He hails from Santa Monica, California and studied acting in New York at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.
Television and stage experience led him to film and television roles. His breakthrough role was as the Sundance Kid in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), when he was 32. The Way We Were andThe Sting, both released in 1973, made Redford the number one box office star for the next three years. Redford used his clout to advance environmental causes and his wealth to acquire Utah property, which he transformed into a ranch and the Sundance ski resort. In 1980 he established the Sundance Institute for aspiring filmmakers.
Quote: “I think the environment should be put in the category of our national security. Defense of our resources is just as important as defense abroad. Otherwise what is there to defend?”