The great Robert Redford turned 85 years old on 18 August 2021. One of the all-time great movie stars, Redford has alway been a politically active actor, although one who has spent a lot of time carefully crafting his screen image and a wonderfully rich filmography since he big screen debut in the 1960s.
He broke through onto the A-list opposite Paul Newman in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid– a film which grossed $102 million at the US box office in 1969. Redford’s peak was through the 1970s with a great run of films starting with the frontier western, Jeremiah Johnson and ending with 1979’s Electric Horseman, the latter opposite frequent co-star Jane Fonda.
Redford made seven films with director Sydney Pollack and he also turned to directing, helming nine films and winning a Best Director Academy Award for his 1980 directorial debut, Ordinary People. Redford founded the Sundance Institute and The Sundance Film Festival in the 1980s as a way of nurturing independent film and filmmaking.
Redford paired his matinee idol looks with a bookish intelligence, making the ladies swoon in the process. He even appeared on the Marvel Cinematic Universe with his turn key in Captain America: Winter Soldier.