Robert Redford is one of the taller actors in Hollywood at 5 feet, 9 inches. He was born Charles Robert Redford, Jr. on August 18th, 1936, but preferred to go by only his middle and last name. Redford’s ancestry consists of English, Irish, and Scottish heritage. Much of his young life was spent in Southern California, where his father worked. Redford was a self-described “bad student” during his high school years, as he was more interested in the world of the arts and sports. He briefly attended college at the University of Colorado, leaving partway through his collegiate education to study and live in Europe. He later came back to the academic arena, studying art and painting at the Pratt Institute and participating in classes at the American Academny of Dramatic Arts.