Robert Redford Trivia
Birth name: Charles Robert Redford Jr.
Date of birth: 18 August 1937
Place of birth: Santa Monica, California, USA
Height: 5′ 10″ (1.78 m)
Spouse: Lola Van Wagenen, (12 September 1958 – 1985) (divorced) 4 children
- Ranked #29 in Empire (UK) magazine’s “The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time” list. [October 1997]
- Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#4). 
- Father of Shauna Redford and Amy Redford.
- Father of James Redford.
- Dating German painter Sibylle Szaggars. [1999-present]
- Was considered for the role of Michael Corleone in The Godfather (1972).
- Named an Officer of the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
- Mentioned in the theme song of the 1980s TV hit “The Fall Guy” (1981).
- Turned down the role of Ben Braddock in The Graduate (1967) because he didn’t feel he could project the right amount of naivite.
- In the early 1970s, Paramount had plans that were unrealized to remake Double Indemnity (1944) with Redford in the Fred MacMurray role.
- Graduated from Van Nuys High School (Los Angeles) in 1955.
- Is a National Member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity (brothers include Cory Poccia and Michael C. Williams)
- Was a pitcher on The University of Colorado baseball team in the mid 1950s
- Has done eleven period pieces including the hits: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), The Sting (1973), The Natural (1984) and Out of Africa (1985).
- He is the founder of ‘The Sundance Film Festival’ which he named after his character ‘The Sundance Kid’ from the movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969).
- He and Baseball pitcher Don Drysdale were in the same High School graduation class together.
- Has appeared in seven movies dealing with adultery in some form or another: The Way We Were (1973), The Great Gatsby (1974), Out of Africa (1985), Havana (1990), Indecent Proposal (1993), The Horse Whisperer (1998), and The Clearing (2004).
- In addition to being the graduation speaker for Bard College’s 144th Commencement (class of 2004), he also received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the college.
- Was given a fishing rod in lieu of the agreed $75 payment for his first professional acting appearance, on a TV game show.
- He was voted the 30th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
- Alumni of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts (AADA)
- Is of mostly Irish descent
- Was originally attached to “The Verdict” (1982), but dropped out prior to production. The role of Frank Galvin was taken over by his friend Paul Newman, who won an Oscar nomination.
- After his suggestions of Warren Beatty, Alain Delon and Burt Reynolds to play the role of Michael Corleone in “The Godfather” were rejected by Francis Ford Coppola, Paramount production chief Robert Evans suggested Robert Redford. When Coppola demurred, preferring his first choice of Tony Awar-winning Broadway actor Al Pacino, Evans explained that Redford could fit the role as he could be perceived as “northern Italian.” Evans lost the struggle, Pacino was cast, and a star was born.
- Dislikes watching his own films. The only film in which he was completely satisfied with his own performance was The Sting.
- Long-time girlfriend is German artist, Sibylle Szaggars.
- He was voted the 17th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Premiere Magazine.
- He is an environmental conservationist and often advocates and supports natural causes.
- Along with Warren Beatty, Clint Eastwood, Mel Gibson and Kevin Costner one of 5 people to win and Academy Award for “Best Director”, though they are mainly known as actors.
- Is portrayed by Damon Redfern in Love and Betrayal: The Mia Farrow Story (1995) (TV)