Charles Robert Redford Jr. was born on August 18, 1936, in Santa Monica, California. He is of English, Scottish and Irish ancestry. His patrilineal great-great grandfather, Elisha Redford, married Irish-Catholic Mary Ann McCreery in Manchester Cathedral.
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Charles Robert Redford Jr. was born on August 18, 1936, in Santa Monica, California. Redford is of English, Scottish and Irish ancestry. His patrilineal great-great grandfather, Elisha Redford, married Irish-Catholic Mary Ann McCreery in Manchester Cathedral. They emigrated to New York City in 1849, immediately settling in Stonington, Connecticut. His maternal lineage, the Harts, were Irish from Galway, the Greens were Scots-Irish who settled in the 18th century. In 2014, Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world. In 2016, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. His biggest Broadway success was as the stuffy newlywed husband of co-star Elizabeth Ashley’s character in Neil Simon’s Barefoot in the Park. He has won BAFTA, Directors Guild of America, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild awards. He received a second Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2002. He is also the founder of the Sundance Film Festival. He appeared as a guest star on numerous television programs, including Naked City, The Untouchables, The Whispering Americans, and Perry Mason. He also appeared on The Twilight Zone in 1962. He earned an Emmy nomination as Best Supporting Actor for his performance in The Voice of Charlie Pont. He was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity at the University of Colorado Boulder in Boulder, Colorado for a year and a half, where he worked at a restaurantbar called The Sink, where a painting of his likeness still figures prominently among the bar’s murals.
He studied painting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Brooklyn, New York, and later took classes at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. His career, like that of many stars who emerged in the 1950s, began in New York. He starred alongside Paul Newman in Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid, which was a huge success and made him a major star. In 1973 he had the greatest hit of his career, the blockbuster crime caper The Sting, a reunion with Paul Newman, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award. He continued acting and starred in Brubaker, as well as playing the male lead in Out of Africa, which was an enormous box office success and won seven Oscars including Best Picture. In 1992, he released his third film as a director, A River Runs Through It, in 1992. He went on to receive Best Director and Best Picture nominations in 1995 for Quiz Show. In the 1980s, Redford began his career as adirector with Ordinary People, which won four Oscars including best picture and Best Director for Redford. He had a role in The Way We Were, in which he also starred opposite Barbra Streisand in the film “All the President’s Men” In the 1990s, he starred in the hit film “Ordinary People,” which won Best Picture and Best Actor.
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