Happy birthday Robert Redford!
Robert Redford (born August 18, 1936) is an American film actor, director, and producer. He got his start on Broadway, but transitioned into film in the early 1960s. Some of his most notable films include Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), The Sting (1973), All the President's Men (1976), and Ordinary People (1980).
Redford was born in Santa Monica, California to Martha W. Redford and Charles Robert Redford, Sr. He describes himself as having been a bad student, and after he graduated high school in Van Nuys, California, he attended the University of Colorado on a baseball scholarship for a year and half, before dropping out. He then spent a year traveling around Europe and painting. Following that, he moved to New York and studied acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. (Image source)
During the 1950s and 1960s, Redford worked on a variety of Broadway productions, the most notable of which included Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park in 1963. He also found success on television, appearing on such shows as 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.
Redford made his screen debut in 1962 with War Hunt. He shared his debut with director Sydney Pollack, with whom he would go on to work several times over. He then appeared in Situation Hopeless... But Not Serious (1965), Inside Daisy Clover (1965) with Natalie Wood, and again with Natalie Wood in This Property Is Condemned (1966). He became concerned about being typecast and turned down roles in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) and The Graduate (1967). But in 1969, he starred in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), cementing his place in Hollywood.
During the late 1960s and early 1970s, Redford became a major player. He appeared in Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here (1969), Little Fauss and Big Halsy (1970), Jeremiah Johnson (1972), and The Candidate (1972). Perhaps his most important two movies of that period were The Way We Were (1973) and The Sting (1973), which won him his first Oscar nomination.
He continued to appear on camera throughout the end of the 1970s, appearing in The Great Gatsby (1974), The Great Waldo Pepper (1975), Three Days of the Condor (1975), All the President's Men (1976), and A Bridge Too Far (1977).
In 1980, Redford founded the Sundance Film Institute in Utah, where his wife is from. Not long after, he founded the Sundance Film Festival, a haven for independent filmmakers. In 1996, he founded the Sundance Channel, a channel devoted to showing independent films, international films, and short films. He has since contributed heavily to the cause of independent film.
Not far into the 1980s, Redford took a place behind the scenes. The first film he directed was Ordinary People (1980), which won a number of Oscars including one for Best Director. He went on to direct many other films, including A River Runs Through It (1992) and The Horse Whisperer (1998).
He continued to star in films throughout the 1990s and into the 2000s, appearing in such films as Havana (1990) Up Close & Personal (1996), and The Clearing (2004).
Redford has since acted in and directed several films. He has been awarded the National Medal for the Arts, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy, and Kennedy Center Honors.
- Birthday Date: Monday, 18 August 2014