Actor, director, and founder of the Sundance Institute, Robert Redford, has announced that he is retiring from acting. Picture: AFP Photo / Angela Weiss
Actor, director, and founder of the Sundance Institute, Robert Redford, has announced that he is retiring from acting. Picture: AFP Photo / Angela Weiss

'Tired of acting': Redford retires from Hollywood

ROBERT Redford is done with acting.

On Monday, the 81-year-old Oscar-winner confirmed the film The Old Man & the Gun will be his final on-screen performance.

According to the New York Post Redford 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?" Redford told Entertainment Weekly.

Robert Redford (left) is best known for his role as Butch Cassidy in the 1969 film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid in a 1969 file photo. Picture: Supplied
Robert Redford (left) is best known for his role as Butch Cassidy in the 1969 film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid in a 1969 file photo. Picture: Supplied

Redford, best known for roles in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sting and All the President's Men, first discussed retirement plans during a 2016 interview with grandson Dylan Redford.

"Yeah, a lot - and a lot lately because 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," Redford said.

"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."

Robert Redford was most recently seen in the film ‘Our Souls At Night’ with Jane Fonda. Picture: Mark Milan/Getty Images for Netflix
Robert Redford was most recently seen in the film ‘Our Souls At Night’ with Jane Fonda. Picture: Mark Milan/Getty Images for Netflix


Redford said that Our Souls at Night with Jane Fonda, a love story for older people who get a second chance in life, and Old Man with a Gun, a lighter piece with Casey Affleck and Sissy Spacek, would be his swan song.

"Once they're done then I'm going to say, 'Okay, that's goodbye to all that,' and then just focus on directing."

The Old Man & the Gun is scheduled to be released on September 28 in the US.

This article was first published in the New York Post and is republished with permission.


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