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James Redford

James Redford was a popular American documentary filmmaker, environmental activist, and philanthropist. James Redford is famous for directing “The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia“.

Early Life

James Redford was born on May 5, 1962, in New York City, New York, United States. He was American by nationality and followed Christianity. Likewise, he is of Puerto Rican-American ethnicity. Being born on May 5, his birth sign was Taurus.

Talking about his family members, James was born to his father Robert Redford, and his mother Lola Van Wagenen. Robert is a well-known American actor-director whereas Lola Van is a historian. Similarly, he also had a brother named Scott Anthony Redford and two sisters named Amy Redford and Shauna Redford. He grew up with his siblings in New York and spent his summer in the Provo Canyon area of Utah.

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Caption: James with his father and brother (source: USA Today)


Moving towards his educational background, James completed his schooling at Dalton School in New York City. Later, he joined the University of Colorado Boulder and received an undergraduate degree in creative writing and filmmaking. Similarly, he also earned a master’s degree in English literature from Northwestern University.


James Redford, unfortunately, died on October 16, 2020, at his own home in Fairfax, California. He died of cancer of the bile ducts at the age of 58.

Professional Life and Career

James Redford started his career as a screenwriter. In 2001, he worked as a screenwriter in the western drama “Cowboy Up” and a TV film named “Skinwalkers” in 2002. Similarly, in 2003, he made his directional debut with the movie named “Spin”. He also screen-wrote the movie.

In 2005, James and his father Robert co-founded a non-profit organization named “The Robert Center”. The San Francisco-based company produces films and even helps filmmakers by providing them with grant money.

After a great gap, James directed his first documentary named “The Big Picture; Rethinking Dyslexia” in 2012. It was all about the difficulties faced by his son Dylan in school. Moving on, in 2013, he directed his next documentary named “Toxic Hot Seat”. It was based on the health problems created by the use of flame-retardant plastics used in furniture.

Some of his other movies are “Paper Tigers” (2013), “Resilience” (2016), and “Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution” (2017). In October 2020, his recent film “Playing for Keeps” premiered. Moreover, he was at his work making a documentary named “Where The Past Begins” when he died.

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Caption: James presenting his documentary (source: Deadline)

Relationship Status

James Redford married Kyle Redford in the year 1988. His wife Kyle is an educator and an actress. She has gained over 30 years of experience as a teacher. James and Kyle dated each other for a long time before getting married. Similarly, they also had two children together; a son named Dylan Redford (30 years old), and a daughter named Lena Redford.  They were featured in some photos of his father’s tribute gallery.

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Caption: James with his wife Kyle (source: Pinterest)

James Redford – Body Measurements 2024

Enhancing his body measurements, James Redford had a well-maintained body. He had a height of 5 feet 8 inches or 1.72 meters and a body weight of 62 kg or 137 pounds. Similarly, his biceps size was 14 inches while he used to wear shoes of 9 inches (US). Likewise, his actual body measurements such as chest size, waist size, and hip size are 40 inches, 28 inches, and 36 inches respectively. Moreover, the filmmaker had blonde brown hair with a pair of beautiful brown eyes.

James Redford – Social Media

When it comes to his social media availability, James Redford was not active on any of them. We couldn’t find any of his official accounts on social media such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. He might be too busy to be using them or he enjoyed not using them.

James Redford – Net Worth 2024

As a popular documentary filmmaker, James had surely made a huge amount of money. Though, he hasn’t revealed his actual annual income and monthly salary. However, the filmmaker had a net worth of approximately $170 million US dollars at the time of death according to the online resources.