PARIS – United States actor, director and producer Robert Redford will receive an honorary Cesar Award at the 44th edition of the prestigious French film awards in February, the academy that gives out the prizes announced on Friday.
82-year-old Redford, well-known for his lead roles in “The Sting” (1973), “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” (1969), and “Up Close and Personal” (1996), is set to receive the Cesar of Honor award at the upcoming Cesar Award ceremony on Feb. 22.
“It is a true Hollywood legend that will come to receive, Friday, Feb. 22, 2019, on the stage of Salle Pleyel, the Cesar of Honor of the 44th Ceremony,” the French Academy of Cinema Arts and Techniques said in a statement.
“An iconic actor, exceptional director, passionate producer, founder and president of Sundance, the world’s most renowned independent film festival, Robert Redford has put his stamp on everything he has been involved in in the world of cinema,” the academy added.
The academy praised Redford’s broad catalog as an actor, producer and director, saying that “Robert Redford is most definitely a monument.”
“Many of his films, in front of or behind the camera, are today classics. Few careers have had such an impact on the history of cinema,” the academy added.
The American bid farewell to his acting career with “The Old Man & the Gun,” a 2018 David Lowery movie in which he embodies a 79-year-old criminal.