Sydney Pollack dead at 73

Acclaimed director and actor Sydney Pollack died of cancer Monday afternoon in his Pacific Palisades, California home. He was 73.

Sydney Pollack in TootsieThe Academy Award-winner rose to critical acclaim with his films “Tootsie” and “Out of Africa,” which won seven Oscars. In his final film — the recent “Made of Honor” — he played the repeatedly-married father of Patrick Dempsey’s character.Pollack was diagnosed with cancer about nine months ago, according to agent Leslee Dart — around the same time “Michael Clayton” was released. Pollack played Marty Bach in the film and co-produced.After spending his early years studying under the legendary acting teacher Stanford Meisner, he eventually became Meisner’s assistant before turning his interest to directing.Surviving Pollack are his wife, Claire; his two daughters, Rebecca and Rachel, six grandchildren; and his brother Bernie.

Photo at right: Sydney Pollack alongside Dustin Hoffman as he makes a cameo in “Tootsie,” which he also directed.

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