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      Sydney Pollack

      Sydney Pollack

      Highest Rated: 100% The Swimmer (1968)

      Lowest Rated: 16% Made of Honor (2008)

      Birthday: Jul 1, 1934

      Birthplace: Lafayette, Indiana, USA

      As an Oscar-winning director-producer-actor, Sydney Pollack was remembered as a filmmaker capable of delivering A-list star power in commercially successful, as well as artistically respectable, feature films throughout the 1970s and '80s. A career that began as an actor and acting coach eventually led to directing, thanks to the advice of actor Burt Lancaster. After years of honing his directorial skills on television, Pollack began picking up feature film work in the mid-'60s. The grueling Depression-era drama "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" (1969) garnered him his first Academy Award nomination and put Pollack on the map as a director of note. He would direct Robert Redford in a total of seven movies, with efforts like "The Way We Were" (1973) and "Three Days of the Condor" (1975) numbering among the star's most popular. "Tootsie" (1982) elevated the director to an elite level of power and prestige in Hollywood few enjoyed. Pollack went on to win two Oscars as a director and producer for his work on the sweeping romance "Out of Africa" (1985). And while the latter film marked the apex of Pollack's directing career, he continued to turn in deft performances as an actor on such hit series as "Will & Grace" (NBC, 1998-2006) and in acclaimed films like "Michael Clayton" (2007). Consistently in tune with the socio-political themes of the time, Pollack effectively tapped in to the American psyche time and again throughout his decades-long filmmaking career.

      Highest rated movies

      Husbands and Wives
      Michael Clayton
      Changing Lanes
      Eyes Wide Shut
      Orchestra Seats
      A Civil Action
      Random Hearts


      HUSBANDS AND WIVES, (left) Mia Farrow, Sydney Pollack, (right) Woody Allen, Judy Davis, 1992, (c) TriStar ABSENCE OF MALICE, producer, director Sydney Pollack, on-set, 1981, ©Columbia / HAVANA, director Sydney Pollack, on-set, 1990, (c) Universal / SKETCHES OF FRANK GEHRY, Director Sydney Pollack, Frank Gehry, 2005. JEREMIAH JOHNSON, director Sydney Pollack demonstrates some action in rehearsal on set, 1972 THE WAY WE WERE, from left: director Sydney Pollack, Barbra Streisand, Robert Redford on set, 1973 SKETCHES OF FRANK GEHRY, Director Sydney Pollack, Frank Gehry, 2005. WAR HUNT, Robert Redford, Charles Aidman, Sydney Pollack, 1962 THE FIRM, Sydney Pollack, 1993 THE YAKUZA, director Sydney Pollack, Kishi Keiko, Robert Mitchum on set, 1974 JEREMIAH JOHNSON, Robert Redford, director Sydney Pollack on set, 1972 THE FIRM, Tom Cruise, Sydney Pollack, 1993 HUSBANDS AND WIVES, Sydney Pollack, Lysette Anthony, Woody Allen, 1992, on location between scenes HUSBANDS AND WIVES, Lysette Anthony, Sydney Pollack, Woody Allen, 1992 HUSBANDS AND WIVES, Woody Allen, Lysette Anthony, Sydney Pollack, 1992, (c)TriStar Pictures EYES WIDE SHUT, Sydney Pollack, Tom Cruise, 1999, conversation at the pool table TOOTSIE, from left, Dustin Hoffman, director Sydney Pollack, on-set, 1982, ©Columbia Pictures THE INTERPRETER, director Sydney Pollack on set at the United Nations building, 2005, (c) Universal TOOTSIE, Sydney Pollack, Dustin Hoffman, 1982 CHANGING LANES, Sydney Pollack, Ben Affleck, 2002



      75% 49% Margaret Producer $46.5K 2011
      63% 79% The Reader Producer $34.2M 2008
      16% 55% Made of Honor Thomas Sr. (Character) $46.0M 2008
      52% 38% Leatherheads Executive Producer $31.2M 2008
      90% 69% Michael Clayton Marty Bach (Character),
      $49.0M 2007
      74% 70% Orchestra Seats Brian Sobinski (Character) $2.0M 2006
      34% 52% Breaking and Entering Producer $929.0K 2006
      75% 71% Catch a Fire Executive Producer $4.3M 2006
      82% 71% Sketches of Frank Gehry Self,
      Executive Producer
      $437.5K 2005
      58% 54% The Interpreter Director $72.5M 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet One Six Right Self - 2005
      70% 77% Cold Mountain Producer $95.6M 2003
      95% 90% Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin Narrator - 2003
      87% 72% The Quiet American Executive Producer $13.0M 2002
      78% 53% Changing Lanes Delano (Character) $66.8M 2002
      59% 39% Birthday Girl Executive Producer $4.9M 2001
      79% 73% Iris Executive Producer $5.6M 2001
      19% 55% Blow Dry Executive Producer $637.8K 2001
      45% 35% Up at the Villa Executive Producer $2.9M 2000
      85% 80% The Talented Mr. Ripley Executive Producer $81.3M 1999
      17% 24% Random Hearts Carl Broman (Character),
      $31.1M 1999
      76% 74% Eyes Wide Shut Victor Ziegler (Character) $55.7M 1999
      65% 77% Sliding Doors Producer $11.9M 1998
      64% 55% A Civil Action Al Eustis (Character) $56.7M 1998
      No Score Yet 18% Poodle Springs Executive Producer - 1998
      97% 90% Sense and Sensibility Executive Producer $42.0M 1995
      60% 64% Sabrina Director,
      $51.6M 1995
      100% 86% Searching for Bobby Fischer Executive Producer $7.9M 1993
      76% 64% The Firm Director,
      $157.0M 1993
      93% 87% Husbands and Wives Jack (Character) $9.3M 1992
      23% 28% King Ralph Executive Producer $31.3M 1991
      81% 76% Dead Again Executive Producer $35.5M 1991
      27% 57% Havana Director,
      $8.8M 1990
      86% 67% Presumed Innocent Producer $85.7M 1990
      97% 70% The Fabulous Baker Boys Executive Producer $18.1M 1989
      60% 38% Bright Lights, Big City Producer $15.7M 1988
      63% 82% Out of Africa Director,
      $83.1M 1985
      89% 43% Songwriter Producer - 1984
      91% 81% Tootsie George Fields (Character),
      - 1982
      81% 63% Absence of Malice Director,
      - 1981
      64% 57% The Electric Horseman Director - 1979
      29% 45% Bobby Deerfield Director,
      - 1977
      87% 82% Three Days of the Condor Director - 1975
      58% 72% The Yakuza Director,
      - 1975
      64% 81% The Way We Were Director - 1973
      91% 89% Jeremiah Johnson Director - 1972
      82% 89% They Shoot Horses, Don't They? Director,
      - 1969
      44% 48% Castle Keep Director - 1969
      70% 57% The Scalphunters Director - 1968
      100% 83% The Swimmer Director - 1968
      64% 76% This Property Is Condemned Director - 1966
      71% 74% The Slender Thread Director - 1965
      No Score Yet 43% War Hunt Sgt. Owen Van Horn (Character) - 1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Revolt of the Tartars Director - 1960


      No Score Yet No Score Yet The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Producer 2009
      65% 82% Entourage Sydney Pollack (Guest Star) 2007
      92% 96% The Sopranos Warren Feldman (Guest Star) 2007
      No Score Yet 88% Will & Grace George Truman (Guest Star) 2000-2002 2006
      No Score Yet 71% King of the Hill Grant Trimble (Guest Voice) 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Just Shoot Me Himself (Guest Star) 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mad About You Dr. Sydney Warren (Guest Star) 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fallen Angels Executive Producer 1993 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Inside the Actors Studio Guest 1995
      95% 94% Frasier Holden Thorpe (Guest Voice) 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fugitive Director 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ben Casey Unknown (Guest Star),
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Hour Director 1962-1963
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Wagon Train Director 1963
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Tall Man Director 1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cain's Hundred Director 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Deputy Unknown (Guest Star) 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Have Gun -- Will Travel Unknown (Guest Star) 1961
      92% 96% The Twilight Zone Arthur Willis (Character) 1960
      No Score Yet 85% Alfred Hitchcock Presents Bernie Samuelson (Character) 1960
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tales of Wells Fargo Stan Riker (Guest Star) 1960
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Startime Unknown (Character) 1959