|The Electric Horseman, 1979.|
Robert Redford confirms retirement from actingThe Old Man & the Gun will feature the star’s final big-screen role after a 60-year career – but he may carry on directing
Monday 6 August 2018
Robert Redford has confirmed he will retire from acting with the completion of his forthcoming film, The Old Man & the Gun.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Redford, 81, said: “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. I thought, ‘Well, that’s enough.’ And why not go out with something that’s very upbeat and positive?”
|The Great Gatsby, 1974|
In 2016 Redford had suggested he had two more acting roles in the works, after which he would quit. Our Souls at Night, a romance in which he starred opposite Jane Fonda, was released on Netflix in September 2017, while The Old Man & the Gun, a crime comedy directed by A Ghost Story’s David Lowery, in which Redford plays career criminal and veteran escape artist Forrest Tucker, is due for release in September after a premiere at the Toronto film festival.
Redford has been acting since 1960, when he appeared in a string of TV shows and gained a small role in basketball drama Tall Story. His profile steadily increased through the decade in films such as The Chase and Barefoot in the Park, before scoring a huge hit opposite Paul Newman in 1969’s Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. His second collaboration with Newman, 1973’s The Sting, remains his biggest box-office success, and brought his only Oscar nomination for acting to date. (He lost to Jack Lemmon for Save the Tiger.) He was given an honorary Oscar in 2001.
|The Horse Whisperer, 1998.|
Redford developed a parallel career as a director, winning a best director Oscar in 1980 for Ordinary People and receiving a nomination in 1994 for Quiz Show. He also co-founded what was to become the Sundance film festival in 1978 and is currently president of the allied Sundance Institute. When asked whether he intends to continue directing, Redford said: “We’ll see about that.”