In 1962, while working on the film War Hunt, Pollack befriended a young actor making his debut in the movie: Robert Redford. It was the beginning of a beautiful friendship that would see them collaborate on seven films, including Out of Africa (1985), for which Pollack took home a Best Director Oscar.
The list of films Pollack has worked on is dizzying. A partial accounting includes The Way We Were, Three Days of the Condor, The Electric Horseman, Absence of Malice, The Firm and the Academy Award-nominated films They Shoot Horses, Don't They?, Tootsie and Michael Clayton. Pollack died May 26, 2008, from stomach cancer.