He’s been a mainstay in Hollywood for six decades, but he recently told Entertainment that he will retire as an actor.
Robert Redford confessed that his new movie, “The Old Man & The Gun” will be his final work before his retirement.
“Never say never, but I pretty well concluded that this would be it for me in terms of acting, and [I’ll] move towards retirement after this, ’cause I’ve been doing it since I was 21,” said Redford who was born on August 18, 1936. Redford is about to celebrate his 82nd birthday.
This latest film is one in which Redford plays criminal Forrest Tucker who robbed banks and was caught. But he escaped from prison successfully 17 times over 60 years. Redford is a co-producer for the movie, and he’s indecisive about whether he will direct any film in the future or not.
David Lowery, the film’s director, is not so sure that Redford will actually retire from being an actor.
“He says it’s his last leading role, at the very least, the last time he’ll star in a movie, but I don’t think he can stop. He just loves it too much,” Lowery said in an interview with USA Today.
The much loved actor talked about quitting acting in 2016 while doing a Q&A session with his grandson, Dylan Redford. He is an artist and gallerist. His grandfather was getting tired of acting at that time and was thinking about going back to a former love, painting and other artwork.
Redford has won an Academy Award twice, one for Best Director (“Ordinary People,” 1980) and the other a Lifetime Achievement Award (2001). He was nominated for the Golden Globe Awards seven times and won three times: New Star of the Year-Actor in “Inside Daisy Clover” (1965), Director of “Ordinary People” (1980), and the Cecil B. DeMille Award (1994). He is also a producer and founder of the Sundance Film Festival.
“The Old Man & The Gun” is schedule to be released on September 28, and will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.