Knowledge Identifier: +Sydney_Pollack
Pollack studied acting with Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse from 1952 to 1954, working on a lumber truck between terms.
Arnold Laven - During the late 1960s and early 1970s, the Levy-Gardner-Laven team remained active as producers on such films as "Clambake", a 1967 Elvis Presley musical co-starring Shelley Fabares, "The Scalphunters", an 1968 western directed by Sydney Pollack and starring Burt Lancaster, Ossie Davis and Telly Savalas, and "Kansas City Bomber", a 1972 drama starring Raquel Welch as a roller derby athlete
Bruce Dern - Among Dern's first 20 film roles was a part in the Sydney Pollack picture "They Shoot Horses, Don't They-", in 1969
Ken Takakura - Takakura gained international recognition after starring in the 1970 war film "Too Late the Hero" as the cunning Imperial Japanese Major Yamaguchi, the 1975 Sydney Pollack sleeper hit "The Yakuza" with Robert Mitchum, and is probably best known in the West for his role in Ridley Scott's "Black Rain" where he surprises American cops played by Michael Douglas and Andy García with the line, "I do speak fucking English"
Paul Benedict - Perhaps his best known movie role was of the Reverend Lindquist in the 1972 Sydney Pollack film "Jeremiah Johnson"
Tobin Bell - In 1982, Bell had a short uncredited scene in the Sydney Pollack film, "Tootsie", playing a waiter at the Russian Tea Room
A Passage to India (film) - Since then, Lean had fought to make a two-part epic telling the true story of the mutiny on the Bounty, for which he could not obtain financing, and had given some thought about doing "Out of Africa", from the book by Isak Dinesen of which Sydney Pollack ultimately directed the film in 1985
Alfonso Cuaron - After this success, director Sydney Pollack hired Cuarón to direct an episode of "Fallen Angels", a series of neo-noir stories produced for the Showtime premium cable network in 1993; other directors who worked on the series included Steven Soderbergh, Jonathan Kaplan, Peter Bogdanovich and Tom Hanks
Frank Gehry - In 2005, veteran film director Sydney Pollack, a friend of Gehry's, made the documentary "Sketches of Frank Gehry" with appreciative comments by Philip Johnson, Ed Ruscha, Julian Schnabel, and Dennis Hopper, and critical ones by Hal Foster supplementing dialogue between Gehry and Pollack about their work in two collaborative art forms with considerable commercial constraints and photography of some buildings Gehry designed
Pollack received the first annual Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking award from the Austin Film Festival on October 21, 2006.
Paul Weiland - Weiland holds the distinction of directing the last screen appearance of Sydney Pollack in the 2008 feature "Made of Honor"