George Clooney Pays Tribute to Sydney Pollack

George Clooney Pays Tribute to Sydney Pollack
Clooney (left) and Pollack
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05/27/2008 AT 07:05 AM EDT

George Clooney is speaking out on the death of film legend Sydney Pollack, who succumbed to cancer Monday at age 73.

"Sydney made the world a little better, movies a little better and even dinner a little better," the actor – who worked with Pollack in 2007's Michael Clayton – said in a statement.

Pollack, most famous for directing Out of Africa, Tootsie and They Way We Were, co-produced and starred in Clayton. (He also served as executive producer for Clooney's Leatherheads.)

"A tip of the hat to a class act," Clooney's tribute continued. "He'll be missed terribly."

At the time of his death, the Oscar-winning director was surrounded by family at his home in Pacific Palisades, said his publicist Leslee Dart.

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