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He didn't start out wanting to be an actor. Instead, Robert Redford saw himself as a painter and he dropped out of college at the University of Colorado (where he won a baseball scholarship) and pursued that dream for a while, traveling through Europe and later attending art classes at Brooklyn's Pratt Institute. Of course, all that changed after he began taking acting lessons at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in the late fifties. It wasn't long before he made his Broadway debut (Tall Story in 1959) and from his stage work, he eventually moved into television acting (Twilight Zone, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, etc.).

Redford's film career officially began with War Hunt (1962) where he befriended a supporting player who became an important collaborator in his later career - Sydney Pollack. In fact, it was only four years later when Pollack got to direct Redford in his second film, This Property Is Condemned (1966). Among Redford's best early performances was Inside Daisy Clover (1965) in which he played a narcissistic movie star involved with a former child actress (Natalie Wood). During the early sixties, Redford was offered numerous choice roles which he turned down like Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966), The Graduate (1967) and Rosemary's Baby (1968) but he became a full-fledged star with his performance opposite Paul Newman in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969). By the early seventies he was the number one box-office star, thanks to three big hits - Jeremiah Johnson (1972), the romantic drama, The Way We Were (1973), opposite Barbra Streisand, and The Sting (1973), with his former co-star Paul Newman. His marquee value was so great at this point that director Richard Attenborough cast him in a cameo in his epic war drama, A Bridge Too Far (1977), in the hope that it would attract Redford fans. Redford was also paired with his former co-star from Barefoot in the Park (1967) - Jane Fonda - in the media satire, The Electric Horseman (1979), directed by Sydney Pollack.

By 1980, Robert Redford felt ready to direct his first movie. Ordinary People was a sensation and captured Oscars® for both Best Picture and Best Director at the Academy Awards. Other directorial highlights for Redford include A River Runs Through It (1992), Quiz Show (1994) and The Horse Whisperer (1998). In recent years, he's remained in the public's eye as a star/director/producer and as the founder of the prestigious Sundance Film Festival.

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