Sydney Pollack

Sydney Pollack

Director, actor
Date of Birth: 01.07.1934
Country: USA

  1. Biography of Sydney Pollack
  2. Early Career
  3. Breakthrough and Style
  4. Selected Filmography
  5. Later Years and Death

Biography of Sydney Pollack

Sydney Pollack was an actor and director who was born into a Jewish family that had emigrated from Russia. He studied acting in New York and after serving in the army from 1957 to 1958, he taught dramatic arts and performed in Broadway plays and on television. In 1962, he made his big screen debut alongside Robert Redford in the film "War Hunt," which marked the beginning of his collaboration with Redford.

Early Career

After his debut, Pollack started directing episodes of television series and television movies, thanks to his connections with John Frankenheimer and Burt Lancaster. His first directorial work in film was the psychological drama "The Slender Thread." He then directed Redford again in the screen adaptation of Tennessee Williams' play "This Property Is Condemned" and directed Lancaster in the successful films "The Scalphunters," a comedy Western, and "Castle Keep," a war drama.

Breakthrough and Style

Pollack gained widespread recognition after the release of the film "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" His directing style was known for combining intense action with well-developed characters. Throughout his career, he directed a diverse range of genres, including comedy, drama, thriller, and adventure.

Selected Filmography

  • War Hunt - 1962
  • The Slender Thread - 1965
  • This Property Is Condemned - 1966
  • The Scalphunters - 1968
  • Castle Keep - 1969
  • They Shoot Horses, Don't They? - 1969
  • The Way We Were - 1973
  • Three Days of the Condor - 1975
  • The Yakuza - 1975
  • Tootsie - 1982
  • Out of Africa - 1985
  • Havana - 1990
  • The Firm - 1993
  • Sabrina - 1995

Later Years and Death

Sydney Pollack passed away on May 26, 2008, at the age of 73 in Los Angeles. The media reported that he had been battling cancer.