Feature

How Redford found his niche

Robert Redford used to be a troublemaker, said Meg Grant in AARP The Magazine.

Robert Redford used to be a troublemaker, said Meg Grant in AARP The Magazine. Redford grew up as a milkman’s son on the poor side of town in Santa Monica, Calif., and from the start he didn’t much like school. “It was hard to sit and listen to somebody talk,” he says. “I wanted to be out, educated by experience and adventure.’’ His athleticism won him a baseball scholarship to the University of Colorado, but he was booted from the college for drinking too much. “There was a lot of that,” he admits.

As soon as he could save some money, he bolted to France, where he spent a year trying to become a painter. “I gained most of my maturity [in Europe],” says Redford. “They challenged me about my politics, which didn’t exist. When I went back, I questioned things.”

On his return to the U.S., he began studying drama in New York, and landed his first stage role. “Something clicked. It was the beginning of everything coming into focus for me.” Now 74, he’s quite content with his life, except when he hears someone call him a “screen legend.” “That really bothers me,” Redford says. “Does that mean I’m bronzed? It’s not over yet, folks.”

Recommended

North Korea imposes 5-day lockdown on capital to fight 'respiratory illness'
North Koreans walk in Pyongchang.
sure ...

North Korea imposes 5-day lockdown on capital to fight 'respiratory illness'

Former U.S. generals explain how U.S. and German tanks can help Ukraine
Leopard 2 battle tanks
Many tanks

Former U.S. generals explain how U.S. and German tanks can help Ukraine

Can climate change lose Russia the war in Ukraine?
A destroyed Russian tank
Briefing

Can climate change lose Russia the war in Ukraine?

Why Turkey is blocking NATO's expansion
Turkey, Finland, and Sweden.
Briefing

Why Turkey is blocking NATO's expansion

Most Popular

Schiff, Omar, and Swalwell unleash on McCarthy's committee rejections
Eric Swalwell, Ilhan Omar, Adam Schiff
The gloves are off

Schiff, Omar, and Swalwell unleash on McCarthy's committee rejections

Egypt's mummified 'golden boy' digitally unwrapped 2,300 years after burial
entrance to the Egyptian Museum
history unveiled

Egypt's mummified 'golden boy' digitally unwrapped 2,300 years after burial

Kevin McCarthy disavows GOP 30 percent national sales tax plan
Kevin McCarthy
'masochistic vote'

Kevin McCarthy disavows GOP 30 percent national sales tax plan