Sydney Pollack was a thoroughly solid craftsman behind the camera and a very underrated actor. He was born July 1, 1934. He won the Best Director Oscar for Out of Africa in 1986. He also directed such films as They Shoot Horses, Don't They?, The Way We Were, Three Days of the Condor and Tootsie. He acted in Eyes Wide Shut, Changing Lanes and Michael Clayton among others, consistently turning in intriguing performances. He was 73. Very sad.