John Markland’s Inspiration

For John, his inspiration comes from Sydney Pollack.  Born in Lafayette, Indiana in 1934 to humble beginnings. Pollack left home at 17 and went to New York City were he studied acting with the renowned Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse. During these years and again when he returned after service in WWII, Pollack established many of the relationships that would later develop into artistic collaborations.

Pollack was a teacher under Meisner for two years and taught many actors, Robert Duvall, Bredna Vaccaro and Rip Torn to name a few. In 1960 a friend of his, John Frankenhiemer, invited him out to work as an acting and dialogue coach for the actors on his film The Young Savages. Hollywood found him.

Thanks to his early career as an acting coach, Pollack developed a reputation for being one of the best – if not the best – director for actors to work with.

He directed 12 different actors in Oscar-nominated performances. Jessica Lange was one of those to win. Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford, Jane Fonda, Paul Newman, Meryl Streep and Holly Hunter were some of those nominated under his direction.

Pollack, himself, was nominated 3 times for directing and then won for directing and producing Out of Africa in 1985. In total, Pollack’s films garnered 48 Oscar nominations over his career, winning 11 Oscars in total.

  • The Way We Were 1973
  • The Electric Horseman 1979
  • The Firm 1993
  • The Talented Mr. Ripley 1999
  • Three Days of the Condor 1975
  • Tootsie 1982
  • Out of Africa 1985
  • Sense and Sensibility 1995
  • Michael Clayton 2007

(Partial list of films directed/produced)

Sydney Pollack

Sydney Pollack

For more information about John Markland please visit his websites;

The Markland Studio

Moth Theatre Company

Here are two films that John Markland has made.  Please click on the link and be sure to have the password so you can view the films.

Click here to be taken to the page where you can link to the two films

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