Saturday, August 19, 2017

Happy Birthday Robert Redford: Aging Gracefully on Screen



If you read me with any frequency you may know I have a long standing crush on Robert Redford. He is, in fact, the only actor I've ever written a fan letter to. That was back in the 70's. Humor me, then, for wishing the iconic star a Happy 79th Birthday. 79! How the hell did that hunky young hottie turn into a 79 year old man? Especially when I still feel like I'm that 20 years old girl writing him a fan letter! 

Here's how ...  in pictures that roughly trace Robert Redford's fifty five year career, we can see Redford mature and age with each film or television part. I haven't included all 71 of the roles that make up his CV, some years he made more than one film, some years, he made none. Some are classics, like Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid and All the Presidents Men. Some are crap like The Electric Horseman and The Clearing. The number below each image indicates Redford's age at the time of release—beginning with his first onscreen role, at age 23 ... [warning: this is gonna be a long post!] Watch him grow old along with me? It happens to us all, sooner or later.


23
Jimmy Coleman
Maverick "Iron Hand" 1960

24
Baldwin Lane
The Naked City "Tombstone for a Derelict" 1961




25
Harold Beldon
Twilight Zone "Nothing in the Dark" 1962


26
David Chesterman
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour "A Tangled Web" 1963


27
Matthew Cordell
The Virginian "The Evil that Men Do" 1963



28
Captain Hank Wilson
Situation Hopeless but Not Serious 1965











29
Wade Lewis
Inside Daisy Clover 1966 














30
Owen Legate
This Property is Condemned 1966













31
Paul Bratter Barefoot in the Park 1967











33
Sundance
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid 1969













34
Halsy Knox
Little Fauss and Big Halsy 1970













35
Bill McKay
The Candidate 1972











36
Hubbell
The Way We Were 1973




37
Johnny Hooker
The Sting 1973




38
Jay Gatsby
The Great Gatsby 1974


 39
Joseph Turner
Three Days of the Condor 1975











40
Bob Woodward
All the President's Men 1976



41
Major Cook
A Bridge Too Far  1977












43
Sonny
The Electric Horseman  1979










44
Henry Brubaker
Brubaker  1980



47
Ray Hobbs
The Natural  1984










48
Denys
Out of Africa  1985


49
Tom Logan
Legal Eagles  1986














54
Jack Weil
Havana  1991



55
Marty Bishop
Sneakers  1992











56
John Gage
Indecent Proposal  1993
















59
Warren Justice
Up Close and Personal  1996




61
Tom Booker
The Horse Whisperer  1998



65
Norman Muir
Spy Game  2001












67
Wayne Hayes
The Clearing  2004












68
Einar Gilkyson
An Unfinished Life  2005













71
Professor Stephen Malley
Lions for Lambs  2007















76
Jim Grant
The Company You Keep  2012















77
Our Man
All is Lost  2013












78
Alexander Pierce
Captain America: The Winter Soldier  2014










79
Bill Bryson
A Walk in the Woods  2015


Dan Rather
Truth  2015


81
Louis
Our Souls at Night 2017I think this is what they call aging gracefully!

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