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Sydney Pollack

Academy Award winner Sydney Pollack returns to acting once again, as he has periodically during his long and distinguished career. Among his acting assignments, he has appeared in Woody Allen's Husbands and Wives, Robert Altman's The Player, Robert Zemeckis' Death Becomes Her, Steven Zaillian's A Civil Action, Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut, Roger Michell's Changing Lanes, and, most recently, his own UN thriller, The Interpreter.

Pollack has directed 20 films, which have received a total of 46 Academy Award nominations. Pollack himself has been nominated three times, winning the Best Director Oscar for Out of Africa, which won seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Pollack won the 1982 New York Film Critics Award for his film Tootsie. He has won the Golden Globe for Best Director twice, as well as the National Society of Film Critics Award, the NATO Director of the Year Award, and prizes at the Brussels, Belgrade, San Sebastian, Moscow and Taormina Film Festivals. Most recently, he was presented the Directors Guild of America John Huston Award by the Artists Rights' Foundation.

In 1985, Pollack formed Mirage Productions. Under that banner, he has produced films, including Presumed Innocent, The Fabulous Baker Boys, White Palace, Major League, Dead Again, Searching for Bobby Fisher, Sense and Sensibility, and The Talented Mr. Ripley. In 2000, Anthony Minghella became a full partner in Mirage Enterprises. Together under that banner, they produced Iris, The Quiet American, Cold Mountain, Breaking and Entering, and Michael Clayton.

Pollack is a founding member of the Sundance Institute, the Chairman Emeritus of the American Cinematheque, a sustaining founder of the Artists' Rights Board of the Director's Guild and on the Board of Directors for the Film Preservation Board and the Motion Picture and Television Fund Foundation.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2008.
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Sydney Pollack Facts

OccupationDirector, Actor, Producer
BirthdayJuly 1, 1934
BirthplaceLafayette, Indiana, USA
Date of deathMay 26, 2008 (age 73)
Awards1986 Academy Awards: Best Director (for Out of Africa)

Selected Filmography

Not available.