Robert Redford Remembers Famed Editor Ben Bradlee

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Robert Redford in 'All the President's Men'

"To Bradlee combat was sport and he was a very good sport"

Robert Redford, one part of the onscreen duo in All the President's Men, paid tribute on Wednesday to famed Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee. 

"He was unique in a world of so much conventional wisdom. With a sailor’s swagger and a tart tongue to match, he forged a new type of character as editor-in-chief of a newspaper in a time of change," Redford said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter

Bradlee was renowned as the editor at the helm of the paper during the Watergate scandal that led to President Nixon's resignation. He died at home at the age of 93, the Post announced on Tuesday. 

Redford portrayed Post reporter Bob Woodward in the 1976 thriller depicting the events that led to Nixon's ouster and also narrated a 2013 documentary, All the President's Men Revisited, bringing together the actors from the film with the reporters and editors on the scene. 

Redford's full statement on Bradlee: 

Ben Bradlee was an intriguing man. Bold, strong willed, and smart with a wicked and sometimes perverse sense of humor. He was unique in a world of so much conventional wisdom. With a sailor’s swagger and a tart tongue to match, he forged a new type of character as editor-in-chief of a newspaper in a time of change. It was a world I never expected was possible from just a newspaper. It was 1974, and Watergate was about to happen. To Bradlee combat was sport and he was a very good sport. His favorite line in challenging his journalists was: “Where’s the story? There has got to be a story — without that we don’t print.” He made contest fun.

Read more 'All the President's Men': THR's 1976 Review

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