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Robert Redford: 10 Great Roles

Our list has some surprising sleepers — and a few startling omissions

Robert Redford Career Highlights

— The Everett Collection

The Candidate

Role: Bill McKay
Year: 1972

The great crime against Robert Redford is that he has been nominated for an acting Oscar only once — and it wasn’t for his astonishingly nuanced performance in this stinging political satire. He plays Bill McKay, a fledgling Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, who starts out as an idealistic outsider — but as his prospects for victory improve, he finds himself compromising at every turn. McKay’s metamorphosis is at the same time hilarious, tragic and chilling.

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