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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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Robert Redford's all-American blond good looks and subtle, sardonic sense of humor made him one of the most popular leading men of the late 1960s into the 1970s in features like "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" (1969), "The Sting" (1973) and "All the President's Men" (1976). Along with his peers Warren Beatty and Paul Newman, he was one of the rare movie icons who could balance being both a respected actor and an undeniable sex symbol, seen most effectively with his heartfelt turn in "The Way We Were" (1973), a timeless romance which caused many a female heart to flutter. Aging gracefully, he branched out, wisely parlaying his acting fame into an Oscar-winning career as a director, and becoming a patron saint of sorts to independent filmmakers by establishing the Sundance Film Festival and Sundance Institute, as well as numerous critically acclaimed projects that supported original moviemaking outside the Hollywood system.

Robert Redford's all-American blond good looks and subtle, sardonic sense of humor made him one of the most popular leading men of the late 1960s into the 1970s in features like "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" (1969), "The Sting" (1973) and "All the President's Men" (1976). Along with his peers Warren Beatty and Paul Newman, he was one of the rare movie icons who could balance being both a respected actor and an undeniable sex symbol, seen most effectively with his heartfelt turn in "The Way We Were" (1973), a timeless romance which caused many a female heart to flutter. Aging gracefully, he branched out, wisely parlaying his acting fame into an Oscar-winning career as a director, and becoming a patron saint of sorts to independent filmmakers by establishing the Sundance Film Festival and Sundance Institute, as well as numerous critically acclaimed projects that supported original moviemaking outside the Hollywood system.

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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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 Pete's Dragon (2016)
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 Truth (2015)
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 All is Lost (2013)
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 Casting By (2013)
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 Buck (2011)
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Milestones close milestones

1958:
Made TV debut on legal drama "Perry Mason" (CBS)
1959:
Made Broadway debut with minor role in comedy "Tall Story"
1961:
Landed first major role on Broadway in "Sunday in New York"
1962:
Made film acting debut in "War Hunt"; Sydney Pollack co-starred
1963:
Received Emmy nomination for supporting role in "The Voice of Charlie Pont"; aired on "Alcoa Premiere" (ABC)
1965:
Portrayed a bisexual movie star in "Inside Daisy Clover" opposite Natalie Wood
1966:
Co-starred with Jane Fonda in "The Chase"
1966:
Reteamed with Natalie Wood in "This Property Is Condemned," directed by Sydney Pollack
1968:
Formed production company Wildwood International (later renamed Wildwood Enterprises)
1969:
Produced first film under Wildwood banner, "Downhill Racer"
1972:
Played a jewel thief in comedy "The Hot Rock," scripted by William Goldman
1974:
Starred as F. Scott Fitzgerald's anti-hero Jay Gatsby in lavish film remake "The Great Gatsby"
1975:
Reunited with director George Roy Hill and screenwriter William Goldman for period comedy-drama "The Great Waldo Pepper"; played a barnstorming pilot
1979:
Reteamed with Jane Fonda in romantic comedy "The Electric Horseman"
1983:
Founded environmental organization Institute for Resource Management
1986:
Returned to screen comedy as a lawyer in "Legal Eagles"
1987:
Served as executive producer on "Promised Land," which was fostered by Sundance Institute
1987:
Formed second production company South Fork Films to produce modestly-budgeted films
1988:
Helmed second film "The Milagro Beanfield War"
1990:
Experienced box office failure with big-budget romance "Havana," helmed by Pollack
1992:
Executive produced and narrated documentary "Incident at Ogala," directed by Michael Apted
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
1993:
Executive produced Steven Soderbergh's "King of the Hill"
1994:
Helmed period drama "Quiz Show," about the 1950s TV quiz show scandals
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"
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
1998:
Executive produced Edward Burns' "No Looking Back"
1998:
Served as producer on "A Civil Action"
2000:
Executive produced well-received "How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog"
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
2001:
Played leading role in "The Last Castle"
2001:
Co-starred with Brad Pitt in "Spy Game"
2004:
Cast opposite Helen Mirren in thriller "The Clearing"
2005:
Co-starred with Jennifer Lopez and Morgan Freeman in Lasse Hallström drama "An Unfinished Life"
2006:
Voiced Ike the Horse in feature adaptation of E.B. White's classic novel "Charlotte's Web"
2007:
Directed first film in seven years "Lions for Lambs," about America¿s role in Afghanistan; also acted opposite Tom Cruise and Meryl Streep
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"
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Education

University of Colorado: Boulder , Colorado -
American Academy of Dramatic Arts: New York , New York -
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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