Sydney Pollack
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Sydney Pollack | 1934-2008

Sydney Pollack works on the set of 1969’s “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?” The Depression-era drama about marathon dancers starred Jane Fonda and earned Pollack an Oscar nomination for best director. (Bob Willoughby)
Pollack, right, directs Robert Redford in “The Electric Horseman” in 1979, one of seven movies the two would ultimately collaborate on. (Associated Press)
Apart from directing the 1982 comedy “Tootsie,” starring Dustin Hoffman, Pollack, left, also played the star’s exasperated agent. “It would be a great vacation to act in a movie if I weren’t directing it. But to do it while you’re directing interferes with your concentration,” he told the New York Times. Nevertheless, he earned another Oscar nomination for best director and a New York Film Critics Circle Award. (Columbia Pictures)
Pollack, far right, came out tops at the Academy Awards ceremony in 1986. He won two Oscars as director and producer of “Out of Africa,” which garnered best picture. Other big winners included William Hurt, left, (actor), Anjelica Huston (supporting actress) and Geraldine Page (actress). (Los Angeles Times)
Bette Davis is shown with Pollack at the 1986 Golden Globe awards ceremony. His film “Out of Africa” won best drama, a precursor to its grand showing at the Oscars. (Los Angeles Times)
Pollack, right, speaks with Steven Spielberg in 1989. (Los Angeles Times)
Pollack, shown in 1996, launched his show-business career as an actor and acting teacher in New York City in the 1950s. He moved west in the early 1960s and began directing episodic television before going into films. (Los Angeles Times)
Pollack speaks to journalists at the Tivoli amusement park in Copenhagen in 1997. ()
Pollack played Victor Ziegler in Stanley Kubrick’s 1999 film “Eyes Wide Shut,” which starred Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. (Warner Bros.)
Pollack directed and acted in “Random Hearts,” a 1999 drama starring Harrison Ford and Kristin Scott Thomas. Pollack played a media consultant to Thomas’ character, Kay Chandler. (Los Angeles Times)
Pollack takes a stroll through Venice while attending the Venice Film Festival in September 2000. (Claudio Onorati / AFP)
Pollack attends the world premiere of “K-19: The Widowmaker” at a Westwood theater in July 2002. (Robert Mora / Getty Images)
Pollack appeared in the 2003 documentary “A Decade Under the Influence,” which examined the 1970s as a turning point in American cinema. (Holly Stein)
Pollack attends the premiere of the 2003 film “Cold Mountain,” which he produced. The Civil War drama starred Jude Law, Nicole Kidman and Renee Zellweger. (Peter Kramer / Getty Images)
Pollack works on the set of the 2005 film “The Interpreter.” He directed and served as executive producer on the thriller starring Nicole Kidman and Sean Penn. (Phil Bray / Universal Studios)
Pollack arrives at the investment firm Allen & Co.'s annual media conference in July 2005 in Sun Valley, Idaho. The conference attracts entertainment titans, business leaders, politicians and philanthropists. (Douglas C. Pizac / Associated Press)
Pollack in April 2005, days before the release of “The Interpreter,” which turned out to be the last of the 21 feature films he directed. (Bryan Chan / Los Angeles Times)
Pollack in 2006 with his friend, architect Frank Gehry, the subject of Pollack’s first documentary, “Sketches of Frank Gehry.” (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)
Pollack plays Marty Bach, the head of a corporate law firm, in “Michael Clayton,” a drama starring George Clooney that has been nominated for a best picture Oscar this year. Pollack also was a producer on the film. (Warner Bros.)
Pollack arrives with DreamWorks Animation Chief Executive Jeffrey Katzenberg and Coca-Cola Co. Chairman and Chief Executive E. Neville Isdell at the Allen & Co. conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, last July. (Andrew Gombert / EPA)