WHILE Sydney Pollack has been known to be one of the best film directors of all time, with hits such as The Way We Were, Tootsie, Out of Africa, among others, he was also an actor.
The last time I saw Pollack onscreen was in The Sopranos – my favorite TV show; I almost busted by Ibook downloading all seven seasons of it via Bittorrent! — where he played an oncologist-turned-orderly in a medical facility for inmates. (Creepy that he dies of cancer in real life.)
Just watch how he explains how he became an inmate as well...brilliant understated acting by Pollack. Btw the other actor in this clip is Vincent Curatola who plays Johnny Sack, a mob boss.