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Robert Redford

Birth Name: 
Charles Robert Redford Jr.
Birthday: 
Tuesday, August 18, 1936
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Birth Place: 
Santa Monica, California, USA
Height: 
5' 9"

Born on August 18, 1936, in Santa Monica, California, to Charles Robert Redford, an accountant for Standard Oil, and Martha Hart. His mother died in 1955, the year after he graduated from high school. Charles Robert Redford Jr. was a scrappy kid who stole hubcaps in high school and lost his college baseball scholarship at the University of Colorado because of drunkenness. After studying at the Pratt Institute of Art and living the painter's life in Europe, he studied acting in New York at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Lola Van Wagenen (consumer activist), born in 1940, dropped out of college to marry Redford on September 12, 1958. They divorced in 1985 after having four children, one of whom died of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Daughter Shauna Redford, born November 15, 1960, is a painter who married Eric Schlosser on October 5, 1985, in Provo, UT. Her first child, born in January 1991, made Redford a grandfather. Son James Redford (aka Jamie Redford), a screenwriter, was born May 5, 1962. Daughter Amy Redford, an actress; was born October 22, 1970. Redford also has a brother named William.

Television and stage experience coupled with all-American good looks led to movies and television roles. His breakthrough role was "The Sundance Kid" in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), when the actor was 32. The Way We Were (1973) and The Sting (1973), both in 1973, made Redford the number one box office star for the next three years. Redford used his clout to advance environmental causes and his riches to acquire Utah property, which he transformed into a ranch and the Sundance ski resort. In 1980, he established the Sundance Institute for aspiring filmmakers. Its annual film festival has become one of the world's most influential. Redford's directorial debut, Ordinary People (1980), won him the Academy Award as Best Director in 1981. He waited eight years before getting behind the camera again, this time for the screen version of John Nichols' acclaimed novel of the Southwest, The Milagro Beanfield War (1988). He scored with critics and fans in 1992 with the Brad Pitt film A River Runs Through It (1992), and again, in 1994, with Quiz Show (1994), which earned him yet another Best Director nomination.

Awards and Nominations

2002 - Won - Honorary Award (Actor, director, producer, creator of Sundance, inspiration to independent and innovative filmmakers everywhere)
1995 - Nominated - Best Director (Quiz Show)
1995 - Nominated - Best Picture (Quiz Show)
1981 - Won - Best Director (Ordinary People)
1974 - Nominated - Best Actor in a Leading Role (The Sting)

News

Robert Redford, Shia LaBeouf to Star in 'The Company You Keep'

Shia LaBeouf and Robert Redford will headline the political action thriller The Company You Keep, Voltage Pictures and Wildwood Enterprises announced Tuesday.... Read more
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McAvoy, Penn set for 'Conspirator'

James McAvoy and Robin Wright Penn are set to star in the Robert Redford-directed "The Conspirator," the period drama based on true events following the assassination of President Lincoln.... Read more
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Reviews

The Sting (BLU-RAY)

I’m not quite sure if a badge of shame goes out to those of us who have never seen George Roy Hill’s depression era con film The Sting starring Paul Newman, Robert Redford, and a whose who of Hollywood’s yesteryears.... Read more
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Out Of Africa (BLU-RAY)

Out of Africa appeared on Blu-Ray in 2010 and then again in 2011 but left a lot to be desired by fans of the film. I know that a few people who loved it have been asking me if I watched my copy yet and if it would be worth re-purchasing. Simply put, yes.... Read more
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Out of Africa (BLU-RAY)

Out of Africa is celebrating its 25th anniversary by releasing a new Blu-ray/DVD combo disc. The film stars Meryl Streep and Robert Redford and received multiple recognitions including seven Academy Awards.... Read more
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Indecent Proposal (BLU-RAY)

Indecent Proposal is one of those movies that makes you feel dirty.  If you don't know the story, Robert Redford play a millionare who offers Woody Harrelson $1 million to have "one night" with his wife, no questions asked.  What would you do?  That is the question this movie attempts to pose.... Read more
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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (BLU-RAY)

For a nearly 40 year old movie, Butch Cassidy is still rabidly entertaining and is a classic among pop culture Westerns.... Read more
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Videos

All Is Lost (Approaching Storm)

All Is Lost (Approaching Storm)

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The Company You Keep (Who's Your Best Reporter)

The Company You Keep (Who's Your Best Reporter)

The Company You Keep (Who's Your Best Reporter) - Starring Robert Redford, Brit Marling, Stanley Tucci, Shia LaBeouf ... Read more
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The Company You Keep (I Don't Get Spun)

The Company You Keep (I Don't Get Spun)

The Company You Keep (I Don't Get Spun) - Starring Robert Redford, Brit Marling, Stanley Tucci, Shia LaBeouf ... Read more
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The Company You Keep (A Permanent Situation)

The Company You Keep (A Permanent Situation)

The Company You Keep (A Permanent Situation) - Starring Robert Redford, Brit Marling, Stanley Tucci, Shia LaBeouf ... Read more
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The Company You Keep TRAILER

The Company You Keep TRAILER

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