Appearing on stage in the late 1950s, Robert Redford’s television career began in 1960, including an appearance on The Twilight Zone in 1962. He earned an Emmy nomination as Best Supporting Actor for his performance in The Voice of Charlie Pont (1962). His biggest Broadway success was as the stuffy newlywed husband in Barefoot in the Park (1963).
Redford had his screen debut in a minor role in Tall Story (1960). He had a larger role in War Hunt (1962), his second film. Redford won a Golden Globes for best new star for his role in Inside Daisy Clover (1965) alongside Natalie Wood, whom he would rejoin in This Property Is Condemned (1966). In this decade he teamed with Jane Fonda two times in The Chase (1966) and in the popular big-screen version of Barefoot in the Park (1967).
Redford was paired with Paul Newman for the first time in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969). The film was a huge success and made him a major bankable star, cementing his screen image as an intelligent, reliable, sometimes sardonic good guy. Even though Redford did not receive an Academy Award or Golden Globe nomination, he eventually won a British Academy of Film and Television Award for his role as the Sundance Kid and his parts in Downhill Racer (1969) and Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here (1969).
Take a look back at the handsome young actor in the 1960s through 22 gorgeous vintage color portraits: