Robert Redford Announces Retirement From Acting

Robert Redford

Legendary actor, producer and director Robert Redford has seemingly announced his retirement from acting. The comments were made in an interview with Redford’s grandson, Dylan, posted online Thursday.

The interview spans the topics of art, life and, of course, movies. To that end, Redford says he might want to focus more on directing after finishing up his current projects. “Yeah, a lot — And a lot lately because I’m getting tired of acting,” Redford said after being asked if he’d like to return to painting, one of his other passions. “I’m an impatient person, so it’s hard for me to sit around and do take after take after take. 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. So I’m thinking of moving in that direction and not acting so much.”

Redford has “Our Souls at Night” with Jane Fonda and “Old Man With a Gun” with Casey Affleck and Sissy Spacek currently in the works. He says after those films come out, he would like to be done. “Once they’re done then I’m going to say, ‘Okay, that’s goodbye to all that,’ and then just focus on directing,” he said.

Redford will also appear in the upcoming films, “The Discovery” and “Come Sunday.”

The actor has directed several films. He won Best Director for “Ordinary People” in 1981. And despite 79 acting credits of various kinds, Redford has never won an acting Oscar. He also has 48 producing credits to his name.

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