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ROBERT REDFORD (Alexander Pierce) is an iconic actor and filmmaker as well as an ardent conservationist and environmentalist, a man who stands for social responsibility and political involvement, and an artist and businessman who is a staunch supporter of uncompromised creative expression.

This interest in creative expression began long before Robert Redford set his mind on an acting career. Born in Santa Monica, Calif., Redford's only sources of entertainment as a child were the public library, radio and the local movie theater. Cartoons inspired him to draw and paint on his own. Later, he dropped out of the University of Colorado and went to Paris, where he attended the Ecole des Beaux Arts. When he returned to the United States, Redford enrolled in art school in Brooklyn and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts to study acting so he would better understand the needs of the theater. His drama teachers recognized his talent and set design soon took a back seat to acting.

Redford 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. His first movie role was in "War Hunt," in which Sydney Pollack, the man who would become a friend and frequently his director, played a bit part. 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 early film work includes "Inside Daisy Clover," with Natalie Wood, "The Chase," "This Property Is Condemned," "Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here" and "Situation Hopeless, But Not Serious," among others.

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 a Best Actor nomination.

He has since built a distinguished acting career, starring in such notable feature films as "Jeremiah Johnson," "The Way We Were," "The Great Gatsby," "Three Days of the Condor," "The Great Waldo Pepper," "Brubaker," "A Bridge Too Far," "The Natural," "Out of Africa," "Legal Eagles," "Sneakers," "Indecent Proposal," "Up Close & Personal," "Spy Game," "The Last Castle," "The Clearing" and "An Unfinished Life," among others.

Redford has starred in several films produced by his own Wildwood Enterprises, which he founded in 1968. His acting and producing 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 produced and directed the 2011 critically acclaimed film, "The Conspirator," the true story of Mary Surratt, the lone female charged as a co-conspirator in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, starring James McAvoy and Robin Wright. In March 2012, Redford, as executive producer, working alongside his son, Jamie Redford, as producer, had the world premiere of their film "Watershed" at the Environmental Film Festival in Washington, D.C.

Redford recently directed and starred in "The Company You Keep," alongside Shia LaBeouf, Stanley Tucci, Anna Kendrick, and many others. This thriller, focused on a former Weather Underground activist, was released in 2013. Redford is currently being lauded for his critically acclaimed, tour de force performance in "All Is Lost," J.C. Chandor's film released theatrically in October 2013. He is currently in production on "A Walk in the Woods," based on the Bill Bryson novel, in which he stars with Nick Nolte and is directed by Larry Charles.

In addition to his prominence as an actor, Redford won a Directors Guild of America Award, a Golden Globe Award and the Academy Award for Best Director for his feature film directorial debut on the emotionally shattering family drama, "Ordinary People." He went on to both direct and produce "The Milagro Beanfield War" and "A River Runs Through It," for which he received a Golden Globe Best Director nomination; and earned dual Oscar nominations for Best Picture and Best Director and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Director in 1994 for helming "Quiz Show." Redford also earned two Golden Globe nominations (Best Picture and Best Director) for "The Horse Whisperer" in 1998 and went on to direct and produce "The Legend of Bagger Vance" in 2000. In November 2007, he acted in, produced and directed "Lions for Lambs."

Redford also produced "A Civil Action," starring John Travolta and 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" and "The Motorcycle Diaries," which were produced under his South Fork Picture banner.

For television, Redford executive produced the first American episode of the PBS series, "MYSTERY!" in 2002. Based on Tony Hillerman's novel, "Skinwalkers," the script was written by Jamie Redford and directed by Chris Eyre. Previously, Redford executive produced the telefilm "Grand Avenue," which aired on HBO in 1996. In February 1996, Redford received the Screen Actors Guild's prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award, honoring his enduring contributions to film. In March 2002, he received an Honorary Academy Award, recognizing his achievements as "actor, director, producer and creator of Sundance, inspiration to independent and innovative filmmakers everywhere."

A large part of Redford's life is his Sundance Institute (named for the outlaw he played in "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid"), which he founded in 1981. The Sundance Institute is dedicated to the support and development of emerging screenwriters and directors of vision, and to the national and international exhibition of new independent cinema. The Institute's highly acclaimed Screenwriting, Directing, Playwright and Producing Labs take place at the Sundance Village mountain retreat in Utah, founded by Redford in 1969. The Sundance Film Festival is a program of the Institute and is internationally recognized as the single most important showcase of independent cinema.

In spring 2012, Redford launched Sundance London with an inaugural four-day arts festival designed to present the best of American independent film and music to audiences in the UK and Europe. He also announced the start of Sundance Entertainment, a new production company focusing on television and multi-media content. Its first project, "All The President's Men Revisited," premiered on Discovery Channel Worldwide in winter 2013.

In addition to his work as an actor, director and producer, Robert Redford has been a noted environmentalist and activist since the early 1970s and has served for almost 30 years as a Trustee of the Board the Natural Resources Defense Council. Redford has been involved with many pieces of environmental legislation including the Clean Air Act (1974-75), The Energy Conservation and Production Act (1974-76), and the National Energy Policy Act (1989).

Redford has received numerous awards for his environmental work, including the 1989 Audubon Medal Award and the 1987 United Nations Global 500 Award, the 1993 Earth Day International Award and the 1994 Nature Conservancy Award. He was also the recipient of the 1997 National Medal for the Arts by President Clinton and the 2001 Freedom in Film Award presented by the First Amendment Center. He was honored with the 2002 Pell Award for Excellence in the Arts: Lifetime Achievement Award and the 2004 Forces for Nature Lifetime Achievement Award from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). 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."

Redford remains active with local, regional and national organizations on a variety of environmental, arts and justice issues and is a resident of Sundance, Utah.

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