From the AP:
Sydney Pollack, diagnosed with cancer about nine months ago, died Monday afternoon, surrounded by family, at his home in Pacific Palisades in Los Angeles, said his publicist, Leslee Dart. He was 73.
In 1970, “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?,” about Great Depression marathon dancers, received nine Oscar nominations, including one for Pollack’s direction. He was nominated again for best director for 1982’s “Tootsie,” starring Dustin Hoffman as a cross-dressing actor and Pollack as his exasperated agent. As director and producer, he won Academy Awards for the 1986 romantic epic “Out of Africa,” starring Robert Redford and Meryl Streep, which captured seven Oscars in all.
Last fall, Pollack played law firm boss Marty Bach opposite George Clooney in “Michael Clayton,” which he also co-produced and received seven Oscar nominations.
“Sydney made the world a little better, movies a little better and even dinner a little better. A tip of the hat to a class act,” Clooney said in a statement. “He’ll be missed terribly.”
Scene with Pollack and Dustin Hoffman from “Tootsie:”
Here’s Pollack talking about “Jeremiah Johnson,” a great, underrated flick he made in the 70s with Robert Redford. He references John Milius, the screenwriter/director behind “Conan, the Barbarian” and “Apocalypse Now.”
Finally, here’s a clip from “Jeremiah Johnson:”
Pollack is survived by his wife, Claire; two daughters, Rebecca and Rachel; his brother Bernie; and six grandchildren, the AP reports.