ROBERT REDFORD BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:
Robert Redford was born on August 18th, 1936 in Santa Monica California. His father worked as an accountant. After he completed high school, he lost his mother in 1955. He had a troubled youth losing his college basketball scholarship at the University of Colorado due to drunkenness. However he did go on to study at the Pratt Institute of Art and later acting at the Academy of Dramatic Arts.
Redford first became involved in the entertainment industry when he found work as a stage and television actor. Later his experience lead him to Hollywood to work on films. He earned a number of years as one of the top box office actors and soon decided to take a try at working as a film producer, director an actor.
He never neglected his acting career and managed to have a very successful career as an actor, director and producer. In total, Redford acted in over sixty four parts, directed a total of eight films and was the producer for twenty seven projects.
His first film to direct was in 1980 on "Ordinary People" for which he won an Academy Award for Best Director. Some of his other more notable films that he directed were, "A River Runs Through It" (1992) which earned him a Best Director nomination, "The Horse Whisperer" (1998) and "The Legend of Bagger Vance" (2000) which starred Matt Damon and Will Smith.
Alternating between performing as an actor on the big screen and working behind the scenes as a director, Redford also took on the role of producer in 2004 on the film, "The Motorcycle Diaries". Redford has directed a total of four actors to earn Oscar nominations, Mary Tyler Moore, Judd Hirsch, Paul Scofield and Timothy Hutton who won the Best Actor for his performance in, "Ordinary People".
Redford is also well known for starting the Sundance Institute in 1980, which is now known as the Sundance Film Festival. He named this after his character from, "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid". He also founded the Sundance Cinemas, Sundance Catalog and the Sundance Channel which are all located in Utah. He was also honored in 2005 at the Kennedy Center for his contribution to American Culture.
Redford is also very active in politics. He is a liberal and very much in support of environmental causes and Native American rights. He currently lives in Utah with his 2nd wife, Sibylle Szaggars whom he married in 2009 after divorcing his first wife and mother of his four children, Lola Van Wagenen in 1985.
2010 The Conspirator
2007 Lions for Lambs
2000 The Legend of Bagger Vance
1998 The Horse Whisperer
1994 Quiz Show
1992 A River Runs Through It
1988 The Milagro Beanfield War
1980 Ordinary People