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For Robert Duvall, the Western Is Shakespeare

“The English have Shakespeare, the French have Moliere, the Russians have Chekhov. The Western is ours,” Robert Duvall has said. With credits like Lonesome Dove and Open Range, along with an Oscar win for Tender Mercies , Duvall is a man who knows his Westerns.

In fact, it was a series of conversations between the actor and writer Alan Geoffrian about the Old West that catalyzed the project that became AMC’s award-winning mini-series Broken Trail . Duvall would go on to pick up another acting statue — an Emmy this time — for his portrayal of veteran cowboy Print Ritter. And when he basks in the glow of his career success, Duvall does it far from Hollywood: He makes his home on 400 acres in Virginia. “If I couldn’t have been an actor, I would have been a rancher,” he has said, noting that he was tempted to take the horse he rode in Broken Trail back home with him.

Watch Robert Duvall back in the saddle. For the full schedule of Broken Trail on AMC, click here.

To see behind the scenes footage of the making of Broken Trail, click here.

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