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Also Known As: Charles Robert Redford Jr. Died:
Born: August 18, 1936 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Santa Monica, California, USA Profession: actor, director, producer

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One of the most iconic actors of his generation, Robert Redford is perhaps best known for his role as the Sundance Kid in the film "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" (1969), the namesake for the now famous Sundance Film Festival which Redford helped found. Born in Santa Monica, California in 1936, Redford tried his hand at sketching and painting before discovering his love of acting. He found initial success on stage, making his Broadway debut in "Tall Story" in 1959. He would earn tremendous acclaim starring in the Broadway production of Neil Simon's "Barefoot in the Park" in 1963, by which point he was also pursuing roles on screen, appearing on TV series like "Maverick" (ABC, 1957-1962) and "Perry Mason" (CBS, 1957-1966). After appearing alongside Marlon Brando in "The Chase" 1965, Redford reprised his role in "Barefoot in the Park" (1967) for the movie adaptation, with Jane Fonda in the female lead. The movie was a hit and Redford quickly became a major star. He would go on to star in memorable films like "The Candidate" (1972), "Jeremiah Johnson" (1972), "The Way We Were" (1973), and "All the President's Men" (1976). In 1978, Redford's business partner Sterling Van Wagenen was inspired to...

One of the most iconic actors of his generation, Robert Redford is perhaps best known for his role as the Sundance Kid in the film "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" (1969), the namesake for the now famous Sundance Film Festival which Redford helped found. Born in Santa Monica, California in 1936, Redford tried his hand at sketching and painting before discovering his love of acting. He found initial success on stage, making his Broadway debut in "Tall Story" in 1959. He would earn tremendous acclaim starring in the Broadway production of Neil Simon's "Barefoot in the Park" in 1963, by which point he was also pursuing roles on screen, appearing on TV series like "Maverick" (ABC, 1957-1962) and "Perry Mason" (CBS, 1957-1966). After appearing alongside Marlon Brando in "The Chase" 1965, Redford reprised his role in "Barefoot in the Park" (1967) for the movie adaptation, with Jane Fonda in the female lead. The movie was a hit and Redford quickly became a major star. He would go on to star in memorable films like "The Candidate" (1972), "Jeremiah Johnson" (1972), "The Way We Were" (1973), and "All the President's Men" (1976). In 1978, Redford's business partner Sterling Van Wagenen was inspired to launch an independent film festival, leading to the pair collaborating on the Sundance Film Festival, which has since become one of the most relevant and respected film festivals in the world. Around this same time, Redford also took a keen interest in directing, stepping behind the camera to helm the acclaimed family drama "Ordinary People" (1980). His directorial efforts would remain successful with "A River Runs Through It" (1983), "Quiz Show" (1994), and the political drama "Lions for Lambs" (2007). He would remain a successful actor however, appearing in everything from the landmark, one-man film "All is Lost" (2013) to "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" (2014). In 2017, Redford re-teamed with one of his first major screen partners, co-starring with Jane Fonda in "Our Souls at Night." This was followed by what he claimed would be his farewell performance, starring in "The Old Man and the Gun" (2018) opposite Sissy Spacek.

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  Horse Whisperer, The (1998) Director
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  Quiz Show (1994) Director
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  A River Runs Through It (1992) Director
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  Ordinary People (1980) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Discovery, The (2017)
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 Pete's Dragon (2016)
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 Truth (2015)
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 Casting By (2013)
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Milestones close milestones

1965:
Portrayed a bisexual movie star in "Inside Daisy Clover" opposite Natalie Wood
1997:
Announced formation of Sundance Cinemas, a chain of movie theaters showing independent films; venture was a joint effort with GC Companies, which operated the General Cinema movie theaters
2007:
Directed first film in seven years "Lions for Lambs," about America's role in Afghanistan; also acted opposite Tom Cruise and Meryl Streep
2000:
Directed sixth motion picture "The Legend of Bagger Vance," a period drama about a Southern golfer and his mysterious caddy; starred Will Smith and Matt Damon
1992:
Executive produced and narrated documentary "Incident at Ogala," directed by Michael Apted
1979:
Reteamed with Jane Fonda in romantic comedy "The Electric Horseman"
1986:
Returned to screen comedy as a lawyer in "Legal Eagles"
1998:
Served as producer on "A Civil Action"
2001:
Played leading role in "The Last Castle"
1988:
Helmed second film "The Milagro Beanfield War"
1962:
Made film acting debut in "War Hunt"; Sydney Pollack co-starred
1958:
Made TV debut on legal drama "Perry Mason" (CBS)
2006:
Voiced Ike the Horse in feature adaptation of E.B. White's classic novel "Charlotte's Web"
1998:
Executive produced Edward Burns' "No Looking Back"
1969:
Produced first film under Wildwood banner, "Downhill Racer"
1987:
Formed second production company South Fork Films to produce modestly-budgeted films
1994:
Helmed period drama "Quiz Show," about the 1950s TV quiz show scandals
1972:
Played a jewel thief in comedy "The Hot Rock," scripted by William Goldman
1996:
Played a veteran newsman who mentors and romances Michelle Pfeiffer in "Up Close and Personal"
1996:
Served as executive producer of Edward Burns' second film "She's the One"
1993:
Starred in "Indecent Proposal" as a wealthy man who offers $1 million to a couple (Demi Moore and Woody Harrelson) for one night with the wife
2005:
Co-starred with Jennifer Lopez and Morgan Freeman in Lasse Hallström drama "An Unfinished Life"
2000:
Executive produced well-received "How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog"
1961:
Landed first major role on Broadway in "Sunday in New York"
1968:
Formed production company Wildwood International (later renamed Wildwood Enterprises)
1983:
Founded environmental organization Institute for Resource Management
1963:
Received Emmy nomination for supporting role in "The Voice of Charlie Pont"; aired on "Alcoa Premiere" (ABC)
1966:
Reteamed with Natalie Wood in "This Property Is Condemned," directed by Sydney Pollack
1975:
Reunited with director George Roy Hill and screenwriter William Goldman for period comedy-drama "The Great Waldo Pepper"; played a barnstorming pilot
1987:
Served as executive producer on "Promised Land," which was fostered by Sundance Institute
1974:
Starred as F. Scott Fitzgerald's anti-hero Jay Gatsby in lavish film remake "The Great Gatsby"
2010:
Directed historical drama "The Conspirator," starring James McAvoy and Robin Wright
2012:
Produced, directed, and starred in thriller "The Company You Keep"
2014:
Appeared as Alexander Pierce in Marvel Cinematic Universe film "Captain America: The Winter Soldier"
2015:
Starred as author Bill Bryson opposite Nick Nolte and Emma Thompson in "A Walk in the Woods"
1969:
Landed breakthrough screen role as Harry Longbaugh aka The Sundance Kid in "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," co-starring Paul Newman
1998:
Directed himself for the first time in "The Horse Whisperer"; also produced
1995:
Signed with Showtime Networks to form The Sundance Film Channel, a 24-hour pay cable station featuring independent films
1973:
Starred opposite Barbra Streisand in romantic drama "The Way We Were," directed by Sydney Pollack
1989:
Assumed control of U.S. Film Festival and renamed it Sundance Film Festival
1959:
Made his Broadway debut in "Tall Story."
1973:
Reteamed with Paul Newman and director George Roy Hill for period caper comedy "The Sting"
1972:
Cast as a Kennedy-esque politician in "The Candidate," scripted by Oscar-winner Jeremy Larner
1992:
Directed third feature, an adaptation of Norman MacLean's autobiographical novella "A River Runs Through It"; also produced and gave uncredited narration
1980:
Made directorial debut with "Ordinary People"; film won four Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director
1980:
Founded Sundance Institute and its film and theater development lab
1960:
Landed breakthrough TV role playing a Nazi soldier opposite Charles Laughton in "In the Presence of Mine Enemies," the final installment of "Playhouse 90" (CBS)
1985:
Portrayed Denys Finch Hatton, a British adventurer who romances author Isak Dinesen (Meryl Streep) in the Oscar-winning Best Picture "Out of Africa"; Sydney Pollack directed
1967:
Recreated stage role of uptight newlywed Paul Bratter in film version of "Barefoot in the Park" opposite Jane Fonda
1976:
Portrayed <i>Washington Post</i> journalist Bob Woodward (to Dustin Hoffman's Carl Bernstein) in political drama "All the President's Men," written by William Goldman
1972:
Starred as frontiersman "Jeremiah Johnson"; directed by Sydney Pollack
1984:
Starred as baseball player Roy Hobbs in screen adaptation of "The Natural"
2013:
Was the only on-screen presence in J.C. Chandor's "All Is Lost," the story of an unnamed sailor's fight against the elements
1960:
Made his TV debut on an episode of "Maverick," and went on to appear on "Playhouse 90," "Moment of Fear," and "Tate" that same year.
1963:
Co-starred on Broadway in Neil Simon's "Barefoot in the Park."
1965:
Appeared in the movie "The Chase."
2017:
Paired with Jane Fonda again in "Our Souls at Night"
2018:
Starred in what he claimed would be his final movie, "The Old Man with the Gun"
2004:
Cast opposite Helen Mirren in thriller "The Clearing"
2001:
Co-starred with Brad Pitt in "Spy Game"
1993:
Executive produced Steven Soderbergh's "King of the Hill"
1990:
Experienced box office failure with big-budget romance "Havana," helmed by Pollack
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Education

American Academy of Dramatic Arts: New York, New York -
University of Colorado: Boulder, Colorado - 1954
Pratt Institute: Brooklyn, New York - 1958

Notes

"Bob is a minimalist, he withholds, he never seduces his audience but makes them come to him."---film director Sydney Pollack to Los Angeles Times December 9, 1990

Redford on his transition from sports to art while in college: "It had to do with defining a lot of emotional stuff that was never formed right. For some people it's therapy. Maybe it is for all of us. For me it was anger and finding a place to put my disappointment and frustration with a lot of things. I was a mess. I was somewhat in trouble socially. I lost my (basketball) scholarship pretty quick after I discovered drinking. When I left (college) and got into art, that got me out ... finding my place in the world had a lot to do with acting."---Redford quoted in Los Angeles Times December 9, 1990

He received an honorary LHD from the University of Colorado (1987).

He was honored with the 1996 National Medal of Freedom from the National Endowment for the Arts.

"Hollywood is a formula industry. It's all about business and profit, and that's why they're always looking at a formula for guaranteed success. You can't make $100 million on a small black-and-white love story or anything that tells about our lives and the diversity out there."---Robert Redford quoted in USA Today, May 8, 1995

"It's become harder and harder each year to maintain our course, because of the overpowering force -- what I would call the more external factors -- like celebrity, fashion, and the media's obsessions with who is there and whether people are wearing black," Redford on Sundance indieWIRE January 26, 2001

"Everyone in Tinseltown is getting pinched, lifted and pulled. For many it's become a sick obsession. They lose some of their soul when they go under the knife and end up looking body snatched. People should preserve their time in history. I'm happy to make the best of what I've got."---Redford to US January 2002

"Celebrity is a big part of the American social system. I'm certainly grateful for what it's done for me, but I do think that celebrity is overdone in our society. I think it's got a dangerous side to it. I think that people should be paying a lot more attention to other issues, rather than who's the top 10 this or... who's the sexiest or the most beautiful."---Redford to NPR September 9, 2003

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Lola Jean Redford. Activist. Born in 1940; married on September 12, 1958; dropped out of college to marry Redford; divorced in 1985.
companion:
Sonia Braga. Actor. Dated in the late 1980s.
companion:
Kathy O'Rear. Costume designer. Worked on costumes for "A River Runs Through It" and "Quiz Show"; together from the late 1980s until c. 1996.
companion:
Sibylle Szaggars. Painter. Began relationship c. 1998.
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Family close complete family listing

father:
Charles Robert Redford. Milkman, then accountant for Standard Oil. Born in November 1914 in Rhode Island; died on April 2, 1991 in California; remarried after first wife's death.
mother:
Martha Redford. Born in April 1914; died on May 2, 1955, the year Redford graduated high school.
half-brother:
William Redford. Born in June 1956.
son:
Scott Redford. Born and died in 1959; died of infant crib syndrome.
daughter:
Shauna Redford. Painter, filmmaker. Born on November 15, 1960; married Eric Schlosser on October 5, 1985 in Provo, Utah; first child born in January 1991, making Redford a grandfather for the first time.
son:
David James Redford. Screenwriter. Born on May 5, 1962; son Dylan born in October 1991; has spoken out in favor of organ donations as he underwent two liver transplants in 1993; founded the James Redford Institute for Transplant Awareness in 1995; married in 1988; has two children, son Dylan (born in 1991) and daughter Lena (born in 1996).
daughter:
Amy Hart Redford. Actor. Born on October 22, 1970; married photographer Mark Mann on June 25, 2000 in Utah.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"The Films of Robert Redford" Citadel Press
"Robert Redford" W.H. Allen & Co.
"Robert Redford" Spellmount

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