Known for his boyish appearance and beauty, who is 84 years old today, is a respected film actor and director, who won an Oscar for directing and life’s work. He was also on the list of “One Hundred Most Influential People in the World” by “Time” magazine, as the “Godfather of Independent Film”, because he is one of the founders of the “Sundance Institute” and the Utah Film Festival.
All this is proof that his biography is interesting!
This is the life story of Robert Redford!
From baseball to painting
Robert Redford was born on August 18, 1936, in Santa Monica. He had a nice childhood and was a bit spoiled. In high school, he excelled in baseball, so he received a scholarship to the University of Colorado.
However, due to misconduct, allegedly drunkenness after his grandmother’s death, he lost his scholarship and enrolled in painting studies in Brooklyn, and then went to Europe to do painting.
Instead of a set designer, he becomes an actor
He returned to New York from Europe and enrolled in theater design classes at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, but at the same time he began to get smaller episodic roles in television series, and in 1962 he was nominated for an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
As he had a boyish appearance and was very handsome with a kind look, they started writing about him as a “blue-eyed beauty”, but also as a “male blonde starlet”, which he did not like at all.
Who is prettier? Newman or Redford?
In the late sixties, he turned down a role in the film “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” and agreed to star with Paul Newman in “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”. The cult status that this film has gained, has inflamed the division among the viewers, which of the two is more beautiful. But after this movie, all the doors were wide open for him and he soon took over Hollywood.
In the seventies, a series of films started, from “Jeremy Johnson”, then “Stings”, again in a duet with Paul Newman, a romantic love story with Barbara Streisand, “As We Are”, “All the President’s People”, “Three Condor Days”, “The Great Gatsby ”…
Successful businessman and philanthropist
set Robert Redford apart from other actors who spent their earned millions – he invested his money. From earning money in the films “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”, Redford opens the “Timpheven” ski center in Provo (Utah), south of Park City. The center was later renamed the “Sundance Resort”, and shortly afterwards, with the proceeds from the film “Jeremiah Johnson”, he founded the “Sundance Film Festival”, “Sundance Institute”, Sundance Catalog and Sundance Channel.
“Sundance Festival” eventually gained the title of one of the most important American independent film festivals, and many Hollywood film producers are also visitors to the festival. Sundance is, in fact, the name of the character Redford played in “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.” Redford is also the owner of the restaurant “Zoom”, which is located on the main street of the former mining town of Park City.
Some most respected contemporary directors, including Quentin Tarantino, Paul Thomas, Anderson and Darren Aronofsky, experienced their big breakthrough on the film scene right at Sundance.
In 1995, Redford received an honorary doctorate from Bard College. In December 2005, he received the Kennedy Center Award for his contribution to American culture.
First directed and immediately Oscar
In the late seventies, Redford became increasingly interested in production, but also in directing. Thus, in 1980, he directed his first film, Ordinary People, a drama that immediately earned him recognition from the American Academy of Directing. This led him to prove himself as a director, so his acting suffered, but he returned to the big door with a role in the Sydney Polak film, “My Africa”.
He loved directing and producing films, but to this day he has not neglected acting.
An atypical Hollywood seducer
his reputation as a blonde seducer, Redford opted for a more peaceful lifestyle and spent 27 years married to his first wife, Lola van Wagnern, with whom he has three children. After the divorce and relationship with the actress Sonja Braga, he met the German painter Sybil Zargas, with whom he has been married since 2009.
He is a great fighter for human rights, environmental protection and the rights of natives.
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