Intriguing Facts About The Legendary Robert Redford, A Jack of All Trades

Nicknamed “the Godfather of Indie Film” and the founder of the Sundance Film Festival, Robert Redford is regarded as one of the most famous actors and filmmakers of his generation. Beginning his professional acting career in the 1950s, he quickly became one of the most sought-after actors in the business, especially after his performance in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. On top of his success in Hollywood, he is viewed as an all-around leader and forward thinker being named by Time as one of the “Most Influential People in the World” and being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016. Take a look at some of the lesser-known facts about his life and what makes him so interesting.

His First Time Professionally In Front Of The Camera Was A Game Show

Redford posing in front of a yellow background
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For many actors, the beginning of their career was a time when they would be paid very little if anything at all for a job. Their only goal was to be in front of the camera for exposure, so making money wasn’t always involved.

This was the case for Redford, whose first professional acting gig was an appearance on a game show. He was promised $75 for his work but never received it. Instead, he was compensated with an expensive fishing rod that he had no complaints taking.