By Travis Martin
After more than 50 years in the business, renowned actor Robert Redford has announced that he will be retiring from acting. This revelation came from an interview Redford had with his grandson Dylan, stating that he was “getting tired of acting.”
Redford went on to say, “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.”
The actor began his career in 1960 in small bit parts on television. It was his role in 1965’s “Inside Daisy Clover” that garnered him attention and a Golden Globe for best new star. It was his role as infamous outlaw the Sundance Kid with Paul Newman‘s Butch Cassidy in 1969’s “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” that made Redford both a star and an icon in the film industry. He made more powerhouse acting turns in films like “Jeremiah Johnson,” “The Sting,“ “All the President’s Men,“ and “Out of Africa.“
It was not until 1981 that Redford became known for his directing chops, winning an Academy Award that year for Best Director for the film “Ordinary People.“ Redford would go on to direct other films such as “A River Runs Through It,” “Quiz Show,” “The Horse Whisperer,“ and “The Conspirator.“ The actor is also responsible for forming the Sundance Film Festival, named after his most famous role.
Recently, Redford gain critical acclaim for his role in 2013’s “All is Lost“ as an old man lost at sea. He also played villain Alexander Pierce in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and the character Mr. Meacham in “Pete’s Dragon.“ Redford claims that he will retire after finishing “The Old Man and the Gun” with Casey Affleck and “Our Souls at Night” with Jane Fonda. He is also set to star in the romantic, science fiction ensemble “The Discovery” and in “Come Sunday” with Chiwetel Ejiofor.