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ROBERT REDFORD (General Irwin) has received international acclaim for his work as an actor, director and producer, as well as for his efforts as a champion of independent film and as an environmentalist.

Redford was honored with an Academy Award® nomination for Best Actor for his performance in "The Sting." As a director, he won an Academy Award®, a Golden Globe Award, and a Directors Guild of America Award for "Ordinary People," which marked his feature film directorial debut. He went on to both direct and produce "The Milagro Beanfield War"; "A River Runs Through It," for which he received a Best Director Golden Globe nomination; "Quiz Show," earning dual Oscar® nominations for Best Picture and Best Director and another Golden Globe nomination for Best Director; "The Horse Whisperer," which brought him his fourth Golden Globe nod for Best Director; and "The Legend of Bagger Vance."

Born in Santa Monica, California, Redford studied at the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York before starting out 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 later reprised the role of newlywed Paul Bratter in the film version of "Barefoot in the Park," opposite Jane Fonda. 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 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 & Personal." He next stars with Brad Pitt in Tony Scott's action thriller "Spy Game," due out later this fall.

In addition, Redford has starred in several films produced by his own Wildwood Enterprises, which he founded in 1968. His acting credits under the Wildwood banner include "Downhill Racer," "The Candidate," "The Electric Horseman" and "All the President's Men," which earned seven Oscar® nominations, including Best Picture.

Redford also produced "A Civil Action," starring John Travolta, and executive produced the telefilm "Grand Avenue." Additionally, he served as an executive producer on the films "How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog," "Slums of Beverly Hills," "No Looking Back" and "She's the One," all produced by his recently formed South Fork Pictures.

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, held every winter in Park City, Utah, which has become the most important venue for the presentation of independent films in the United States.

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