Renowned actor-turned-director Robert Redford has been a Hollywood icon for nearly 60 years. He started his career on Broadway, eventually landing roles in TV series and small films before he made his big break in BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID in 1969.
He’s starred in countless films and won many awards since then, including the World Film Favorite Henrietta Award at the Golden Globes in 1975, 1977 and 1978; an Honorary Academy Award® in 2002; and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016. Redford is also the creator of the Sundance Institute and Film Festival in Utah.
Though he’s retiring from acting — he is 82, after all — his contributions to film will continue to be celebrated, and fans will have one more opportunity to see the legend on the big screen in THE OLD MAN & THE GUN, opening October 19.
A mix of comedy, crime and drama, the film is based on the true story of Forrest Tucker (Redford), from his audacious escape from San Quentin at the age of 70 to an unprecedented string of heists that confounded authorities and enchanted the public. Wrapped up in the pursuit are detective John Hunt (Casey Affleck), who becomes captivated with Forrest's commitment to his craft, and a woman (Sissy Spacek), who loves him in spite of his chosen profession.
Before you see his final performance, check out 10 Robert Redford films AMC (and everyone else) loves, starting with the title that launched his film career.
BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID (1969)
You never met a pair like Butch and The Kid! BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID is a classic American western, set in early 1900’s Wyoming. Butch (Paul Newman) and The Kid (Redford) are the leaders of a band of outlaws. After a train robbery goes wrong, they find themselves on the run with a posse hard on their heels. Their solution: Escape to Bolivia.
Four must be The Kid’s lucky number: The film won four Academy Awards, was nominated for four Golden Globes and is Redford’s fourth highest-grossing film.
THE STING (1973)
In 1973, Redford and Newman teamed up again for THE STING, a crime dramady about two grifters who attempt to pull off the ultimate con. The blockbuster earned Redford his first and only Oscar® nomination for acting. In total, THE STING was nominated for 10 Oscars and won seven, including Best Picture.
ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN (1976)
While BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID launched Redford’s film career, ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN established his star status. In the bio-drama, Redford and Dustin Hoffman portray The Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, respectively, who uncovered the details of the Watergate scandal that led to President Richard Nixon's resignation.
The film won four Academy Awards and remains the seventh highest-grossing film in the News/Broadcasting genre.
ORDINARY PEOPLE (1980)
In 1980, Redford launched his successful directing career with heartbreaking drama ORDINARY PEOPLE. The accidental death of the older son of an affluent family deeply strains the relationships among the bitter mother (Mary Tyler Moore), the good-natured father (Donald Sutherland) and the guilt-ridden younger son (Timothy Hutton).
The film won five out of its six Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director — a major achievement for Redford.
OUT OF AFRICA (1985)
Based on events in the life of Karen Blixen-Finecke, OUT OF AFRICA tells the story of a Danish baroness/plantation owner (Meryl Streep), who has a passionate love affair with a free-spirited big-game hunter (Redford). The film is known for its beautiful cinematography, winning the Academy Award for the category. In total, OUT OF AFRICA was nominated for a whopping 11 Academy Awards and won seven, including Best Picture.
INDECENT PROPOSAL (1993)
A husband. A wife. A billionaire. A proposal. INDECENT PROPOSAL is a romance drama starring Redford, Woody Harrelson and Demi Moore. Despite winning three Razzie Awards, “in recognition of the worst in film,” INDECENT PROPOSAL was a big success at the box office: It’s Redford’s third highest-grossing film of his career and the sixth highest-grossing film of 1993.
QUIZ SHOW (1994)
Redford rounded up a strong cast — featuring Paul Scofield, John Turturro, Rob Morrow and Ralph Fiennes — for QUIZ SHOW, an exposé of the “Twenty-One” quiz show scandals of the 1950s. Young lawyer Richard Goodwin (who co-produced the film) investigates a potentially fixed game show and its big-time winner, Charles Van Doren. The film earned Redford Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for Best Picture and Best Director, but unfortunately not the statuettes.
THE HORSE WHISPERER (1998)
Redford returned to his Western roots in THE HORSE WHISPERER. Redford directed and starred in the film alongside newcomer Scarlett Johansson. The mother (Kristin Scott Thomas) of a severely traumatized daughter (Johansson) enlists the aid of a unique horse trainer (Redford) to help the girl's equally injured horse. The film was nominated for the Best Original Song Oscar and the Best Picture and Best Director Golden Globes.
UP CLOSE & PERSONAL (1996)
Co-starring Michelle Pfeiffer, UP CLOSE & PERSONAL is a love story between an ambitious young woman, who’s determined to build a career in TV journalism, and her first boss and mentor (Redford). The film is the 10th highest-grossing film in the News/Broadcasting genre and the 10th highest-grossing PG-13 rated film of 1996.
THE OLD MAN & THE GUN (Opening October 19)
Redford’s career comes full circle in THE OLD MAN & THE MAN, a mostly true story. The legend is back to wooing women and slinging guns as real-life bank robber and escape artist Forrest Tucker. The role, Redford said, will be his last, so you can’t miss his performance on the big screen. Get your tickets to THE OLD MAN & THE GUN at AMC today.