Robert RedfordActor / Filmmaker
Born: 18 August 1936
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California
Best known as: Star of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Name at birth: Charles Robert Redford, Jr.
Robert Redford had only done a handful of films when he was cast with Paul Newman in 1969's Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (Newman was Butch and Redford was Sundance). The huge success of the film made Redford a star, and during the 1970s he was one of Hollywood's biggest leading men, co-starring with Barbra Streisand in The Way We Were (1973), with Faye Dunaway in Three Days of the Condor (1975) and with Dustin Hoffman in All The President's Men (1976, directed by Alan Pakula). In 1981 he founded the Sundance Institute, dedicated to enriching American cinema; the annual film festival held by Sundance is now a major event. Redford is also a film producer and director whose credits include Ordinary People (1980, starring Mary Tyler Moore) and The Horse Whisperer (1998, starring Redford and Kristin Scott Thomas).
Extra credit: Redford won an Oscar for directing Ordinary People... He was nominated for another Oscar for directing Quiz Show (1994).
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