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Sydney Irwin Pollack (July 1, 1934 – May 26, 2008) was an American film director, producer and actor. Pollack directed more than 20 films and 10 television shows, acted in over 30 movies or shows and produced over 44 films. For his film ''
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'' (1985), Pollack won the
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Academy Award
for
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and
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. He was also nominated for Best Director Oscars for '' They Shoot Horses, Don't They?'' (1969) and ''
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Tootsie
'' (1982). Some of his other best-known works include '' Jeremiah Johnson'' (1972), ''
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'' (1973), ''
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'' (1975) and '' Absence of Malice'' (1981). His subsequent films included ''
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'' (1990), '' The Firm'' (1993), ''
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'' (2005), and he produced and acted in ''
Michael Clayton
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'' (2007). Pollack also made appearances in
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's
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mystery '' The Player'' (1992),
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's relationship drama ''
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'' (1993), and
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's erotic
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'' (1999).


Early life

Pollack was born in
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, to a family of Russian-Jewish immigrants, the son of Rebecca (
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Miller) and David Pollack, a semi-professional boxer and pharmacist. The family relocated to
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and his parents divorced when he was young. His mother, who suffered from alcoholism and emotional problems, died at the age of 37, when Pollack was 16. Despite earlier plans to attend college and then medical school, Pollack left Indiana for New York City soon after finishing high school at age 17. Pollack studied acting with
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at the
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from 1952 to 1954, working on a lumber truck between terms. After two years of army service ending in 1958, he returned to the Playhouse at Meisner's invitation to become his assistant. In 1960,
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, a friend of Pollack, asked him to come to Los Angeles to work as a dialogue coach for the child actors on Frankenheimer's first big picture, ''
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''. It was during this time that Pollack met
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, who encouraged the young actor to try directing.


Career

Pollack played a director in ''
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'' episode " The Trouble with Templeton" in 1961. But he found his real success in television in the 1960s by directing episodes of series, such as '' The Fugitive'' and ''
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''. After doing TV he made the jump into film with a string of movies that drew public attention. His film-directing debut was ''
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'' (1965). Over time, Pollack's films received a total of 48
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nominations, winning 11 Oscars. His first Oscar nomination was for his 1969 film '' They Shoot Horses, Don't They?'', and his second in 1982 for ''
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Tootsie
''. For his 1985 film ''
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'' starring
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and
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, Pollack won Academy Awards for directing and producing. During his career, he directed 12 actors in Oscar-nominated performances:
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,
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,
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,
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and
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. Young and Lange won Oscars for their performances in Pollack's films. One of a select group of non- and/or former actors awarded membership in the
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, Pollack resumed acting in the 1990s with appearances in such films as
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's '' The Player'' (1992) and
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's ''
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Eyes Wide Shut
'' (1999), often playing corrupt or morally conflicted power figures. As a
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, Pollack appeared in films such as ''
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'', and ''
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'', as well as his own, including ''
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'' and ''
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'' (the latter also being his final film as a director). He also appeared in
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's ''
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'' as a New York lawyer undergoing a midlife crisis, and in
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's ''
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'' as an emergency room doctor. His last role was as
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's father in the 2008 romantic comedy ''
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'', which was playing in theaters at the time of his death. He was a recurring
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on the
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''
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'', playing
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's (
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) unfaithful but loving father, George. In addition to earlier appearances on NBC's ''
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'' and ''
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'', in 2007, Pollack made guest appearances on the HBO TV series ''
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'' and '' Entourage''. Pollack received the first annual Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking award from the
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on October 21, 2006. As a producer he helped to guide many films that were successful with both critics and movie audiences, such as ''
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'', '' The Talented Mr. Ripley'', and '' Michael Clayton'', a film in which he also starred opposite
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and for which he received his sixth Academy Award nomination, in the
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category. He formed a production company called
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with the English director
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. The last film they produced together, ''
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'', earned them both posthumous Oscar nominations for Best Picture. Besides his many feature film laurels, Pollack was nominated for five Primetime Emmys, earning two: one for directing in 1966 and another for producing, which was given four months after his death in 2008. The moving image collection of Sydney Pollack is housed at the Academy Film Archive.


Influences

In the 2002 ''
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'' Directors' Poll, Pollack revealed his top ten films in alphabetical order: *''
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'' *''
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'' *''
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''


Family

Pollack's brother, Bernie, is a costume designer, producer, and actor. Pollack was married to Claire Bradley Griswold, a former student of his, from 1958 until his death in 2008. They had three children: Steven (1959–1993), Rebecca (b. 1963), and Rachel (b. 1969). In November 1993, Steven died at the age of 34 in the crash of a small, single-engine plane which clipped a power line and burst into flames in
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Santa Monica, California
. Claire, Pollack's wife, died on March 28, 2011 at 74 years of age, due to
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.


Death

Concerns about Pollack's health surfaced in 2007, when he withdrew from directing HBO's television film ''
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'', which aired on May 25, 2008. Pollack died the next day at his home in
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surrounded by his family who confirmed that cancer was the cause of death but declined to provide specifics.


Filmography


Film

Directing and producing As executive producer *'' Sanford Meisner:
The American Theatre's Best Kept Secret
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'' (1989) *''
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'' (1995) *'' The Talented Mr. Ripley'' (1999) *'' Iris'' (2001) * '' Birthday Girl'' (2001) *''
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'' (2002) *''
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'' (2008) *''
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'' (2008) As producer only *''
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'' (1984) *''Bright Lights, Big City (film), Bright Lights, Big City'' (1988) *''Presumed Innocent (film), Presumed Innocent'' (1990) *''Sliding Doors'' (1998) *''Cold Mountain (film), Cold Mountain'' (2003) *''Breaking and Entering (film), Breaking and Entering'' (2006) *'''' (2007) *''
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'' (2008) Acting roles


Television

Acting roles


Awards and nominations


References


External links

* * *
Detailed biography of Sydney Pollack
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