Jul 1, 1934



In fact, had he not been such a successful film director, he likely would have had a significant career as an actor.

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.

He was also a proven actor's director whose fruitful relationships with performers like Robert Redford resulted in films like Three Days of …

His 1985 film Out of Africa won him Academy Awards for directing and producing. After graduating from his Indiana high school, he went to New York and became a student at the Neighborhood Playhouse, a celebrated Greenwich Village school, where he studied under Sanford Meisner.

Sydney Pollack was born to first generation Russian-Jewish Americans on July 1, 1934.

However, mirroring the unpredictable fluctuations of fortune in Hollywood, his next directorial effort, a 1995 remake of Sabrina starring Harrison Ford, proved to be a colossal critical and financial flop.

Pollack directed more than 20 films and 10 television shows, acted in over 30 movies or shows and produced over 44 films.

Sydney Irwin Pollack (July 1, 1934 – May 26, 2008) was an American film director, producer and actor. Lafayette, Indiana, USA Get exclusive access to content from our 1768 First Edition with your subscription.

However, his real breakthrough came in 1969 with the downbeat period drama They Shoot Horses, Don't They?, a brutal Depression-era piece set against the backdrop of a dance marathon contest, starring Jane Fonda and Gig Young.

He was also nominated for Best Director Oscars for They Shoot Horses, Don't They? Birthday:

Academy Makes Exceptions for Pollack, Minghella Pollack again proved his skill at handling period drama four years later with The Way We Were, a romantic drama starring Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford that became one of the most popular serious movies of the decade. Four years later, The Electric Horseman united his two top leads, Fonda and Redford, in a predictable but very successful update of the '30s screwball comedy, while Absence of Malice (1981), starring Paul Newman and Sally Field, took a much more serious tone in dealing with a story of an innocent man whose career is ruined by an ambitious reporter.

Michael Barson is the author of more than a dozen books that examine various facets of American popular culture in the 20th century, about which he has been interviewed by National Public Radio on several... His appearance in a John Frankenheimer-directed television production led him to a job as dialogue coach in the filmmaker's 1961 crime drama The Young Savages. He quickly moved into television, directing on programs such as "The Defenders," "The Naked City," "The Fugitive," "Dr. Kildare," and "Ben Casey" during the early and mid 1960s, and in 1965 made his feature film debut in the director's chair with The Slender Thread.Pollack established himself as a competent, if unexceptional, director in such works as This Property Is Condemned, and one sequence of the Frank Perry-directed drama The Swimmer (based on a work of John Cheever).

Sydney Pollack Filmography Film Director, Producer, Actor Sydney Pollack was an American film director, producer, and actor, best known for directing and producing the 1985 film ‘Out of Africa,’ for which he won the ‘Academy Award’ for ‘Best Director’ and ‘Best Picture.’ Sydney Pollack (right) directing Tom Cruise during the filming of Among the nearly 50 films that he produced throughout his career were Sydney Pollack was an American film director, producer, and actor, best known for directing and producing the 1985 film ‘Out of Africa,’ for which he won the ‘Academy Award’ for ‘Best Director’ and ‘Best …

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Lowest Rated: He served two years in the army before returning to the Neighborhood Playhouse in 1958 as a teacher, and began appearing as an actor in live television dramas. This is a coast too, George. Sydney Irwin Pollack (July 1, 1934 – May 26, 2008) was an American film director, producer and actor. Be on the lookout for your Britannica newsletter to get trusted stories delivered right to your inbox.Articles from Britannica Encyclopedias for elementary and high school students.
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With In 1979 Pollack had another box-office hit when he reteamed with Redford on Pollack continued to act throughout his career.

Best Movies of Sydney Pollack : Tootsie, The Firm, Absence of Malice, The Interpreter, Random Hearts, They Shoot Horses, Don't They?, Three Days of the Condor, Out of Africa, and More with Aggragate Ratings, Trailers, Stream Links and other Details. The film scored a Best Director Oscar nomination for Pollack, as well as a win in the same category from the New York Critics Film Circle, and became the second highest grossing film of its year after E.T.. More success followed for the director with Out Of Africa (1985); starring Redford, it was one of a dwindling number of serious romantic dramas aimed at middle-class, middle-brow, middle-aged audiences that scored big at the box office. Sydney Pollack, American director, producer, and actor who helmed a number of popular films, including The Way We Were (1973), Tootsie (1982), Out of Africa (1985), and The Firm (1993). History at your fingertips