Sydney Pollack, the director, producer and sometime actor of films including The Way We Were, Tootsie and Out of Africa, died Monday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 73.
His films were some of the most successful of the 70s and 80s and these films represent the era in which directors such as Pollack retooled Hollywood.
Pollack received multiple Academy Award nominations as a director and a producer. As a director he won an Oscar for Out of Africa (1985) and nominations for directing They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? (1969) and Tootsie (1982).
Later in his career, Pollack became a producer of independent films. With a partner, the filmmaker Anthony Minghella, who passed away in March, he ran Mirage Enterprises. Together the produced Minghella’s Cold Mountain and the documentary Sketches of Frank Gehry, released last year, the last film directed by Pollack.
Earlier this year Michael Clayton, which Pollack produced and co-starred in, was nominated for multiple Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
You can read Sydney Pollack’s complete obituary here.