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Robert Redford
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Birth Name: Charles Robert Redford Jr.
Birthdate: August 18, 1937
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California
Occupations: Actor, Director, Writer, Producer
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Claim to Fame: Too many, despite decades of other crowning achievments, he will always be affectionately remembered as Butch Cassidy's "Sundance Kid."

Significant Other(s):
Kathy O'Rear, costume designer; began datin in 1988; worked on costumes for A River Runs Through It and Quiz Show
Wife: Lola Redford, born 1940; married September 12, 1958; dropped out of college to marry Redford; divorced 1985

Father: Charles Robert Redford, accountant for Standard Oil
Mother: Martha Redford; died 1955, year Redford graduated high school
Child: Died of sudden infant death syndrome, mother, Lola Redford
Daughter: Shauna Redford, painter; born November 15, 1960; mother, Lola Redford; married Eric Schlosser on October 5, 1985, in Provo, Utah; first child born January 1991, making Redford a grandfather
Son: David James "Jamie" Redford, screenwriter; born May 5, 1962; mother, Lola Redford
Daughter: Amy Hart Redford, actress; born October 22, 1970; mother, Lola Redford

For over thirty years, Robert Redford has remained a both a world famous movie star and an intensely private individual. His Sundance Institute its adopted sibling, the Sundance Film Festival, and the off-shoot Sundance Channel have established him as one of the preeminent champions of indepent filmmaking.

After becoming established as a Broadway and television actor, Redford concentrated on features. After his debut in "War Hunt" (1962), he began to attract attention with his co-starring roles opposite Natalie Wood in "Inside Daisy Clover" (1965), playing a bisexual movie star, and "This Property Is Condemned" (1966), as her love interest. The actor reprised his stage role as the buttoned-down newlywed lawyer in "Barefoot in the Park" (1967), but concerned that he was becoming typecast caused him to pass on roles in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" (1966) and "The Graduate" (1967). Teamed with Paul Newman, another handsome, blue-eyed blond, Redford shot to stardom in 1969's "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid". Attempting to control his career, around this time he formed his own production company and eschewed mainstream Hollywood for a series of films reflecting his interest in the forces that overwhelm and shape the individual. "Downhill Racer" (1969) marked his producing debut, and dealt with the American mentality of winnning at any cost. Similarly "The Candidate" (1972) probed these issues in the arena of politics and raised the question of the coorupting influence of power while "Jeremiah Johnson" (also 1972) focused on the rugged indivualism of the pioneering mountain man. In 1973, Redford reached new heights as the WASP writer who romances the left-leaning Barbra Streisand in the old-fashioned but crowd-pleasing "The Way We Were". Later that year, he reteamed with Newman for the delightful caper romp "The Sting". Now firmly entrenched as one of Hollywood's most sought-after leadig men, the actor embarked on a series of portrayals of outsiders pitted against the establishment. This theme runs through much of his work in the 70s from "The Great Gatsby" (1974), a man who literally reinvented himself, through his renegade CIA employee in "Three Days of the Condor" (1975) to Bob Woodward, one half of a journalistic team that was partially responsible for bringing down a corrupt US Chief Executive in "All the President's Men" (1976).

By the end of the end of the decade, Redford chose to undertake new challenges, moving behind the camera and into the director's chair. His auspicious debut, "Ordinary People" (1980), was a superbly acted, unsentimental examination of a WASP family in the throes of psychological dissolution. The film was honored with four Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director. Subsequent outings behind the camera have resulted in a mixed bag. "The Milagro Beanfield War" (1988) was another portrait of an individual fighting the system, in this case a handyman-turned-farmer who takes on a land baron. "A River Runs Through It" (1992) was an elegiac portrait of a family whose sons find common ground in fly fishing while "Quiz Show" (1994) explored the behind-the-scenes corruption on 50 television game shows filtered through the experiences of WASP Charles Van Doren. Similarly, "The Horse Whisperer" (1998) depicts another family in crisis with Redford as the catalyst for healing. The latter marked the first time he served as both director and star.

Despite his directorial career and growing involvement with the Sundance Institute and its many various off-shoots, Redford has continued to appear before the cameras. Notorious for being particular in his selection of roles (and somewhat limited by Hollywood's perception of him as just another pretty face), the actor displayed his leading man charisma opposite Meryl Streep in the sweeping, Oscar-winning epic "Out of Africa" (1985). While some carped that he was miscast as an English adventurer (Redford chose not to attempt a British accent), most overlooked the skill and strong presence he brought to the film. He was miscast in "Havana" (1990), an attempt to fashion a modern-day "Casablanca" (1942) but rebounded with an amiable turn in "Sneakers" (1992). Approaching his 60s, his good looks weathered by time, Redford still proved he could handle romantic leads with turns as a wealthy man who offers $1 million to sleep with Demi Moore in "Indecent Proposal" (1993) and as a veteran newsman mentoring Michelle Pfeiffer in "Up Close and Personal" (1996).

"War Hunt" (1962)
"Inside Daisy Clover" (1965)
"Situation Hopeless -- But Not Serious" (1965)
"The Chase" (1966)
"This Property Is Condemned" (1966)
"Barefoot in the Park" (1967)
"Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" (1969)
"Downhill Racer" (1969)
"Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here" (1969)
"Little Fauss and Big Halsy" (1970)
"The Candidate" (1972)
"The Hot Rock" (1972)
"Jeremiah Johnson" (1972)
"The Sting" (1973) (Oscar nomination, best actor)
"The Way We Were" (1973)
"The Great Gatsby" (1974)
"Three Days of the Condor" (1975)
"The Great Waldo Pepper" (1975)
"All the President's Men" (1976)
"A Bridge Too Far" (1977)
"The Electric Horseman" (1979)
"Brubaker" (1980)
"The Natural" (1984)
"Out of Africa" (1985)
"Legal Eagles"(1986)
"Havana" (1990)
"Sneakers" (1992)
"Incident at Oglala" (1992) (narrator)
"A River Runs Through It" (1992) (narrator)
"Indecent Proposal" (1993)
"Up Close and Personal" (1996)
"The Horse Whisperer" (1998)
"The Last Castle" (2001)

"Ordinary People" (1980) (Oscar, best director)
"The Milagro Beanfield War" (1988)
"A River Runs Through It" (1992)
"Quiz Show" (1994) (Oscar nomination, best director)
"The Horse Whisperer" (1998)
"The Legend of Bagger Vance" (2000)

1961: Theater World Award: Sunday in New York
1965: Golden Globe: Most Promising Newcomer-Male, Inside Daisy Clover
1974: Golden Globe: World Film Favorite (Male)
1976: Golden Globe: World Film Favorite (Male)
1977: Golden Globe: World Film Favorite (Male)
1980: Directors Guild of America Award: Outstanding Motion Picture Director, Ordinary People
1980: National Board of Review Award: Best Director, Ordinary People
1981: Oscar: Best Director.r Ordinary People
1981: Golden Globe: Best Director, Ordinary People
1994: Cecil B DeMille Award 1994: New York Film Critics Circle Award: Best Picture, Quiz Show
1995: Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award

University of Colorado
Pratt Institute of Art
American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York

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