Robert Redford to Retire From Acting After 6 Decades

August 6, 2018 Updated: August 7, 2018    

Robert Redford has worked as an actor for six decades, and he recently told Entertainment that his new movie, “The Old Man & The Gun” will be his final work before his retirement.

“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,” said Redford who was born on August 18, 1936. He is about to celebrate his 82nd birthday.

Jane Fonda and Robert Redford walk the red carpet during the 74th Venice Film Festival at Sala Grande on September 1, 2017 in Venice, Italy.(Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)

In the upcoming movie, Redford plays criminal Forrest Tucker who robbed banks and was caught, but then escaped from prison successfully 17 times over 60 years. Redford is a co-producer for the movie, and he’s indecisive about whether he will direct any film in the future or not.

Robert Redford attends the 25th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards at Cipriani Wall Street on November 30, 2015 in New York City.(Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

Meanwhile the film director David Lowery doubted that Redford will really retire from being an actor this time.

“He says it’s his last leading role, at the very least, the last time he’ll star in a movie, but I don’t think he can stop. He just loves it too much,” Lowery said in an interview with USA Today.

In fact, Redford talked about quitting acting in 2016 during a Q&A session with his grandson Dylan Redford, who is an artist and gallerist. At that time, Redford was getting tired of acting and thinking about going back to painting or other artwork.

Robert Redford received a Golden Lion award for lifetime achievement at the 74th Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, September 1, 2017. (Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters)

Redford has won an Academy Award twice, one for Best Director (“Ordinary People,” 1980) and the other a Lifetime Achievement Award (2001). He was nominated for the Golden Globe Awards seven times and won three times: New Star of the Year-Actor in “Inside Daisy Clover” (1965), Director of “Ordinary People” (1980), and the Cecil B. DeMille Award (1994). He is also a producer and founder of the Sundance Film Festival.

Robert Redford, attends the opening day press conference of Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, January 21, 2016.(Valerie Macon/AFP/Getty Images)

“The Old Man & The Gun” is schedule to be released on September 28, but will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.