The US actor and director Sydney Pollack has died at his home in Los Angeles, aged 73. One early success was The Game in 1966, for which he won an Emmy.
He made his name directing such stars as Robert Redford (left), and critics praised his production of passionate and intelligent films that respected their audiences.
He won acclaim for directing Paul Newman in Absence of Malice, and earned Oscar nominations for directing Dustin Hoffman in the cross-dressing comedy Tootsie, in which he played Hoffman's agent.
Perhaps his most memorable film, and certainly his most successful, was Out of Africa - starring Meryl Streep, pictured - for which he won an Oscar both as director and producer.
Pollack continued to act in films and television programmes throughout his career, including Eyes Wide Shut, which starred Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman - who were married at the time.
Pollack made a guest appearance in one of the last episodes of the cult US television series The Sopranos, and appeared in Michael Clayton in 2007 alongside George Clooney.