Robert Redford says he’s retiring from acting. He’s making good on a comment he offered two years ago that the end was near.
He tells Entertainment Weekly that he may still direct. He won an Oscar in 1981 for directing “Ordinary People.”
His last film, “The Old Man and the Gun,” will be released at the end of September.
Redford has never won an Oscar for acting. He was nominated just once in 1974 for “The Sting.” One problem is that he’s not a campaigner– he’s never put much stock in soliciting awards. But he has plenty of films for which he should have been nominated, from “The Candidate” and “Jeremiah Johnson” to “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” “The Way We Were,” “Three Days of the Condor,” “Out of Africa,” “All the President’s Men,” and even more recently, his brilliant work in “All is Lost.” He was also excellent as Dan Rather in the little seen “Truth.”
Redford’s not going away. He still runs the Sundance Film Festival and all its organizations. He’s a vocal environmentalist. And maybe he will direct again, too.