THE COMPANY YOU KEEP
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of Dramatic Arts, where a passion for acting superseded his interest in pictorial art.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,
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
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