Robert Redford’s son, James Redford, has died at 58. The filmmaker was at his home in Marin County, California, when he passed away on Friday from bile-duct cancer in his liver, his wife, Kyle Redford, confirmed.
“Jamie died today. We’re heartbroken,” she wrote in a tweet. “He lived a beautiful, impactful life & was loved by many. He will be deeply missed. 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.”
James began his career in the ’90s as a screenwriter and director. His early work included the original screenplay for “Cowboy Up,” which starred Kiefer Sutherland and Daryl Hannah, as well as the screenplay for the 2002 mystery TV film “Skinwalkers” as part of PBS’ “Mystery!” series, according to IMDB.
In 2012, James released his first documentary, “The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia,” followed by “Toxic Hot Seat,” a 2013 documentary that took a closer look at how certain chemical companies reportedly obscured public health risks of chemical flame retardants in homes. The film prompted a change in California law banning the use of such chemicals. This eventually spread nationwide, according to The Salt Lake Tribune.
James went on to produce several other prominent documentaries including “Resilience” (2016), “Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution” (2017), and most recently “Playing for Keeps,” which premiered at the Mill Valley Film Festival this month.
James was also an environmental activist and philanthropist who campaigned for change via The Redford Center, a nonprofit he set up with his father to produce films and fund filmmakers to focus on bringing about environmental and climate justice.
The center’s executive director, Jill Tidman, paid tribute to James in a Facebook post on Monday.
“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,” Tidman wrote.
“As a filmmaker, writer and activist, Jamie was intentional and inspirational,” Tidman added. “As a father, husband, brother, son and a friend to so many — he was a devout supporter, always full of hope. He will be greatly and intensely missed.”
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