Producer/director SYDNEY POLLACK's films have received 46 Academy
Award nominations, including four for Best Picture. Pollack himself has been
nominated three times. His film "Out of Africa" won seven Oscars,
including Best Picture and Best Director for Pollack. He won the New York Film
Critics Award for his 1982 film "Tootsie." He also won the Golden
Globe for Best Director twice, the National Society of Film Critics Award, the
NATO Director of the Year Award and prizes at the Brussels, Belgrade, San
Sebastian, Moscow and Taormina Film Festivals.
His additional directorial
credits include "The Slender Thread," "This Property Is
Condemned," "The Scalphunters," "Castle Keep,"
"They Shoot Horses, Don't They?," "Jeremiah Johnson,"
"The Way We Were," "The Yakuza," "Three Days of the
Condor," "Bobby Deerfield," "The Electric Horseman,"
"Absence of Malice," "Havana," "The Firm" and
"Sabrina." As an actor, Pollack has appeared in Woody Allen's
"Husbands and Wives," Robert Altman's "The Player," Robert
Zemeckis' "Death Becomes Her," Steve Zaillian's "Civil
Action" and Stanley Kubrick's "Eyes Wide Shut." He has also
appeared on the hit television comedy "Mad About You." In 1985,
Pollack formed Mirage Enterprises. Under that banner he has produced the films
"Presumed Innocent," "The Fabulous Baker Boys," "White
Palace," "Major League," "Dead Again," "Searching
for Bobby Fisher" and "Sense and Sensibility."
He is a founding
member of the Sundance Institute, the Chairman Emeritus of the American
Cinematheque, a sustaining founder of the Artists Rights Board of the Director's
Guild of America and serves on the Board of Directors for the Film Preservation
Board and the Motion Picture and Television Fund Foundation. Born in Lafayette,
Indiana, Pollack left his hometown to study acting in New York. He and his wife
Claire make their home in Pacific Palisades, California.
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