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Sydney Pollack, War Hunt
Pollack taught acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York from 1954 to 1960 -- taking two years off to serve in the Army. He got his first taste of directing in 1959, when director John Frankenheimer hired him to coach the two young stars of a production of "The Turn of the Screw." Two years later, Frankenheimer called on Pollack for the same services for the young actors in his 1961 film, "The Young Savages," starring Burt Lancaster.
Then in 1962, Pollack made his film acting debut along with Redford in this low-budget Korean War thriller. But he wouldn't pursue acting, putting that aspect of his career on the back burner to direct.