Sydney Pollack (1934–2008)


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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 & 41 nominations. See more awards »

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Known For

Tootsie Director
(1982)
Michael Clayton Producer
(2007)
Eyes Wide Shut Victor Ziegler
(1999)
Out of Africa Director
(1985)

Filmography

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 2018 Amazing Grace (Documentary) (uncredited)
 2005 American Masters (TV Series documentary) (1 episode)
 1999 Random Hearts
 1995 Sabrina
 1993 The Firm (directed by)
 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)
 1963-1964 Arrest and Trial (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- An Echo of Conscience (1964) ... (uncredited)
 1963 Breaking Point (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1963 Kraft Mystery Theater (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 Law and Mr. Jones (TV Series) (2 episodes)
 1962 The Tall Man (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- Phoebe (1962)
- Rio Doloroso (1962)
 1962 Target: The Corruptors! (TV Series) (1 episode)
- The Wrecker (1962)
 1961 Shotgun Slade (TV Series) (4 episodes)
- Yankee Spy (1961)
 1961 Cain's Hundred (TV Series) (1 episode)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Credited as actor, in Barbara Streisand's The Broadway Album, on the song "Putting it Together". See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 1 Print Biography | 3 Portrayals | 5 Interviews | 31 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Sidney Pollack | Sidney Pollock

Height:

6' (1.83 m)

Spouse:

Claire Griswold  (his death)  (3 children)

Children:

Steven Sanford Pollack | See more »

Parents:

Pollack, Rebecca | Pollack, David

Relatives:

Pollack, Bernie (sibling) | See more »
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There's no question that a good script is an absolutely essential, maybe the essential thing for a movie. But, they say that it's a director's medium because all of the major decisions are made by the director, including who the writer is most of the time, or whether the writer will be rewritten. I mean, there isn't a single decision really, unless you're a beginning director and you have a very ... See more »

Trivia:

He brought a lawsuit against Danish TV after screening Three Days of the Condor (1975) in pan-and-scan in 1991. (April 1997) The court ruled that the pan scanning conducted by Danish television was a 'mutilation' of the film Three Days of the Condor (1975) and a violation of Pollacks 'Droit Moral', his legal right as an artist to maintain his reputation by protecting the integrity of his work. ... See more »

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Frequently casts Robert Redford

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