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WHO: Charles Robert Redford, Jr
BORN: August 18, 1936
WHERE: Santa Monica, California, United States
GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT: Film director, actor, producer, environmentalist, philanthropist and businessman. Redford started his career in the late 1950s, and from 1960 – 1980, regarded as one of the most attractive men and finest film actor in the world. Awarded the Oscar twice, first in 1981 for directing Ordinary People and in 2002 for Lifetime Achievement. Robert Redford founded the independent non-profit film festival Sundance in 1981; I deeply involved the festival has become the most important within the genre. Due to his success, Robert Redford invested buying a large property in Utah’s ski resort where the festival takes place, the property has been developed with Sundance Institute, Sundance Cinemas, Sundance Catalog, and the Sundance Channel, and in addition, he owns a restaurant on the main street called Zoom. Long before other celebrities his interest and work for the environment started early in the 1970s. He has fought several battles on the behalf of the environment and without his work. there would be no Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah, a 1.7-million-acre (7,571 sq km) expanse of land. With his growing fortune as a businessman, he had donated money and made documentaries, however, most of all he inspired other’s trough his involvement and the reason other film stars walk the green path today are thanks to him.
The Redford Center is committed to transforming social and environmental issues into films that inspire positive change. The center engaged and through projects pressing need for awareness and hope, and where public engagement and good timing can make all the difference creating an opportunity to learn and to listen. He believes that environmental activism can make a huge difference when people get involved. The short film project Art of Activism series examines the moments in people’s lives in which they are moved to act in extraordinary ways. These short films celebrate the efforts of inspiring local leaders, pay tribute to the artistry of their unique style of activism, and help raise awareness for a range of important causes. Redford has achieved many prizes for his work both as an actor, producer and direction, however, also for his involvement in the environment. In 2007, Time magazine named Redford a “Hero of the Environment.”
In 2009, Redford awarded the Duke LEAF award for his contribution to environmental issues through fine arts. Redford has played and directed movies as The Sting, The Way We Were, The Great Gatsby, All the President’s Men, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Horse whispered, An Unfinished Life and Brubaker.
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