Robert Redford

Robert Redford

Redford in 2013, photo by Debby Wong/

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). His film roles include War Hunt, The Chase, Barefoot in the Park, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Jeremiah Johnson, The Candidate, The Sting, The Way We Were, The Great Gatsby, Three Days of the Condor, All the President’s Men, A Bridge Too Far, The Electric Horseman, The Natural, Out of Africa, Legal Eagles, Sneakers, Indecent Proposal, Up Close & Personal, The Last Castle, Spy Game, The Clearing, An Unfinished Life, All Is Lost, A Walk in the Woods, Truth, Pete’s Dragon, Our Souls at Night, The Old Man & the Gun, The Horse Whisperer, Lions for Lambs, and The Company You Keep. He also directed the last three, as well as A River Runs Through It, The Legend of Bagger Vance, and The Conspirator, among others.

Robert is the son of Martha W. (Hart) and Charles Robert Redford. His father was from Rhode Island. His mother was from Texas. His ancestry includes English, Irish, Scottish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, and Cornish. His father’s family are recent immigrants. His mother’s family has lived in the U.S., and specifically the American South, for many generations.

Robert is married to Sibylle Szaggars. He has had four children with his former wife, historian and environmental activist Lola Van Wagenen, including documentary filmmaker and environmental activist James Redford, and actress, director, and producer Amy Redford.

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

Robert’s paternal grandfather was Charles Elisha Redford (the son of Charles Redford and Jane Archie). Robert’s grandfather Charles was born in Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island. Robert’s great-grandfather Charles was born in South Kingstown, Washington, 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 born in Old Machar, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, 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 “Tot” Hart (the son of John Gabriel Hart and Ida Woodruff). Archibald was born in Webster Groves, St. Louis, 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 San Marcos, Hays, Texas. Eugene was the son of Edwin/Ed Jeremiah L. Green and Eliza Jane Young. Martha was the daughter of Zachariah P. Bugg and Emily J. “Emma” Davis.

Sources: Family history of Robert Redford –

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

Robert’s paternal great-great-grandparents, Elisha Redford and Mary Ann McCreary, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

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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18 Responses

  1. ectag says:

    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 says:

      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.

  2. leslie2 says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

        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.

  3. sadie says:

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

  4. I love you, Roger Scientist says:

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

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