Th person we highlight in this week’s #TBT Style Salute Series is a true American men’s style icon, Robert Redford graced the screens with his charm and good looks in the early 60s making cameos on multiple television shows such as, The Untouchables, Perry Mason, and The twilight zone. Redford made his film debut in War Hunt in 1962 and the nation took to him quickly. His role in Inside Daisy Clover, 1965, won him a Golden Globe for best new star.
Blonde hair, blue eyes, and a chiseled jaw line Redford was the man men envied. He could be seen styling turtle and blazers with exquisite fit and color. Making every look seem so effortless and cool
Our favorite role he played is the notorious Jay Gats, in the cinemagraphic of author F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby in 1974. Styled in Ralph Lauren, Redford brought his character to life and made it hard to separate the two. His high class, aristocratic ensembles of tuxedos and three piece suits were classics and became the standard of what a man should look like in formal evening wear.
Over the years Redford got labeled as an American sex symbol, being featured in Vogue, People Magazine, and GQ as “The World’s sexiest man.” And he only got better with time. Redford transitioned into a directorial role working on many projects behind the scenes off screen. In 1980 Robert won and Academy Award for Best Director in 1981 for directing Ordinary People.
Here’s a fun fact that many don’t know is that Redford is the founder of The Sundance Film Festival and through this effort has given so many people the opportunity to see independent films and give budding directors, actors, and writers the chance to showcase their work to the world. At 81 years young Redford is still acting and directing. Some of his recent work includes, “Pete’s Dragon, Our Souls at Night and his new Netflix movie, Discovery
Written by Ronny Oppong @Irontheworld