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Sydney Pollack

Film Director, Producer, Actor
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Net worth 2018: $16 Million
Residence: Lafayette, Indiana, United States
Country: United States
BirthDay: 1 July 1934
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Died On: 26 May 2008

Sydney Pollack was bornon 1 July 1934 in Lafayette, Indiana, United States, American, is Film Director, Producer, Actor. Sydney Pollack was a renowned American director, producer and actor best known for his film ‘Out of Africa’, which won him Academy Awards for directing and producing. Born in early 1930s to first generation Russian-American parents, His formative years, spent at South Bend, were not happy one. His parents divorced when he was child and his mother, who was alcoholic, died when he was still in school. However, it was while studying at school that he first developed an interest in drama. So, after passing out, he left home to study acting in New York and made his acting debut at Broadway in mid 1950s. Later, he was called to do his military duty and on return, resumed where he left. However, he soon realized that he was better suited as a director than an actor and so from the middle of 1960s began directing movies. Soon, with a string of hits, he established himself in the Hollywood and won many awards and laurels. In the later part of his career, Pollack became prolific producer; but at the same time continued appearing in side roles. His last production ‘Margaret’ was released almost three years after his death.


However, his last appearance as an actor was in ‘Made of Honor’ (2008), a film directed by Paul Weiland and produced by Neal H


In 2007, he appeared as Marty Bach in his award winning production, ‘Michael Clayton’


In 2006, Pollack made a documentary film, titled ‘Sketches of Frank Gehry


Among the films he now directed and produced are ‘The Firm’ (Director-Producer, 1993), ‘Sabrina’ (Director- Producer, 1995), ‘Random Heart’ (Director, 1999) and 'The Interpreter' (Director, 2005)


In 1988 and 1989, he produced two films; ‘Bright Lights, Big City’ and ‘The Fabulous Baker Boys’


Pollack next movie, ‘Out of Africa’, was released in 1985


It was the second-highest grossing movie of 1982 after ‘E


So was his 1981 movie, ‘Absence of Malice’, which grossed $40,716,963


His next movie, ‘The Electric Horseman’, released in December 1979, was a commercial success


In 1977, Pollack directed and produced ‘Bobby Deerfield’; but it failed to impress the audience


In comparison, his next film 'Three Days of the Condor', a political thriller released in 1975, did reasonably well


His next film 'The Yakuza' was released in Japan in 1974 and a year later in the USA


‘The Way We Are’ (1973) is another of his major works


His next film, ‘Jeremiah Johnson’ was released three years later on December 21, 1972


Pollack’s first major work was ‘They Shoot Horses, Don't They?’ (1969)


In 1968, he had two films released; ‘The Scalphunters’, a western film concerning a fur trapper and ‘Castle Keep’, a war film based on a novel of the same name by William Eastlake


In 1966, his movie ‘This Property Is Condemned’ was released


In 1965, he made his directorial debut in films with ‘The Slender Thread’


Meanwhile, he kept on appearing for different television series; ‘The Twilight Zone’ (1960) and ‘Have Gun Will Travel’ (1961), being the most significant of them


They got married in 1958 and had three children; a son named Steven and two daughters, Rebecca and Rachel


His career was interrupted in 1957 as he was called to perform his two year military service


In 1955, Sydney Pollack made his acting debut in a Broadway comedy, ‘The Dark Is Light Enough'


From 1952 to 1954, he studied drama with Sanford Meisner, known for his ‘Meisner technique’


Set in a fictional town in Mississippi in the Depression era, the story was based on the eponymous 1946 one-act play by Tennessee Williams


Sydney Irwin Pollack was born on July 1, 1934 in Lafayette, Indiana

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