Actor, Director and Producer Sydney Pollack Dies at 73

May 27, 2008 02:53 PM
by Rachel Balik
The Hollywood icon passed away at his home on May 26, 2008, after a 10-month battle with cancer.

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Sydney Pollack, best known for films such as “Tootsie,” “Out of Africa” and “The Way We Were,” continued working as a director, actor and producer until his death on May 26, 2008.

Growing up in South Bend, Indiana, Sydney Pollack had seen New York City in movies but had never been there. When he graduated high school, instead of going to college, he took the little money he had saved and boarded a train for New York. He saw an ad for an acting school, applied, and at age 17 began studying with the legendary Sanford Meisner.

But Pollack’s talents extended beyond acting, as Burt Lancaster recognized when he saw Pollack working as a dialogue coach on a movie set. Pollack tried his hand at directing, and after his first major success in 1969 he primarily made blockbuster films with big stars. However, he always tried to uphold his artistic integrity. “I’ve made personal films all along. I just made them in another form,” Pollack said.

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