Sydney Pollack, director of Tootsie, Out of Africa and other mainstream Hollywood fare, died Monday, May 26, 2008, of cancer.

Pollack was born in Indiana to Russian Jewish parents who met at Purdue University and stayed there, and absorbed Middle Western values and virtues along with a questioning, self-critical Jewish attitude.

His films, awards and affiliations included:

  Oscar for Best Director 1986 for Out of Africa
    Emmy 1966 for Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre
    Member of the Board of Convera (2005-)
    Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
    John Kerry for President
    Midwest Values PAC
    Motion Picture and Television Fund Board of Directors
    Progressive Majority 

    Selected filmography as director
    Sabrina (15-Dec-1995)
    The Firm (30-Jun-1993)
    Havana (12-Dec-1990)
    Out of Africa (10-Dec-1985)
    Tootsie (17-Dec-1982)
    Absence of Malice (19-Nov-1981)
    The Electric Horseman (21-Dec-1979)
    Bobby Deerfield (17-Sep-1977)
    Three Days of the Condor (24-Sep-1975)
    The Yakuza (19-Mar-1975)
    The Way We Were (17-Oct-1973)
    Jeremiah Johnson (10-Sep-1972)
    They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? (10-Dec-1969) 

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