Hollywood Legend Robert Redford Announces Retirement from Acting at 81

Hollywood Legend Robert Redford Announces Retirement from Acting at 81
Hollywood Legend Robert Redford Announces Retirement from Acting at 81

Hollywood Legend Robert Redford Announces Retirement from Acting at 81

Screen legend Robert Redford has announced that he’s retiring from acting at the age of 81, with the upcoming movie “The Old Man & The Gun” set to be his last.

The Oscar winner and founder of the Sundance Institute and its film festival began his career on stage 60 years ago, before moving into TV and film, and eventually into directing.

“Never say never, but I pretty well concluded that this would be it for me in terms of acting,” he told Entertainment Weekly. “(I’ll) move towards retirement after this ’cause I’ve been doing it since I was 21,” he said.

“I thought, well, that’s enough. And why not go out with something that’s very upbeat and positive?”

His publicist Cindi Berger confirmed the article was accurate, even if he did not confirm if the retirement would extend to directing.

In “The Old Man & The Gun,” directed by David Lowery, the California native plays Forrest Tucker, the real-life career criminal whose bank-robbing spree and multiple escapes from prison lasted more than 60 years.

“To me, that was a wonderful character to play at this point in my life,” Redford told Entertainment Weekly.

Born Charles Robert Redford, Jr. on August 18, 1936, in Santa Monica, California, he went to Europe to study art in Paris and in Italy, before returning to the US where he made his major breakthrough in “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” in 1969, when he was 33.

Subsequent hits as an actor came in “The Sting” (1973) which won him an Oscar nomination; “The Great Gatsby” the following year; “Three Days of the Condor” (1975); and the critically acclaimed “All the President’s Men” (1976).

In 1981, he won an Academy Award for his directorial debut on “Ordinary People, and he founded the Sundance Institute in Utah for aspiring filmmakers, disaffected with Hollywood’s commercialism and lack of diversity.

In 2002, he won an honorary Oscar as an actor, director, producer and creator of Sundance, and in 2016, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Barack Obama.

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