Photo of Sydney Pollack Sydney Pollack

Equally adept as an actor, director and producer, Sydney Pollack adds a degree of gravitas to any film he touches. Born July 1, 1934, in Lafayette, La., Pollack studied with the legendary Sanford Meisner at New York City's Neighborhood Playhouse and briefly served as an acting coach.

In 1962, while working on the film War Hunt, Pollack befriended a young actor making his debut in the movie: Robert Redford. It was the beginning of a beautiful friendship that would see them collaborate on seven films, including Out of Africa (1985), for which Pollack took home a Best Director Oscar.

The list of films Pollack has worked on is dizzying. A partial accounting includes The Way We Were, Three Days of the Condor, The Electric Horseman, Absence of Malice, The Firm and the Academy Award-nominated films They Shoot Horses, Don't They?, Tootsie and Michael Clayton. Pollack died May 26, 2008, from stomach cancer.

Sydney Pollack in Three Days of the Condor

Three Days of the Condor

1975 R

Robert Redford stars as Joe Turner, a New York-based CIA researcher who returns from lunch to find all his co-workers murdered. In the next 72 hours, everyone Turner trusts will try to kill him, in this conspiracy thriller by director Sydney Pollack. Double-crossed and forced to go underground, Turner kidnaps a young woman (Faye Dunaway) and holds her hostage as he unravels the mystery. Max von Sydow and Cliff Robertson co-star.

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