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Sydney Pollack dies at age 73

Sydney Pollack co-starred with Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman in "Eyes Wide Shut." [AP photo]

Sydney Pollack, the film director whose hits covered the 70s and 80s, died Monday of cancer at age 73, according to the New York Times.

His work was honored with several Academy Award nominations, including the 1985 film "Out of Africa" (for which he won for best director) as well as a nomination for "Tootsie" in 1982. He also directed 1981's "Absence of Malice."

Pollack also produced a slew of hit movies in the 80s including "The Fabulous Baker Boys" in 1989.

Still, it was his pre-80s work that probably deserves the most attention. "Three Days of the Condor" and "They Shoot Horses, Don't They" both garnered critical acclaim.

But perhaps he'll always be best known for "Tootsie," the flick that turned Dustin Hoffman into a cross-dressing sensation and gave Pollack a chance to stretch his acting chops. Pollack directed the movie, but also had a small but memorable role in it as Hoffman's agent. (Click here to watch the clip.)

His final screen appearance was in "Made of Honor" -- the romantic comedy that's still playing in theaters -- in which Pollack plays the dad of Patrick Dempsey.

Pollack's survivors include daughters Rachel and Rebecca and his wife Claire Griswold, a former acting student of his, according to the New York Times.

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[Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:33pm]


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