Sydney Pollack

Sydney Pollack

Highest Rated: 100% Songwriter (1984)

Lowest Rated: 15% Random Hearts (1999)

Birthday: Jul 1, 1934

Birthplace: Lafayette, Indiana, USA

As an Oscar-winning director-producer-actor, Sydney Pollack was remembered as a filmmaker capable of delivering A-list star power in commercially successful, as well as artistically respectable, feature films throughout the 1970s and '80s. A career that began as an actor and acting coach eventually led to directing, thanks to the advice of actor Burt Lancaster. After years of honing his directorial skills on television, Pollack began picking up feature film work in the mid-'60s. The grueling Depression-era drama "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" (1969) garnered him his first Academy Award nomination and put Pollack on the map as a director of note. He would direct Robert Redford in a total of seven movies, with efforts like "The Way We Were" (1973) and "Three Days of the Condor" (1975) numbering among the star's most popular. "Tootsie" (1982) elevated the director to an elite level of power and prestige in Hollywood few enjoyed. Pollack went on to win two Oscars as a director and producer for his work on the sweeping romance "Out of Africa" (1985). And while the latter film marked the apex of Pollack's directing career, he continued to turn in deft performances as an actor on such hit series as "Will & Grace" (NBC, 1998-2006) and in acclaimed films like "Michael Clayton" (2007). Consistently in tune with the socio-political themes of the time, Pollack effectively tapped in to the American psyche time and again throughout his decades-long filmmaking career.

Highest rated movies

Husbands and Wives
Michael Clayton
Tootsie
Changing Lanes
Eyes Wide Shut
Orchestra Seats
A Civil Action
Made of Honor

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
75% 49% Margaret Producer $46.5K 2011
63% 79% The Reader Producer $34.2M 2008
16% 55% Made of Honor Thomas Sr. (Character) $46.0M 2008
52% 38% Leatherheads Executive Producer $31.2M 2008
91% 69% Michael Clayton Marty Bach (Character),
Producer
$49.0M 2007
74% 70% Orchestra Seats Brian Sobinski (Character) $2.0M 2006
34% 52% Breaking and Entering Producer $929.0K 2006
75% 71% Catch a Fire Executive Producer $4.3M 2006
82% 71% Sketches of Frank Gehry Self,
Director,
Executive Producer
$437.5K 2005
57% 54% The Interpreter Director $72.5M 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet One Six Right Self - 2005
70% 77% Cold Mountain Producer $95.6M 2003
95% 90% Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin Narrator - 2003
87% 72% The Quiet American Executive Producer $13.0M 2002
77% 53% Changing Lanes Delano (Character) $66.8M 2002
59% 39% Birthday Girl Executive Producer $4.9M 2001
79% 73% Iris Executive Producer $5.6M 2001
19% 55% Blow Dry Executive Producer $637.8K 2001
45% 36% Up at the Villa Executive Producer $2.9M 2000
84% 80% The Talented Mr. Ripley Executive Producer $81.3M 1999
15% 24% Random Hearts Carl Broman (Character),
Director,
Producer
$31.1M 1999
76% 74% Eyes Wide Shut Victor Ziegler (Character) $55.7M 1999
65% 77% Sliding Doors Producer $11.9M 1998
62% 55% A Civil Action Al Eustis (Character) $56.7M 1998
No Score Yet 20% Poodle Springs Executive Producer - 1998
97% 90% Sense and Sensibility Executive Producer $42.0M 1995
63% 64% Sabrina Director,
Producer
$51.6M 1995
100% 86% Searching for Bobby Fischer Executive Producer $7.9M 1993
76% 64% The Firm Director,
Producer
$157.0M 1993
93% 87% Husbands and Wives Jack (Character) $9.3M 1992
25% 28% King Ralph Executive Producer $31.3M 1991
81% 76% Dead Again Executive Producer $35.5M 1991
28% 57% Havana Director,
Producer
$8.8M 1990
86% 67% Presumed Innocent Producer $85.7M 1990
96% 70% The Fabulous Baker Boys Executive Producer $18.1M 1989
60% 38% Bright Lights, Big City Producer $15.7M 1988
61% 82% Out of Africa Director,
Producer
$83.1M 1985
100% 44% Songwriter Producer - 1984
90% 81% Tootsie George Fields (Character),
Director,
Producer
- 1982
81% 63% Absence of Malice Director,
Producer
- 1981
64% 57% The Electric Horseman Director - 1979
29% 45% Bobby Deerfield Director,
Producer
- 1977
88% 83% Three Days of the Condor Director - 1975
59% 72% The Yakuza Director,
Producer
- 1975
63% 81% The Way We Were Director - 1973
95% 89% Jeremiah Johnson Director - 1972
38% 49% Castle Keep Director - 1969
85% 89% They Shoot Horses, Don't They? Director,
Producer
- 1969
70% 56% The Scalphunters Director - 1968
100% 83% The Swimmer Director - 1968
64% 77% This Property Is Condemned Director - 1966
83% 73% The Slender Thread Director - 1965
No Score Yet 43% War Hunt Sgt. Owen Van Horn (Character) - 1962

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Producer 2009
65% 82% Entourage Sydney Pollack (Guest Star) 2007
92% 97% The Sopranos Warren Feldman (Guest Star) 2007
No Score Yet 88% Will & Grace George Truman (Guest Star) 2000-2002 2006
No Score Yet 56% King of the Hill Grant Trimble (Guest Voice) 2000
No Score Yet 33% Just Shoot Me Himself (Guest Star) 2000
No Score Yet 87% Mad About You Dr. Sydney Warren (Guest Star) 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Inside the Actors Studio Guest 1995
95% 94% Frasier Holden Thorpe (Guest Voice) 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fugitive Director 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ben Casey Unknown (Guest Star),
Director
1962-1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Hour Director 1962-1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Tall Man Director 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cain's Hundred Director 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Deputy Unknown (Guest Star) 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Have Gun -- Will Travel Unknown (Guest Star) 1961
82% 95% The Twilight Zone Arthur Willis (Character) 1960
No Score Yet 98% Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown (Character) 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Startime Unknown (Character) 1959