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Robert Redford Announces His Retirement From Acting—But He Isn't Leaving Hollywood Just Yet

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On Monday, Hollywood icon Robert Redford announced his retirement from acting—but he hasn't entirely closed the door on directing.

Redford's final film as an actor will be the forthcoming The Old Man & The Gun, a crime comedy directed by David Lowery.

In an exclusive interview with Entertainment Weekly, the 81-year-old Oscar winner and founder of the Sundance Film Festival said:

Never say never, but I pretty well concluded that this would be it for me in terms of acting, and [I'll] move towards retirement after this 'cause I've been doing it since I was 21. I thought, Well, that's enough. And why not go out with something that's very upbeat and positive?

Check it out via journalist Mark Harris' thread:

Commenters showed their appreciation for his legacy and were sad to see him go:

Many fans reflected on their favorite Robert Redford movies:

Rob Lowe, who called Redford his hero, also listed his favorite Redford flicks:

He may be closing the curtain on acting roles, but Redford's retirement doesn't mean he won't still be involved in movies.

When EW asked if he'd still direct, Redford said:

We'll see about that.

And there was more praise:

The Old Man & The Gun, which explores the life of American career criminal Forrest Tucker and co-stars Elisabeth Moss, Sissy Spacek, Casey Affleck, and Danny Glover, opens September 28.