Sydney Pollack dies of cancer at 73

Respected actor/director Sydney Pollack passed away Monday after battling cancer for the past 10 months, according to Reuters:

Pollack, whose illness first came to public attention after unspecified health issues led him to withdraw last August as director of an HBO television movie, died at his home in the coastal Los Angeles suburb of Pacific Palisades at about 5 p.m. local time, surrounded by his family.
The Directors Guild of America issued a statement on Monday night saluting him as “the quintessential ‘actor’s director”‘ and a gifted filmmaker who “let the dialogue and the emotion of a scene speak for itself.”

Sydney Pollack’s more recent roles included appearances on NBC’s Will & Grace as Will’s father, and a lawyer in the George Clooney drama Michael Clayton. He was one a hell of a filmmaker and will truly be missed. Rest in Peace.