Although best known as a director of such films as Out of Africa (for which he won a Best Director Oscar), Tootsie and They Shoot Horses Don't They? (both of which he received Oscar nominations for), he was also an accomplished actor appearing in such notable films as Husbands an Wives, The Player, and Eyes Wide Shut. He even branched out to the small screen with roles in The Sopranos and Frasier to name just a few. Pollack's final role was in the recent Made of Honor playing Patrick Dempsey's father. In 2007, he memorably played George Clooney's boss, Marty Bach, in Michael Clayton (which he also co-produced).
Pollack will probably be best remembered for his work with Robert Redford (including Jeremiah Johnson, The Way We Were, The Electric Horseman, Out of Africa, and Havana). While Out of Africa may be choice of most here, we could never get enough of the engrossing spy-thriller Three Days of Condor from 1975.
He was a great filmmaker, and we here are MovieRetriever admired him quite a bit. Our heartfelt condolences go out to his friends and family.