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Robert Redford (born Charles Robert Redford, Jr., 18.08.1936) Robert Redford is an actor and film director possibly best known for his role in 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid'.

Childhood: Robert Redford was born in Santa Monica, California. His parents were Martha and Charles Robert Redford, Sr. who was a milkman then an accountant. After moving to Van Nuys, California, he attended Van Nuys High School where he was more interested in art and sports than academic achievement. He attended the University of Colorado and was part of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity before being asked to leave. He earned cash through bar work at The Sink. He then went travelling around Europe before studying painting at Brooklyn's Pratt Institute and attending the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City.

Film career: Robert Redford made his TV debut in 1959 and among his first appearances were 'The Untouchables', 'The Americans', 'Whispering Smith', 'Alfred Hitchcock Presents', 'Route 66', 'Dr. Kildare' and 'The Twilight Zone'. He earned his first Emmy nomination for his appearance in 'The Voice of Charlie Pont' in 1962 and his TV career soon ended with one of his last performances being on ABC medical drama 'Breaking Point' in 1963. He was also a Broadway actor with his biggest part being as Elizabeth Ashley's husband in Neil Simon's 'Barefoot in the Park' in 1963.

He made his film debut with 1962's 'War Hunt' alongside John Saxon. In 1965, he joined Alec Guinness in comedy Situation 'Hopeless ... But Not Serious'. In the same year he won a Golden Globe for 'Inside Daisy Clover' opposite Natalie Wood who he also starred with in 'This Property Is Condemned' in 1966. In 1966, he also appeared in Arthur Penn's 'The Chase' with Jane Fonda and Marlon Brando. He appeared with Fonda yet again in 1967's 'Barefoot in the Park' and 1979's 'The Electric Horseman'. His major break as an actor came with George Roy Hill's 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid' in 1969 opposite Paul Newman. The role won him a BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role.

In 1972 he achieved massive success again as the lead role in the western 'Jeremiah Johnson' opposite Will Geer. That year's political comedy 'The Candidate' and 1973's period drama 'The Way We Were' also achieved great success and 1973's 'The Sting' earned him his first Oscar nomination. The remainder of the seventies saw him star in 'The Great Gatsby', 'The Great Waldo Pepper', 'All the President's Men' and 'A Bridge Too Far' before he took to directing in 1980. His directorial debut was with the multiple Oscar winning 'Ordinary People', for which he won an Academy Award for Best Director.

In 1985, he starred opposite Meryl Streep in Sydney Pollack's 'Out of Africa' which also won many Oscars. His third directing stint was with 'A River Runs Through It' in 1992 which brought Brad Pitt into prominence as an actor. One of Redford's most popular roles was a millionaire who used bribery to test people in 'Indecent Proposal'. In 2001, he teamed up with Brad Pitt once again for 'Spy Game'. Redford produced the Che Guevera biopic 'The Motorcycle Diaries' in 2004. Redford has received numerous honours for his film ventures including an Oscar Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Medal of Arts, The Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize and a French Knighthood known as the Légion d'honneur.

Other career: ventures Robert Redford founded the popular independent film event, the Sundance Film Festival. He also founded the Sundance Institute, Sundance Cinemas, Sundance Catalog and the Sundance Channel which are all situated in Park City, Utah near a ski area on Mount Timpanogos which he bought and renamed Sundance.

Personal life: Robert Redford married Lola Van Wagenen in 1958 and had four children: Scott Anthony, David James, Shauna and Amy. Their first child died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome in 1959. They divorced in 1985. In 2009, he married Sibylle Szaggars who he had lived with since the nineties. His political affiliations are noted as liberal and he is a strong environmentalist; a trustee of the Natural Resources Defense Council. However, he has openly criticised Barack Obama for failing to act on his promises of environment improvement.



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Truth Review

Excellent

That generic title obscures a surprisingly complex exploration of the real-life events surrounding the fall of iconic American newscaster Dan Rather in 2004. And while the film's script is rather talky (it's like Aaron Sorkin's The Newsroom crossed with George Clooney's Good Night and Good Luck), it's strongly made point is too important to ignore. And it features yet another storming, intelligent performance from Cate Blanchett.

She plays Mary Mapes, a producer at the classic CBS news programme 60 Minutes, who just a few months before the 2004 presidential election is working on a story about incumbent George W. Bush's shady National Guard service during the Vietnam War. She has an ace team of investigators (including Topher Grace, Dennis Quaid and Elisabeth Moss), plus the nation's top news anchor Rather (Robert Redford). But after the story airs, Mary is attacked with questions about the authenticity of a series of memos that trace irregularities in Bush's service record. Her boss (Bruce Greenwood) applies plenty of pressure as the controversy gains more traction than the story itself. And the media storm that follows catches everyone by surprise.

This account is based on Mapes' own memoir about these events, which gives the film a personal, as opposed to journalistic, tone. It hints heavily at both government and corporate efforts to discredit the story, putting Mapes and her entire team in an impossible situation. The film also makes it clear that those memos were indeed real, and that the controversy was actually just misdirection. What brings this to life is the revelatory acting from the ensemble cast, led beautifully by Blanchett, who gives Mary a passion for the truth that's fuelled by her inner demons. And the entire supporting cast adds layers of wit and insight, although Redford kind of relaxes on his easy charm as the engaged, engaging Rather.

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Pete's Dragon - Teaser Trailer


Pete is a young boy who lives in the forest, not many little boys would survive in the wilderness alone, but Pete has a HUGE force on his side, one that most people wouldn't ever believe. Pete is constantly accompanied and protected by his dragon Elliot. 

Grace is the forest ranger who's grown up hearing her father's stories about a fierce dragon in the forest but to her his stories are nothing more than the fairy tale, as most would surmise.  However, Graces views on the whole situation might just start to change when she crosses paths with the little forest boy. 

As Pete regales Grace with his adventurous way of life accompanied by his green friend, some of his stories start to ring a bell with her father's tales. With the help of Natalie, a local girl similar in age to Pete, Grace begins to try and trace back Pete's roots. 

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Robert Redford Becomes Latest Victim Of 'Sick' Internet Death Hoax On NYE


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Robert Redford’s agent has confirmed the actor is alive, after reports of his death appeared on Twitter on New Year’s Eve. Redford’s agent said the actor had been the victim of a ‘sick’ death hoax, with reports claiming he had died after falling off a golf buggy in Santa Monica, California.

Robert RedfordRobert Redford was the victim of an internet death hoax on New Years Eve.

'This is a sick hoax. I just spoke to him and there is no truth to this whatsoever,' Redford's publicist, Cindi Berger, said, adding that the actor was at home and fine. Rumours of Redford’s death spread quickly around twitter, after a fake Sky News report appeared.

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2016 Sundance Film Festival: The First Half Of The Line-Up Revealed


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The 2016 Sundance Film Festival is really hotting up now with yet more films added to the 120 strong line-up which already includes the previously announced nine horrors from the Midnight Category. Introducing: the films for the US and World Cinema Documentary and Dramatic Competitions, as well as the 2016 Next showcase.

Robert RedfordRobert Redford brings another year of awesome indie films

65 films have just been unveiled for the newly announced category line-ups as we reflect on this year's top Sundance gems like 'Dope', 'Me and Earl and the Dying Girl' and 'Tangerine'. Stay tuned for more announcements in the coming weeks though for the US' biggest indie film festival founded Robert Redford.

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Truth Trailer


Mary Mapes is the producer of CBS' '60 Minutes' and, in the run up to the 2004 presidential election, she's looking for a story for her and her team - including anchor Dan Rather - to chase. The team discovers evidence that President George W. Bush failed to complete the required amount of military service during his time in the Texas Air National Guard during the 70s. It's a story that could truly bring down the right wing government if only they can get hold of some solid documents to support the story. That's when Bill Burkett comes in; he's the former Lieutenant Colonel of the Texas Air National Guard and he claims to be in possession of some papers criticising Bush's lack of attendance for his military service, written by his commander at the time Lieutenant Colonel Jerry B. Killian. Unfortunately, in their haste to air the controversial information, the '60 Minutes' team fail to have the documents authenticated - and when several experts out the papers as forgeries, it seems the tables quickly turn on these newscasters in the most devastating way.

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A Walk In The Woods Review

Very Good

Echoing his witty writing style, Bill Bryson's memoir of his trek up the Appalachian Trail is adapted as a gently amusing comedy that combines big landscapes with sharp observational humour. Even though it centres on two old men, the film's message is almost identical to Reese Witherspoon's Wild, except that this movie never preaches at all. Instead, it meanders along with a wry smile and an ear for a snappy punchline.

Bill (Robert Redford) has moved back to America with his English wife Catherine (Emma Thompson) after living in Britain for 20 years. And now he feels the need to reconnect with his homeland. So he decides to hike the 2,100-mile mountain path from Georgia to Maine. Catherine insists that he takes someone with him, but the only volunteer is Katz (Nick Nolte), a wheezing ex-alcoholic with whom Bill deliberately lost touch. Even so, they set off on their walk, having a series of small adventures as they meet other hikers (including the hilariously too-perky Kristen Schaal), flirt with a hotel owner (Mary Steenburgen) and get into a bit of trouble when Katz has a romp with a married woman (Susan McPhail). They also encounter a couple of grizzly bears and find themselves trapped overnight on a narrow mountain ledge.

The question obviously isn't whether or not they complete the epic trek. No, this is a film about how self-discovery continues into old age, and so does the ability to discover new things in the world. Director Ken Kwapis makes the most of the picturesque landscapes, while including superb details that make the journey come to life. Although there are several sequences that were obviously shot in a studio with a fake backdrop and green-screen vistas. And some of the events along the way are badly contrived, dipping into silly slapstick. On the other hand, the running conversation between these two long-time friends is priceless.

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Robert Redford - Celebrities attend the 2015 U.S. Open Tennis Championships Men's Final between Novak Jokovic and Roger Federer at Billy Jean King National Tennis Center - New York, United States - Sunday 13th September 2015

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Jane Fonda & Robert Redford In Talks To Star In Netflix’s Adaptation Of ‘Our Souls At Night’


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Jane Fonda and Robert Redford are in talks with Netflix to star in an adaptation of Kent Haruf’s novel Our Souls at Night. A source close to the film’s producers confirmed the news at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sunday (13th September).

Jane FondaJane Fonda at the premiere of Sea of Trees at the 68th Annual Cannes Film Festival, May 2015.

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Robert Redford - 2015 US Open Tennis - Women's Final against Flavia Pennetta and Roberta Vinci at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center at Billy Jean King National Tennis Center - New York City, New York, United States - Sunday 13th September 2015

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A Walk In The Woods Gives Robert Redford A New Old Friend


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When Robert Redford originally purchased the rights to Bill Bryson's 1998 memoir A Walk in the Woods, he intended it as a reunion film for himself and his lifelong friend Paul Newman. The duo's most iconic pairings were in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) and The Sting (1973). But Newman's illness made the role impossible, and when he died in 2008 the film almost died with him.

Robert Redford and Nick Nolte in 'A Walk In The Woods'Robert Redford and Nick Nolte take one hell of a hike in 'A Walk In The Woods'

Then Redford met Nick Nolte in 2012 and cast him in his political thriller The Company You Keep. During filming, Redford realised that he'd be perfect as Bryson's messy, out-of-shape hiking pal Katz in A Walk in the Woods. "I liked him as an actor," Redford says. "You could see that he had an undisciplined side in life."

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A Walk in The Woods Trailer


Bill Bryson has been living in the UK with his English wife for a long time but now feels his retirement is wasted on the luxury of home comforts. Now after moving back to the US, he wants adventure, and what better way to get it than by hiking the 2,200 mile long Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. It's a glorious woodland walk for anyone, but it's rarely finished by even the most experienced hikers and the thought of this ageing man taking on the dangers of the trail frightens his kids and his wife. It seems Bill is deadset on this challenge, and while his wife can't stop him doing it, she can at least insist he be accompanied by a friend. Unfortunately, the only person crazy enough to join him is his fat, former alcoholic buddy Katz, whose probably going to be more of a hindrance than a help, but will at least be exposed to some much needed reflection... and a few hungry bears.

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College Students Receive A Frank Message From Robert Redford


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Veteran actor Robert Redford had a bracing message for graduates at a Maine college when he delivered the commencement speech on Sunday. The actor urged the youngsters to “not be afraid” to take risks as they go out into the world after studying.

As reported by the Associated Press, he told the assembled crowd at 483 Colby College: “You're stepping into a world that's, well, pretty rough. It's pretty chaotic, pretty divisive. You've got climate change, you've got debt, you've got wars, you've got political paralysis. It's kind of a grim story.”

However, he finished on a note of hopefulness, encouraging his audience to engage in “collaboration and connection” as they make their way in the world. “Don't be afraid to take a risk, don't be afraid of failure, be bold,” he said. “The story, I think, can be retold,” he added, “and I really believe that you're the ones to do it.”

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Robert Redford - Film Society of Lincoln Center 42nd Annual Chaplin Awards held at Tully Hall - Arrivals at Tully Hall - New York City, New York, United States - Monday 27th April 2015

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Robert Redford - 2014 Tennis U.S. Open - Men's Final - Celebrity Sightings - Flushing Meadows, New York, United States - Monday 8th September 2014

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Robert Redford - 2014 US Open Tennis Championships - Celebrity Sightings - Women's Singles Final - New York, United States - Sunday 7th September 2014

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Robert Redford

Date of birth

18th August, 1936

Occupation

Actor

Sex

Male

Height

1.79


Robert Redford Movies

Truth Movie Review

Truth Movie Review

That generic title obscures a surprisingly complex exploration of the real-life events surrounding the fall...

Pete's Dragon - Teaser Trailer

Pete's Dragon - Teaser Trailer

Pete is a young boy who lives in the forest, not many little boys would...

Truth Trailer

Truth Trailer

Mary Mapes is the producer of CBS' '60 Minutes' and, in the run up to...

A Walk in the Woods Movie Review

A Walk in the Woods Movie Review

Echoing his witty writing style, Bill Bryson's memoir of his trek up the Appalachian Trail...

A Walk in The Woods Trailer

A Walk in The Woods Trailer

Bill Bryson has been living in the UK with his English wife for a long...

Captain America: The Winter Soldier Movie Review

Captain America: The Winter Soldier Movie Review

This is the Marvel movie that divides the fans from the casual filmgoers, as the...

Captain America: The Winter Solider Trailer

Captain America: The Winter Solider Trailer

Steve Rogers has awoken after a deep sleep lasting 70 years following his fight with...

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All Is Lost Movie Review

All Is Lost Movie Review

After the award-winning Margin Call, writer-director J.C. Chandor shifts gears completely for this fiercely detailed...

Captain America: The Winter Soldier Trailer

Captain America: The Winter Soldier Trailer

Following events during World War II and his confrontation with Nazi adversary the Red Skull,...

All Is Lost Trailer

All Is Lost Trailer

A veteran mariner makes a brave voyage into the Indian Ocean on his large yacht,...

All Is Lost Trailer

All Is Lost Trailer

When an aging mariner takes to the Indian Ocean on his yacht on a solitary...

The Company You Keep Trailer

The Company You Keep Trailer

Ben Shepard is a young and ambitious reporter determined to make a name for himself...

Buck Movie Review

Buck Movie Review

Ostensibly a documentary about a real-life horse whisperer, this film actually has more to say...

The Conspirator Movie Review

The Conspirator Movie Review

Robert Redford revisits the Lincoln assassination with this earnest historical drama. Being a relatively obscure...

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