Legendary movie star Robert Redford was born during the depression on August 18, 1936, in Santa Monica, California, to Charles Robert Redford, a Rhode Island native, who was a milkman-turned-accountant for Standard Oil, and his Texan wife, Martha W. (Hart). He was naturally gifted at athletics and competitive sport from the age of eight, particularly tennis. His mother died in 1955, the year he graduated high school, Charles Robert Redford Jr. was a scrappy kid who stole hubcaps in high school and lost his college baseball scholarship at the University of Colorado because of drunkenness. After high school, he drifted across America, landing in prison for speeding and fighting, and working at odd jobs to earn money to get to Europe and fulfill his ambition to be a painter. He saved enough to spend 13 months painting and studying in Paris, then returned home broke and enrolled as an art student in New York. After time at the Pratt Institute of Art, he was taught acting at the American Ac

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