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ROBERT REDFORD (Jim Grant/Director/Producer) has won wide acclaim for his work as an actor, producer, director, champion of independent film and environmentalist. He won an Academy Award, a DGA Award, and a Golden Globe Award for best direction for his feature directing debut, the intensely emotional family drama Ordinary People. He was also nominated for an Academy Award for directing Quiz Show.

As an actor, he earned an Academy Award nomination for his performance in The Sting. In 2002, he received an honorary Academy Award recognizing his achievements as an actor, director, producer, and the creator of Sundance Institute. Redford also directed and produced The Milagro Beanfield War, A River Runs Through It, The Horse Whisperer, The Legend of Bagger Vance, Lions for Lambs, and The Conspirator, and served as executive producer and narrator of Incident at Oglala, a documentary about the Native American activist Leonard Peltier.

Born in Santa Monica, California, Redford attended the University of Colorado but left school after two years to travel through Europe, studying art in Paris and Florence. He continued his art studies when he returned to the U.S. by enrolling at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. At the suggestion of an instructor, Redford moved to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, where a passion for acting superseded his interest in pictorial art. A small part on Broadway led to roles in several major live television dramas, and, in 1961, he made his feature debut in War Hunt.

Later that year, he starred in his first Broadway show, Sunday in New York, which was soon followed by Barefoot in the Park. It was the film version of Barefoot in the Park that first brought him both public and industry notice. Redford went on to portray an array of characters in a spectrum of films, many from his own production company, Wildwood Enterprises.

Under the Wildwood banner, Redford starred in Downhill Racer and The Candidate, and he produced and starred in All the President's Men. Other film roles include Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Jeremiah Johnson, The Way We Were, The Three Days of the Condor, Brubaker, The Natural, Out of Africa, Indecent Proposal, Up Close and Personal, The Last Castle, Spy Game, The Clearing, and An Unfinished Life. Redford received the 1997 National Medal for the Arts from President Clinton. In December 2005, Redford accepted the Kennedy Center Honors for his "distinguished achievement in the performing arts and in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to the life of our country."

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