Kevin Pollak

Actor, Comic, Comedy writer
After nearly a decade of professional success on the stand-up comedy circuit, where he was known for his acute impressions, Kevin Pollak added the "actor" hyphenate to his name and enjoyed a long second act as a film ... Read more »
Born: 10/29/1957 in San Francisco, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (124)

Angel From Hell 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

Compadres 2016 (Movie)

Tex The Banker (Actor)

Mom 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Borealis 2014 (Movie)

Tubby (Actor)

Chez Upshaw 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Garfunkel and Oates 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Inside Comedy 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Mob Dot Com 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Night Owls 2014 (Movie)

Peter (Actor)

The One I Wrote For You 2014 (Movie)

Mickey (Actor)

Two: Thirteen 2014 (Movie)

Dr. Simmons (Actor)

3 Geezers! 2013 (Movie)

Kevin (Actor)

Family Tree 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Grace Unplugged 2013 (Movie)

Frank "Mossy" Mostin (Actor)

Childrens Hospital 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Conan 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Max Rose 2012 (Movie)

Christopher Rose (Actor)

Men at Work 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Magic Of Belle Isle 2012 (Movie)

Joe Viola (Actor)

Celebrity Poker Showdown 2001 - 2004, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Host

Choose 2011 (Movie)

(Actor)

Columbus Circle 2011 (Movie)

(Actor)

Ed 2000 - 2004, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Million Dollar Money Drop 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Host

Project Greenlight 2001 - 2002, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Himself

Red State 2011 (Movie)

ASAC Brooks (Actor)

Shatner's Raw Nerve 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Big Year 2011 (Movie)

Jim Gittelson (Actor)

Work With Me 1999 - 2004, 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Cop Out 2010 (Movie)

Hunsaker (Actor)

Kevin Pollak: The Littlest Suspect 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Middle Men 2010 (Movie)

Curt Allmans (Actor)

Dinner For Five 2001 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Entourage 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Shark 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Lost Room 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Numb 2006 (Movie)

Tom (Actor)

Our Time Is Up 2006 (Movie)

Dr Stern (Actor)

The Comedy Central Roast of William Shatner 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The Late Show With David Letterman 2006 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause 2006 (Movie)

Cupid (Actor)

Hostage 2005 (Movie)

Walter Smith (Actor)

Niagara Motel 2005 (Movie)

Michael (Actor)

The Aristocrats 2005 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Reel Comedy: The Whole Ten Yards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Whole Ten Yards 2004 (Movie)

Lazlo (Actor)

Blizzard 2003 (Movie)

(Actor)

Seven Times Lucky 2003 (Movie)

Harlan (Actor)

Frank McKlusky, C.I. 2002 (Movie)

(Actor)

Juwanna Mann 2002 (Movie)

Lorne Daniels (Actor)

Life With Bonnie 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Stolen Summer 2002 (Movie)

Rabbi Jacobsen (Actor)

The Santa Clause 2 2002 (Movie)

Cupid (Actor)

3,000 Miles to Graceland 2001 (Movie)

Federal Marshall Damitry (Actor)

Dr. Dolittle 2 2001 (Movie)

of Crocodile (Voice)

Dr. Dolittle 2 2001 (Movie)

Jack Reilly (Actor)

The Wedding Planner 2001 (Movie)

Doctor John Dojny (Actor)

Deterrence 2000 (Movie)

President Walter Emerson (Actor)

Steal This Movie 2000 (Movie)

Gerry Lefcourt (Actor)

The Whole Nine Yards 2000 (Movie)

Janni Gogolak (Actor)

Deal of a Lifetime 1999 (Movie)

Jerry--The Devil's Agent (Actor)

End of Days 1999 (Movie)

Chicago (Actor)

Hoods 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

She's All That 1999 (Movie)

Wayne Boggs (Actor)

The 13th Annual American Comedy Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Sex Monster 1999 (Movie)

Dr Berman (Actor)

Buffalo '66 1998 (Movie)

The TV Sportscaster (Actor)

Outside Ozona 1998 (Movie)

Wit Roy (Actor)

Perversions of Science 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Don's Analyst 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Cannes Man 1997 (Movie)

(cameo appearance) (Actor)

Chameleon 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Not Necessarily the Elections 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Sex and the Silver Screen 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Narrator

Star Trek: 30 Years and Beyond 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Truth or Consequences, N.M. 1997 (Movie)

Yuppie Hostage (Actor)

House Arrest 1996 (Movie)

Ned Beindorf (Actor)

That Thing You Do! 1996 (Movie)

Boss Vic Koss (Actor)

A Salute to the American Red Cross 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Canadian Bacon 1995 (Movie)

Stuart Smiley (Actor)

Casino 1995 (Movie)

Phillip Green (Actor)

Grumpier Old Men 1995 (Movie)

Jacob Goldman (Actor)

Miami Rhapsody 1995 (Movie)

Jordan (Actor)

State of the Union Undressed '95 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Usual Suspects 1995 (Movie)

Todd Hockney (Actor)

Aspen Comedy Festival 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Clean Slate 1994 (Movie)

Rosenheim (Actor)

Comic Relief VI 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Reality Bites 1994 (Movie)

Stand-Up Comic (Actor)

Grumpy Old Men 1993 (Movie)

Jacob Goldman (Actor)

Indian Summer 1993 (Movie)

Brad Berman (Actor)

One-Night Stand 1988 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Wayne's World 2 1993 (Movie)

Jerry Segel (Actor)

A Few Good Men 1992 (Movie)

Lieutenant Sam Weinberg (Actor)

Kevin Pollak: Stop With the Kicking 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Another You 1991 (Movie)

Phil (Actor)

Children's Miracle Network Telethon 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

L.A. Story 1991 (Movie)

Frank Swan (Actor)

Morton & Hayes 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Ricochet 1991 (Movie)

Larry Doyle (Actor)

Avalon 1990 (Movie)

Izzy Kirk (Actor)

Partners in Life 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The World According to Straw 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Coming of Age 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Willow 1988 (Movie)

Rool (Actor)

Million Dollar Mystery 1987 (Movie)

Officer Quinn (Actor)

National Lampoon's Hot Flashes 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

From the Earth to the Moon (TV Show)

Actor

House of Lies (Tv Show)

Actor

Paul Reiser: Out on a Whim (TV Show)

Actor

Picture This (TV Show)

Actor

Ruby Bridges (TV Show)

Actor

The Real Deal (TV Show)

Actor

The Staircase Murders (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (2)

Misery Loves Comedy 2015 (Movie)

(Writer)

Columbus Circle 2011 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (1)

Misery Loves Comedy 2015 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (1)

Borealis 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Biography

After nearly a decade of professional success on the stand-up comedy circuit, where he was known for his acute impressions, Kevin Pollak added the "actor" hyphenate to his name and enjoyed a long second act as a film and television player. Pollak made his mark as a character actor who often appeared as cynical, droll sidekicks to leading men like Arnold Schwarzenegger in the thriller "End of Days" (1999) and opposite Walter Matthau as the comedy legend's son in the "Grumpy Old Men" films (1993, 1995). Pollak's talent for accents was well-showcased in popular comedies like "The Whole Nine Yards" (2000) and the animated family film "A Shark's Tale" (2004), though the comedian-turned-actor earned the most critical praise for his dramatic performances, like his breakout roles in the indie crime thriller "The Usual Suspects" (1995), the courtroom drama "A Few Good Men" (1992), and the HBO miniseries "From the Earth to the Moon" (HBO, 1998). While maintaining a well-regarded career as a stand-up comedian and television personality, Pollak proved a versatile Hollywood talent with the ability to inject an often-needed edginess into mainstream comedies, while also balancing that with surprisingly dramatic turns.

Relationships

Craig Pollak

Brother

Jamie Fox

Companion
Wrote and produced "Kevin Pollak's Chat Show"

Lucy Webb Actor

Wife
Together since c. 1985 married in December 1995 appeared together in HBO's "Not Necessarily the Elections" (1996) and the feature "Outside Ozona" (1998) also served as a co-executive producer of the short-lived CBS series "Work with Me" (1999) separated in 2005 Pollak filed for divorce in 2008

EDUCATION

Dropped out of college to pursue comedy

Milestones

2011

Cast in the comedy feature "The Big Year" opposite Owen Wilson, Jack Black, and Steve Martin

2010

Cast opposite Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan in the buddy comedy "Cop Out"

2010

Cast opposite Luke Wilson in the crime film "Middle Men"

2008

Played the father of Ashley Tisdale's character in "Picture This"

2007

Joined CBS' legal drama "Shark" as recurring character Lloyd Cutler

2004

Reprised role as a Hungarian gangster in "The Whole Ten Yards"

2002

Featured in the Ben Affleck and Matt Damon produced "Stolen Summer"

2001

Played a U.S. Marshal in "3000 Miles to Graceland"

2000

Portrayed Gerry Lefcourt in the Abbie Hoffman biopic "Steal This Movie!"

2000

Portrayed a Hungarian gangster in the comedy "The Whole Nine Yards"

1999

Cast on the short-lived CBS sitcom "Work With Me"; also co-executive produced with wife Lucy Webb

1999

Appeared as Arnold Schwarzenegger's sardonic sidekick in the apocalyptical thriller "End of Days"

1998

Made cameo appearance in Gallo's directorial debut "Buffalo 66"

1998

Played Joe Shea in HBO's award-winning 12-part docudrama "From the Earth to the Moon"

1997

Appeared in the Kiefer Sutherland directed "Truth or Consequences, N.M."; first association with actor Vincent Gallo

1996

Acted in the Tom Hanks directed "That Thing You Do!"

1996

Starred opposite Jamie Lee Curtis in the comedy "House Arrest"

1995

Appeared in Martin Scorsese's "Casino" as the innocent front man who gets the loan from the Teamsters

1995

Co-wrote (with Lucy Webb) and directed the "Anger" segment of Showtime's "The Seven Deadly Sins"

1995

Cast as an explosives expert in the ensemble thriller "The Usual Suspects"

1995

Reprised role of Matthau's son in the sequel "Grumpier Old Men"

1993

Played Walter Matthau's son in the feature comedy "Grumpy Old Men"

1992

Re-teamed with Reiner for "A Few Good Men"

1991

Portrayed Steve Martin's agent in "L.A. Story"

1991

Starred in HBO's "Kevin Pollak: Stop With the Kicking"

1991

Cast as Morton on Rob Reiner's short lived sitcom "Morton and Hayes" (CBS)

1990

Appeared in breakthrough screen role as Aidan Quinn's business partner in Barry Levinson's "Avalon"

1989

Filmed first solo comedy special, a segment of HBO's "One Night Stand"

1988

Starred on short-lived CBS sitcom "Coming of Age"

1988

Played a three-inch tall Brownie in Ron Howard's "Willow"

1987

Made feature acting debut in "Million Dollar Mystery"

1984

Made TV debut on the syndicated "National Lampoon's Hot Flashes"

1983

Moved to Los Angeles

1982

Won second place at the San Francisco International Comedy Competition

1960

Moved to San Jose, CA at age two

Began doing stand-up comedy routines at age ten; began touring at age 20

With Lucy Webb, formed Calm Down Productions

Briefly formed a comedy team with Dana Carvey

Bonus Trivia

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"I pretty much learned the style I have come to enjoy from director Barry Levinson in 'Avalon.' It was the 'less is more' theory. His nurturing during the film was about being loose and natural. A general looseness that creates authenticity and reality. As a comedian, I've been influenced by Albert Brooks, Bill Cosby and Woody Allen. From Cosby, I learned timing and nuance; from Allen, I learned intellectual silliness, and from Brooks, cerebral angst. Also Mark Twain, from whom I really learned the importance of cynicism and sarcasm."'Avalon' will always be the most important [role]. It was my first legitimate acting. [But my favorite role came in] 'A Few Good Men' because what I learned on 'Avalon' about less is more was taken to the next level. If you can actually do nothing in a scene and be interesting, you've won the battle. I never got so much attention for doing so little, as far as the subtlety of that portrayal." – Pollak quoted in the Daily News, May 10, 1994

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On why he continues doing stand-up: "As rewarding as a good film role can be, there is just nothing like getting up on a stage and taking an audience for a ride. You make a movie, and the audience may not see it for another ten months. Here, you know immediately their reaction." – Pollak to James Brady in Parade magazine, Jan. 8, 1995

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On serious Method actors: "I understand the process and I respect the technique, but I still want to slap them and say, get over yourself. I'd rather have fun between takes than be in silence while they brood and find their place again." – Pollak quoted in USA Today, Aug. 21, 1995

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"I did 'The Tonight Show' a dozen times when Johnny was the reigning king. One time, on the air, I taught him to do the Peter Falk single roving eye, and every single time I did his show after that, as I'd shake his hand, Johnny would lean forward and do a little Columbo for me. I had an inside joke with the king! It was just the coolest." – Pollak to People magazine, Oct. 9, 1995

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"I'm a rabid fan of cinema, and I go to the movies every day. I haven't missed a day in 17 years, and there's a lot of crap out there." – Pollak to Empire magazine, September 1995

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"I'd rather have Tom Hanks' career. But I am exceedingly grateful and happy with the career I have. The leading man will always need a best friend, and I've been able to do almost 30 films in the last 10 years based on that theory." – Pollak to the Daily News, March 9, 2000

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