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Morning Man Classic: Robert Redford!

Film icon and Sundance Film Festival founder Robert Redford turns 85 today!

Although he has an Oscar for directing Ordinary People and received an Honorary Academy Award for his contributions to the film industry, it seems wrong that he’s not been nominated more for acting besides The Sting in 1974. He was absolutely robbed of a nod two years ago for All Is Lost for which he received some of the best reviews of his career.

So many wonderful performances over the years including my favorites: All the Presidents Men, The Way We Were and Three Days in the Condor.

Maybe Redford has been penalized for being such a beauty.

He spent the 60s as a leading in such films as Inside Daisy Clover and This Property is Condemned – both opposite Natalie Wood as well as Barefoot in the Park and The Chase, both with Jane Fonda. But his most famous pairing came when he and Paul Newman teamed up for 1969′s Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

Then came the 70s and a string of major films including The Candidate, The Sting, The Great Gatsby, Jeremiah Johnson, The Great Waldo Pepper, and Three Days of the Condor.

Beginning in the 80s, Redford mixed directing (Quiz Show, River Runs Through It, Horse Whisperer) with acting roles (Out of Africa, The Natural, Indecent Proposal, Spy Game, An Unfinished Life) and proved with All is Lost that he is capable of carrying a film literally by himself.

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5 Remarks

  1. Hi Greg,
    It surprised me a bit researching “The Sting,” that this was his only acting Oscar nomination. Also amazing that RR didn’t get nominated for the meatier role of Hubbell in “The Way We Were” the same year, what a year!
    Redford & Paul Newman re-teamed for 1973′s “The Sting,” their greatest box office hit. Here’s my take on the ultimate buddy movie ever, with top work done by everyone involved! Cheers, Rick

  2. August 18th, 2021 at 9:45 am
    Paul Gilbert says:

    My first furry heartthrob

  3. He was the most beautiful man who ever walked the face of the earth. I’m glad you didn’t post any recent pics. Age has not been kind.

  4. Agreed. The most beautiful man who ever walked the face of the earth. #2 is light years behind.

  5. Robert Redford can also be seen on a episode of the Twilight Zone where he plays a Angel of death, a very beautiful angel he made too boot. This doesn’t date me does it?

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