The American film director, producer and sometime actor Sidney Pollack has died of cancer at the age of 73. Pollack was diagnosed with the disease ten months ago and died at his Los Angeles home surrounded by his family. From the start, his career was linked with some of the most famous actors in Hollywood, including Dustin Hoffman in the movie Tootsie.
His films were among some of the biggest cinema classics of the star-laden era of the 1970’s and 80’s. He also collaborated with the likes of Burt Lancaster, Jane Fonda, Al Pacino, and, in later years, Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman and Harrison Ford.
The 1985 epic Out of Africa starring Meryl Streep and Robert Redford was given 11 Oscar nominations and won in seven categories.
Later in his career he teamed up with the late British film-maker Anthony Minghella to work on independent productions.