He's the son of Charles Robert Redford Sr and Martha W. Hart. He has an half brother, William, from his father remarriage. His mother died in 1955, when he was 18. He attended Van Nuys High School in Los Angeles where he graduated in 1954. Redford received a…more
In 1980, Robert won an Academy Award for Best Director in his work on Ordinary People.
In November 2003, the Southern California office of the Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC), an environmental organization, was named in Redford's honor.
Redford received the Academy Award Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002. He was also got the 2005 Kennedy Centre Honors award for lifetime achievement in 2005.
Redford is a contributor of articles to periodicals such as National Geographic, Film Comment, and American Film.
His father Charles Robert Redford was an accountant for Standard Oil and his mother is Martha Hart Redford who died in 1955.
He is of mostly Irish descent.
He is an alumni of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts (AADA).
He was voted the 30th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
He was given a fishing rod in lieu of the agreed $75 payment for his first professional acting appearance, on a TV game show.
In addition to being the graduation speaker for Bard College's 144th Commencement (class of 2004), he also received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the college.
He and baseball pitcher Don Drysdale were in the same high school graduation class together.
He is the founder of the Sundance Film Festival, which he named after his character 'The Sundance Kid' from the movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969).
He was a pitcher on The University of Colorado baseball team in the mid 1950s.
He is a National Member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity (brothers include Cory Poccia and Michael C. Williams).
He graduated from Van Nuys High School (Los Angeles) in 1954.
In the early 1970s, Paramount had plans that were unrealized to remake Double Indemnity (1944) with Redford in the Fred MacMurray role.
He turned down the role of Ben Braddock in The Graduate (1967) because he didn't feel he could project the right amount of naivite.
Robert was mentioned in the theme song of the 1980s TV hit "The Fall Guy" (1981).
Robert is five feet and ten inches tall. He is left-handed.
He was named an Officer of the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
He was considered for the role of Michael Corleone in The Godfather (1972).
He has been dating German painter Sibylle Szaggars[1999-present].
Robert is the father of Shauna Redford and Amy Redford. He is also the father of James Redford.
He was ranked #29 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. [October 1997]
In 1995, Robert was chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#4).
Robert Redford: (on fear) I'm not afraid of the dark. I'm not afraid of the unknown. I'm attracted to the unknown. I don't want to be a prisoner of what is known, so I like not knowing certain things. I like mystery.
Robert Redford: (on corporate-owned distributors/producers investing in independent films) It certainly presents a hazard. Whereas money is a means to an end for a filmmaker, to the corporate mind money is the end. Right now, I think independent film is very confused, because there's excess pressure in the marketplace for entertainment to pay off.
Robert Redford: (on the Sundance Film Festival) One year black filmmakers emerged, then there was a rash of young filmmakers in their twenties. Last year women filmmakers were particularly strong. What I've always liked about the festival is that it's eclectic in nature: No two years are identical.
Robert Redford: You have to go someplace and get in touch with it. You can't put those kinds of words on the screen without some kind of reference. It would be impossible. It wouldn't make any sense. I know that territory, by association, not necessarily personal experience, but by association.
Robert Redford: I am perhaps the best looking grandfather around, apart from Marlon Brando of course!
Robert Redford: I learned early that you'd better know what you're talking about. You'd better realize that certain issues are going to be so hot - no matter what reason, what logic you apply to it - you're going to be met with an opposition just because their viewpoint is different, and there's no way they're going to accept your reasoning. Furthermore, they're going to attack you because you will be portrayed as not being credible: "You're an actor. What do you know?"
Robert Redford: You should prepare when you go to a public event to be public. That's when I will sign autographs. But not when you're going about your normal business.
Robert Redford: I have to be human, of course, to be flattered by attentions from the public. How could you not be? But it gets pretty intense when people are going after your clothes, and mobbing you in the streets, and you have to hide. That's kind of amusing, and kind of mind-boggling when it happens - you kind of go with it and have fun with it. Then it gets tiring, and then it gets worse when you realize you're being robbed of a vital part of your life, which is your privacy. And you also know what's coming your way is artificial, because those people are reacting to something they saw on the screen, not you as a person.
Robert Redford: I used to feel competitive about a career, but now the only things I'm really passionate about are my family, the environment and Indians. (quoted by Robert Osbourne, Academy Awards 1974 Oscar Annual)
Robert Redford: As a director, I wouldn't like me as an actor. As an actor, I wouldn't like me as a director.