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.
Robert Redford is seriously considering shutting down his Sundance Film Festival, because the annual Utah bash has become too big.
The 79-year-old movie legend, who launched the independent film festival in 1978, fears the event has grown to near-uncontrollable levels - and he's beginning to think he should call time on Sundance.
"I don't know if there will be a festival (in the future)," he tells Closer magazine. "It's gotten so big, how long can it continue to expand without convulsing?"
During this year's festival, Robert said he was thinking about splitting Sundance into several events in a bid to cut back on the traffic and overcrowding complaints surrounding his annual Park City event.
Continue reading: Robert Redford Considers The End Of Sundance
Record-breaking Movie The Birth Of A Nation Has Been Awarded Top Honours At The Sundance Film Festival In Utah.
Actor/director Nate Parker's feature film directorial debut, which picked up the biggest deal ever at the annual independent film showcase when Fox Searchlight executives bought the rights for $17.5 million (GBP12.3 million) last week (26Jan16), picked up the U.S. Grand Jury Prize on Saturday (30Jan16).
The film, which received a standing ovation throughout the closing credits following the festival premiere, chronicles the story of former slave Nat Turner, who led a liberation movement in 1831 to free African-Americans in Virginia.
Other winning films at actor/director Robert Redford's annual event in Park City have included political documentary Weiner, Morris From America and Swiss Army Man, in which Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe plays a corpse, while Sonita, director Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami's stirring documentary about a young Afghan woman who is sold to an unknown husband by her parents, picked up three prizes. Sandstorm and Between Sea and Land were also multiple winners with Vicky Hernandez and Manolo Cruz, the stars of the latter, claiming the World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Acting.
Continue reading: Birth Of A Nation Wins Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize
Robert Redford Is Considering Splitting His Sundance Film Festival Into Several Events Because The Size Of The Annual Gathering Is Spiralling Out Of Control.
The Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid star co-founded the independent festival in 1978, and it has grown significantly over the past three decades, prompting complaints about traffic jams and overcrowding in Park City, Utah, where the event is held.
Redford concedes he now has to either axe the festival or make a raft of changes, and he is considering breaking Sundance up into separate events for documentaries, short films and regular features instead of showing all three categories within 10 days every January.
"I'm starting to hear some negative comments about how crowded it is and how difficult it is to get from venue to venue when there's traffic and people in the streets and so forth... We're going to have to look at that," he explained, according to the Associated Press.
Continue reading: Robert Redford To Change Sundance Amid Overcrowding Fears
Robert Redford Thinks The Process Of Making Movies Is Far More Important Than Being Nominated For An Oscar.
Several members of the entertainment community are outraged no African-American actors have been nominated in the top four categories at the 88th Academy Awards ceremony, which takes place in February (16). Many people are boycotting the Oscars in protest this year for the lack of diversity, including actress Jada Pinkett Smith and her actor husband Will Smith.
But Redford doesn't want to get involved in the dialogue at all, noting he has no interest in debating over the Academy Awards.
"I'm not into the Oscars. I'm not into that," the 79-year-old said during the Day One Press Conference at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, according to Indiewire. "What I mean is that I'm not focused on that part of it. To me it's about the work.
The actor is alive and well after his death was reported on twitter as part of a hoax.
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 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.
Robert Redford's Publicist Spent Much Of New Year's Eve (31dec15) Slamming Reports The Movie Veteran Had Died.
The Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid star became the latest celebrity 'killed off' on social media after a Twitter user picked up a rumour suggesting Redford was dead after falling from a golf cart.
The micro-blogging site erupted with tributes from film fans, prompting the star's publicist, Cindi Berger, to call the report "a sick hoax".
She added, "I just spoke to him and there is no truth to this whatsoever."
Continue reading: Publicist Calls Robert Redford Death Story A 'Sick Hoax'
Actor Robert Redford Is Urging World Leaders To Take Action On Climate Change Before It's Too Late.
The star joined actors Leonardo Dicaprio and Sean Penn at a United Nations conference in Paris, France over the weekend (05-06Dec15), and talked about the importance of reducing fossil fuel emissions.
"It's very important that this is happening in Paris," he tells People magazine. "We've been talking, talking, talking... it's been so many years, but now it seems like we're on the verge of something real happening."
Redford has been a National Resources Defense Council Trustee since 1975, but he explains he wanted to attend the conference because he feels a sense of urgency over the issue.
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Take a look at some of the best upcoming dramas and documentaries.
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 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.
Continue reading: 2016 Sundance Film Festival: The First Half Of The Line-Up Revealed
Nick Jonas Is To Be Featured At The Sundance Film Festival For The First Time When His New Fraternity Film Goat Has Its World Premiere At Robert Redford's Event.
The Jealous singer's new movie, produced by James Franco, is one of 16 films vying for victory in the festival's U.S. Dramatic Competition category.
Nick stars as a college student pledging his brother's fraternity in an attempt to prove his manhood, and it also features Virginia Gardner and Ben Schnetzer.
The singer/actor took to Twitter.com to share his excitement, writing, "So excited and so honored to have GOAT premiering at Sundance! Park city (Utah) here we come!"
Continue reading: Nick Jonas' Fraternity Film Heading To Sundance Film Festival
Veteran U.s. Journalist Dan Rather Has Praised Robert Redford Over His Portrayal Of The Newsman In A New Movie.
Redford plays the longtime CBS News anchor in new drama Truth, which charts Rather's infamous retirement from the network following his 2004 report suggesting President George W. Bush dodged serving in the Vietnam War because his famous father George pulled some strings.
Rather has previously told how Redford spoke to him on several occasions to get a feel for the part, and now he has had a chance to see the movie, the journalist admits he was impressed, even though it was "surreal" seeing himself portrayed onscreen.
Rather tells the Huffington Post, "He didn't try to do a caricature or an impression. He just tried to capture some of the essence of the person... I have not been involved in (the movie). I talked to Redford twice, once on the phone, during his preparations. I know he picked up some of my speech patterns, but I don't know quite what to make of it. Seeing oneself portrayed on screen in film is a surreal experience."
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
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
Date of birth
18th August, 1936