TODAY | April 13, 2012
>>> oscar winner robert duvall has had a long and storied career in hollywood but these days he's more at home on the range . jill rappaport recently caught up with the legendary actor.
>> move a little closer. come on.
>> i'm starting to get paranoid here. what's wrong with me? anyway i have to tell you guys it was exhausting just trying to keep up with this actor who at 81 is always on the go and living life to the fullest on his magnificent farm in virginia.
>> my wife luciano says virginia to her is the last station before heaven.
>> reporter: so here's the main homestead.
>> now this house is built the main part in 1743 .
>> reporter: unbelievable.
>> before the revolutionary war and before the civil war . those were the two wars fought around here.
>> reporter: from his magical 360 acre estate.
>> i love --
>> reporter: to his memorable roles.
>> -- on the causeway. he's dead.
>> reporter: robert duvall is the first to admit he leads a cherished life.
>> you go day by day and you arrive at being grateful for what you have. for being blessed and having gratitude. and this is it.
>> reporter: and after more than 50 years in the business, including 137 films under his belt, and countless awards on his shelf, duvall is still a force to be reckoned with. despite his age. 81?
>> reporter: did i just blow your cover?
>> no, no. hey, hey.
>> reporter: he's saying are you a little older? i see an emmy here.
>> is that what that is?
>> reporter: that's an emmy . there's another emmy .
>> for a western. i think that unwas for stalin and i got one i think for -- it's been so long ago.
>> reporter: okay. what's that little guy up there? there he is the oscar.
>> an oscar. i had a friend who used to want to make out with girls and come up and use it.
>> reporter: but awards and accolades aside on this day it was his horse marley taking center stage . are you ready for your close-up?
>> he's ready for everything.
>> reporter: by getting an evaluation by world renounced morse han jesus morales who is helping duvall with his riding for the upcoming film don quixote . do you need to tell your horse it's a little aud yigs? is he in hair and makeup?
>> no, he was in hair and makeup for eight hours yesterday. he was clipped. everything.
>> reporter: what are you hoping he will do and teach you --
>> i just want him to ride. not that anything will ever happen, but this horse has a lot of potential and loves people. he's just a very unique horse.
>> reporter: these days duvall spends quality time in the saddle. but don't expect this actor to go riding off into the sunset any time soon. there's no retirement in your future?
>> well, you say you don't retire, the business retires you. so until they wipe the drool, i'm going to work awhile, you know.
>> reporter: no chance of that. he's really putting in some saddle time now preparing for his upcoming role in don quixote and he's getting a great teacher with jesus morales. you can't get better than that. that guy is poetry in motion in the saddle.
>> duvall is pretty good, too.
>> for any age, right?
>> i know exactly.
>> we were saying there's no way he can be 81 and look that good.
>> i know.
>> -- on a horse at 81.
>> to be doing anything at 81.
>> i'd like to be doing anything right now. he looks better than me.
>> i love seeing all 9 clips of the movies he's been in.
>> i love.
>> -- horse to in the morning.
>> always --
>> more to come.