Robert Redford

by Lil Vacha on April 12, 2010

Robert Redford

Birth Name: Charles Robert Redford

Place of Birth: Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: August 18, 1936

Ethnicity: English, Irish, Scottish, Northern Irish/Scots-Irish, Cornish

Robert Redford is an American actor, director, producer, businessperson, environmentalist, and philanthropist. He won the Academy Award for Best Director for Ordinary People (1980).

Robert is the son of Martha (Hart) and Charles Robert Redford. His ancestry includes English, Irish, Scottish, Northern Irish/Scots-Irish, and Cornish, including recent immigrants. Robert’s mother’s family has lived in the United States for many generations. Robert is married to Sibylle Szaggars. He has four children with his former wife, historian and environmental activist Lola Van Wagenen, including actress, director, and producer Amy Redford.

Robert’s patrilineal ancestry can be traced back to Peter Redford, who was born, c. the early 1700s, in Manchester, Lancashire, England.

Robert’s paternal grandfather was Charles Elisha/Elijah Redford (the son of Charles Redford and Jane Archie). Robert’s grandfather Charles was born in Connecticut. Robert’s great-grandfather Charles was born in Rhode Island, to English-born parents, of English and Irish ancestry, Elisha Redford, who was born in Manchester, Lancashire, and Mary Ann McCreary. Robert’s great-grandmother Jane was Scottish, born in Aberdeenshire, the daughter of William M. Archie and Jane Little.

Robert’s paternal grandmother was Lena Taylor (the daughter of Henry Taylor and Mary Tucker). Lena was born in England. Henry was born in Cornwall, the son of Jonathan Taylor and Elizabeth Crocker. Mary was also born in Cornwall, the daughter of William Tucker and Grace Tremberth.

Robert’s maternal grandfather was Archibald Woodruff Hart (the son of John Gabriel Hart and Ida Woodruff). Archibald was born in Missouri. John was the son of James Carmichael Hart and Mary Elizabeth Long. Ida was the daughter of William Henry Woodruff and Julia Hannah Jackson.

Robert’s maternal grandmother was Sallie/Sally Pate Green (the daughter of Eugene E. Green and Martha “Mattie” Bugg). Sallie was born in Texas. Eugene was the son of Edwin/Ed Jeremiah Littleberry Green and Eliza Jane Young. Martha was the daughter of Zachariah Pennington Bugg and Emily/Emma Jane Davis.

Sources: Family history of Robert Redford –

Genealogies of Robert Redford –

Genealogy of Robert’s paternal great-grandmother, Jane Archie –

Robert’s paternal grandmother, Lena Taylor, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Robert’s mother –

Robert’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census –

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andrew August 29, 2017 at 5:08 am
ses101 February 15, 2017 at 5:46 pm

The name Redford originates from Midlothian in Scotland (a few miles from where I live). I would say he is more Scottish than anything.

A user February 15, 2017 at 10:48 pm

That doesn’t necessarily mean he’s more scottish. He just has a scottish name.

ses101 April 10, 2017 at 5:07 am

He also looks Scottish and has lots of Scottish surnames in his family tree.

gel April 10, 2017 at 6:08 am

“Looks Scottish”? I don’t think there is a definitive Scottish look – they are an “extraodinarily” mixed people:

madman April 10, 2017 at 11:24 am

You have referred to the Scottish as mixed multiple times, citing the same articles that are based on one study. Tell me, to what degree do you think the average Scot have non-European ancestry? 30%? 40%?

Assuming the average Scot actually has “West African, Arabian, south-east Asian and Siberian” ancestry (which is doubtable; your articles state that 1% of Scots have Berber ancestry, far from average), I’d be surprised if these ethnicities account for more than 1% or their ancestry. Would this really make them an “‘extraodinarily’ mixed people”?

bablah April 10, 2017 at 11:33 am

>citing the same articles
You mean ”the same article”, because he keeps spamming the same article over and over again. How his IP doesn’t get blocked is beyond me.

Alice February 19, 2018 at 11:28 pm

They aren’t any more mixed than the Irish, English or Welsh. That article is just a “spiel” and doesn’t explain anything much at all. It is basically a typically misleading newspaper article. It is just talking about ydna and making fairly broad assertions from that ydna. Regarding the article Tom Conti for example has a mother of Irish ancestry and his father is Italian.

andrew December 23, 2016 at 3:33 pm
ectag November 15, 2014 at 11:26 am

I understand ‘follers’ is being sarcastic but that aside, the fact is people in general and Americans in particular really have no clue what a “Native-American”, aka American Indian, looks like. The vast majority of people who claim Native-American ancestry would run from a DNA test and look about as Indian as Howdy Doody.

The US has some very very weird and ignorant perceptions about race and unfortunately via American media it has spread the world over. I’m not saying Americans are necessarily ‘racist’ per se, just incredibly ignorant about what the various races and ethnicities look like or can look like.

Only in the US for example can you have the crazy situation whereby white people routinely claim to be Indian (as in ‘Native-American’) and real Indians (such as a very large chunk of the so-called ‘Hispanic’ population) call themselves ‘Spanish’, and the actual Spanish (who are white European descendants of slave owning, Indian killing imperialists) are called “people of color”.

It. Is. Friggin. Stupid.

Singh117 August 14, 2015 at 7:38 pm

You are stupid part of what you are saying is true, but when you talk about Hispanics you are entirely wrong they are a mix of Spanish, Amerindian, and Black.

leslie2 October 25, 2013 at 4:43 am

Are you joking again follers?

Anyway this guy is white. So it doesn’t matter if it happens to be a “common” “Cherokee” name or not. The name originates in England, so its probably similar to the Scottish/Irish surnames similar to Rutherford, etc.

He doesn’t identify or claim to be Native/Cherokee, doesn’t even claim to be mixed, and nothing shows him as being of such. He’s a handsome white guy with great cheekbones. He looks white because he is white.

Doesn’t mean he’s mixed or has to be mixed to be handsome,, and since all his family members are recent immigrants, I highly doubt he has any Cherokee ancestry or any Native ancestry to speak of. Most White-Americans and African-Americans from the late 1800th century onward do not have any recent Native or any other racial admixture, except in cases where the father or mother is pretty much 100% one race and the father/mother is a different race from that, and there is proof to it, and they have their status.

His parents nor him never even attempted to say they were Native that I know of, and the links on his profile prove he is white of Irish,Scottish, and English decent, which common for the majority of White-Americans and white-Canadians, especially thoughs of recent immigrants, and past immigrants, especially in certain areas of America and Canada.

follers October 25, 2013 at 6:48 am

Of course I’m joking. It’s a parody of people like notional, who know nothing about history, genealogy, and DNA, but they “call it like they see it”, and who can deny them that?

As for Robert Redford, he is obviously at least half Cherokee, possibly more. If he denies it, then he’s just a self-hater like Channing Tatum, who denies both his Native American AND black ancestry (Channing is descended from black pirates who stayed behind after a raid on Liverpool in 1311).

Channing most likely has Mexican and Hmong ancestry that he denies, as well.

leslie2 October 25, 2013 at 4:36 pm

lmao. Oh that Channing Tatum, hating his past ancestry so much he denies it! lmao

Yep i get what you’re saying, and it’s seriously important to add the right number f blood quantum, influence from parent to parent, that is correct and knowing the different between Ethnicity, nationality ( especially in melting-pot countries), and the history. and even the date/when the immigrated, and where they immigrated can play a key factor in it aswell.

sadie March 26, 2012 at 5:25 am

No way he looks Indian and he does not look like Brad Pitt. He is way more handsome, especially when he was younger.

ashash April 10, 2015 at 9:42 pm

I agree.

I love you, Roger Scientist March 10, 2012 at 6:44 pm

He must have some Cherokee in him. He looks like Brad Pitt.

follers October 25, 2013 at 4:15 am

Redford is a common Cherokee surname, levangelista.

I believe Robert is known for his striking cheekbones.

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