Robert Redford celebrates his 80th birthday

Robert Redford attends the 42nd Chaplin Award Gala at Lincoln Center on April 27, 2015, in New York.

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It’s a very big birthday for Robert Redford. 

The “All the President’s Men” star, filmmaker and activist turned 80 on Thursday. 

Redford made his mark as a major movie star in 1969 with “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” before going on to star in “The Candidate,” “The Way We Were,” “The Sting” -- which earned him his first Oscar nomination -- and “The Great Gatsby.” In 1981, he won an Oscar for Best Director for “Ordinary People,” and he was awarded an honorary Academy Award in 2002. 

While his celebrated acting career has continued, Redford has also kept busy as a director with films like “A River Runs Through It,” “Quiz Show” and “The Horse Whisperer,” and he also founded the Sundance Institute in 1981, which puts on the annual Sundance Film Festival 

Redford’s latest work as an actor, Disney’s remake of “Pete’s Dragon,” is currently in theaters.