Fast Facts

  • Life-long love of climbing started as a teen when he climbed buildings in the Los Angeles area.
  • Played baseball in high school with future Hall of Fame pitcher Don Drysdale.
  • Studied art in Europe before moving to New York and took an acting class on a suggestion it could lead to a job as an art director.
  • Appeared on numerous TV series in the early 1960s, including Maverick, Alfred Hitchcock Presents and The Twilight Zone.
  • Made big-screen debut in 1962 in War Hunt with actor Sydney Pollack who later directed him in seven movies, including The Way We Were, Three Days of the Condor and Out of Africa.
  • Founded the nonprofit Sundance Institute in 1980, a venture that  spawned the Sundance Film Festival and the Sundance Channel.
  • Won an Oscar for his directorial debut, Ordinary People (1980).
  • Was a Kennedy Center Honors recipient in 2005.
  • In 2008, received the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize for his "pivotal" role in the arts.
  • In 2010, received France's Knight of the Legion of Honor award.
  • Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama in 2016.

Awards

  • 1978, Golden Globe — Henrietta Award (World Film Favorites): Winner
  • 1966, Golden Globe — New Star of the Year - Actor: Winner
  • 1975, Golden Globe — Henrietta Award (World Film Favorites): Winner
  • 1977, Golden Globe — Henrietta Award (World Film Favorites): Winner
  • 1995, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1993, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1981, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Winner
  • 1999, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1994, Golden Globe — Cecil B. DeMille Award: Winner
  • 1995, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Life Achievement Award: Winner
  • 1980, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Winner
  • 1994, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
  • 1973, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2013, Emmy — Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special: Nominee
  • 2014, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 2001, Oscar — Honorary Award: Winner
  • 1994, Oscar — Best Motion Picture of the Year: Nominee
  • 1995, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Film: Nominee
  • 1971, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actor: Winner
  • 1994, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Nominee
  • 2014, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Male Lead: Nominee
  • 2014, Critics' Choice Movie Awards — Best Actor: Nominee
  • 1980, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Winner
  • 1963, Emmy — Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Role by an Actor: Nominee

Relationships

  • Amy Redford — Daughter
  • Jamie Redford — Son
  • Scott Redford — Son
  • Sônia Braga — Ex-significant Other
  • Charles Robert Redford — Father
  • Kathy O'Rear — Ex-significant Other
  • Sibylle Szaggars — Wife
  • Martha Redford — Mother
  • Shauna Redford — Daughter
  • William Redford — Half Brother
  • Lola Van Wagenen — Ex-wife

College

  • American Academy of Dramatic Arts, New York, New York, United States (1959); attended University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, United States; attended Pratt Institute School of Art and Design, New York, New York, United States