Oscar Winning Director Sydney Pollack Dies

Famed film director

Sydney Pollack passed away

Monday of cancer at his Pacific Palisades’ home. He was 73.

From 1985's Out of Africa to Dustin Hoffman's Tootsie to recent hits like George Clooney's Michael Clayton, Sydney had a gift -- and a love -- for movies. He even flexed his acting muscles in some films, with a small role in Clayton and, most recently, he played Patrick Dempsey's father in Made of Honor.

Upon hearing the news of Sydney's demise, George Clooney paid tribute to his friend.

"Sydney made the world a little better, movies a little better and even dinner a little better," the actors said in a statement to the Associated Press. "A tip of the hat to a class act," he added. "He'll be missed terribly."


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