Robert Redford announces retirement after 60 YEAR acting career

Robert Redford, 81, announces his retirement from acting after a Hollywood career spanning almost 60 YEARS

  • Robert Redford, 81, will end his iconic 56-year film career with final movie, The Old Man & The Gun
  • The Hollywood megastar said he is glad to go out on an ‘upbeat and positive’ note, portraying real-life criminal Forrest Tucker
  • The veteran actor announced two years ago he was planning to stop working after finishing his remaining projects
  • Redford first began acting on stage in the 1950s, and made his screen debut in a leading role in the 1962 film War Hunt as Private Roy Loomis
  • He reached stardom following the success of 1969 Western classic Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid, where he played a Wild West outlaw

Robert Redford has announced his retirement from acting after a career spanning almost six decades.

The Hollywood megastar, 81, will end his iconic 56-year film career with final movie, The Old Man & The Gun, and said he is glad to go out on an ‘upbeat and positive’ note.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly on Monday about his future, he 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 because I’ve been doing it since I was 21.’

Curtain call: Robert Redford has announced his retirement from acting after a career spanning almost six decades, ending with new movie The Old Man & The Gun (pictured)

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

The veteran actor announced two years ago he was planning to stop working after finishing his remaining projects and previously said he would focus on directing when he finished acting.


  • Patrick Stewart, 78, can’t hide his delight on celebratory…


    Sir Ian McKellen pulls out of King Lear after hurting his…


    David Hasselhoff, 66, and Hayley Roberts, 38, unveil first…


    The Crown’s Olivia Colman is worlds away from her regal role…

Share this article

Discussing the possibility of turning his talents behind the camera, he told the publication: ‘We’ll see about that.’  

Redford first began acting on stage in the 1950s, and made his screen debut in a leading role in the 1962 film War Hunt as Private Roy Loomis. 

Major success: The actor, 81, reached stardom following the success of 1969 Western classic Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid, where he played a Wild West outlaw 

He reached stardom following the success of 1969 Western classic Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid, where he played a Wild West outlaw alongside Paul Newman. 

Playing the eponymous Harry ‘Sundance Kid’ Longabaugh, the film follows the two anti-heroes as they try to outrun a US posse after a string of train robberies. 

Another popular hit for the actor was the 1967 romantic comedy Barefoot In The Park, which he had also performed on stage, and starred in alongside Jane Fonda.

It was thanks to this film that he earned an image as Hollywood’s golden boy, which he was determined to shake off for much of his career.  

Versatile: Another popular hit for the actor was the 1967 romantic comedy Barefoot In The Park, which he had also performed on stage, and starred in alongside Jane Fonda

Taking on new and exciting roles, his 1976 critically-acclaimed film All The President’s Men was a landmark film in Robert’s career.

Acting alongside Dustin Hoffman, the political thriller featured a realistic portrayal of journalists seeking out the truth about the Watergate Scandal, which led to President Richard Nixon’s resignation from office in 1974.

In his final film, the screen legend plays Forrest Tucker, a real-life criminal who robbed banks and broke out of prison multiple times, and Redford was fascinated by the ‘wonderful character’. 

He said: ‘To me, that was a wonderful character to play at this point in my life. The thing that really got me about him — which I hope the film shows — is he robbed 17 banks and he got caught 17 times and went to prison 17 times. 

Another big hit: Taking on new and exciting roles, his 1976 critically-acclaimed film All The President’s Men was a landmark film in Robert’s career

‘But he also escaped 17 times. So it made me wonder: I wonder if he was not averse to getting caught so he that could enjoy the real thrill of his life, which is to escape?”

The actor first suggested that retirement was on the cards in 2016, when he told the Walker Art Centre that his two films in production would be his last. 

He said: ‘I’m getting tired of acting. I’m an impatient person, so it’s hard for me to sit around and do take after take after take.’

‘At this point in my life, age 80, it’d give me more satisfaction because I’m not dependent on anybody. 

It’s just me, just the way it used to be, and so going back to sketching–that’s sort of where my head is right now.  

‘[After my last projects have wrapped] I’m going to say, ‘OK, that’s goodbye to all that,’ and then just focus on directing.’ 

Exciting role: In The Old Man & The Gun, the screen legend plays Forrest Tucker, a real-life criminal who robbed banks and broke out of prison multiple times

Source: Read Full Article