Birth Name: Robert Selden Duvall
Place of Birth: San Diego, California, United States
Date of Birth: January 5, 1931
Ethnicity: English (mostly), along with German, Swiss-German, French, Welsh, and Scottish
Robert Duvall is an American actor, director, and filmmaker. 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 father was born in Virginia and his mother was born in Missouri. His mother was said to be related to American Civil War General Robert E. Lee.
Robert is married to Argentinian actress and director Luciana Pedraza.
Robert’s ancestry is English, along with 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). Abraham was born in Virginia. Andrew was the son of William Henry DuVall and Sarah C. “Sally” Williams. Robert’s great-grandmother Sarah was possibly the daughter of Thomas Bohannon and Elizabeth C. Dunn.
Robert’s paternal grandmother was Laura Virginia Rhine (the daughter of William Henry Rhine and Alice Marie Wine). Laura was born in Virginia. 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). Felix was born in Louisiana. Robert’s great-grandfather Robert was the son of Derrell/Darryl Hart and Jane Pitts. Martha was the daughter of Felix Stanley and Samantha Abigail Evans.
Robert’s maternal grandmother was Sarah E. Graham (the daughter of Malcolm Graham and Marianna C. Drummond). Sarah was born in Missouri. Malcolm was the son of William Graham and Elizabeth Jackson.
Sources: Genealogies of Robert Duvall – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Genealogy of Robert’s father (focusing on his own father’s side) – http://www.findagrave.com
Some of Robert’s German and Swiss-German ancestry – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Notes on some of Robert’s mother’s ancestry – https://hergestgenealogy.wordpress.com