Robert Redford Says He’s Retiring from Acting After More Than 60 Years

Filmmaker revealed that 'The Old Man & the Gun' will be his final time in front of the camera — but he could still direct

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Robert Redford has announced he is retiring from the acting game.

The 82-year-old told Entertainment Weekly in a recent interview that his latest film, “The Old Man & the Gun,” will likely be his final time appearing in front of the camera.

“Never say never, but I pretty well concluded that this would be it for me in terms of acting, and [I’ll] move toward retirement after this, ’cause I’ve been doing it since I was 21. I thought, ‘Well, that’s enough,'” he said. “And why not go out with something that’s very upbeat and positive?”

Redford did say he is open to continuing to direct.

When asked about stepping behind the camera again, he said, “We’ll see about that.” Redford won the Academy Award in 1980 for Best Director for “Ordinary People.” He has since directed films such as “The Horse Whisperer” and “The Legend of Bagger Vance.”

The last full-length feature he directed was 2012’s “The Company You Keep.”

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As an actor, Redford is best known for such classic films as “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and “All the President’s Men.”

The Old Man & the Gun” finds Redford starring as Forrest Tucker, a real-life bank robber who robbed 17 banks, was arrested 17 times and broke out of jail 17 times.

There’s always a chance Redford could return to acting in the future.

Others have made the vow to retire from performing, too, but ultimately were tempted back in to the business. Clint Eastwood, for instance, last said he was going to stop acting after 2012’s “Trouble with the Curve,” but he is currently starring in “The Mule,” which he’s also directing.

Redford’s “The Old Man & the Gun” hits theaters on September 28 of this year.

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