Robert Redford confirms he is to retire from acting
Robert Redford has confirmed that he is to retire from acting.
The 81-year-old will next be seen in The Old Man and The Gun, the true story of a criminal who escaped from jail in a kayak at the age of 59 before committing more heists. A part that he now says will be his last.
He told Entertainment Weekly: "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?
Redford made his debut in 1960 in Tall Story and would claim key roles in All The President's Men, The Sting and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid during his career.
He also found success as a director, winning an Oscar for his 1980 flick Ordinary People, with A River Runs Through It and The Legend of Bagger Vance also among his credits.
In The Old Man and The Gun, Redford will play Forrest Tucker, who crafted a 14ft kayak while in San Quentin Prison in California, and, along with two other inmates, used it to paddle away from the prison in 1979.
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