Robert Redford

Actor + Director + Producer
Born Aug 18, 1936

Charles Robert Redford, Jr., better known as Robert Redford, is an American actor, film director, producer, businessman, environmentalist, philanthropist, and founder of the Sundance Film Festival. He has received two Oscars: one in 1981 for directing Ordinary People, and one for Lifetime Achievement in 2002. In 2010 he was awarded French Knighthood in the Legion d'Honneur.… Read More

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1936 Birth Redford was born on August 18, 1936, in Santa Monica, California. … Read More


1954 17 Years Old After graduating from high school in 1954, he attended the University of Colorado in Boulder for a year and a half, where he was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity. … Read More


1958 21 Years Old On September 12, 1958, in Las Vegas, Nevada, Redford married Lola Van Wagenen, who dropped out of college to marry him. … Read More
1959 22 Years Old Scott Redford was born on September 1, 1959, and died of sudden infant death syndrome on November 17, 1959, at the age of 2½ months. … Read More
1960 23 Years Old 1 More Event
Starting in 1960, he appeared as a guest star on numerous programs, including Naked City, The Untouchables, The Americans, Whispering Smith, Perry Mason, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Route 66, Dr. Kildare, Playhouse 90, Tate, The Twilight Zone, and "Captain Brassbound's Conversion" with a young Christopher Plummer, among others.
1962 25 Years Old In 1962 Robert Redford got his second film role in War Hunt. … Read More


1969 32 Years Old Redford had long harbored ambitions to work on both sides of the camera. As early as 1969, Redford had served as the executive producer for Downhill Racer.
1972 35 Years Old …  In 1972, he had a critical and box office hit with Jeremiah Johnson (1972), and in 1973 had the greatest hit of his career, the blockbuster crime caper The Sting, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award. … Read More
1974 37 Years Old Between 1974 and 1976, exhibitors voted Redford Hollywood's top box-office name. … Read More


1980 43 Years Old His first film as director was 1980's Best Picture winner Ordinary People, a drama about the slow disintegration of an upper-middle class family, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Director. … Read More
1981 44 Years Old Since founding the nonprofit Sundance Institute in Park City, Utah, in 1981, Redford has been deeply involved with independent film. … Read More
1985 48 Years Old Lola and Redford divorced in 1985.


1988 51 Years Old Redford attended the University of Colorado in the 1950s and received an honorary degree in 1988.
1989 52 Years Old In 1989, the National Audubon Society awarded Redford its highest honor, the Audubon Medal.
1995 58 Years Old In 1995, he received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Bard College.
1996 59 Years Old In 1996, he was awarded the National Medal of Arts.


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In 2008, he was awarded The Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, one of the richest prizes in the arts, given annually to "a man or woman who has made an outstanding contribution to the beauty of the world and to mankind's enjoyment and understanding of life."
2009 72 Years Old 1 More Event
The University of Southern California (USC) School of Dramatic Arts announced the first annual Robert Redford Award for Engaged Artists in 2009. … Read More
In 2010, Redford released The Conspirator, a period drama revolving around the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. … Read More
2011 74 Years Old In May 2011, Alfred A. Knopf published Robert Redford: The Biography by Michael Feeney Callan, written over fifteen years with Redford's input and drawn from his personal papers and diaries.
…  In 2012, Redford directed and starred in The Company You Keep, about a former Weather Underground activist who goes on the run from a journalist who has discovered his identity.
2013 76 Years Old In 2013, he starred in All Is Lost, directed by J.C. Chandor, about a man lost at sea. … Read More
In April 2014, Time Magazine included Redford in their annual TIME 100 as one of the "Most Influential People in the World", declaring him the "Godfather of Indie Film".
2015 78 Years Old On May 24, 2015, Redford delivered the commencement address and received an honorary degree from Colby College in Waterville, Maine. … Read More
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