Sydney Pollack dies aged 73

A first look back at the work of the legendary director, producer and actor

Academy Award-winning director, Sydney Pollack, has died at the age of 73. He died of stomach cancer at his home in Los Angeles, California on Monday, 26 May.

Pollack started his career as an actor and acting teacher before moving behind the lens as both director and producer. He began his directorial career in television, working on such projects as the Alfred Hitchcock Hour, hospital drama, Ben Casey, and The Fugitive. His first foray into film was the 1965 drama, The Slender Thread, starring Anne Bancroft and Sidney Poitier.

He first appeared in one of his own films in 1979, in The Electric Horseman. A few years later he took the part of Dustin Hoffman's agent, George Fields, in Tootsie. He went on to appear in many of his own films and those directed by his contemporaries including Husbands and Wives, The Player, Death Becomes Her, Eyes Wide Shut and Michael Clayton.

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The gang. Sidney Pollack, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese - WireImage.com

He won two Academy Awards in 1986 for Out of Africa for both Best Director and Best Picture. He was also nominated for Best Director in 1970 for They Shoot the Horses, Don't They? and again in 1983 for Tootsie for which he also received a Best Picture Nomination. In 2008 he was nominated for Best Picture for Michael Clayton.

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Sidney Pollack with Anjelica Huston, Geraldine Page, and William Hurt - WireImage.com

Beside his own collection of awards garnered throughout his career, he directed many actors to Academy Award nominations including: Jane Fonda; Barbra Streisand; Paul Newman; Jessica Lange; Dustin Hoffman; Teri Garr; Meryl Streep; and Holly Hunter.

To read more about the accomplished career of Sydney Pollack, and view his complete filmography, visit his Rotten Tomatoes profile.

Comments

CoUcH ToMaToE DoUgIe

Shawn Amoroso

R.I.P.- Sydney Pollack. You will be deeply missed. Thank you

for all wonder and art you portrayed in your memorable acting and fantastic

directing. You will never be forgotten.

May 26 - 08:37 PM

dakingofallthings

Eric Duran

May He Rest In Peace

May 27 - 10:34 AM

DariusVIII

Sam Wotzka

Maybe not as well known as Spielberg or Scorsese by the common man, but that picture says it all....he was top tier, no doubt about it, and he was still going strong as evidenced by his acting and producing role in Michael Clayton. RIP.

May 26 - 08:56 PM

Alex Vo

Alex Vo

This may be weird, but this one is hitting way harder than Ledger, Bergman, or Antonioni.

May 26 - 09:07 PM

jocorotten

Joanna Cohen

I get it Alex. I grew up on a steady diet of Pollack. All of those deaths were so very sad but between them they have left an astounding body of work. I, for one, can hardly wait to get home to watch Tootsie.

May 26 - 09:15 PM

jokerboy1991

jack giroux

Sad. He will be missed.

May 26 - 09:24 PM

MM54

Ben Friend

...wow... I didn't even know he was sick.

RIP Sydney Pollack, a true cinematic legend.

May 26 - 09:28 PM

IBelieveInHarveyDent

john lyon

its a damn shame he had to go out on made of honor

May 26 - 10:58 PM

aaronflux

Aaron Pruner

This makes me sad.

May 26 - 11:08 PM

Redeeming_Light

Dieri Castrejon

The deaths of the Chinese earthquake victims are much more important to me right now than some guy I don't even know. All I can say about this guy is "whatever."

May 27 - 01:05 AM

Young Turk

Joe Massino

Then why are you on RT?

May 27 - 01:30 AM

Matanuki

Matanuki .

"Then why are you on RT?"

Good question. Add to that, what's the point of the negativity? Random folks were doing the same thing when Ledger passed, trolling the tribute boards to post a bunch of unprovoked negative comments. Makes no sense at all.

R.I.P Mr. Pollack. You lived it.

May 27 - 04:29 AM

Some guy you dont know

Bruce Campbell

Then how about you kill yourself? Then everyone can be happy.

A legend has left us, who shall be remembered. What makes this even harder is that he left us with Maid of Honor.

May 27 - 04:49 AM

michaeljbyrd

Michael Byrd

I guess the deaths in China are so important that you came to RT looking for ways to support their families? Or to get up to the minute updates on the toll of this and other natural disasters the world over? I understand that the name Rotten Tomatoes leads one to believe this site deals with the real world issues of drought, famine, and the negative impact of pesticides. Especially when they mislead with their coverage of obviously non-fictional people like this John Rambo guy and his struggle to help the Burmese people.

The fact that you are using your "overwhelming" concern for the loss of life over there to bash the death of a single person says something far more negative about you.

May 27 - 05:03 AM

Regenerator

Gonzalo Rodríguez

Redeeming_Light, just why exactly the f*** do you bring that up? It´s got nothing to do with the subject in hand. You really are full of ****, dumbass

May 27 - 06:34 AM

AnthonyDidge

Anthony D

Wait, so let me get this straight Redeeming Light, you don't care about Sydney Pollack's death because you didn't know him. Yet you care about the deaths of earthquake victims, so to this I must believe you knew every person that perished in China?

And on to a great man, Rest in peace Sydney...You're genius to movies will be missed, but your influence will carry on through other filmmakers trying to achieve a greatness few can attain. But you did attain that greatness.

May 27 - 02:25 PM

MaxFisher14

Jack Essenberg

WHAT THE F-CK IS YOUR PRBLEM,MAN!!! IF YOU CARE MORE ABOUT THE CHINA VICTIMS GO TO ANOTHER DAMN WEBSITE!!!!! SYDNEY POLLACK WAS AMAZING YOU ASSH0LE!!!!

May 27 - 02:51 PM

Simsgil

Bob Gilbert

So, how many Chinese earthquake victims DID you know?

May 27 - 04:51 PM

Sexy Wolfen

Joseph Greene

Speachless.

May 27 - 01:17 AM

Young Turk

Joe Massino

Then why are you on RT?

May 27 - 01:30 AM

Matanuki

Matanuki .

"Then why are you on RT?"

Good question. Add to that, what's the point of the negativity? Random folks were doing the same thing when Ledger passed, trolling the tribute boards to post a bunch of unprovoked negative comments. Makes no sense at all.

R.I.P Mr. Pollack. You lived it.

May 27 - 04:29 AM

Matanuki

Matanuki .

"Then why are you on RT?"

Good question. Add to that, what's the point of the negativity? Random folks were doing the same thing when Ledger passed, trolling the tribute boards to post a bunch of unprovoked negative comments. Makes no sense at all.

R.I.P Mr. Pollack. You lived it.

May 27 - 04:29 AM

Some guy you dont know

Bruce Campbell

Then how about you kill yourself? Then everyone can be happy.

A legend has left us, who shall be remembered. What makes this even harder is that he left us with Maid of Honor.

May 27 - 04:49 AM

Angel Dust

Duncan Cole

Sad news. I absolutely loved him in 'Husbands and Wives'.

May 27 - 04:55 AM

michaeljbyrd

Michael Byrd

I guess the deaths in China are so important that you came to RT looking for ways to support their families? Or to get up to the minute updates on the toll of this and other natural disasters the world over? I understand that the name Rotten Tomatoes leads one to believe this site deals with the real world issues of drought, famine, and the negative impact of pesticides. Especially when they mislead with their coverage of obviously non-fictional people like this John Rambo guy and his struggle to help the Burmese people.

The fact that you are using your "overwhelming" concern for the loss of life over there to bash the death of a single person says something far more negative about you.

May 27 - 05:03 AM

Regenerator

Gonzalo Rodríguez

Redeeming_Light, just why exactly the f*** do you bring that up? It´s got nothing to do with the subject in hand. You really are full of ****, dumbass

May 27 - 06:34 AM

TombstoneLawDog

Daniel Klein

I know about four people have already pounced on you for this, but you deserve it and probably a lot worse, so...

A man who had personal and cultural importance to a lot of people died and is being mourned. The fact that the loudest thing you can offer is your ignorance of his life and preening, self-righteous indifference means that you should--and I mean this from the bottom of my heart and on behalf of all mourners or people offering their respects-- SHUT THE F#CK UP and never post again on RT.

May 27 - 06:39 AM

TombstoneLawDog

Daniel Klein

For some reason it didn't list 'in response to' but obviously my post was directed at Redeeming_Light.

Rest in Peace, Sydney Pollack. My condolences to his family and friends.

May 27 - 06:44 AM

indiefilmfan2

Brandon R

I remember the first time I saw him in a film, Eyes Wide Shut. Pollack's acting parts were usually pretty small but always meaningful. My favorite performance of his would probably be the part of Ben Affleck's father-in-law and boss in Changing Lanes. His best film behind the camera, in my opinion, was The Firm.

May 27 - 07:25 AM

arendr

Arend Anton

Didn't see this coming. Wow.

May 27 - 07:25 AM

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