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Also Known As: Died: May 26, 2008
Born: July 1, 1934 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Lafayette, Indiana Profession: Producer ...
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Grew up in South Bend, Indiana
1954:
Beginning at age 19, assisted Sanford Meisner and taught acting at Neighborhood Playhouse for six years
1954:
Off-Broadway acting debut in "A Stone for Danny Fisher" starring Zero Mostel and Sylvia Miles
1955:
Broadway acting debut in Christopher Fry's "Dark Is Light Enough"
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Served in US Army
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Taught drama at NYU
1959:
Acted on TV in a "Playhouse 90" production of "For Whom the Bell Tolls" directed by John Frankenheimer
1961:
Served as Dialogue coach for Frankenheimer's "The Young Savages" starring Burt Lancaster
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Urged to pursue a career in directing by Lancaster
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Introduced to agent-turned-movie mogul Lew Wasserman
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Moved to L.A. with his wife
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First TV directing assignment, an episode of the syndicated half-hour Western series, "Shotgun Slade"
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Directed for various TV series including "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" and "The Bob Hope Chrysler Theatre"
1962:
Feature film acting debut, "War Hunt"; also Robert Redford's debut
1963:
Served as voice dubbing supervisor of the American version of Luchino Visconti's "Il Gattopardo/The Leopard" (at Burt Lancaster's request)
1964:
"Chrysler Theatre" telecast of his "Two is the Number"; won International TV Festival Award in Monte Carlo
1965:
Directed first feature, "The Slender Thread" starring Sidney Poitier and Anne Bancroft
1966:
First of seven movies directing Redford, "This Property is Condemned"
1969:
Directed (also produced) the film "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?"; Pollack's first producing credit; received first Best Director Academy Award nomination
1972:
Directed Redford in "Jeremiah Johnson"; won American Heritage Award for Best Western
1973:
Directed Redford and Barbra Streisand in "The Way We Were"
1980:
Participated in American Legion Seminar with James Woods
1981:
Became executive director (with Lee Strasberg) of the Actors Studio in L.A.
1982:
First feature acting appearance in 20 years as Dustin Hoffman's agent in "Tootsie"; also directed and produced by Pollack; earned Academy Award nominations for Best Director and Best Picture
1983:
Agreed to work with Nova film production company as creative consultant; venture organized by Columbia, HBO and CBS
1985:
Earned two Oscars, one as producer (Best Picture) and one as Best Director for "Out of Africa"; co-starred Redford and Meryl Streep
1985:
Formed production company, Mirage Productions Inc.
1986:
Served as jury president at 39th Cannes Film Festival
1989:
Split with Mark Rosenberg as partners in Mirage Productions Inc. after three years; company renamed Mirage Enterprises
1989:
Sued by producer Richard Roth for over $1 million after being excluded from production of "Havana" (when Pollack decided to produce and direct himself) on which he had worked for 15 years (when project was known as "The New Orleans Story"); released in 1990, it was his last picture (to date) directing Redford
1992:
Acted in Woody Allen's "Husbands and Wives" and Robert Altman's "The Player"
1993:
Directed and produced "The Firm"; first movie adapted from a John Grisham novel
1995:
Remade Billy Wilder's "Sabrina" (1954), starring Harrison Ford, Julia Ormond and Greg Kinnear
1998:
Replaced Harvey Keitel, acting in Stanley Kubrick's "Eyes Wide Shut" (film completed 1998; released in 1999)
1998:
Executive produced "Poodle Springs," an HBO movie adapted from the Robert B Parker novel based on an unfinished manuscript by Raymond Chandler
1999:
Directed "Random Hearts," a failed romance teaming Kristin Scott Thomas and Harrison Ford
1999:
Executive produced "The Talented Mr. Ripley"; written and directed by Anthony Minghella
2000:
Executive produced "Up at the Villa" starring Kristin Scott Thomas
2000:
Joined by Minghella as a full partner in Mirage Enterprises
2000:
Had occasional recurring role on the NBC sitcom "Will & Grace" playing Will's (Eric McCormack) father
2002:
Served as one of the producers on the remake of "The Quiet American"
2003:
Produced Anthony Minghella's "Cold Mountain" starring Jude Law and Nicole Kidman
2005:
Directed Nicole Kidman and Sean Penn in "The Interpreter"
2006:
Helmed a documentary about the famed architect, "Sketches of Frank Gehry"
2007:
Co-starred (also produced) with George Clooney in Tony Gilroy's "Michael Clayton"; earned an Oscar nomination for Best Picture
2008:
Executive produced the HBO film, "Recount"

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