It would really be hard to come up with a more well respect and well connected actor and director working in Hollywood. Looking at his career is somewhat mind-boggling in respect to the actors and people he worked with for over forty years. He was an award winning director who also seemed perfectly at home in front of the camera. His role in Woody Allen's Husbands and Wives, a film I love, is fantastic. And he obviously had a pretty good sense of humor, making a pre-show cell phone commercial that was actually funny.
Sydney Pollack, a fellow Hoosier born in the same town as I, was 73. He died from cancer.