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Sydney Pollack Dies At 73
Actor/Director succumbs to cancer

27 May 2008  |  Written by Olly Richards  

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It's with sadness that we report today that director/actor Sydney Pollack has died at the age of 73 from cancer.

As an actor Pollack worked with a number of wonderful directors, including Robert Altman (The Player), Woody Allen (Husbands and Wives) and Stanley Kubrick (Eyes Wide Shut). But it is for his directing work that he'll will be best remembered.

Highlights of Pollack's directing career include They Shoot Horses, Don't They?, Three Days of The Condor, Yakuza and The Way We Were. And he won an Oscar for directing Out of Africa in 1986. But it will surely be the comedy Tootsie, for which he was also nominated for an Academy Award, that will prove his lasting legacy. A warm, endlessly witty and well-observed comedy starring Dustin Hoffman as an actor who disguises himself as a woman to break into the big time, it was once voted the second funniest film of all time by the American Film Institute.

Pollack is survived by his wife of 50 years, Claire Griswold, and their daughters Rachel and Rebecca.

A full obituary can be found here.

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RE: Sydney Pollack Dies At 73
Sad news- I only just found out about it today. RIP. More

Posted by jamesbondguy at 12:46 on 01 June 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Sydney Pollack Dies At 73
A sad loss, Pollack was an excellent director, and quite a good actor as well. Rest in peace. More

Posted by Kazuya at 13:14 on 29 May 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Re:
Damn good director, great pity! More

Posted by Sphinx at 21:58 on 27 May 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Re:
Damn, a favorite of mine. Confident, smart filmmaker and always gave genuinely intimidating performances More

Posted by Mycroft at 19:48 on 27 May 2008 | Report This Post

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A class act - he'll be sadly missed. Three Days of the Condor one of the very best Seventies thrillers. Recently he practically defined the role of ruthlessly pragmatic power broker in Eyes Wide Shut and Changing Lanes, as well as Michael Clayton. More

Posted by DannyCiello at 19:22 on 27 May 2008 | Report This Post

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The fuckin talent that is dying this year is such a shame. More

Posted by tallaght24 at 13:41 on 27 May 2008 | Report This Post

A great all rounder and a real loss in front of and behind the camera. Given that his producing partner was Anthony Minghella, this is a sad year for their company as well. More

Posted by tomcat at 11:29 on 27 May 2008 | Report This Post

One can only hope
That the deaths in the film industry will stop half way through the year, it is already way too much for it's own good, Heath, Anthony, Sydney, so so sad. More

Posted by Ethanial at 11:23 on 27 May 2008 | Report This Post

A great all rounder and a real loss in front of and behind the camera. Given that his producing partner was Anthony Minghella, this is a sad year for their company as well. More

Posted by tomcat at 11:17 on 27 May 2008 | Report This Post

Ah shit
I loved that man - an incredible director and true man of cinema. He'll be sorely missed at the multiplex. More

Posted by AboyNamedSue at 10:41 on 27 May 2008 | Report This Post

I only got into his work recently what with Michael Clayton and all but he seemed like a great supporting artist both as an actor and as a producer. He will be terribly missed in Hollywood... More

Posted by TufnellStHubbins at 10:20 on 27 May 2008 | Report This Post

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A real surprise and very depressing news. A big loss to American filmmaking and I have to say its very depressing that it would seem his last role was Made of Honour More

Posted by badassmofo at 09:54 on 27 May 2008 | Report This Post

A great loss. Both as actor and director he always produced understated consistent quality and never felt the need to shout about it. My favourite film of his is The Yakuza with Robert Mitchum. More

Posted by Najemikon at 09:38 on 27 May 2008 | Report This Post

Very sad news
He was such a presence in the cinema landscape. Still going strong until recently too. More

Posted by Acho at 09:29 on 27 May 2008 | Report This Post

I always liked this man
Didn't even know he was ill. Directed some great movies (Tootsie is in my top 10) and was always dependable for playing what could be stock roles with real depth, darkness, but always with a sense of fun running through as well. This man was movies personified to me, as a director as well as an actor. More

Posted by Bruce Vain at 09:23 on 27 May 2008 | Report This Post

genuinley a bit gutted about this; really good director and actor - will be missed !! More

Posted by waltham1979 at 09:21 on 27 May 2008 | Report This Post

He will be sadly missed
This is deeply sad news. It feels like just yesterday he was in the cameoing in the Sopranos. A great actor and director he will be sadly missed. More

Posted by Greg Andrew at 09:20 on 27 May 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Crying shame,
RIP Sydney Pollack. A great loss. More

Posted by Biggus at 09:03 on 27 May 2008 | Report This Post

Crying shame,
Ace director, ace actor. Will be missed. More

Posted by tallaght24 at 08:41 on 27 May 2008 | Report This Post


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