- 07 Aug 18
81-year-old Robert Redford has announced that he's retiring as an actor after a distinguished career that has lasted 60 years.
"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?” Robert Redford told EW.
Robert Redford's last role is the upcoming film, The Old Man & The Gun , which is based on a true story about a bank robbery whose, er, "career" also lasted 60 years.
“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. But he also escaped 17 times," said Robert Redford.
"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?"
Robert Redford has 78 credits to his name as an actor, according to his IMDb page. He has a further 50 credits to his name as a producer and 10 as a director.
Despite such a distinguished career, Robert Redford was only nominated once for an Oscar as Best Actor for his role in The Sting, back in 1973. He failed to win on that occasion, but his first film as a director, Ordinary People, won him an Oscar for Best Picture in 1980. Perhaps surprisingly, it's the only time he won an Academy Award.