Legendary Filmmaker Sydney Pollack Has Passed Away

May 26, 2008
Source: NY Times

Sydney Pollack

Legendary director, producer, and actor Sydney Pollack passed away earlier today at his home in Los Angeles. Pollack was 73 years old. The cause of his death was said to be cancer. Pollack was born on July 1st, 1934, in Lafayette, IN and went on to win two Oscars for his film Out of Africa in 1986. He was last seen on screen this year in Made of Honor as Thomas Bailey Sr. as well as in Michael Clayton last year as Marty Bach. In addition to Out of Africa, Pollack was responsible for some of the best films of the '70s and '80s, including The Way We Were, Three Days of the Condor, The Electric Horseman, Absence of Malice, and Tootsie. He will undoubtedly be remembered forever for his many great films and roles.

In addition to the films mentioned above, Sydney Pollack also directed Havana, The Firm, Sabrina, Random Hearts, The Interpreter, and Sketches of Frank Gehry. He also appeared in The Player, Husbands and Wives, A Civil Action, Eyes Wide Shut, Changing Lanes, The Interpreter, and Avenue Montaigne. We leave you with a quote from Sydney Pollack himself.

"I don't value a film I've enjoyed making. If it's good, it's damned hard work."

Sydney Pollack

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  • Farewell Sydney, farewell. Condolence to the bereaved family of Sydney Pollack.
  • Spider
    Truly, a class act. Loved his movies. My deepest condolences to his family. Rest in peace Mr. Pollack. We'll miss you!
    damn damn..... i know it was a small role but his sopranos stint was good... and damn did i love his cingular commercial about condolences to his family
  • bltzie
    :( He was an excellent artist and he taught my mom (after hours of me trying) the difference between full screen and wide screen on a DVD introduction. For that and his amazing movies I'm very greatful. Rest in Peace Mr Pollack. My condolonces to his loved ones.
  • Keith
    rest in peace Sydney Pollack
  • Maxwell
    rest in peace Mr.Pollack.
  • Quanah
    Wow. What an incredible loss to movie making. May his work continue to live as he rests...
  • Herbert
    RIP Sid...
  • Linda R. in Virginia
    Rest in Peace dear sir. We tip our hats and raise a glass in your honor of all your, friends and some of the best movies made in the last thirty years.
  • "They call me MISTER Tibbs!" Truly a classic line. He will be missed. Dr. Ted Baehr founder,
  • Rest in peace ...
  • sleepykid
    Fine director and also a fine actor when the opportunity arose. I especially enjoyed him as Victor Zeigler in Eyes Wide Shut. Rest in peace.
  • R.I.P.
  • paulina
    oh! god!! what is happening in the world?
  • fish
    What a great film maker and what a great guy. Its tragic to hear. Condolences to his family.
  • avoidz
    Very sad loss. I loved his performance in Tootsie the best.




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