Actor Robert Redford announced that he is retiring from the movie industry, after a stellar career of almost 60 years. The creator of the ‘Sundance Film Festival’ talked to ‘Entertainment Weekly’ about his decision to retire at 81. He said, “Never say never, but I pretty well concluded that this would be it for me as far as acting. I’ll move towards retirement after this cause I’ve been doing it since I was 21.” The actor’s last role is in the upcoming film, ‘The Old Man & A Gun.’
The actor said that he got some clarity from this latest role, he said it was an amazing role, and film to be a part of. The role based on a true story tells the story of career criminal Forest Tucker. The bank robber robed 17 banks, got sent to prison 17 times and escaped 17 times. Redford explained about all of Tucker’s escapes and robberies, “So it made me wonder, I wonder if he was not adverse to getting caught, so that he could enjoy the thrill of his life which was to escape.” Redford is an Academy Award winning director, with the film he directed ‘Ordinary People.’
Redford was asked if he would consider directing another film, he said “We will have to see about that.” Redford started dropping hints about retiring in 2016, he has been in some iconic and classic films in the last 6 decades. In 1969 ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid’ with Paul Newman, in ‘The Sting’ in 1973. He starred opposite Barbara Streisand in 1973 in ‘The Way We Were’, and ‘All The Presidents Men’ with Dustin Hoffman in 1976. He was given an Oscar for a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ in 2002. President Obama awarded Redford with the ‘Presidential Medal of Freedom’ award in 2016. Redford has three children with his first wife, he is married since 2009 to his second wife, Sibylle Szaggers.