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Robert Redford

Robert RedfordAKA Charles Robert Redford, Jr.

Born: 18-Aug-1936 [1]
Birthplace: Santa Monica, CA

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor
Party Affiliation: Democratic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: The Sundance Kid

Robert Redford's father was an accountant for Standard Oil, and Redford was raised in a comfortable middle-class household. He earned a baseball scholarship to the University of Colorado, but the scholarship was revoked after Redford hosted several drunken parties. He then studied drama at New York's Academy of Dramatic Arts, and became a busy actor on Broadway through the mid-1960s. On off days and between plays he worked on television a lot -- Perry Mason, Naked City, Route 66, The Twilight Zone, The Untouchables, and so on. His first film was the 1962 Korean war drama War Hunt, with Redford in a supporting role as a na´ve recruit, and co-starring Sydney Pollack, who later directed several of Redford's most famous films. Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park was Redford's biggest Broadway hit, and he also starred in a 1967 Barefoot film adaptation. It was his sixth film, and it made him famous.

His seventh film was Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and at 32, Redford had become the embodiment of "the golden boy". Notable Redford films include The Candidate, The Way We Were, The Sting, Three Days of the Condor, and All the President's Men. He has also made dozens of near-classics, from Downhill Racer and Tell Them Willie Boy is Here to The Natural and The Clearing. He has directed six feature films, winning the Oscar as Best Director for Ordinary People in 1980. He was nominated again for Quiz Show in 1994, and has also directed The Milagro Beanfield War, A River Runs Through It, The Horse Whisperer, and The Legend of Bagger Vance.

Redford's Sundance Film Festival, named after his Sundance Kid character, began as the Utah-US Film Festival in 1978. Held annually in Park City, Utah, the event has evolved into America's most prestigious showcase for films made outside the studio system. Ruby in Paradise, Sex, Lies and Videotape, Blood Simple, Hoop Dreams, Reservoir Dogs, The Blair Witch Project, and The Kid Stays in the Picture are among the independent films that have been launched by Sundance buzz. Redford is also the driving force behind the Sundance Institute, the Sundance Channel, and the Sundance Cinema chain.

He is politically liberal and often outspoken about it, albeit more tactfully than Barbra Streisand.


[1] Verified with State of California, California Birth Index, 1905-1995.

Father: Charles Robert Redford (accountant)
Mother: Martha Hart (d. 1955)
Brother: William Redford
Wife: Lola Van Wagenen (consumer activist, b. 1940, m. 12-Sep-1958, div. 1985)
Daughter: Shauna Redford (painter, b. 15-Nov-1960)
Son: David James Redford ("Jamie", screenwriter, b. 5-May-1962)
Daughter: Amy Hart Redford (actress, b. 22-Oct-1970)
Girlfriend:
Sonia Braga (actress, ex-)
Girlfriend: Kathy O'Rear (costume designer, dated 1988 into the 1990s)
Wife: Sibylle Szaggars (German painter, b. circa 1958, dated 1999-2009, m. 11-Jul-2009)

    High School: Van Nuys High School, Van Nuys, CA (1954)
    University: University of Colorado (lost scholarship)
    University: Pratt Institute

    The Weinstein Company Advisor
    Bill Bradley for President
    John Kerry for President
    Kerry Victory 2004
    Kappa Sigma Fraternity
    National Medal of Arts 1996
    French Legion of Honor 2010
    Traveled to the USSR 7-May-1988

    FILMOGRAPHY AS DIRECTOR
    The Company You Keep (6-Sep-2012)
    The Conspirator (11-Sep-2010)
    Lions for Lambs (22-Oct-2007)
    The Legend of Bagger Vance (29-Oct-2000)
    The Horse Whisperer (15-May-1998)
    Quiz Show (14-Sep-1994)
    A River Runs Through It (13-Sep-1992)
    The Milagro Beanfield War (18-Mar-1988)
    Ordinary People (19-Sep-1980)

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    Captain America: The Winter Soldier (13-Mar-2014)
    Birth of the Living Dead (18-Oct-2013) · Himself
    All Is Lost (22-May-2013)
    The Company You Keep (6-Sep-2012)
    A Fierce Green Fire (23-Jan-2012) · Narrator
    Buck (16-Jun-2011) · Himself
    Smash His Camera (Jan-2010) · Himself
    Grand Canyon Adventure: River at Risk (12-Mar-2008) · Narrator
    Lions for Lambs (22-Oct-2007) · Prof. Stephen Malley
    Charlotte's Web (7-Dec-2006) · Ike the Horse [VOICE]
    An Unfinished Life (19-Aug-2005) · Einar Gilkyson
    Trudell (20-Jan-2005) · Himself
    Tanner on Tanner (5-Oct-2004) · Himself
    Sacred Planet (12-Apr-2004) · Narrator [VOICE]
    The Clearing (Jan-2004) · Wayne Hayes
    Spy Game (19-Nov-2001)
    The Last Castle (19-Oct-2001)
    The Horse Whisperer (15-May-1998) · Tom Booker
    Up Close & Personal (1-Mar-1996) · Warren Justice
    Indecent Proposal (7-Apr-1993) · John Gage
    Sneakers (9-Sep-1992) · Bishop
    Incident at Oglala (8-May-1992) · Narrator [VOICE]
    Here's Looking at You, Warner Bros. (1991) · Himself
    Havana (12-Dec-1990) · Jack Weil
    Legal Eagles (18-Jun-1986) · Tom Logan
    Out of Africa (10-Dec-1985) · Denys
    The Natural (11-May-1984) · Roy Hobbs
    Brubaker (20-Jun-1980) · Brubaker
    The Electric Horseman (21-Dec-1979) · Sonny
    A Bridge Too Far (15-Jun-1977)
    All the President's Men (7-Apr-1976) · Bob Woodward
    Three Days of the Condor (24-Sep-1975) · Turner
    The Great Waldo Pepper (13-Mar-1975) · Waldo Pepper
    The Great Gatsby (26-Mar-1974) · Jay Gatsby
    The Sting (25-Dec-1973) · Johnny Hooker
    The Way We Were (17-Oct-1973) · Hubbell
    Jeremiah Johnson (10-Sep-1972)
    The Candidate (29-Jun-1972)
    The Hot Rock (21-Apr-1972) · Dortmunder
    Little Fauss and Big Halsy (21-Oct-1970)
    Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here (18-Dec-1969) · Cooper
    Downhill Racer (6-Nov-1969)
    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (23-Sep-1969) · The Sundance Kid
    Barefoot in the Park (25-May-1967) · Paul Bratter
    This Property Is Condemned (3-Aug-1966)
    The Chase (19-Feb-1966)
    Inside Daisy Clover (17-Feb-1966) · Wade Lewis
    Situation Hopeless... But Not Serious (13-Oct-1965)
    War Hunt (1962) · Pvt. Roy Loomis
    The Iceman Cometh (14-Nov-1960)


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