There are gorgeous men in this world, and then there’s Robert Redford.
For this week’s Throwback Thursday, we’re going a little more modern in our interpretation of “classic Hollywood,” because no one should be deprived the joy of staring at Robert Redford. Sure you can watch him in movies today, but oh man, Redford in his prime was indeed a thing of beauty.
So how did this beautiful, talented man become so famous? Let’s discuss.
As with plenty of actors of his generation, Redford started off in the New York theatre and television scene. While working there, he was nominated for an Emmy in 1963 and originated the role of Paul Bratter in Neil Simon‘s Barefoot in the Park (a role he’d play on screen in 1967).
Thanks to his talent and good looks, he was cast as the male lead in a number of movies in the mid-1960s. My personal favorite is Inside Daisy Clover where he starred as a closeted, 1930s actor who marries Natalie Wood‘s character out of convenience. It’s super ridiculous, but incredibly entertaining.
Redford hit true megastardom in 1969 when he starred alongside Paul Newman in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Not only did the movie do well with critics and audiences, but the Redford/Newman bromance that developed is still one of Hollywood’s greatest. The two later starred together in 1974′s The Sting, which earned Robert his first Oscar nomination for Best Actor.
His directing career kicked off in 1980 with Ordinary People, for which he won his only competitive Oscar for Best Director, and has been fairly steadily since. In 1978, Robert helped found the Sundance Film Festival, named for none other than the film that made him a major star.
While he has done some great modern work, my favorite will always be his earlier roles. So for a good time grab All The Presidents Men, The Sting and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. You will thank me. (Side note: check out The Great Gatsby for absurdly pretty Robert).
Oh! And personal life? He’s only been married twice and seems pretty stable. I know, how boring.