Charles Robert Redford Jr. better known as Robert Redford, is an American actor, director, producer, businessman, environmentalist, and philanthropist. Redford was born on August 18, 1936, in Santa Monica, California. Redford is the founder of the Sundance Film Festival.
Redford made his screen debut in Tall Story (1960). It was a minor role. The stars of the film were Anthony Perkins, Jane Fonda (her debut), and Ray Walston. After this initial success, Redford became concerned about his blond male stereotype image and turned down roles in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and The Graduate.
In April 2014, Time Magazine included Redford in their annual TIME 100 as one of the “Most Influential People in the World”, declaring him the “Godfather of Indie Film”.