How Many Grandchildren Does Robert Redford Have?

Since making his screen debut in 1960 as Jimmy Coleman in "Maverick," Robert Redford has taken on nearly 100 on-screen roles as an actor. and many more behind the camera. Known for films like The Sundance Kid in "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," Jay Gatsby in "The Great Gatsby," and journalist Bob Woodward in "All the President's Men," Redford has never quite fit into one simple screen persona.

Redford's life has been about much more than Hollywood, his many high-profile relationships, or his work behind the camera. He has built a career in community building as well. For example, did you know Robert Redford founded the Sundance Film Festival? As an actor, activist, and icon, Redford has always been one to break out of the norm to make lasting change. However, Redford learned the hard way when to walk away when it came to his family.

"Another hard lesson came during the 1970s when I was a very vocal environmental activist," he told the Harvard Business Review in 2002. "Because of my beliefs, I was burned in effigy, and there were threats to my life. It wasn't fair to my family. I learned that direct confrontation can backfire. So over time and as a result of these experiences, I concluded that if you want to crack the system, you can't hit it directly; you have to work behind the scenes." Given Redford's passion for his family, what kind of family dynamic is there in Redford's life?

Robert Redford has quite a few grandkids

Sadly for Robert Redford, tragedy has not eluded him, and he has experienced the loss of some of his children. He still has two living daughters, Shauna and Amy, but his oldest Scott died in infancy and his son James died in 2020. However, Redford has been blessed with five grandchildren to keep him plenty occupied. Those grandkids are Conor, Mica, Dylan, Lena, and Eden, as per Closer Weekly.

In an interview for The Walker Art Center, Redford's grandson Dylan interviewed his grandfather. During the interview, Dylan asked his grandfather how it feels to be a celebrity because, as a young kid, Dylan didn't understand why folks were so interested in his grandpa during Grandparents' Day visits. Redford reassured his grandson that he understood why it was so weird for a young kid in that situation.

"I remember that Grandparents' Day and realizing, 'Jesus, Dylan, and Lena, they don't know,'" Redford explained. "'They're probably wondering what the hell is going on here because I'm going to Grandparents' Day but I'm suddenly not a grandparent. I'm a celebrity.'" Even in that awkwardness, Dylan told Redford that he knew his role was as their grandparent above everything else.

Dylan and his grandfather have a special connection

Dylan Redford looks stunningly like his grandfather, Hollywood legend Robert Redford. Not only that, but Dylan is carrying on his grandfather's legacy by pursuing a career in film. Dylan has a handful of credits in a number of departments, ranging from composer to cinamatographer. It appears that he is primarily focused on directing, writing, acting, and producing. Dylan even managed to convince his grandfather to come out of retirement for one last role. Robert agreed to take part in Dylan's co-directed film "Omniboat: A Fast Boat Fantasia" which premiered at Sundance in 2020.

"He broached the idea to me in California," Robert said per USA Today. "When they put the idea forward, I said, 'That sounds like a really interesting idea. Go do it and I'll play whatever role you want me to play.' And they said, 'OK, you be the voice of the dolphin.'" The outlet noted that Robert's quip in response to his casting was "At least I'm not a whale." At this time, Dylan's film is Robert Redford's last acting credit.