Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Robert Redford Says He’s Retiring from Acting At Age 81, One Last Film Coming this Fall


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.


Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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