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Charles Robert Redford Jr. (b. 1936), better known as Robert Redford, is a film director, actor, producer, businessman, model, environmentalist, philanthropist, and founder of the Sundance Film Festival. Redford's starring roles include Barefoot in the Park (1967), Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), The Sting (1973), All the President's Men (1976) and Out of Africa (1985). He received two Oscars: one in 1981 for directing Ordinary People, and one for Lifetime Achievement in 2002.
- In the 1975 special Julie: My Favorite Things, Julie Andrews calls Kermit the Frog "the Robert Redford of frogs".
- In The Muppet Show episode 101, guest star Juliet Prowse tells Kermit that she finds him very attractive. She also refers to him "the Robert Redford of frogs".
- In episode 416, the Pigs sing "Hold That Tiger" while trying to train a tiger for a circus act. A lion shows up to help the tiger escape, and calls the tiger "Butch". The tiger refers to the lion as "Sundance".
- In The Muppets Go Hollywood, Scooter interrupts Rita Moreno's interview with Miss Piggy, asking for more change to call Paul Newman and Robert Redford on the phone.
- In a 1992 episode of Sesame Street, Maria is seen fixing toasters that belong to "Redford, Nicholson, and Marlon."
When Jim Henson was putting together ideas for The Great Muppet Caper, he considered Redford for the role that would eventually become Nicky Holiday. "Some very good looking dashing leading man type to be Kermit's rival - Robt Redford? Chris Reeve? he's totally in love with Piggy - she treats him like dirt."