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Robert Redford’s son James dead of liver cancer at 58

Robert Redford’s son James dead of liver cancer at 58

James Redford, the son of actor and filmmaker Robert Redford, died Friday, Oct. 16, at age 58. He died at his home in Marin County, Calif., after a battle with bile-duct cancer in his liver, according to the Salt Lake Tribune, and had been awaiting a liver transplant.

His death was confirmed by his wife, Kyle Redford, on Twitter.

“James died today. We’re heartbroken. He lived a beautiful, impactful life & was loved by many,” Kyle wrote in a tweet, which included several family photos. “As his wife of 32 yrs, I’m most grateful for the two spectacular children we raised together. I don’t know what we would’ve done w/o them over the past 2yrs.”

In 2005, James and his father co-founded the Redford Center, which “uses impact-driven film and media to accelerate environmental and climate justice, solutions and repair,” according to its website. Its executive director, Jill Tidman, shared a lengthy remembrance of James on Instagram, saying, “With Jamie came love and contagious joy. He approached everything he did with kindness and warmth, and an openness that spread itself easily among others.”

Robert Redford, now 84, has not issued a statement.

Like his legendary father, James was a filmmaker, though his work was primarily in the documentary field. He told the Salt Lake Tribune in 2003 that many people had expectations that he would follow a similar path to his dad.

“I’ve grown up with a sense that there’s always a preconception,” he said. “Over time, I’ve just learned to shrug it off . . . I just am who I am.”

The first film he directed, the 2003 drama “Spin,” starred Dana Delany, who offered her own condolences on Twitter, calling him a “special man.”

“I feel lucky our paths crossed,” Delany, 64, added.

James’ first documentary, however, was 2012’s “The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia,” which was inspired by his son, Dylan. Since then he directed films about the dangers of chemical flame-retardants (2013’s “Toxic Hot Seat”), a high school’s issues with traumatized teens (2013’s “Paper Tigers”) and more. His most recent, “Playing for Keeps,” examines “the importance of play and downtime for all of us — children, adults, seniors,” according to its official description. It premiered earlier this month at the Mill Valley Film Festival in San Rafael, Calif.

His wife also told the Salt Lake Tribune that at the time of his death he was finishing a documentary, “Where the Past Begins,” about “The Joy Luck Club” author Amy Tan for PBS’ “American Masters.”

James is survived by his wife, Kyle, and their children, Dylan and Lena.

Kyle and James Redford attend the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.
Kyle and James Redford attend the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.Sonia Recchia/Getty Images


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