Sydney Pollack, Film Director, Is Dead at 73

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    Sydney Pollack, Film Director, Is Dead at 73

    By MICHAEL CIEPLY

    LOS ANGELES — Sydney Pollack, a Hollywood mainstay as director, producer and sometime actor whose star-laden movies like “The Way We Were,”“Tootsie” and “Out of Africa” were among the most successful of the 1970s and ’80s, died Monday at home here. He was 73.

    The cause was cancer, said the publicist Leslee Dart, who spoke for his family.

    Mr. Pollack’s career defined an era in which big stars (Robert Redford, Barbra Streisand, Warren Beatty) and the filmmakers who knew how to wrangle them (Barry Levinson, Mike Nichols) retooled the Hollywood system. Savvy operators, they played studio against studio, staking their fortunes on pictures that served commerce without wholly abandoning art.

    Hollywood honored Mr. Pollack in return. His movies received multiple Academy Award nominations, and as a director he won an Oscar for his work on the 1985 film “Out of Africa” as well as nominations for directing “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?” (1969) and “Tootsie” (1982).

    Apart from the Gehry documentary, Mr. Pollack never directed a movie without stars. His first feature, “The Slender Thread,” released by Paramount Pictures in 1965, starred Sidney Poitier and Anne Bancroft. In his next 19 films — every one a romance or drama but for the single comedy, “Tootsie” — Mr. Pollack worked with Burt Lancaster, Natalie Wood, Jane Fonda, Robert Mitchum, Al Pacino, Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep, Tom Cruise, Harrison Ford, Nicole Kidman, Ms. Streisand and others. A frequent collaborator was Robert Redford.


    Among Mr. Pollack’s survivors are two daughters, Rebecca Pollack and Rachel Pollack, and his wife, Claire Griswold. The couple married in 1958, while Mr. Pollack was serving a two-year hitch in the Army. Their only son, Steven, died at age 34 in a 1993 plane crash in Santa Monica, Calif.

    By Sydney Pollack - A selected filmography:
    “The Slender Thread” (1965)
    “This Property Is Condemned” (1966)
    “The Scalphunters” (1968)
    “The Swimmer” (1968) (uncredited)
    “Castle Keep” (1969)
    “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?” (1969)
    “Jeremiah Johnson” (1972)
    “The Way We Were” (1973)
    “The Yakuza” (1974)
    “Three Days of the Condor” (1975)
    “Bobby Deerfield” (1977)
    “The Electric Horseman” (1979)
    “Absence of Malice” (1981)
    “Tootsie” (1982)
    “Out of Africa” (1985)
    “Havana” (1990)
    “The Firm” (1993)
    “Sabrina” (1995)
    “Random Hearts” (1999)
    “The Interpreter” (2005)
    “Sketches of Frank Gehry” (2005)
     
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    nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!! :eek:


    he was so brilliant...and pretty young too :frown1:
     
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    I loved watching his comments in many film documentaries. His commentaries were also always great. A very good filmmaker who will be missed. See you on the other side Sydney.
     
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    What a terrible loss. God Bless him and his family. And thank God that we were blessed to witness his talent.
    Out of Africe is such a beautiful film! and he is outrageous in Tootsie.
     
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    i was just watching my Will and Grace dvd and he was in a few episodes...

    that's so sad..
     
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    Aw, dammit, there goes my day off, Too bad, he was a good director- I loved Tootsie. And the Will & Grace episodes he was in.

    Rest in peace, there, sydney.
     
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    I'm sorry he's gone and that he had to suffer with cancer. But 73 is hardly young, unless of course you are a Galapagos tortoise. :tongue:
     
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    I did a scene in Tootsie and had the pleasure of spending a day working with him. I didn't know him beyond that experience but he was extremely nice and created a great working environment. He had an amazing career and left his mark in a very understated way. Well done Sydney.
     
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    Sad to see him go.
     
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