Robert Redford recalls the Sundance Kid

In hindsight, the match is perfect: The Western outlaw role that made Robert Redford a star becoming the name of the group Redford founded to foster maverick voices in the arts.

In reality, the seemingly predestined path from "The Sundance Kid" to everything that now bears the Sundance name -- the ski resort, the institute, the film festival, the cable channel and the catalog store -- was a combination of luck, timing and happenstance.

The premiere of "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" was 40 years ago this week, on Sept. 23, 1969 (the movie hit theaters nationwide a month later). But, as Redford said this week in an interview with The Salt Lake Tribune , his career-defining role nearly didn't happen at all.


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