5 Most Prolific Actors turned Directors gallery 2010 Sydney Pollack
Sydney Pollack: He used his acting experience as adeptly behind the camera as he did in front of it. Pollack won Oscars for best picture and best director for the epic "Out of Africa," but the former student of legendary acting teacher Sanford Meisner also turned up on screen in everything from his own productions to television's "The Sopranos" and "Will & Grace." He was a scene stealer in "Tootsie," which he also directed -- a rare comedy for a filmmaker who clearly had heady ideas. But he always had a knack for provoking, whether with thrillers like "Three Days of the Condor" and "Absence of Malice," romances like "The Way We Were" and "Out of Africa," or dramas like "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?"