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After Film Career Spanning Nearly Six Decades, Beloved Actor Announces Retirement

Robert Redford, one of the last living legends of the Golden Age of Hollywood, announced his retirement from acting on Monday. The 81-year-old filmmaker says he's not sure what his future holds right now, but he has pretty much decided that if he takes any part in any future films, he won't be in front of the camera.

Redford told Entertainment Weekly on Monday that he's been acting since he was 21 years old, and he's ready to call it quits. Her recently finished filming 'The Old Man & the Gun', directed by David Lowery, which is slated for release in September of 2018.

"I thought, 'Well, that's enough,' and 'Why not go out with something that's very upbeat and positive?'" Redford said.

In the film, Redford plays Forrest Tucker, a real-life bank robber. Redford thought he made a 'wonderful character' to play.

“To me, that was a wonderful character to play at this point in my life,” he says. “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.”

Redford began his film career in the 1950s, mostly on stage and in television roles. He first appeared on the silver screen in 1960, playing a basketball player in 'Tall Story'.

Redford appeared in a number of well-received films in the 1960's, including the film adaption of Neil Simon's 'Barefoot in the Park' and sport's drama 'Downhill Racer', but his breakout role was the role of Sundance in the highly acclaimed film, 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid'.

With his rugged good looks and charm, he found super-stardom in the 1970's after starring in films such as 'The Way We Were', 'The Great Gatsby' and 'All the President's Men'.

In the 1980's, Redford continued acting, and also began directing and producing. 'Ordinary People' was Redford's directorial debut. The film won the Academy Award for Best Picture, and Redford won an Oscar for Best Director.

In 1987, Redford produced his first film, 'Promise Land'. He also lent his voice to narrate a number of documentaries, most of which had an ecological message.

When Entertainment Weekly asked if Redford would be lending his talents behind the scenes of any future films, he said, "We'll see about that."

It is unlikely that Redford will be fully retired, however. In 2015, he told the Wall Street Journal, "You make the most of what you've been given, that's how I see it, and you keep pushing to make more of it. I don't see any reason to stop. I think retirement can lead to death and that's not for me."

Redford's fans and colleagues took to Twitter to wish the filmmaker well in his retirement.

"In honor of my hero Robert Redford’s retirement, here are my favorites of his films: Butch Cassidy, The Natural, Three Days Of The Condor, The Sting, All The President’s Men, Electric Horseman. What an unparalleled run he’s had," tweeted actor Rob Lowe.

"I’m not sad that Robert Redford is retiring from acting. Dude’s more than earned a break. His legacy, and the work he’s given us, will last generations," wrote Rus McLaughlin, a PlayStation writer. "Enjoy yourself, Sundance."

Source: Dailymail
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