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Robert Redford is an American actor, environmentalist and is the founder of the ‘Sundance Film Festival’

InformationDetail
BirthdayAugust 18, 1936
NationalityAmerican
FamousLeft Handed, Environmental Activists, Film & Theater Personalities, Actors
City/StateCalifornia
SpousesSibylle Szaggars (m. 2009), Lola Van Wagenen (m. 1958–1985)
SiblingsWilliam Redford
Known asRobert Redford
Childrens Amy Redford, James Redford, Scott Anthony Redford, Shauna Redford
Universities
  • Van Nuys High School
Founder / Co-Founder
  • Sundance Film Festival
Birth PlaceSanta Monica
Height179cm
GenderMale
FatherCharles Robert Redford
MotherMartha Hart
Net Worth$170 million as of Jun 10,2017
Sun SignLeo
Born inSanta Monica
Famous asActor

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Who is Charles Robert Redford Jr.?

Robert Redford was once described as one of the ‘most attractive’ men in Hollywood and continues to captivate women with his riveting charm and on-screen charisma. He was once a television-cum-stage actor, but achieved humongous success as an actor in Hollywood with films like ‘The Way We Were’, ‘The Milagro Beanfield War’ and ‘Quiz Show’. He received a number of honors throughout his lifetime and even though he is a business plutocrat and environmentalist today, he continues to have women toadying over him, owing to his great panache. The recipient of the honorable ‘Legion d’Honneur’, Redford is the perfect embodiment of ‘old-meets-new’ and continues to enthrall audiences with his captivating presence. Not only was he an actor, he also branched out in a number of other fields related to cinema, particularly film direction and production. During his prime, he starred in a number of classics including ‘The Sting and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid’, ‘The Horse Whisperer’ and ‘The Conspirator’. Following these successes, he became a bankable star and the kind of roles he played cemented his position in Hollywood forever. To know all about the childhood, profile career and timeline of this personality, scroll further and keep reading.

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Childhood & Early Life

Robert Redford was born Charles Robert Redford, Jr., to Martha W. and Charles Robert Redford Sr. in Santa Monica, California.

He is of Scottish-Irish ancestry and during his childhood, his family moved to Van Nuys, California, where he studied at Van Nuys High School. He was never brilliant academically and was interested in arts and sports.

After high school, he enrolled in the University of Colorado and was a member of the Kappa Sigma guild.

He traveled around Europe and later studied painting at Pratt Institute and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Brooklyn and New York City respectively.

Career

His acting career took off in the 50s and he starred in a number of shows including ‘Perry Mason’, ‘Alfred Hitchcock Presents’, ‘Route 66’, ‘Playhouse 90’, ‘The Twilight Zone’ and many more.

In 1960, he starred as a mentally unsteady man in ‘Breakdown’, one of the episodes of ‘Rescue 8’, a high-adrenaline series. He made his film debut with ‘War Hunt’ in 1962, but he didn’t gain the recognition he expected.

He went back to acting for television shows and was last seen on television in an ABC medical drama series, ‘Breaking Point’ on the 7th of October, 1963.

He soon decided to broaden his horizons and tried his hand at theatre. He was given small roles in ‘Tall Story’, ‘Sunday in New York’ and ‘Barefoot in the Park’.

His all-American good looks, coupled with extraordinary talent, landed him his first major role in the film adaption of ‘Barefoot in the Park’, along with renowned actress, Jane Fonda.

In 1969, he was cast in the western classic, ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid’, which catapulted him to fame and earned him immense recognition. Not pigeonholed in the ‘pretty-boy’ image, he sought more challenging projects and oozed immense sex appeal on-screen in ‘Downhill Racer’ and ‘Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here’, both of which were released in 1969.

He soon became extremely involved in environmental activism and even received death threats for his ‘environment-friendly’ developments in the United States. Undeterred by such trivialities, he persisted with his efforts. At the same time his career thrived with movies like ‘The Way We Were’ and ‘The Sting’ both which released in 1973.

He experimented with more challenging roles and scored another hit at the box-office with his performance in the political drama, ‘All the President’s Men’, in 1976.

In 1980, he was seen making his directorial debut with ‘Ordinary People’, which also earned him his first Academy Award.

It was around this time, he established the Sundance Institute and the consequent, Sundance Film Festival, which has been successfully showcasing independent film projects for over two decades.

In the mid-80s, he starred in movies like ‘The Natural’ and ‘Out of Africa’ and also worked behind the camera for ‘The Milagro Beanfield War’, which was released in 1988. In 1992, he directed the critically-acclaimed family drama, ‘A River Runs Through It’, starring Brad Pitt and Craig Sheffer.

In 1994, he directed another project, ‘Quiz Show’, which is centered on a quiz-show scandal that occurred in the 50s. He continued with his directorial ventures and also starred in and directed ‘The Horse Whisperer’, which was released in 1998.

Redford also starred in the 2007 drama, ‘Lions for Lambs’ and also directed the film, ‘The Conspirator' in 2011. The next year, he also appeared in and directed the Shia LaBeouf movie, ‘The Company You Keep’.

Major Works

His biggest breakthrough came in 1967 with the film, ‘Barefoot in the Park’, which was directed by Mike Nichols and is an adaptation of a 1963 play of the same title. This romantic comedy went on to become one of the biggest hits in the late 60s and earned Redford great praise for his acting.

‘The Sting’ in 1973, became the biggest blockbuster hit of his career, as the film was nominated for a total of ten Oscars, out of which it won seven. The film collected $160 million at the box office and was chosen by the ‘Library Congress’ for preservation in the ‘National Film Registry’. The Writers Guild of America featured the screenplay at the 39th spot in their list of ‘101 Greatest Screenplays’ of all time.

Awards & Achievements

He won an Academy Award for ‘Best Director’ for the film, ‘Ordinary People’, released in 1980.

In 2002, he was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 74th Academy Awards.

He was awarded the prestigious ‘The Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize’, in 2008. On October 14, 2010, he was chosen as the ‘Chevalier’ of the ‘Legion d’honneur’.

Personal Life & Legacy

He married Lola Van Wagenen in 1958 and divorced her in 1985. The couple had four children, one of whom, Amy Redford, is a popular American actress. He is currently married to Sibylle Szaggars.

In May 2011, a biography on Robert’s life, titled ‘Robert Redford: The Biography’, was published which was authored by Michael Feeney Callan.

Trivia

This famous American actor, environmentalist and director from the ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid’ fame, was mentioned in the theme song of the 1980s television series, ‘The Fall Guy’.

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Charles Robert Redford Jr. awards

YearNameAward

Academy Awards(Oscars)

1981Best DirectorOrdinary People (1980)

Golden Globe Awards

1981Best Director - Motion PictureOrdinary People (1980)
1978World Film Favorite - MaleWinner
1977World Film Favorite - MaleWinner
1975World Film Favorite - MaleWinner
1966Most Promising Newcomer - MaleInside Daisy Clover (1965)

BAFTA Awards

1971Best ActorButch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
1971Best ActorTell Them Willie Boy Is Here (1969)
1971Best ActorDownhill Racer (1969)

Charles Robert Redford Jr. biography timelines

  • // 18th Aug 1936
    Robert Redford was born Charles Robert Redford, Jr., to Martha W. and Charles Robert Redford Sr. in Santa Monica, California.
  • // 1950 To 1959
    His acting career took off in the 50s and he starred in a number of shows including ‘Perry Mason’, ‘Alfred Hitchcock Presents’, ‘Route 66’, ‘Playhouse 90’, ‘The Twilight Zone’ and many more.
  • // 1958 To 1985
    He married Lola Van Wagenen in 1958 and divorced her in 1985. The couple had four children, one of whom, Amy Redford, is a popular American actress. He is currently married to Sibylle Szaggars.
  • // 1960 To 1962
    In 1960, he starred as a mentally unsteady man in ‘Breakdown’, one of the episodes of ‘Rescue 8’, a high-adrenaline series. He made his film debut with ‘War Hunt’ in 1962, but he didn’t gain the recognition he expected.
  • // 1967
    His all-American good looks, coupled with extraordinary talent, landed him his first major role in the film adaption of ‘Barefoot in the Park’, along with renowned actress, Jane Fonda.
  • // 1967
    His biggest breakthrough came in 1967 with the film, ‘Barefoot in the Park’, which was directed by Mike Nichols and is an adaptation of a 1963 play of the same title. This romantic comedy went on to become one of the biggest hits in the late 60s and earned Redford great praise for his acting.
  • // 1969
    In 1969, he was cast in the western classic, ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid’, which catapulted him to fame and earned him immense recognition. Not pigeonholed in the ‘pretty-boy’ image, he sought more challenging projects and oozed immense sex appeal on-screen in ‘Downhill Racer’ and ‘Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here’, both of which were released in 1969.
  • // 1973
    He soon became extremely involved in environmental activism and even received death threats for his ‘environment-friendly’ developments in the United States. Undeterred by such trivialities, he persisted with his efforts. At the same time his career thrived with movies like ‘The Way We Were’ and ‘The Sting’ both which released in 1973.
  • // 1973
    ‘The Sting’ in 1973, became the biggest blockbuster hit of his career, as the film was nominated for a total of ten Oscars, out of which it won seven. The film collected $160 million at the box office and was chosen by the ‘Library Congress’ for preservation in the ‘National Film Registry’. The Writers Guild of America featured the screenplay at the 39th spot in their list of ‘101 Greatest Screenplays’ of all time.
  • // 1976
    He experimented with more challenging roles and scored another hit at the box-office with his performance in the political drama, ‘All the President’s Men’, in 1976.
  • // 1980
    In 1980, he was seen making his directorial debut with ‘Ordinary People’, which also earned him his first Academy Award.
  • // 1980
    He won an Academy Award for ‘Best Director’ for the film, ‘Ordinary People’, released in 1980.
  • // 1988 To 1992
    In the mid-80s, he starred in movies like ‘The Natural’ and ‘Out of Africa’ and also worked behind the camera for ‘The Milagro Beanfield War’, which was released in 1988. In 1992, he directed the critically-acclaimed family drama, ‘A River Runs Through It’, starring Brad Pitt and Craig Sheffer.
  • // 1994 To 1998
    In 1994, he directed another project, ‘Quiz Show’, which is centered on a quiz-show scandal that occurred in the 50s. He continued with his directorial ventures and also starred in and directed ‘The Horse Whisperer’, which was released in 1998.
  • // 2002
    In 2002, he was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 74th Academy Awards.
  • // 2007 To 2011
    Redford also starred in the 2007 drama, ‘Lions for Lambs’ and also directed the film, ‘The Conspirator' in 2011. The next year, he also appeared in and directed the Shia LaBeouf movie, ‘The Company You Keep’.
  • // 2008 To 14th Oct 2010
    He was awarded the prestigious ‘The Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize’, in 2008. On October 14, 2010, he was chosen as the ‘Chevalier’ of the ‘Legion d’honneur’.
  • // 2011
    In May 2011, a biography on Robert’s life, titled ‘Robert Redford: The Biography’, was published which was authored by Michael Feeney Callan.

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  • What is Charles Robert Redford Jr. birthday?

    Charles Robert Redford Jr. was born at 1936-08-18

  • Where is Charles Robert Redford Jr.'s birth place?

    Charles Robert Redford Jr. was born in Santa Monica

  • What is Charles Robert Redford Jr. nationalities?

    Charles Robert Redford Jr.'s nationalities is American

  • Who is Charles Robert Redford Jr. spouses?

    Charles Robert Redford Jr.'s spouses is Sibylle Szaggars (m. 2009), Lola Van Wagenen (m. 1958–1985)

  • Who is Charles Robert Redford Jr. siblings?

    Charles Robert Redford Jr.'s siblings is William Redford

  • Who is Charles Robert Redford Jr. childrens?

    Charles Robert Redford Jr.'s childrens is Amy Redford, James Redford, Scott Anthony Redford, Shauna Redford

  • What was Charles Robert Redford Jr. universities?

    Charles Robert Redford Jr. studied at Van Nuys High School

  • Which company or organization was founded by Charles Robert Redford Jr.?

    Charles Robert Redford Jr. was the founder/co-founder of Sundance Film Festival

  • How tall is Charles Robert Redford Jr.?

    Charles Robert Redford Jr.'s height is 179

  • Who is Charles Robert Redford Jr.'s father?

    Charles Robert Redford Jr.'s father is Charles Robert Redford

  • Who is Charles Robert Redford Jr.'s mother?

    Charles Robert Redford Jr.'s mother is Martha Hart

  • What is Charles Robert Redford Jr.'s sun sign?

    Charles Robert Redford Jr. is Leo

  • How famous is Charles Robert Redford Jr.?

    Charles Robert Redford Jr. is famouse as Actor