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Robert Duvall, Clint Eastwood and John Saxon star in basic Western movie Joe Kidd, which airs on Channel 5 this afternoon at 12:55pm. In New Mexico, ex-bounty hunter Joe Kidd (performed by Mr Eastwood) owns a ranch the place a close-by group of Mexican bandits underneath the guise of Luis Chama (performed by Mr Saxon) combat for his or her ancestral lands after the US Government denies their claims. Wealthy landowner Frank Harlan (performed by Mr Duvall) types a posse to seize Chama, soliciting Kidd’s help to take action.

Despite his preliminary refusal, Kidd relents upon discovering out Chama has stolen a horse and roughed up one of many staff at his ranch.

The movie was launched within the US in 1972 — the identical year Mr Duvall really shot to stardom in The Godfather, extensively thought-about one of many best movies of all time.

Starring Mr Duvall, Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Diane Keaton and a bunch of different big names in Hollywood, it broke a number of field office data to develop into the very best grossing movie of 1972.

It was the primary of a formidable trilogy of movies — but Mr Duvall by no means returned for The Godfather III.

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Robert Duvall and Al Pacino.

Robert Duvall and Al Pacino. (Image: GETTY)

Robert Duvall

Mr Duvall, 91, has loved an enormously profitable career. (Image: GETTY)

Mr Pacino, Ms Keaton and Talia Shire all reprised their roles from the earlier two movies, however a row over salaries noticed Mr Duvall refuse to be concerned.

Speaking to CBS about his refusal in 2004, he stated: “I said I would work easily if they paid Pacino twice what they paid me, that’s fine.

“But not three or four times, which is what they did.”

Upon Mr Duvall dropping out, the movie’s director Francis Ford Coppola rewrote the screenplay to painting Tom Hagen as having died earlier than the story begins.

Al Pacino

Mr Pacino on the 94th Annual Academy Awards on Sunday. (Image: GETTY)

Instead, he created the character B. J. Harrison, performed by George Hamilton, to exchange the Hagen character within the story.

Mr Coppola later stated that the movie feels “incomplete” with out Mr Duvall’s involvement.

Had he agreed to participate, Mr Coppola stated Mr Duvall’s Hagen character would have been closely concerned in operating the Corleone charities.

Yet Mr Duvall later admitted he had zero regrets over turning the role down, regardless of the movie being nominated for seven Academy awards.

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Robert Duvall

Mr Duvall within the opening scene of The Godfather. (Image: GETTY)

Asked Reuters in 2010 if he had any regrets, 20 years after the third Godfather movie was launched, he stated: “No, because it wasn’t as good as the other two.

“[Mr Coppola] came to my house in Virginia.

“He always wanted my mother’s Maryland crab cake recipe. So I wrote it down for him and we talked about Godfather III.

“Then he left and forgot the recipe.

Robert Duvall

Robert Duvall backstage at the 56th Annual Academy Awards Show in 1984. (Image: GETTY)

“He called me more concerned about the recipe than whether I would do “Godfather III!”

While movies shot Mr Duvall to stardom, it was TV that made him a cult determine in American showbiz.

His role as Augustus MacRae in Eighties miniseries Lonesome Dove earned him an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe.

He was awarded a National Medal of Arts by President George W Bush on the White House.

Away from his appearing career, Mr Duvall is married to Argentine actress Luciana Pedraza — 41 years his junior.

In 1996, whereas strolling down an Argentine road, she approached him to ask him to a celebration with out understanding who he was.

They have been collectively since 1997, and labored alongside each other in 2002 movie Assassination Tango.

They co-founded The Robert Duvall Children’s Fund to assist impoverished youngsters and households of Northern Argentina.

Since then, the non-profit organisation has expanded its attain to help youngsters and households all over the world.

Joe Kidd airs on Channel 5 on Sunday afternoon at 12:55pm.

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