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Sydney Pollack (1934–2008)


Sydney Pollack was an Academy Award-winning director, producer, actor, writer and public figure, who directed and produced over 40 films. Sydney Irwin Pollack was born July 1, 1934 in Lafayette, Indiana, USA, to Rebecca (Miller), a homemaker, and David Pollack, a professional boxer turned pharmacist. All of his grandparents were Russian Jewish ... See full bio »

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Won 2 Oscars. Another 26 wins & 40 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Tootsie
Tootsie Director
(1982)
The Firm
The Firm Director
(1993)
Out of Africa
Out of Africa Director
(1985)
The Interpreter
The Interpreter Director
(2005)

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 2016 Amazing Grace (Documentary)
 2005 American Masters (TV Series documentary) (1 episode)
 1999 Random Hearts
 1995 Sabrina
 1993 The Firm
 1990/I Havana
 1985 Out of Africa
 1982 Tootsie
 1974 The Yakuza
 1969 Castle Keep
 1968 The Swimmer (uncredited)
 1963-1965 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series) (6 episodes)
- The Game (1965)
- The Fliers (1965)
- War of Nerves (1964)
 1963-1965 Kraft Suspense Theatre (TV Series) (3 episodes)
- The Watchman (1964)
 1964 Dr. Kildare (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1964 Slattery's People (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1964 The Fugitive (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Man on a String (1964)
 1964 Arrest and Trial (TV Series) (1 episode)
- An Echo of Conscience (1964) ... (uncredited)
 1963 Breaking Point (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1963 Alcoa Premiere (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1962-1963 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (TV Series) (2 episodes)
 1963 Wagon Train (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1963 The Defenders (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1961-1962 Frontier Circus (TV Series) (3 episodes)
- The Inheritance (1962)
- Karina (1961)
 1962 The Tall Man (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- Phoebe (1962)
- Rio Doloroso (1962)
 1962 The Law and Mr. Jones (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1962 Target: The Corruptors (TV Series) (1 episode)
- The Wrecker (1962)
 1961 Cain's Hundred (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1961 Shotgun Slade (TV Series) (4 episodes)
- Yankee Spy (1961)
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Other Works:

The Dark Is Light Enough (1955). Comedy. Written by Christopher Fry. Directed by Guthrie McClintic. ANTA Playhouse: 23 Feb 1955- 23 Apr 1955 (69 performances). Cast: Katharine Cornell (as "Countess Rosmarin Ostenburg"), Tyrone Power (as "Richard Gettner, An Austrian in the Hungarian rebel army"), Arnold Moss (as "Colonel Janik,... See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 1 Print Biography | 5 Interviews | 29 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Sidney Pollack | Sidney Pollock

Height:

6' (1.83 m)
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Personal Quote:

[on working with Al Pacino on Bobby Deerfield (1977)] He's always asking questions. He's very hard on a director. In a nightclub scene he wanted to know, "Is this the first or second time we've been here?" He wants to know what day of the week it is for a scene. He wants to know the entire background to the relationship with the character played by Anny Duperey: "Did I pick her up? Did she pick ... See more »

Trivia:

Among the 100 best American love movies ranked by American Film Institute in June, 2002, Pollack is the only director credited with two films near the top of list. His The Way We Were (1973) is ranked #6 and Out of Africa (1985) is ranked #13. See more »

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Frequently casts Robert Redford

Star Sign:

Cancer

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