From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Jason Nelson Robards, Jr. (July 26, 1922 – December 26, 2000) was an American actor on stage and in film and television and a winner of the Tony Award (theatre), two Academy Awards (film) and the Emmy Award (television). He was also a United States Navy combat veteran of World War II. He became famous playing works of Eugene ONeill, an American playwright, and regularly performed in ONeills works throughout his career. Robards was cast in both common-man roles and as well-known historical figures. Description above from the Wikipedia article Jason Robards, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.