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ROBERT REDFORD (Nathan Muir) has received international acclaim for his work as an actor, director and producer, and for his efforts as a champion of independent film and the environment.

Redford won an Academy Award®, a Golden Globe Award and a Directors Guild of America Award for his feature film directorial debut on the emotionally shattering family drama Ordinary People. He went on to both direct and produce The Milagro Bean field War; A River Runs Through It, for which he received a Best Director Golden Globe nomination; Quiz Show, which earned dual Oscar® nominations for Best Picture and Best Director and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Director, and The Horse Whisperer, which brought him his fourth Golden Globe nod for Best Director. Redford received an Academy Award® nomination for Best Actor for his performance in The Sting.

A strong advocate of independent filmmaking, Redford founded the Sundance Institute in 1980 as an organization 'dedicated to the support and development of emerging screenwriters and directors of vision and to the national and international exhibition of new American independent cinema." The institute also sponsors the annual Sundance Film Festival every winter in Park City, Utah. From modest beginnings, the festival is now the most important venue for the presentation of independent films in the United States.

Born in Santa Monica, California, Redford studied acting at the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York before beginning his career on the stage. He landed his first Broadway starring role in Sunday in New York, followed by Little Moon of Alban and Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park, directed by Mike Nichols.

He reprised the role of newlywed Paul Bratter in the film version of Barefoot in the Park, opposite Jane Fonda, for which he received praise from critics and audiences. His other early film work includes War Hunt, Inside Daisy Clover with Natalie Wood, The Chase, This Property is Condemned and Tell Them Willie Boy is Here.

In 1969, Redford and Paul Newman teamed to star in the western Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Directed by George Roy Hill, the film became an instant classic and firmly established Redford as one of the industry's top leading men. He, Newman and Hill later reunited for The Sting, which won seven Oscars®, including Best Picture, in addition to bringing Redford his Best Actor nomination.

He has since had a wide variety of starring roles in such films as Jeremiah Johnson, The Way We Were, The Great Gatsby, Three Days of the Condor, Brubaker, The Natural, Out of Africa, Legal Eagles, Sneakers, Indecent Proposal and Up Close and Personal.

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