Kiefer Sutherland is opening up about the recent death of Robert Redford’s son James.
“So saddened to hear about the passing of James Redford,” the actor tweeted. “He was a wonderful writer and a wonderful man.”
Sutherland Mourns the Artist and Philanthropist
James Redford was a screenwriter and producer. For example, he wrote the screenplay for the 2001 film “Cowboy Up,” starring Sutherland, Daryl Hannah, and Molly Ringwald. It tells the tale of two brothers – one a bull rider, one a rodeo bullfighter – who are vying for a barrel racer named Celia Jones. The movie won the Crystal Heart Award at the Heartland Film Festival.
Redford passed away on October 16 at his Marin County home. He died from bile-duct cancer in his liver. He was 58. But he had wrestled with liver disease for over 30 years, the Associated Press reported.
Meanwhile, with his father, Redford had co-founded the Redford Center. The nonprofit aims to tell stories about the environment and climate change.
In 2012, Redford told an interviewer that the center focuses on finding solutions, not just decrying problems.
“People are really looking for inspiration these days,” he said, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. “If all you do is ring the alarm bell, people just become tone-deaf.”
Organ Transplants Save Lives
He also launched the James Redford Institute for Transplant Awareness, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit that produces educational programming about organ and tissue donation.
After his death, Redford’s wife Kyle told the Salt Lake Tribune that her husband’s liver disease had returned two years ago. Doctors discovered the cancer while he was waiting for a liver transplant.
Redford had already received two liver transplants, according to Variety. Afterwards, in 1999, he produced “The Kindness of Strangers,” a documentary about the ripple effects of organ donation.
Redford is survived by his wife and two children, Dylan and Lena.