Sydney Pollack

Sydney Pollack


7/1/1934, Lafayette, Indiana, USA



Birth Name

Sydney Irwin Pollack


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Legendary actor Sydney Pollack is no stranger to being behind the camera and in front of it. Recieving praise from critics and fans alike, Sydney has directed some american classics like the 1982 comedy "Tootsie", the 1985 drama "Out of Africa" and the 1982 classic "They Shoot Horses,…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Sydney married Claire Griswold September 22, 1958. They had three children together; Steven born in 1959, Rebecca born in 1963 and Rachel, born in 1969. They are still married today. It was the first marriage for both Sydney and Claire.

    • Sydney has directed 12 different actors in Oscar-nominated performances: Jane Fonda, Gig Young, Susannah York, Barbra Streisand, Paul Newman, Melinda Dillon, Jessica Lange, Dustin Hoffman, Teri Garr, Meryl Streep, Klaus Maria Brandauer and Holly Hunter. Gig Young and Jessica Lange won Oscars for their performances in one of Sydney's movies.

    • In 1986, Sydney won the Silver Ribbon award at theItalian National Syndicate of Film Journalists Awards in the category of Best Director - Foreign Film (Regista del Miglior Film Straniero) for his 1985 picture Out of Africa.

    • Sydney served as a dialogue director for the 1959 television show The Turn of the Screw.

    • In 1997, Sydney was honored with the Joseph Plateau Life Achievement Award at the Joseph Plateau Awards.

    • Sydney has been nominated for three Golden Globe Awards (1983, 1986, 1970) in the category of Best Director - Motion Picture. His first nomination came from his direction of the 1969 film They Shoot Horses, Don't They?, the second for his 1982 film Tootsie and his third from the 1985 film Out of Africa.

    • In 2001, Sydney was nominated at the DVD Exclusive Awards in the category of Video Premiere Award Best DVD Audio Commentary for the Collector's Edition DVD of the 1985 film Out of Africa.

    • Sydney served as a Cinematographer for the 2005 film Sketches of Frank Gehry.

    • In 1986, Sydney served as a consultant for the film 9 1/2 Weeks.

    • In 2000, Sydney was nominated for a Blockbuster Entertainment Award in the category of Favorite Supporting Actor - Drama/Romance for his role as Victor Ziegler in the 1999 film Eyes Wide Shut.

    • In 1982, Sydney won the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Director for his 1982 film Tootsie.

    • In 1983, Sydney was presented with a ShoWest Award for being named the Producer of the Year.

    • Sydney stood at 6' or 1.83 m.

  • Quotes

    • Sydney (on his favorite part of the filmmaking process): Editing, because I'm alone and there isn't the necessity of having to organize so many people. Editing feels almost like sculpting or a form of continuing the writing process.

    • Sydney: I don't value a film I've enjoyed making. If it's good, it's damned hard work.

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    Sydney Pollack is a true actor. You really believe that he got into acting because he loves it for what it is. You'll never see him in any tabloids and you won't hear any gossip about him. In his roles, you sense more realism than many other actor's who are considered more talented than he. Of all of his roles in all of his movies, my favorite has to be "The Talented Mr. Ripley."moreless