Kevin Pollak

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Kevin Pollak
KevinPollakMar08.jpg
Pollak in March 2008
Birth nameKevin Elliot Pollak
Born(1957-10-30) October 30, 1957 (age 56)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
InfluencesRoss Martin,[1] Bill Murray[2]
SpouseLucy Webb (m. 1995–2008) (divorced)
 
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Kevin Pollak
KevinPollakMar08.jpg
Pollak in March 2008
Birth nameKevin Elliot Pollak
Born(1957-10-30) October 30, 1957 (age 56)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
InfluencesRoss Martin,[1] Bill Murray[2]
SpouseLucy Webb (m. 1995–2008) (divorced)

Kevin Elliot Pollak (born October 30, 1957) is an American actor, impressionist, game show host, and comedian. He started performing stand-up comedy at the age of 10 and touring professionally at the age of 20. In 1988, Pollak landed a role in George Lucas’s Willow, directed by Ron Howard, and began his acting career. Pollak is an avid poker player, hosting weekly home games with some of Hollywood's A-list celebrities. He finished 134th out of 6,598 entrants in the 2012 WSOP, earning himself $52,718.

Early life[edit]

Pollak was born in San Francisco, the youngest son of Elaine Harlow and Robert "Bobby" Pollak. He has one older brother. He has since moved to and currently resides in San Francisco. His brother resides with his family in Boston.[3] He attended high school at Pioneer High School in San Jose.

Career[edit]

Acting[edit]

As an actor, Pollak's most notable roles are usually playing the best friend or confidant characters to the leading men, as he did in Ricochet (1991), A Few Good Men (1992), End of Days (1999) and The Wedding Planner (2001). However, Pollak has also played a wide variety of parts; he played a criminal in The Usual Suspects (1995) and a gangster in The Whole Nine Yards (2000). He also briefly hosted Celebrity Poker Showdown in its first season. His most substantial role to date was in Deterrence (1999), in which he played the main character: a Vice President who must take over for a deceased President and deal with a nuclear crisis.

In December 2006, he played Karl Kreutzfeld in the Sci Fi Channel miniseries The Lost Room. Through 2008, he had a recurring role as a District Attorney on the television series Shark. In March 2008, Pollak played himself in the web series The Writers Room on Crackle.[4] In 2010, he portrayed Sheriff Tom Wagner in Choose.[5]

Pollak in April 2011

In January 2010, Pollak was scheduled to host Our Little Genius on FOX, but the series was pulled before it could air on television. Pollak was last seen hosting Million Dollar Money Drop, again on the FOX network at the end of 2010.

Directing[edit]

Pollak's directorial debut was on the horror web series Vamped Out, featured on the internet television platform Babelgum.[6] Jason Antoon, Seana Kofoed, Samm Levine and Pollak all acted in the ensemble cast, the screenbook was based on a simple joke that Antoon and Pollak had between them.[7]

Stand-up[edit]

As a comedian, Pollak's most famous work was his 1992 HBO special Stop With the Kicking, directed by fellow comedian David Steinberg and produced by Boston comedy writer Martin Olson. In July 2009, The Littlest Suspect, his most recent comedy special, was aired on Showtime.

Celebrity impressions[edit]

Kevin Pollak's Chat Show[edit]

In April 2009, Pollak partnered with Jason Calacanis on a weekly Internet talk show, Kevin Pollak's Chat Show. Guests for the show include film directors Kevin Smith and Mike Binder, comedian Jimmy Pardo, and actors Nia Vardalos, Illeana Douglas, Bryan Cranston, Dana Carvey, Matthew Perry, Jon Hamm, Paul Rudd, and Jason Lee. A full list of guests can be found in the main article.

The guest interviews are very in-depth and typically longer than an hour in duration, often exceeding two hours. Common topics include the guests' childhoods, how they got into the business they are in (typically show business), how they got inspired to start certain creative endeavors, and unique experiences they have had while working. Viewers can interact via chat room during the show, and sometimes questions for the guest posed in the chat room are answered live.

The show's self-described "Paul Shaffer" is actor Samm Levine.

Recurring segments on the show include:

In 2012, Pollak began a new podcast called "Talkin Walkin" in which he spends an hour or more with a new guest each show where Pollak spends the entire conversation as Christopher Walken. After three episodes, the show was rated in the top 5 of all comedy podcasts by iTunes.[citation needed]

Filmography[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1983The Right StuffDwight D. Eisenhower (voice)uncredited[8]
1987Million Dollar MysteryOfficer Quinnfirst credited role in a motion picture
1988WillowRool
1990Coming of AgeBrian Brinkertelevision series
1990AvalonIzzy Kirk
1991L.A. StoryFrank Swan
1991Another YouPhil
1991Morton & HayesChick Mortontelevision series
1991RicochetLarry Doyle
1992The Opposite Sex and How to Live with ThemEli
1992A Few Good MenLt. Sam Weinberg
1993Indian SummerBrad Berman
1993Wayne's World 2Jerry Segel
1993Grumpy Old MenJacob Goldman
1994ExtraTERRORestrial Alien EncounterSpinlokDisney World Ride (has since been replaced with Stitch's Great Escape!)
1994Clean SlateRosenheim
1995Usual Suspects, TheThe Usual SuspectsTodd HockneyNational Board of Review Award for Best Cast
1995Miami RhapsodyJordan Marcus
1995Canadian BaconStu Smiley
1995CasinoPhillip Green
1995Grumpier Old MenJacob Goldman
1995ChameleonMatt Gianni
1995The Drew Carey ShowMr. Belltelevision series, 1st season only
1996House ArrestNed Beindorf
1996That Thing You Do!Victor 'Boss Vic Koss' Kosslovich
1997Truth or Consequences, N.M.Gordon Jacobson
1998Buffalo '66TV Sportscaster
1998From the Earth to the MoonJoe SheaNominated - Satellite Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
1998HoodsRudy
1999Outside OzonaWit Roy
1999Deal of a LifetimeJerry
1999She's All ThatWayne Boggs
1999The Sex MonsterDr. Jerry Berman
1999DeterrencePresident Walter Emerson
1999End of DaysBobby ChicagoNominated — Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actor (Action/Science-Fiction)
1999Work with MeJordan Bettertelevision series
2000The Whole Nine YardsJanni Pytor Gogolak
2000Steal This Movie!Gerry Lefcourt
2001The Wedding PlannerDr. John Dojny
20013000 Miles to GracelandDamitry
2001Dr. Dolittle 2Riley/Alligator
2002Stolen SummerRabbi Jacobsen
2002Frank McKlusky, C.I.Ronnie Rosengold
2002Juwanna MannLorne Daniels
2002Mother GhostDr. Norris
2002The Santa Clause 2Cupid
2003Rolling KansasAgent Brinkleyuncredited
2003BlizzardArchimedes
2004Seven Times LuckyHarlan
2004The Whole Ten YardsLazlo Gogolak
2004Our Time is UpDr. Stern
2005HostageWalter Smith
2005Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3DDirector (Voice)
2005The AristocratsHimself
2006The Santa Clause 3: The Escape ClauseCupid
2006The Lost RoomKarl Kreutzfeldmini-series
2007NumbTom
2007SharkD.A. Leo Cutlertelevision series
2008OtisEli
2008Picture ThisTom Gilbertstraight to DVD
2008TorturedDr. Shawstraight to DVD
2008EntourageMr. Bob Levinetelevision series, episode 503 - The All Out Fall Out
20092:13Dr. Simmons
2009Middle MenCurt Allmans
2010Columbus CircleKlandermannco-writer & co-executive producer
2010Cop OutHunsaker
2010Vamped OutElliot Finkeweb series (also director, creator, writer, and producer)
2011ChooseSheriff Tom Wagner
2011Red StateASAC Brooks
2011The Big YearEli
2012Geezers!Kevinpost-production
2012Chez UpshawHeaton Upshawfilming
2012Men at WorkPaveltelevision series, episode 105 - Toilet of Eden
2012The Magic of Belle IsleJoe Viola
2013Grace UnpluggedMossy
2014MomAlvin Biletnikoff[9]television series

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pollak, Kevin; Carvey, Dana (May 31, 2009). Kevin Pollak's Chat Show. Interview with Kevin Pollak. 
  2. ^ Pollak, Kevin; Azaria, Hank (August 23, 2009). Kevin Pollak Chat Show. Interview with Kevin Pollak. 
  3. ^ SMART MOUTH KEVIN POLLAK FEELS AT HOME WHETHER IT'S STAND-UP COMEDY IN A CLUB OR DRAMATIC TURNS ON THE SCREEN
  4. ^ "Fresh Chicken and Roadents Populate New Comedy Site". TV Guide. 2008-03-31. Retrieved 2009-03-02. 
  5. ^ You Have 60 Seconds to 'Choose' Who Dies: Your Mom or Dad?
  6. ^ Vamped Out – Babelgum
  7. ^ Exclusive: Kevin Pollak Talks Vamped Out
  8. ^ [1] Kevin Pollak's Chat Show #125 Harry Shearer
  9. ^ "Kevin Pollak to Play Anna Faris' Father on CBS' 'Mom' (Exclusive)". TV Guide. 2013-12-10. Retrieved 2013-12-16. 

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