Robert Duvall and Luciana Pedraza, 41-Year Age Difference

Sugar Daddy Robert Duvall and Luciana Pedraza

Sugar Daddy Robert Duvall and Luciana PedrazaVet­eran actor Robert Duvall started his career on the stage, even­tu­ally going on to appear in some of the most mem­o­rable titles in both film and tele­vi­sion. Although he started act­ing as early as 1960, most of his more famous roles didn’t come until the 70s, like play­ing the part of Major Frank Burns in the block­buster com­edy MASH, which earned five Acad­emy Awards and won one. It has also been pre­served by the U.S. National Film Reg­istry and was sub­se­quently turned into an acclaimed TV series, which ran for 11 suc­cess­ful seasons.

Duvall’s celebrity sta­tus was solid­i­fied after he landed the role of Tom Hagen, right-hand man to mafia boss Don Vito Cor­leone, in the iconic film The God­fa­ther. The film was the high­est gross­ing release of 1972, and is still one of the top 25 highest-grossing films in North Amer­ica. It was also ranked num­ber two on the Amer­i­can Film Institute’s list of the 100 Great­est Movies of All Time. Not sur­pris­ingly, the role earned Duvall his first Oscar nom­i­na­tion, and he went on to reprise his role for The God­fa­ther: Part II in 1974.

Duvall has con­tin­ued to forge a suc­cess­ful career in film, hav­ing starred in a string of suc­cess­ful titles. Now in his early 80s, Duvall is still acting.

Even though Duvall worked his way up to become an inter­na­tional celebrity, it wasn’t really his celebrity sta­tus that won over his cur­rent wife, Luciana Pedraza. After three failed mar­riages, Duvall met Pedraza when she approached him on the street in Argentina to invite him to a party—but she really had no idea who he was, which ended up being a good thing because she got to know him as a real per­son rather than the movie star. That may have also been why she was okay with the 41-year age dif­fer­ence between them—it was “Bobby,” as she calls him, whom she fell in love with.

That doesn’t mean Duvall didn’t worry about what peo­ple would think when it came to the fact that he was bring­ing home a woman who was half his age. But Duvall recalls the advice he got from a friend: “The worst thing in the world for an old man is an old woman.” Duvall clearly took the advice because after eight years of dat­ing, he mar­ried Pedraza in 2005.

The actor also praises his young wife for help­ing to keep him feel­ing young and in shape all these years. “My wife has got me doing yoga,” he said. “But if you marry a younger woman, it helps.”


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  • Pau­vrePa­pil­lon

    I’d like to see Luciana Pedraza in more movies. She was ter­rific in Assas­si­na­tion Tango. So was Duvall, of course.

  • william sims

    I lived in China for sev­eral years, and I saw so many very young, beau­ti­ful Chi­nese women on the arms of old, fat, and ugly west­ern men. It’s all about the money, the green card, etc. Those old goats obvi­ously knew that the young women did not love them for their per­son­al­ity and looks. Robert D. is a per­fect case in point. He is not hand­some by any means. That young woman is after only one or two things; money and noto­ri­ety. And if any­one dis­agrees with me, they are either old, ugly and fat, or stupid.

    • bee.havin

      Why marry your “Grand­fa­ther” unless he is rich? Men com­plain about “gold dig­gers” yet they con­tinue to “buy” younger and or for­eign women.