Barefoot in the Park
Role: Paul Bratter
We knew he could play the hunk, but could Robert Redford do comedy? He spends the first half of this Neil Simon laffer as a glum paddle to Jane Fonda’s ping-pong ball of a character: he a stuffy young lawyer, she his high-spirited bride. But when Redford’s ice inevitably melts, and he gets to head off on a bender and end up dancing in Washington Square Park (yes, he’s the one who’s barefoot!), he shows a delightful sense of comic timing that, with few notable exceptions, he seldom displayed over the ensuing years.