‘Booty Call’ Director Jeff Pollack Found Dead on California Beach

Director Jeff Pollack Dead
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Multihyphenate had recently been working on Beacher's Madhouse variety show

Jeffrey Ian Pollack, who directed “Booty Call” and was a producer on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” was found dead Monday on a running trail in Hermosa Beach, Calif. He was 54.

The Hermosa Beach Easy Reader said Pollack was already deceased when a woman reported finding his body on the area known as the Greenbelt. He was said to be an avid runner.

For several years, Pollack partnered with Benny Medina, the manager on whose life “Fresh Prince” was based. The two formed Handprint Entertainment, a management company with clients including Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez and Tyra Banks. He also had producing credits on shows including “The Tyra Banks Show” and “The Fighting Temptations.”

Usually credited as Jeff Pollack, he directed and co-wrote the 1994 basketball drama “Above the Rim,” starring Duane Martin and Tupac Shakur; the 1997 comedy “Booty Call,” with Jamie Foxx and Vivica Fox; as well as 1999 comedy “Lost and Found,” with David Spade.

More recently, Pollack had been working with Jeff Beacher, who produced the Beacher’s Madhouse variety shows at the Roosevelt Hotel and the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Miley Cyrus is set to host the Las Vegas version that opens Friday.

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  1. Bobbo Sonn says:

    For the last 30 years, he was always in the BEST shape of anyone in our whole group of friends.Yet he is the first to “pass on”….and while jogging yet! Hard to understand.
    Have a great time in The Afterlife, my friend.
    RIP.

  2. Sarita says:

    I am saddened by this loss. He was a very even tempered and wonderful person who never seemed to be affected by the Hollywood glitz & glam. He was simply happy doing what he did. He will be missed.

  3. peggy conley says:

    It’s such A Great Lost. He Was To Young To Die. My Prayers Goes Out To His Family And Friends.

    R.I.P

  4. Adolf Hitmaker says:

    This is fucking terrible.
    Booty Call was easily Jamie Foxx’s magnum opus.
    I still love re-watching said film even today.
    RIP you magnificent bastard.

  5. lukas herval says:

    His poor kids had a sad Christmas! Read more about them here: http://dailyentertainmentnews.com/tv/lael-pollack-producer-jeffrey-ian-pollacks-daughter/

  6. Jordan Crane says:

    Known Jeff for more years than I can count…from West Valley Little League to Portola Junior High and beyond. Always a smile on his face and a treat to be around. Taken too soon, it is a shock to hear of his passing. My thoughts are with his family…may he rest in peace.

  7. May GOD Rest the soul of the talented Jeff Pollack. Jeff, I appreciate you and Benny hiring me to write “Above The Rim,” and all of the great conversations we had on not only basketball and the Rucker&Whitney M. Young summer b-ball tournaments. but life in general. One of your greatest qualities was your desire to learn everything you could about a subject. The basketball sequences you choreographed in “Above The Rim,” are the diamond standard for any b-ball movie filmed today. You will be missed. May GOD Comfort the Pollack family in their time of grief and need. My condolences also to Benny Medina.

    -Barry Michael Cooper

  8. Smooth says:

    When it’s your time to go, it’s your time to go. You drop everything, even exercise. RIP Jeff, and thanks for everything. You did good.

  9. Glenn C. says:

    You never know. Even while exercising. Life is strange.

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