In an interview along with his grandson, Hollywood star Robert Redford announced that he has plans to retire from acting.

Several projects coming up

The actor said, "I’m getting tired of acting. I’m an impatient person, so it’s hard for me to sit around and do take after take after take." He also said that he wanted to focus on directing, "I’m thinking of moving in that direction and not acting so much. I’ve got two acting projects in the works: "Our Souls at Night", with Jane Fonda, a love story for older people who get a second chance in life, and "Old Man with a Gun", a lighter piece with Casey Affleck and Sissy Spacek.

Once they’re done then I’m going to say, “Okay, that’s goodbye to all that,” and then just focus on directing."

His publicist, Cindi Berger of PMK*BNC, later said, "He is certainly not retiring now from acting because he has several projects coming down the pike." She added that he has more projects coming up beyond the two he is slated for.

Acclaimed actor

Redford's acting career began in the 1960's when he appeared in several television shows, including "The Voice of Charlie Point" (1962) where he received an Emmy nomination. His Film debut was that same year in the war film "War Hunt" alongside John Saxon and Charles Aidman. He later won a Golden Globe for "Inside Daisy Clover" (1965) and landed a breakout starring role in "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" in 1969.

This propelled him into the spotlight, where he continued making more high-profile films such as "Jeremiah Johnson" (1972) and "All the President's Men" (1976). His directorial debut came in 1980 where he directed Donald Sutherland in "Ordinary People". It would go on to earn six Oscar nominations, winning four, and five Golden Globes.

By the end of the 1970's he also helped found the Sundance Film Festival in Salt Lake City, a prestigious film festival for independent directors. It was named after his character from 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid'.

In recent years, Redford's films have all been met with high critical acclaim. He produced, directed and starred in"The Company You Keep" in 2012 after a five-year hiatus. In 2013, he starred in "All Is Lost", about a man lost at sea. It received a standing ovation at Cannes and was nominated for many awards.