Robert Redford to be honored by Gov. Herbert

SALT LAKE CITY, (ABC 4 Utah) - Actor Robert Redford is set to be honored by Governor Gary Herbert for his contributions to Utah through art, vision and his entrepreneurial spirit.
SALT LAKE CITY, (ABC 4 Utah) - Actor Robert Redford is set to be honored by Governor Gary Herbert for his contributions to Utah through art, vision and his entrepreneurial spirit.

The event is called, "The Governor's Salute to Robert Redford: A Utah Tribute to an American Icon." The black tie event honoring Redford will be held at the Grand America Hotel in The Grand Ballroom at 7 p.m.

Herbert said Redford is a Utah staple. Redford's mark on the beehive state is cemented through Sundance Ski Resort and the Sundance Film Festival in Park City. Herbert said he can't wait to honor the legendary actor.

"Hollywood would kill for a night like this so it's pretty exciting that we get to honor him for all he's done for Utah," Herbert said.

The Sundance Institute hosts the annual Sundance Film Festival, which is a big boost to Utah's economy.

Herbert said the festival brings in about $75 million dollars each year, supports 8,200 local jobs and attracts more than 219,000 visitors to Utah.

"We all feel like we know him," Herbert said. "He's our best friend because we've seen him in so many movies. We know all about him so there's a familiarity that comes with a star of his magnitude that we feel some kind of kinship with him."

Although Redford is known to be liberal on some political issues, Herbert said the event is not about politics, but rather simply honoring an American icon.

Herbert said he has wanted to honor Redford for the past three years and Redford finally agreed. He said Redford, although a famous actor, director, and producer, is private and shy.

"He's a little reluctant to come out and have us put him in the spotlight, but it is time," Herbert added. "Tonight will be the time."
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