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Robert Redford - not just an actor, but a man of integrity

Updated on May 12, 2013

My favorite RR movies

Barefoot in the Park 1967

Downhill Racer 1969

The Candidate 1972

Jeremiah Johnson 1972

The Way We Were 1973

The Sting 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

Brubaker 1980

The Natural 1984

Out of Africa 1985

Legal Eagles 1986

Havanna 1990

Sneakers 1992

The Horse Whisperer 1998

Spy Game 2002

The Company You Keep 2013

He's older now and the face is lined, but he's still the handsome, iconoclastic actor I remember after all these years.

I first noticed Robert Redford in 1969 in his movie, Downhill Racer, and was mesmerized by his good looks. I loved the movie and from then on wanted to become a skier which I did.

But, I noticed with this movie, beyond the good looks, was an interesting look at the character he played, David Chaparelle, and his motivations for skiing, for skiing competition and his 'win at all costs attitude.'

Here was an actor in a movie that said something; that was more than just a good-looking actor (okay, beautiful, gorgeous and a hunk) trying to be a movie-star.

Here was an actor that played in a movie that was trying to put forth a message about winning and winning at all costs. The movie made me think, and so I thought this was an actor of whom's films I wanted to follow.

Then, in his next movie Jeremiah Johnson (1972) I was hooked. I was his fan for life afterseeing this movie about a man, who right after the Civil War, takes off into the Rocky Mountains to become a mountain man so as to live an authentic life - one with integrity and independence. The experience changes him and he learns to adapt to and live with the forces that go with the mountain life.

And, this movie had respect for the native American and taught me how we had exploited them and summarily dismissed their culture and took their lands from them in the name of Manifest Destiny.

I look at that movie today and I see it is an allegory for the life of Robert Redford, the man. Robert Redford, a movie star and icon of our culture, is a man who has rarely 'sold out' and has lived a life like Jeremiah Johnson - a life of integrity and independence. He has made his mistakes, but he has fought the good fight and he has always walked the talk.

This is why Jeremiah Johnson has always been my favorite Robert Redford movie and always will be. It not only represents integrity and independence, it represents the man himself and his life. The movie took my breath away with the gorgeous scenery and story and so did the actor, Robert Redford.

Robert Redford is not just an actor, but a film director, producer, businessman, conservationist, environmentalist, philanthropist and founder of the Sundance Film Festival and the Sundance Institute for film making.

He has worn many hats in his life. But, the one thing that has always made me have respect for this man is his integrity and authenticity which has allowed him to make films that always have a message to them. He has given back to the acting and film industry with his Sundance Institute which supports independent film makers and helps them to get a start in film making.

I hadn't seen one of his films in a while, but I recently caught his film, The Company We Keep (2013) and I was not disappointed. He both starred in and directed this movie, of a man who had been a dissident back in the 1960's and part of the Weatherman and Students for a Democratic Society, that basically were home grown terrorists groups blasting and bombing their way to a more free and democratic society.

I do not now and did not at the time condone this behavior and this way of bringing attention to democratic ideals, but the film was interesting to say the least and of course, had a message.

After the 60's and creating their mayhem, many of the dissidents went underground and then hid in plain sight by forging alias names and lives that pretty much conformed to the suburban homogenized life they were ranting against. However, they remained on the FBI's most wanted list.

Robert Redford plays, Jim Grant, an attorney and one of these dissidents who after thirty years is about to be outed by a young journalist and arrested for a murder and bank robbery that he has not committed and in which he was not involved. Now he must now find his former lover and fellow dissident and ask her to go to the FBI and clear his name.

Again a film with a message and a moral dilemma that poses the question, what would you do? Another Redford film that sends a message. I could relate to the movie in that the company we keep can complicate a life and force us to examine ourselves and the choices we make.

All of his films have done that for me. They have made me look at my own life and examine what would I have done in that same or similar situation? How would I resolve the moral dilemma with which he presents us? In Robert Redford's world life is not black or white, not black and white, it is gray and it is in this gray area that the moral dilemmas exist that he presents to us in his films.

So, not only are his films entertaining, but they have made me think. And that's a good thing.

The Company You Keep (2013)

Robert Redford and Barbra Streisand from 'The Way We Were'
Robert Redford and Barbra Streisand from 'The Way We Were' | Source
Robert Redford starring in one of his early movie roles in 'Barefoot in the Park.'
Robert Redford starring in one of his early movie roles in 'Barefoot in the Park.' | Source
Who could forget RR as the Sundance Kid?This role made him an icon and a bankable movie star.
Who could forget RR as the Sundance Kid?This role made him an icon and a bankable movie star. | Source
Classic RR from the hit movie, 'The Way We Were'
Classic RR from the hit movie, 'The Way We Were' | Source
RR playing investigative reporter Bob Woodward in 'All the President's Men'
RR playing investigative reporter Bob Woodward in 'All the President's Men' | Source
RR on the run in 'Three Days of the Condor' a spy thriller
RR on the run in 'Three Days of the Condor' a spy thriller | Source
Robert Redford and Julie Christie playing two former '60's dissidents in his most recent movie, 'The Company You Keep'
Robert Redford and Julie Christie playing two former '60's dissidents in his most recent movie, 'The Company You Keep' | Source

His Life

Charles Robert Redford Jr. was born on August 18, 1936 in Santa Monica, California. He was close to his mother but not as close to his father, especially during the teenage years and beyond. In his teenage years, he was a hot-shot who realized his good looks and romanced the girls and with the guys was almost a juvenile delinquent.

He graduated from Van Nuys High School in Van Nuys, California and then attended the University of Colorado in the 1950's for a year and a half studying art and painting but was asked to leave because of poor grades.

He then went off to live and paint in Europe in France, Spain and Italy. He worked as an artist, painting, and sold just enough paintings to maintain a survivalist's life in Europe. He resided in Europe for a couple of years and then returned to the United States. A relative helped him to study acting by getting him a place at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City.

By this time he had met Lola Van Wagenen, who was to become his first wife (1958-1985), a pretty co-ed at Brigham Young University and a Morman.

They corresponded back and forth while he was in NYC at the academy and finally married in 1958 and then Lola joined him in New York city.

They have four children together, Scott Anthony, Shauna, James and Amy, but sadly Scott Anthony died at age two months of sudden infant death syndrome. Both Redford and his wife were shattered by his death and traveled across country to try to get over it. They eventually returned to New York city and Redford resumed acting.

Redford's acting career actually began in television in New York City in 1959. He guest starred on numerous TV programs such as The Untouchables, Perry Mason, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Rt.66, Playhouse 90, and The Twilight Zone among several others at the time.

He won an Emmy for Best Supporting Actor in The Voice of Charlie Pont (ABC, 1962).

His Broadway debut was in Tall Story (1959). He then went on to star on Broadway in Sunday in New York (1961) and Barefoot in the Park (1963) and later would star in the movie by the same name.

His film debut was in War Hunt (1962) directed by Sydney Pollack and the two men would become friends and share a lifelong collaboration in films. In fact, later Redford with Pollack would begin their own production company, Wildwood, and direct and produce their own films through this company.

His break out film as a bonified star was in 1969 with Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, directed by George Roy Hill and scripted by William Goldman. What a movie!

It paired him with Paul Newman with the two of them playing loveable but sometimes bumbling bank and train robbers. The witty repartee between the two characters and their magnetism and charisma made them charming, likable and good guys so you rooted and cheered for them and felt badly in the end when they were ambushed and killed South America.

This film was a huge success and made him a bankable movie star with a screen image as an intelligent, reliable, sometimes sardonic good guy. Redford was nominated for an Oscar for his role.

From this time on through the 1980's Redford was at the top of the movie charts starring in movies that audiences loved, whether the critics did or not.

The Sting (1973) was his biggest hit of his career and a blockbuster crime caper con game. He and Paul Newman, a hit in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, paired again as two charismatic, charming con men conning a Chicago mobster out of his money. It was hilarious and a huge hit. The audiences loved it and again Redford was nominated for an Oscar.

This hit was followed up with another hit, The Way We Were (1973), which had Redford starring with Barbra Streisand in a period piece that was foremost a love story and second a statement about the communist witch hunts in the film industry during the McCarthy Era of the 1950's. This also was a blockbuster film and Redford's popularity as a movie star continued to soar.

One of the next films Redford starred in was Three Days of the Condor (1975), about the CIA and how corrupt it had become in making middle east oil and the illegal deals CIA members had made in the middle east as more important than the nation's integrity and intelligence.

Redford plays the main character who returns to his CIA office in New York City after a lunch run to find everyone assassinated. In hiding and investigating why they were all assassinated, he finds he and his collegues were betrayed and killed by their own CIA.

Redford's next movie was All the President's Men (1976), the story of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, reporters for the Washington Post, who broke the Watergate Scandal and whose reporting and investigation of a mere burglary at the Democratic National Headquarters brought down the presidency of Richard Nixon. Redford played Bob Woodward and Dustin Hoffman, Carl Bernstein.

Redford wanted to make this movie because this story was near and dear to his heart because he had followed the Post's stories by Woodard and Bernstein and watched the Senate investigation and was interested in how it brought down Nixon, whom Redford never liked. He was mesmerized by the investigation and Deep Throat and wanted to make a film of the investigation. Redford had yet another hit movie on his hands.

What Redford finally won an Oscar for was for his film directing debut for the movie, Ordinary People (1980) which depicted the disintegration of an upper class American family after the tragic accident and death of their oldest son. Redford drew out a great dramatic performance from Mary Tyler Moore, who played the cold, repressed mother and wife of the family.

Here, Redford wanted to show and get into what was underneath the surface of the 'all American family', supposedly successful and happy and how this tragic death and event affected the lives of the wife, husband and son and what was left of the family now.

It really was a sad depiction of a mother, unable to connect and love her remaining son and virtually blaming him for the tragic accident. In the end, Mary Tyler Moore, the mother, leaves and deserts the family.

With this directing success, Redford went on to direct more films, but also continued to star in movies. Now, though, Redford had the money and acting and directing clout to pretty much make and direct the movies he wanted to and he always stubbornly kept his integrity and independence for each film he starred in and directed.

Redford went on to direct The Milagro Beanfield War (1988); A River Runs Through It (1992); Quiz Show (1994); The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000); Lions for Lambs (2007); The Conspirator (2010) and The Company You Keep (2013). Each had a statement or message he wanted to convey to the audience and in each film he directed or starred in he fought for the integrity and authentic statement he wanted to make.

Some of these movies were not big money makers and some were panned by the critics. But Redford has always stood by his independent and authentic message he was trying to make to the audience.

Redford himself is most proud of directing Quiz Show, which is a depiction of the quiz show scandals that were on television in the 1950's. To Redford, this film represented and magnified the lies and corruption inherent in our society and government and he felt this statement needed to be said.

Redford is still working in films and there are plans in the future for more starring roles in films and more of his directing films. I can't wait to see what he brings us next!

Robert Redford with his present wife, Sibylle Szaggars, a German artist.  They were married in 2009.
Robert Redford with his present wife, Sibylle Szaggars, a German artist. They were married in 2009. | Source
Robert Redford:  The Biography by Michael Feeney Callan
Robert Redford: The Biography by Michael Feeney Callan | Source


Oscar for Best Director 1981

Honrary Doctor of Humane Letters from Bard College 1995

Awarded National Medal of Arts 1996

Lifetime Achievement Award / Honorary Oscar 74th Academy Awards 2002

Kennedy Center Honors 2005

The Dorothy & Lillian Gish Prize 2008

Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from Brown University. Spoke at 240th Commencement Exercises 2008

USC School of Dramatic Arts - First annual Robert Redford Award for Engaged Artists 2009

Appointed Chevalier of the Legion d' honneur 2010

Conservationist, Environmentalist and Independent Film supporter

Very early in his career, around 1963, Redford bought some land on the east side of Mount Timpanogos northeast of Provo, UT. From his childhood and his immediate and extended family, Redford had learned to honor nature, native Americans and the land.

So, the first purchase he wanted to make with any money he made in acting was acres of land in the west. He chose Utah because of his wife, Lola's Morman roots and because of the vast and beautiful nature and land all around him.

He built an A frame house on the land by himself and this became the Redford's permanent home for their family. He learned that developers wanted to purchase land near his home to build condos and tract neighborhoods and the authentic life he wanted came to the fore for him.

He bought approximately two thousand acres, practically the entire mountain and canyon below to stop the developers from ruining the land. He has preserved this land and his original home for posterity by ceding this land, after he dies, to be made into a park and the land unable to be developed commercially.

He named the land Sundance after his famous role in the movie and it has been known as this since then. In purchasing the two thousand acres he purchased a small ski resort that was already on the land. He opened the ski resort and a restaurant under the name Sundance and ran that to help pay for the land and the taxes on the land.

In the meantime, when Redford was not making or directing a movie, he spent his time as an environmentalist. He was instrumental in keeping Cal Edison (The California Edison electric company) from building and developing in Utah. He worked on the state and federal level to maintain the pristine Utah lands that were not owned by him. This has became very important work over his entire lifetime. He continues to work and speak out on environmental issues, especially in his beloved Utah.

Although Redford has owned many homes throughout the U.S., Sundance has remained the love of his life and his home base. He eventually had a larger home built above the A frames and that is his home base today.

Eventually, the Sundance ski resort was turned into the Sundance Independent Film institute because Redford had always wanted to support independent film makers. Here blossoming students in film could learn directing, cinematography, script writing and producing of independent films away from the 'Hollywood' film industry.

Redford wanted a place for independent film makers where they could study and make films to preserve the purity and quality of film making where film makers would not have to conform to 'Hollywood' styles of making films.

Next, he founded the Sundance Film Festival (1981) at Park City, Utah near his home to show and market these films. The film festival is one of the most popular and well known in the world today and takes place every January.

This is why Robert Redford has always been my favorite actor and film maker. I like that he has maintained his integrity and has given back to the film industry through his Sundance Institute and Sundance Film Festival.

He has stubbornly maintained his independence in a Hollywood film industry that is sometimes fickle, silly, and contemptible. He has risked not starring in or directing and producing a movie rather than compromise his values. There are very few men or women today that have done that.

He has leveraged his fame, good looks, money and intelligence to maintain his values and beliefs first and entertain us second. I admire and respect this man, actor, director. and producer. He has been and is still living an authentic life.


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    • suzettenaples profile imageAUTHOR

      Suzette Walker 

      7 years ago from Taos, NM

      Ralph: RR has become my favorite actor because of his integrity. He took his stardom and has done some wonderful things with it especially when it has come to the environment. I saw "All is Lost" and loved that movie. He was wonderful in it. He continues to grow as an actor and with all his other works - Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Thanks so much for your comments and I am glad you enjoyed reading this.

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      Ralph Deeds 

      7 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Nice article about one of my favorites. Redford is definitely a man of high integrity. "All is Lost" this year was quite good in addition to the ones you mentioned. .

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      Suzette Walker 

      7 years ago from Taos, NM

      Ericdierker: Thanks so much for reading this. Redford is one of my favorite actors and movie stars - he's not all caught up in the Hollywood image - he makes his own! LOL I am glad you enjoyed this.

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      Eric Dierker 

      7 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Excellent piece. His early movies definitely helped to shape my life in good ways. Thank you for sharing his life with us.

    • suzettenaples profile imageAUTHOR

      Suzette Walker 

      8 years ago from Taos, NM

      prasadjain: Thank you so much for your kind comments. I read his biography which is very interesting and I recommend it to you. Thanks for your visit and your comments are most appreciated.

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      8 years ago from Tumkur

      A very good biographical sketch about an artist who won millions of hearts!Well researched article.Beautiful one!

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      Suzette Walker 

      8 years ago from Taos, NM

      ytsenoh: Thank you so much for your insightful comments and for reading this. Yes, RR has really put forth some great movies that say a lot. I loved 'All the President's Men' also and showed it to my students in journalism class years and years ago. His movies are timeless classics. Thanks so much for your visit - most appreciated.

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      8 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

      Suzette, what a very thorough and interesting piece on Redford. He has had so many good movies. My favorites are "They Way We Were" and "All the President's Men." I agree he always comes across as a man with a lot of compassion and integrity based on seeing him in interviews. He doesn't strike me as someone with an oversized ego at all in consideration of his role in life. He ages very well, but sometimes I think men generally do. Thumbs up on covering his career. Very nice!

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      Suzette Walker 

      8 years ago from Taos, NM

      StayPos: Thank you so much for your insightful comments on this hub. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I am a huge RR fan and have always enjoyed his movies and the two you mention are so well made. I liked them, too. Thanks so much for your visit and for reading and commenting. Most appreciated.

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      8 years ago from Florida, USA


      This hub is excellent! I've always enjoyed the prolific body of work by Robert Redford.

      For example, his acting in Indecent Proposal and his directing in A River Runs Through are two of my favorites.

      As you have so wonderfully outlined, he has remained a uniquely authentic positive force in the world of acting, moving making , entertainment and beyond!

      Thanks for the tribute!

      Voted Up and Awesome!

      All the Best,

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      Suzette Walker 

      8 years ago from Taos, NM

      GmaGoldie: How cool is that attending the Sundance Theaters. I bet that was a wonderful experience. I think RR has had an interesting and amazing life - one that he put together that gave back so much to others. He is an amazing man as you say. Thanks for the votes and the share. Much appreciated.

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 

      8 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin


      I just recently Sundance Theaters and cannot say enough great things. From the popcorn made with real butter to the tribute to the real films and so on. I was wondering about RR and am so glad you pulled this together for us - what an amazing tribute and amazing man.

      Voted up and this one I will share and read again and again! Thank you!

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      Suzette Walker 

      8 years ago from Taos, NM

      TravelinJack: Yes, Condor is one of my favorite movies and of his movies. He has made such memorable films. Thank you for your comments as they are most appreciated..

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      Suzette Walker 

      8 years ago from Taos, NM

      Dim: Thank you so much for your comments. I am so glad you enjoyed reading this. Yes, he is a good man. Your comments are appreciated.

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      Jack Baumann 

      8 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      I love Robert Redford! Three Days of the Condor is an old favorite of mine.

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      Dim Flaxenwick 

      8 years ago from Great Britain

      I take my hat off to you.Excellent thorough. Hub about a great man

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      Suzette Walker 

      8 years ago from Taos, NM

      Hi Colin: Thank you so much for your kind comments. Most appreciated as you know. I have always followed Redford and his movies. Yes, Steve McQueen was considered for the part for a short time, but I have read was too intimidated by Paul Newman, so he backed out. Bet he was sorry! lol. Newman had heard of Redford and seen some of his work and thought he was handsome enough for the part and the two of them would be a smash hit. Redford was not as confident and was surprised when the film did as well as it did. It is now an American classic. I also loved Three Days of the Condor and I loved Faye Dunaway in it also. His movies always make a statement. Thanks so much for your visit - good to see you. Have you heard from Amy?

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      8 years ago

      An excellent and most definitive tribute by my favorite renaissance lady of the Hubs. I've been a big fan of Robert Redford myself over the years and you do him proud here as I must say this is a definitive labor of love on your behalf because you personalize this tribute with your own thoughts and comments as well.

      As always your beautiful heart and mind shows in everything you do and write - sending warm wishes and good energy from Colin and his cats at lake erie time canada and it's early summer now at 3:20pm

      Favorite Redford movie: Three Days of the Condor

      (and yes Steve McQueen was the first choice ahead of Redford for the part of the Sundance Kid)

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      Suzette Walker 

      8 years ago from Taos, NM

      Levertis Steele: Thanks for reading this and for your comments. Yes, he is an unselfish man - hard to find this now a days. I appreciate your comments and your visit. Thank you!

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      Suzette Walker 

      8 years ago from Taos, NM

      Vellur: He is my favorite actor and I have followed his work over the years, but when I read his biography it brought it all together for me and I realized what an authentic life purpose he has had. I really admire him as a man, his life as well as his talents for actings. He has given back to the world so much. Thank you so much for reading and for your comments. Most appreciated.

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      Levertis Steele 

      8 years ago from Southern Clime

      Although I have viewed and enjoyed more than a few of Redford's movies, I did not know all of this about his life. He is an unselfish and accomplished man-wonderful!

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      Nithya Venkat 

      8 years ago from Dubai

      Great write, now I know more about Robert Redford. He is a true iconic actor and a wonderful person. Thank you for sharing.

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      Suzette Walker 

      8 years ago from Taos, NM

      Sharkye: Isak Dinessen - Thank you - I guess I was having a senior moment, I just could not come up with her name when I wanted to. I loved the movie, but I have not read the book. I think she was such a gutsy woman and what she did with herself while in Africa. Thanks so much for your comments!

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      Suzette Walker 

      8 years ago from Taos, NM

      sgbrown: Thanks so much for your visit and for your comments. I certainly agree with you. He is one actor that really walks the talk. Thank you!

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      Suzette Walker 

      8 years ago from Taos, NM

      PegCole: He is such an icon and he has created unforgetable roles. He is such a classic! Thank you so much for your visit and for your comments. Most appreciated.

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      Jayme Kinsey 

      8 years ago from Oklahoma

      I read the book "Out of Africa" when I was about sixteen. After that the movie was a lot more interesting! (Karen Blixen penned it under the name Isak Dinesen). I've always loved the name Karen since then. :)

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      Sheila Brown 

      8 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      I have always loved Robert Redford! Not only for his incredible good looks and personality, but he has always been a man of integrity. I have seen most of his movies, but somehow missed this last one. I will have to watch it! This is a great hub on a great man! Voted up and awesome!

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      Peg Cole 

      8 years ago from North Dallas, Texas

      He is an incredible actor and I've loved him in so many different roles. I saw "The Way We Were" on the big screen also "The Sting" and "Butch Cassidy..." along with so many other unforgetable hits. Great rundown on this terrific man. Loved it.

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      Suzette Walker 

      8 years ago from Taos, NM

      Sharkye11: Thank you so much for reading this and commenting. I enjoyed him and 'Barefoot in the Park' and I loved "Out of Africa," but then I knew the story of Karen Blixen's life - I forget her real name right now. Somehow I completely missed 'Lions for Lambs." I don't remember it all and Meryl Streep played in it and I usually never miss her or a Redford directed movie. But, this one was under my radar and I have never seen it. Something to look forward to. lol I'm so glad you enjoyed this piece and thank you for your visit.

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      Jayme Kinsey 

      8 years ago from Oklahoma

      Wonderful tribute hub! The first movie I ever saw Robert Redford in was "Barefoot in the Park" when I was very little. Next I saw "Out of Africa", which I thought was an incredibly dry and boring film, but still found him interesting. I always liked him over the years, but recently he has become one of my favorite actors. I was just watching him in a movie last night on television., "Lions for Lambs"?

      I love the trivia you have given here. Voting this hub up!

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      Suzette Walker 

      8 years ago from Taos, NM

      Mr. Archer: Thank you so much for your kind comments. Yes, I find RR to be an amazing person. He and his name is not constantly in the news, but he does so much for the causes he cares so much about and he gives his own time and money to those causes too. I think he is a fine human being. I am so glad you enjoyed this. Thank you so much for your visit - most appreciated.

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      Mr Archer 

      8 years ago from Missouri

      Suzette, he is my favorite actor as well. You named my two favorite movies here, Jeremiah Johnson and A River Runs Through It. I have always thought him to be a quality human and one who walks the walk without shouting about how he does it, just quietly goes about his business.

      Excellent hub about a superb person. Very well done.

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      Suzette Walker 

      8 years ago from Taos, NM

      mary: Me too, no matter how old Robert Redford is or gets he will always be gorgeous to me. I have loved the movies he has made and his talents have entertained us for a generation. Thanks so much for reading this and for your comments. Most appreciated.

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      Mary Hyatt 

      8 years ago from Florida

      This man has been my favorite actor for years! I think my very favorite movie was The Way We Were. I remember Barbra stroking his blonde hair in that one scene and I just melted!

      Great Hub. I don't care how many lines he gets on his face, I'll always love Redford.

      Voted UP and shared.

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      Suzette Walker 

      8 years ago from Taos, NM

      Mhatter: Thank so much for your comments. Most appreciated

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      Martin Kloess 

      8 years ago from San Francisco

      Impressive report. Thank you. Arlene was a big Redford fan.

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      Suzette Walker 

      8 years ago from Taos, NM

      Hi Faith: Thank you so much for your comments. I agree with you he is a great man and multi-talented and multi-tasked his whole life. I don't know how he kept up - his energy is amazing. I'm glad you enjoyed reading this.

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      Suzette Walker 

      8 years ago from Taos, NM

      Hi Bill: You will enjoy the movie and it gives you a lot to think about. He's my favorite actor also. I recently read his biography and was amazed at all he has done with his life. He certainly gave back in so many ways. Thanks so much for reading this Bill and I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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      Suzette Walker 

      8 years ago from Taos, NM

      prettynutjhob30: Thank you for your comments and I'm glad you enjoyed reading this.

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      Suzette Walker 

      8 years ago from Taos, NM

      Sunshine: Thank you so much for your comments. I recently read Redford's biography, but some of this information I remember from reading about it at the time. He bought a whole mountain out in Utah - but then when you are movie start #1 and racking in the money - why not buy a mountain? I'm glad you enjoyed reading this. I admire the man for giving back - he didn't just take. And his gorgeous and talented at that. Thanks again.

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      Faith Reaper 

      8 years ago from southern USA

      Wow, suzette, you have done an outstanding and thorough write here on a great man. I love Robert Redford. He is an all-around wonderful and multi-talented person.

      Excellent write!

      Voted up ++++ and sharing

      God bless, Faith Reaper

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      Bill Holland 

      8 years ago from Olympia, WA

      We are going to see his new movie this weekend. This man is my favorite actor, but more importantly he is a quality human being who has quietly tried to make a difference in this world. His work to promote independent film makes is so admirable. This is not some Hollywood idiot with no substance. This is a giant in the industry who remembers what it was like starting out. I love this guy. Well done Suzette.

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      8 years ago from From the land of Chocolate Chips,and all other things sweet.

      I always thought he was a good actor, he is also gorgeous, even as he ages. Great hub about a very talented man, voted up, more and shared.

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      8 years ago from Orlando, FL

      So this is how the Sundance Film Festival came about!? Very interesting! I had no idea that Robert Redford was a painter in his early days. Or that he married a Mormon and bought a LOT of land in Utah. Well, I'm sure you are glad his relative offered to help him attend acting school. I know I am! Fabulous tribute to one fine actor! :)


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