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Redford at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.
Charles Robert Redford Jr.

August 18, 1936 (1936-08-18) (age 84)
Alma mater University of Colorado Boulder,
Pratt Institute,
American Academy of Dramatic Arts
  • Actor
  • director
  • producer
  • businessman
Years active 1960–2019
Lola Van Wagenen
(m. 1958; div. 1985)

Sibylle Szaggars (m. 2009)
Children 3, including Amy
Awards Full list

Charles Robert Redford Jr. (born August 18, 1936) is an American retired actor, director, producer, and businessman. He is the founder of the Sundance Film Festival.

Redford began acting on television in the late 1950s, including an appearance on The Twilight Zone in 1962. He earned an Emmy nomination as Best Supporting Actor for his performance in The Voice of Charlie Pont (1962). His greatest Broadway success was as the stuffy newlywed husband of co-star Elizabeth Ashley's character in Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park (1963).

Redford made his film debut in War Hunt (1962). His role in Inside Daisy Clover (1965) won him a Golden Globe for the best new star. He starred alongside Paul Newman in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), which was a huge success and made him a major star. He had a critical and box office hit with Jeremiah Johnson (1972), and in 1973 he had the greatest hit of his career, the blockbuster crime caper The Sting, a re-union with Paul Newman, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award; that same year, he also starred opposite Barbra Streisand in The Way We Were. The popular and acclaimed All the President's Men (1976) was a landmark film for Redford.

In the 1980s, Redford began his career as a director with Ordinary People (1980), which was one of the most critically and publicly acclaimed films of the decade, winning four Oscars including Best Picture and the Academy Award for Best Director for Redford. He continued acting and starred in Brubaker (1980), as well as playing the male lead in Out of Africa (1985), which was an enormous box office success and won seven Oscars including Best Picture. He released his third film as a director, A River Runs Through It, in 1992.

He went on to receive Best Director and Best Picture nominations in 1995 for Quiz Show. He received a second Academy Award—for Lifetime Achievement—in 2002. In 2010, he was made a chevalier of the Légion d'Honneur. He has won BAFTA, Directors Guild of America, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild awards.

In April 2014, Time magazine included Redford in their annual Time 100 as one of the "Most Influential People in the World", declaring him the "Godfather of Indie Film". In 2016, he was honored with a Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Personal life

On September 12, 1958, in Las Vegas, Nevada, Redford married Lola Van Wagenen, who dropped out of college to marry him. They had four children: Scott Anthony (September 1, 1959 – November 17, 1959), Shauna Jean (born November 15, 1960), David James "Jamie" (born May 5, 1962), and Amy Hart Redford (born October 22, 1970). Lola and Redford divorced in 1985.

Scott Redford died of sudden infant death syndrome at the age of 2½ months and is buried at Provo City Cemetery in Provo, Utah. Shauna Redford is a painter and married to journalist Eric Schlosser. Jamie Redford is a writer and producer, while Amy Redford is an actress, director, and producer. Redford has seven grandchildren.

In July 2009, Redford married his longtime partner, Sibylle Szaggars, at the Louis C. Jacob Hotel in Hamburg, Germany. She had moved in with Redford in the 1990s and shared his home in Sundance, Utah.



Robert Redford Barefoot in the park
Redford in Barefoot in the Park, 1967
  • Inside Daisy Clover (1965)
  • This Property Is Condemned (1966)
  • The Chase (1966)
  • Barefoot in the Park (1967)
  • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
  • Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here (1969)
  • Jeremiah Johnson (1972)
  • The Candidate (1972)
  • The Hot Rock (1972)
  • The Sting (1973)
  • The Way We Were (1973)
  • The Great Gatsby (1974)
  • Three Days of the Condor (1975)
  • The Great Waldo Pepper (1975)
  • All the President's Men (1976)
  • A Bridge Too Far (1977)
  • The Electric Horseman (1979)
  • Brubaker (1980)
  • The Natural (1984)
  • Out of Africa (1985)
  • Legal Eagles (1986)
  • Havana (1990)
  • Sneakers (1992)
  • Indecent Proposal (1993)
  • Up Close & Personal (1996)
  • Spy Game (2001)
  • The Last Castle (2001)
  • All Is Lost (2013)
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
  • Pete's Dragon (2016)
  • The Discovery (2017)


  • Ordinary People (1980)
  • The Milagro Beanfield War (1988)
  • A River Runs Through It (1992)
  • Quiz Show (1994)


  • Chicagoland (2014)

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