Robert Redford, 80, has announced that he plans to retire. During an interview with his grandson Dylan at the Walker Arts Centre, Redford told him that he plans to retire from acting after finishing his two current film projects. Those projects are “Old Man With a Gun,” which will be about an aging back robber, and “Our Souls at Night,” which will reunite him with Jane Fonda. Redford had also just finished a third movie, “The Discovery.” All three movies are expected to come out in 2017.
Redford has been acting since the 1960s. He has played characters like The Sundance Kid in 1969’s “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and Johnny Hooker in 1973’s “The Sting.” The latter film netted him a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Actor. Younger fans know Redford as Alexander Pierce, the evil leader of Hydra in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” (2014). He has also appeared in other recent pictures like “All Is Lost” (2013) and the remake of “Pete’s Dragon” (2016).
In the late 1970s, Redford embarked on a career as a director. His first film, 1980’s “Ordinary People,” got him an Academy Award for Best Director.
In 1981, Redford established the Sundance Institute to aid and fund independent filmmakers, especially those at the beginning of their careers. Three years later, the Institute began running the US Film Festival, which was eventually renamed the Sundance Film Festival.
Redford’s retirement won’t be too quiet, for he plans to continue directing and painting.