Robert Redford
American actor, director, producer
Robert Redford
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.
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Netflix’s new sci-fi movie is Black Mirror meets Chicken Soup for the Soul
Yahoo News - about 1 month
The Discovery has the premise of Black Mirror episode and the spiritual optimism of Chicken Soup for the Sci-Fi Nerd’s Soul. It's the not-so-distant future, and Dr. Thomas Harber (Robert Redford) has collected overwhelming scientific evidence that upon death our brainwaves make an exodus on a subatomic level. Two years and millions of suicides after the discovery, Dr. Harber’s estranged son Will (Jason Segel) returns home, hoping to convince dad to recant his findings and, in doing, so save the world from systematically offing itself.
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Robert Redford talks Trump as Sundance kicks off
Reuters.com - about 1 month
Sundance film festival founder Robert Redford addresses the upcoming Donald Trump administration. Edward Baran reports.
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Betty White Won't Remarry, But She's Open To 'Fooling Around'
Huffington Post - about 1 month
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The Pitti Uomo 91 Diaries: Stefano Ricci, Concept Korea, and Photos from the Fashion Front Lines
Huffington Post - about 2 months
As soon as I met British war photographer Guy Martin, my view of fashion here at Pitti Uomo changed. There is something incredibly powerful, a spark alive in those who report from the front lines, and combined with the natural kindness photographers possess, Martin immediately dissolved all my natural defenses. Not to mention that when I started to see the menswear fashion arena through his eyes, I realized that it too is a war zone of sorts, a battle for who can make the world more stylish, and conquer the most fashionista hearts. More on Martin a bit later, but first things first. Starting from the kickoff show of the day for me, the Concept Korea event. Concept Korea: Bmuet(te) and Ordinary People, and kimchi wings. As soon as the Bmuet(te) men, and women, started to walk down the worn-out cobblestones runway of the Dogana in Florence, I felt like Neo had found his Darcy-like counterpart, in a next installment of the Matrix set in Victorian England. I loved the black t ...
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'Moana' Sails Straight To The Top Of The Box Office With Massive $81.1 Million Opening
Huffington Post - 3 months
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Obama Presents 21 Medals Of Freedom In White House Ceremony
NPR - 3 months
Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jordan, Robert Redford, Bill and Melinda Gates and several other bold face names are receiving the Medal of Freedom from President Obama Tuesday.
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Tom Hanks, Diana Ross Among Obama's Last Medal Of Freedom Recipients
Huffington Post - 3 months
(Reuters) - In one of his final acts in office, President Barack Obama selected key figures in sports, entrepreneurship, philanthropy, activism, academia and entertainment among the 21 people who will be awarded the 2016 Presidential Medal of Freedom - the highest civilian honor in the United States. Obama will present recipients including rocker Bruce Springsteen, Motown soul singer Diana Ross, former basketball champions Michael Jordan and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and actors Tom Hanks, Robert De Niro and Robert Redford with the medal at a White House ceremony on Nov. 22, the White House said on Wednesday. “The Presidential Medal of Freedom is not just our nation’s highest civilian honor - it’s a tribute to the idea that all of us, no matter where we come from, have the opportunity to change this country for the better,” Obama said in a statement. The medal is given annually to people who have made outstanding contributions to the security or national interests of the United Sta ...
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Robert Redford plans 'goodbye to all that' acting
Reuters.com - 4 months
(Reuters) - Robert Redford says he is planning on retiring from acting soon to focus on directing and on his first love - art.
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Robert Redford To Retire From Acting
Huffington Post - 4 months
Robert Redford says he is planning on retiring from acting soon to focus on directing and on his first love - art. The 80-year old star of “Out of Africa” and “The Sting” told his grandson Dylan in an online interview that he was getting tired of acting. “I’m an impatient person, so it’s hard for me to sit around and do take after take after take,” Redford said in the interview published on Thursday for the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. “Going back to sketching — that’s sort of where my head is right now.” Redford, who has never won an Oscar for acting despite a storied 50-year career, will not be departing from the big screen any time soon. He said he has two more acting projects in the works. One is a love story for older people with Jane Fonda, his co-star in the 1967 romantic comedy “Barefoot in the Park,” and the other is a lighter movie with Casey Affleck and Sissy Spacek. According to movie website IMDB.com, both movies are expected to be released in 2017. “ ...
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HORSES, HUMANS AND HEALING
Huffington Post - 4 months
Tim Hayes and his horse Austin 2016 I am proud and deeply grateful to share with The Huffington Post and it's readers that after it's first year as a best selling hardcover, St. Martin's Press has just published the paperback edition of my book Riding Home - The Power of Horses To Heal with a Foreword by Robert Redford. After decades of teaching the principals of Natural Horsemanship and helping humans create better relationships with their horses, I became fascinated with the ability of horses to not only cause humans to become better riders as well as better people, better partners, better friends and better parents, but to actually facilitate in the healing of a wide variety of human emotional wounds that include Veterans with PTSD, Children with Autism and At Risk Youth. From years of study, research and experience I discovered there were two natural hard-wired characteristics in horses that enabled them to remarkably initiate the emotio ...
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Jane Fonda and Robert Redford team up on Netflix
Yahoo News - 6 months
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jane Fonda and Robert Redford are teaming up on Netflix.
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Taylor Sheridan
NYTimes - 6 months
An actor and screenwriter on New West music, Robert Redford’s manners and uncooperative garter snakes.
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Taylor Sheridan
NYTimes - 6 months
An actor and screenwriter on New West music, Robert Redford’s manners and uncooperative garter snakes.
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Hollywood legend Robert Redford is still going strong at 80.
Reuters.com - 6 months
Actor, producer and director Robert Redford's career continues to flouish as he celebrates his 80th birthday. Simon Thompson reports.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Robert Redford
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2015
    Age 78
    On May 24, 2015, Redford delivered the commencement address and received an honorary degree from Colby College in Waterville, Maine.
    More Details Hide Details With the financial proceeds of his acting success, starting with his salaries from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and Downhill Racer, Redford bought an entire ski area on the east side of Mount Timpanogos northeast of Provo, Utah, called "Timp Haven", which was renamed "Sundance". Redford's wife Lola was from Utah and they had built a home in the area in 1963. Portions of the movie Jeremiah Johnson (1972), a film which is both one of Redford's favorites and one that has heavily influenced him, were shot near the ski area. He founded the Sundance Institute, Sundance Cinemas, Sundance Catalog, and the Sundance Channel, all in and around Park City, Utah, 30 miles (48 km) north of the Sundance ski area. The Sundance Film Festival caters to independent filmmakers in the United States and has received recognition from the industry as a place to open films. In 2008, Sundance exhibited 125 feature-length films from 34 countries, with more than 50,000 attendees. The name Sundance comes from his Sundance Kid character. Redford also owns a restaurant called Zoom, located on Main Street in the former mining town of Park City.
  • 2014
    Age 77
    In April 2014, Redford, a Pitzer College Trustee, and Pitzer College President Laura Skandera Trombley announced that the college will divest fossil fuel stocks from its endowment; at the time, it was the higher education institution with the largest endowment in the US to make this commitment.
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    In April 2014, Redford appeared in the Marvel Studios super hero film Captain America: The Winter Soldier playing Alexander Pierce, the main antagonist who is the head of S.H.I.E.L.D. and leader of the HYDRA cell operating the Triskelion.
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    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".
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  • 2013
    Age 76
    In 2013, he starred in All Is Lost, directed by J.C. Chandor, about a man lost at sea.
    More Details Hide Details He received very high acclaim for his performance in the film, in which he is its only cast member and there is almost no dialogue.
  • 2012
    Age 75
    In November 2012, Pitzer launched the Robert Redford Conservancy for Southern California Sustainability at Pitzer College.
    More Details Hide Details The Redford Conservancy educates the next generation of students to create solutions for the most challenging and urgent sustainability problems.
    He endorsed Democratic President Barack Obama for re-election in 2012.
    More Details Hide Details Redford is the first quote on the back cover of Donald Trump's book "Crippled America" saying of Trump “I’m glad he’s in there, being the way he is." But Redford's comment was intended to be sarcastic, as the rest of the comment follows, "He’s got such a big foot in his mouth I’m not sure you could get it out.”
    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.
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  • 2011
    Age 74
    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.
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  • 2010
    Age 73
    He was a 2010 recipient of the New Mexico Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts
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    On October 14, 2010, he was appointed chevalier of the Légion d'honneur.
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    In 2010, Redford released The Conspirator, a period drama revolving around the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.
    More Details Hide Details Despite a subject matter of personal interest to Redford, the film received mixed reviews and proved to be a flop at the box office.
  • 2009
    Age 72
    In July 2009, Redford married his longtime partner, Sibylle Szaggars, at the Louis C. Jacob Hotel in Hamburg, Germany.
    More Details Hide Details She had moved in with Redford in the 1990s and shares his home in Sundance, Utah.
    The University of Southern California (USC) School of Dramatic Arts announced the first annual Robert Redford Award for Engaged Artists in 2009.
    More Details Hide Details According to the school's web site, the award was created "to honor those who have distinguished themselves not only in the exemplary quality, skill and innovation of their work, but also in their public commitment to social responsibility, to increasing awareness of global issues and events, and to inspiring and empowering young people."
  • 2008
    Age 71
    Redford received an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from Brown University at the 240th Commencement exercises on May 25, 2008.
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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."
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  • 2005
    Age 68
    In December 2005, he received the Kennedy Center Honors for his contributions to American culture.
    More Details Hide Details The honors recipients are recognized for their lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts: whether in dance, music, theater, opera, motion pictures or television.
  • 2004
    Age 67
    Redford also supported Gary Herbert, another Republican and a friend, in Herbert's successful 2004 campaign to be elected Utah's Lieutenant Governor.
    More Details Hide Details Herbert later became Governor of Utah. Redford is an avid environmentalist and is a trustee of the Natural Resources Defense Council.
  • 2002
    Age 65
    He was a 2002 Lifetime Achievement Award/Honorary Oscar recipient at the 74th Academy Awards.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1996
    Age 59
    In 1996, he was awarded the National Medal of Arts.
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  • 1995
    Age 58
    In 1995, he received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Bard College.
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  • 1989
    Age 52
    In 1989, the National Audubon Society awarded Redford its highest honor, the Audubon Medal.
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  • 1988
    Age 51
    Redford attended the University of Colorado in the 1950s and received an honorary degree in 1988.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1985
    Age 48
    Lola and Redford divorced in 1985.
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  • 1981
    Age 44
    Since founding the nonprofit Sundance Institute in Park City, Utah, in 1981, Redford has been deeply involved with independent film.
    More Details Hide Details Through its various workshop programs and popular film festival, Sundance has provided much-needed support for independent filmmakers. In 1995, Redford signed a deal with Showtime to start a 24-hour cable television channel devoted to airing independent films. The Sundance Channel premiered on February 29, 1996.
  • 1980
    Age 43
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Redford was credited with obtaining a powerful dramatic performance from Mary Tyler Moore, as well as superb work from Donald Sutherland and Timothy Hutton, who also won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. Redford did not direct again until The Milagro Beanfield War (1988), a well-crafted, though not commercially successful, screen version of John Nichols' acclaimed novel of the Southwest. The Milagro Beanfield War is the story of the people of Milagro, New Mexico (based on the real town of Truchas in northern New Mexico), overcoming big developers who set about to ruin their community and force them out because of tax increases. Other directorial projects have included the period drama A River Runs Through It (1992), based on Norman Maclean's novella, and the exposé Quiz Show (1994), about the quiz show scandal of the late 1950s. In the latter film, Redford worked from a screenplay by Paul Attanasio with noted cinematographer Michael Ballhaus and a strong cast that featured Paul Scofield, John Turturro, Rob Morrow, and Ralph Fiennes. Redford handpicked Morrow for his part in the film (Morrow's only high-profile feature film role to date), because he liked his work on Northern Exposure. Redford also directed Matt Damon and Will Smith in The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000).
  • THIRTIES
  • 1974
    Age 37
    Between 1974 and 1976, exhibitors voted Redford Hollywood's top box-office name.
    More Details Hide Details His hits included The Great Gatsby (1974), The Great Waldo Pepper (1975), and Three Days of the Condor (1975). The popular and acclaimed All the President's Men (1976), directed by Alan J. Pakula and scripted once again by Goldman, was a landmark film for Redford. Not only was he the executive producer and co-star, but the film's serious subject matter—the Watergate scandal—and its attempt to create a realistic portrayal of journalism, also reflected the actor's offscreen concerns for political causes. He also appeared in a segment of the war film A Bridge Too Far (1977) before starring in the prison drama Brubaker (1980), playing a prison warden attempting to reform the system, and the baseball drama The Natural (1984). Redford continued his involvement in mainstream Hollywood movies, though with a newfound focus on directing. The first film he directed, Ordinary People, which followed the disintegration of an upper-class American family after the death of a son, was one of the most critically and publicly acclaimed films of the decade, winning four Oscars, including Best Director for Redford himself, and Best Picture. His follow-up directorial project, The Milagro Beanfield War (1987), failed to generate the same level of attention. Sydney Pollack's Out of Africa (1985), with Redford in the male lead role opposite Meryl Streep, became an enormous critical and box office success and won seven Oscars including Best Picture, proving to be Redford's biggest success of the decade and Redford and Pollack's most successful of their six movies together.
  • 1972
    Age 35
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The popular and acclaimed All the President's Men (1976) was a landmark film for Redford. The first film that Redford directed, Ordinary People (1980), was one of the most critically and publicly acclaimed films of the decade, winning four Oscars, and in the same year, he starred in Brubaker (1980). He starred in Out of Africa (1985), which was an enormous critical and box office success, and won seven Oscars including Best Picture, proving to be his greatest success of the decade. He released his third film as a director, A River Runs Through It, in 1992. Redford won the 1980 Academy Award for Best Director in 1981 for directing Ordinary People. He was previously nominated 1973 Best Actor in 1974 for his performance in The Sting, and went on to receive Best Director and Best Picture nominations in 1995 for Quiz Show. He won a second Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2002. In 2010, he was made a chevalier of the Légion d'Honneur. He has won BAFTA, Directors Guild of America, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild Awards.
  • 1969
    Age 32
    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.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1962
    Age 25
    In 1962 Robert Redford got his second film role in War Hunt.
    More Details Hide Details He was cast alongside screen legend Alec Guinness in the war comedy Situation Hopeless... But Not Serious, in which he played a soldier who has to spend years of his life hiding behind enemy lines. In Inside Daisy Clover (1965), which won him a Golden Globe for best new star, he played a bisexual movie star who marries starlet Natalie Wood, and rejoined her along with Charles Bronson for Pollack's This Property Is Condemned (1966)—again as her lover, though this time in a film which achieved even greater success. The same year saw his first teaming (on equal footing) with Jane Fonda, in Arthur Penn's The Chase. This film marked the only time Redford would star with Marlon Brando. Fonda and Redford were paired again in the popular big-screen version of Barefoot in the Park (1967) and were again co-stars much later in Pollack's The Electric Horseman (1979).
  • 1960
    Age 23
    In 1960, Redford was cast as Danny Tilford, a mentally disturbed young man trapped in the wreckage of his family garage, in "Breakdown", one of the last episodes of the syndicated adventure series, Rescue 8, starring Jim Davis and Lang Jeffries.
    More Details Hide Details Redford earned an Emmy nomination as Best Supporting Actor for his performance in The Voice of Charlie Pont (ABC, 1962). One of his last television appearances was on October 7, 1963, on Breaking Point, an ABC medical drama about psychiatry. Redford's Broadway debut was in a small role in Tall Story (1959), followed by parts in The Highest Tree (1959) and Sunday in New York (1961). His biggest Broadway success was as the stuffy newlywed husband of Elizabeth Ashley in Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park (1963). Redford made his screen debut in Tall Story (1960). It was a minor role. The stars of the film were Anthony Perkins, Jane Fonda (her debut), and Ray Walston. The film was about a college basketball star, played by Perkins, who gets himself into trouble debating as to whether or not he should accept a bribe to throw a basketball game against a team from Russia. After his Broadway success, he was cast in larger feature roles in movies.
    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.
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  • 1959
    Age 22
    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.
    More Details Hide Details His remains were buried at Provo City Cemetery in Provo, Utah. Shauna Redford is a painter and married to journalist Eric Schlosser. Jamie Redford is a writer and producer, while Amy Redford is an actress, director, and producer. In 1994 Jamie, suffering from liver disease, had a liver transplant. Redford has seven grandchildren.
  • 1958
    Age 21
    On September 12, 1958, in Las Vegas, Nevada, Redford married Lola Van Wagenen, who dropped out of college to marry him.
    More Details Hide Details They had four children: Scott Anthony (September 1, 1959 - November 17, 1959), Shauna Jean (born November 15, 1960), David James ("Jamie") (born May 5, 1962), and Amy Hart Redford (born October 22, 1970).
  • TEENAGE
  • 1954
    Age 17
    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.
    More Details Hide Details While there, he worked at the restaurant/bar The Sink; a painting of his likeness is prominent in the bar's murals. While at Colorado, Redford began drinking heavily, and as a result lost his half-scholarship and was kicked out of school. Later he traveled in Europe, living in France, Spain, and Italy. He later studied painting at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and took classes at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. Redford's career—like that of almost all major stars who emerged in the 1950s—began in New York, where an actor could find work both in television and on stage.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1936
    Born
    Redford was born on August 18, 1936, in Santa Monica, California.
    More Details Hide Details His mother, Martha W. (1914–55), was born in Texas, to Archibald Hart and Sallie Pate Green; and his father, Charles Robert Redford, Sr. (1914–91), was a milkman-turned-accountant from Pawcatuck, New London County, Connecticut, son of Charles Elijah Redford and Lena Taylor. He has a stepbrother, William, from his father's remarriage. Redford is of English, Irish, Scottish, and Scots-Irish ancestry (his surname originates in England). Redford's family moved to Van Nuys, California, while his father worked in El Segundo. He attended Van Nuys High School, where he was classmates with baseball pitcher Don Drysdale. He has described himself as having been a "bad" student, finding inspiration outside the classroom, and being interested in art and sports. He hit tennis balls with Pancho Gonzales at the Los Angeles Tennis Club to warm him up.
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