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ROBERT REDFORD portrays Martin Bishop, a fugitive from the '60s whose past will be exposed unless he cooperates with the super-secret National Security Agency.
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As Martin Bishop, ROBERT REDFORD has the opportunity to blend the wry humor of "The Sting" with the intricate plot of "Three Days of the Condor." In "Sneakers," the talented actor-director-producer portrays a fugitive from the '60s whose past will be exposed unless he cooperates with the super-secret National Security Agency.
Nominated for an Academy Award as Best Actor in the 1973 film "The Sting," Redford took home an Oscar as Best Director in 1980 when his directorial debut, "Ordinary People," claimed four Academy Awards including Best Picture. Redford's versatile career spans more than 30 motion pictures, many of which are now considered classics.
He began on Broadway in 1959 with a small role in "Tall Story," but his career blossomed two years later when he earned the starring role in Neil Simon's "Barefoot in the Park" (directed by Mike Nichols). Redford made his movie debut in "War Hunt" (co-starring Sydney Pollack, who would subsequently direct him in a total of seven films).
Redford was soon cast in two films opposite Natalie Wood, "Inside Daisy Clover" and "This Property Is Condemned." He co-starred with Marlon Brando in "The Chase" and reprised his stage role in Neil Simon's "Barefoot in the Park" with co-star Jane Fonda. But his career took a major leap when he starred opposite Paul Newman in "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid."
In the 1970s, Redford starred in a succession of films which led him to become one of the country's most popular box office stars, including "Downhill Racer," "The Candidate," "Jeremiah Johnson," "The Sting," "The Way We Were," "The Great Gatsby" and "Three Days of the Condor."
The 1976 production of "All The President's Men" served as a landmark film for Redford. He not only bought Woodward and Bernstein's book, but developed and produced the project and played the role of journalist Bob Woodward.
In 1981, after winning the Academy Award for direction of "Ordinary People," Redford founded the non-profit Sundance Institute near Park City, Utah, which through its various workshops and the popular Sundance Film Festival, has provided much-needed support for independent film production.
Most recently he has directed "The Milagro Beanfield War" (1988) and the upcoming "A River Runs Through It." Other acting roles include "The Electric Horseman," "Brubaker," "The Natural," "Legal Eagles," "Out of Africa" and "Havana."
Redford's work on behalf of the environment is well known. He has been significantly involved with considerable legislation including the Clean Air Act (1974-75), the Energy Conversion and Production Act (1974-76) and several strip mining bills (1977-78).
In 1983, he created the Institute for Research Management (IRM) which sponsors conferences on a wide variety of environmental issues. He is a longstanding board member of the Environmental Defense Fund and the Natural Resources Defense Council.
Born in Santa Monica, California, Redford attended the University of Colorado on a baseball scholarship, before leaving school in 1957 to study art in Europe. He entered the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn to study stage design, but was committed to acting after he took a class at the American Academy of Dramatic Art.