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Robert Duvall Fractures Ribs

April 19, 2002

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Robert Duvall fractured several ribs in a horse-riding accident while preparing for a new Western.

The 71-year-old actor fell off the horse on Monday while rehearsing for the film ``Open Range,″ a publicist said Thursday.

Duvall was treated for his injuries and is recovering at home in Virginia, said publicist Kristin Borella, who’s working with him on another upcoming film, ``A Shot at Glory.″

He’s expected to recover by the time production begins on June 3, Borella said. The film co-stars Kevin Costner.

Duvall, who won a best-actor Oscar for 1983′s ``Tender Mercies,″ has had a lot of experience around horses in other films.

He will next appear as Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in the Civil War drama ``Gods and Generals,″ and previously starred in the Westerns ``True Grit,″ ``Joe Kidd″ and the TV miniseries ``Lonesome Dove.″

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