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

On Monday, Hollywood elite 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-yer-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:

Commenters were sad to see him go: 

Rob Lowe called him his hero and listed his favorite Redford flicks:

The Old Man & The Gun opens September 28th. 

H/T: HuffPost, Entertainment Weekly, Twitter