Robert Redford

Robert Redford
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Charles Robert Redford Jr.

(1936-08-18) August 18, 1936 (age 83)
Alma materUniversity of Colorado Boulder,
Pratt Institute,
American Academy of Dramatic Arts
  • Actor
  • director
  • producer
  • businessman
Years active1960–2019
Lola Van Wagenen
(m. 1958; div. 1985)

Sibylle Szaggars (m. 2009)
Children3, including Amy

Charles Robert Redford Jr. (born August 18, 1936) is an American retired actor, director, producer, and businessman. He is the founder of the Sundance Film Festival.

Redford began acting on television in the late 1950s, including an appearance on The Twilight Zone in 1962. He earned an Emmy nomination as Best Supporting Actor for his performance in The Voice of Charlie Pont (1962). His greatest Broadway success was as the stuffy newlywed husband of co-star Elizabeth Ashley's character in Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park (1963).

Redford made his film debut in War Hunt (1962). His role in Inside Daisy Clover (1965) won him a Golden Globe for the best new star. He starred alongside Paul Newman in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), which was a huge success and made him a major star. He had a critical and box office hit with Jeremiah Johnson (1972), and in 1973 he had the greatest hit of his career, the blockbuster crime caper The Sting, a re-union with Paul Newman, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award. The popular and acclaimed All the President's Men (1976) was a landmark film for Redford.In 1973 Redford starred opposite Barbra Streisand in The Way We Were. In the 1980s, Redford began his career as a director with Ordinary People (1980), which was one of the most critically and publicly acclaimed films of the decade, winning four Oscars including Best Picture and the Academy Award for Best Director for Redford. He continued acting and starred in Brubaker (1980), as well as playing the male lead in Out of Africa (1985), which was an enormous box office success and won seven Oscars including Best Picture. He released his third film as a director, A River Runs Through It, in 1992.

He went on to receive Best Director and Best Picture nominations in 1995 for Quiz Show. He received a second Academy Award—for Lifetime Achievement—in 2002. In 2010, he was made a chevalier of the Légion d'Honneur. He has won BAFTA, Directors Guild of America, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild awards.

In April 2014, Time magazine included Redford in their annual Time 100 as one of the "Most Influential People in the World", declaring him the "Godfather of Indie Film".[1][2] In 2016, he was honored with a Presidential Medal of Freedom. In August 2018, Redford announced his retirement from acting; his following performances were the main role in The Old Man & the Gun, which was released the following month, and a cameo appearance (filmed before completion of the former film) in 2019's Avengers: Endgame, in which he reprised his role from 2014's Captain America: The Winter Soldier. In July 2019, it was announced that Redford would come out of retirement to play President Robert Redford, a fictionalized version of himself, in the HBO drama series Watchmen.[3]

Early life

Redford was born on August 18, 1936,[4] in Santa Monica, California, to Martha W. (née Hart)[5] and Charles Robert Redford Sr.,[6][7] a milkman-turned-accountant.[8][9] He has a stepbrother,[10] William, from his father's remarriage. Redford is of English, Scottish, Irish and Scots-Irish ancestry.[11][12] His patrilineal great-great grandfather, Scottish-born Elisha Redford, married Irish-Catholic Mary Ann McCreery in Manchester Cathedral; they emigrated to New York in 1849, immediately settling in Stonington, Connecticut. They had a son named Charles, the first in line to have been given the name.[13]

Redford's family moved to Van Nuys, California, while his father worked in El Segundo.[10] He attended Van Nuys High School, where he was classmates with baseball pitcher Don Drysdale.[10][14] He has described himself as having been a "bad" student, finding inspiration outside the classroom, and being interested in art and sports.[10] He hit tennis balls with Pancho Gonzales at the Los Angeles Tennis Club to warm him up.

After graduating from high school in 1954,[15] he attended the University of Colorado Boulder in Boulder, Colorado for a year and a half,[10][16][17] where he was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity.[18] While there, he worked at the restaurant/bar The Sink; a painting of his likeness is prominent in the bar's murals.[19] While at Colorado, Redford began drinking heavily, and as a result lost his half-scholarship and was kicked out of school.[16][17] Later he traveled in Europe, living in France, Spain, and Italy.[10] He later studied painting at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and took classes at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City.[10]

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