5, 1931

Ethnicity: English (mostly), along with German, Swiss-German, French, Welsh, Scottish

Robert Duvall is an American actor and director. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for Tender Mercies (1983).

He is the son of Mildred Virginia (Hart) and William Howard Duvall. His mother was said to be related to American Civil War General Robert E. Lee.

Most of Robert’s ancestry is English, along with more distant German, Swiss-German, French, Welsh, and Scottish. Robert is a descendant of Mareen Duvall, whose parents were French Huguenot immigrants; this makes Robert of 1/256th French descent (through that line), though he may have other French ancestry on his tree.

Robert’s paternal grandfather was Abraham Lincoln Duvall (the son of Andrew Jackson Duvall and Sarah F. Bohannon). Robert’s great-grandfather Andrew was the son of William Henry Duvall and Sarah C. Williams. Robert’s great-grandmother Sarah Bohannon was possibly the daughter of Thomas Bohannon and Elizabeth C. Dunn.

Robert’s paternal grandmother was Laura Virginia Rhine/Rhines (the daughter of William Henry Rhine and Alice Marie Wine). William was the son of Christopher Henry Rhine and Lucinda Herndon. Alice was the daughter of Thomas Wine and Sarah S. West.

Robert’s maternal grandfather was Felix Stanley Hart (the son of Robert Johns Hart and Martha Elizabeth Stanley). Robert was the son of Derrell Hart and Jane Pitts. Martha was the daughter of Felix Stanley and Samantha Abigail Evans.

Robert’s maternal grandmother was Sarah Elizabeth Graham (the daughter of Malcolm Graham and Marianna C. Drummond). Malcolm was the son of William Graham and Elizabeth Jackson.

Sources: Genealogies of Robert Duvall –

Another genealogy of Robert Duvall (focusing on his father’s side) –

Genealogy of Robert’s father (focusing on his own father’s side) –

Some of Robert’s German and Swiss-German ancestry –

Notes on some of Robert’s mother’s ancestry –

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