Robert Redford has decided to hang up his spurs with his final movie The Old Man & The Gun playing career criminal and escape artist Forrest Tucker, due out late September. He said “I’ve been doing it (acting) since I was 21. I thought why not go out with something that’s very upbeat and positive?”
He made his mark in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and All the President’s Men and Out of Africa; as well as with his Sundance Film Festival and his advocacy of environmental causes.
Born 18 August 1936 8.02 pm Santa Monica, CA, he didn’t excel in school, fell out of college and ended up in New York, starting to act on Broadway and in television before moving into films.
He has a hard-working 6th house Leo Sun with Venus, Neptune, Mercury, Moon in Virgo also in his 6th; and his Moon, Mercury, Neptune opposition Saturn in Pisces and square Jupiter in Sagittarius in the 9th.
The Virgo planets plus Saturn plus 6th house would make him fairly understated and he was known as “the cool guy”, with one director remarking “The young Redford’s ambition was as hot as his personality was chilly.”
Jupiter in the 9th has an idealistic and philosophical slant as well as being a luck-bringer as the focal planet on a T Square. His entertainment 5th house has a mega-ton Pluto in late Cancer conjunct Mars in Leo, so when he performed he made a powerful impact. His Uranus in Taurus is in a creative trine to Neptune and trine his Capricorn North Node for an Earth Grand Trine hence his interests in the natural world.
Why now for retirement? He’s on a Progressed Moon Return which is a staging post in life; has had Jupiter moving through his 8th recently which often accompanies a transition. Plus his Solar Arc MC is almost exactly conjunct his Saturn drawing a line; and his Solar Arc Mars is moving to square his Pluto which will block his 5th house activities.
Although never say never. Actors often retire until tempted by another juicy project. And with tr Saturn now moving through his upper quadrant for a few years he’s unlikely to put his feet up altogether.