Kevin Pollak
American actor and comedian
Kevin Pollak
Kevin Elliot Pollak 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.
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'A Life in Parts' by Bryan Cranston
Huffington Post - 5 months
Bryan Cranston's journey as an award-winning and critically acclaimed actor has been anything but linear. Long before he ascended to the top of his profession, Cranston faced no shortage of personal and professional challenges--including many lean years when the phone wasn't ringing nearly as often as it is today. As an enormous fan of Breaking Bad and his work since then, I had heard him talk about many aspects of his life during in-depth interviews. (His two-hour chat with Kevin Pollak was particularly enlightening.) Still, I wanted to know more about how he became, well, him. Against this backdrop, I recently finished Cranston's memoir A Life in Parts. (Disclaimer: Cranston's publisher Scribner sent me an advanced review copy sans obligation.) In a word, it's excellent. From the first few pages (not unlike the pilot of Breaking Bad), Cranston draws the reader in. He begins not in chronological order, but by detailing one of the series' most gruesome scenes. (Spoiler below.) ...
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You know the faces but probably not the names -- character actors get their own awards
LATimes - over 1 year
As long as the leading man needs a best friend or an attorney, Kevin Pollak once said, the character actor will always have work. And as of Sunday, that group of men and women will have a little more recognition with the inaugural Carney Awards, a ceremony -- named after the beloved, versatile...
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Writer-Director Bruce Mason Reflects on Life, Death, and Moonwalking in His New Feature, Chez Upshaw</em>
Huffington Post - over 1 year
A fun find this Halloween week is Chez Upshaw, the new film which finds co-leads Kevin Pollak and Illeana Douglas in fine and frolicsome form. The two play the proprietors of the eponymous bed-and-breakfast, struggling hardcore with everything from their finances to their sex life to their whole raison d'être -- until they discover they're uniquely blessed: as hosts who can help their surprisingly willing and well-heeled guests check out, very conclusively, to the allegedly sweet hereafter. The movie is pretty sweet itself, a rare confectionery of rich, dark comedy topped with frothy, effervescent reflections on this life and beyond, featuring memorable supporting turns from Molly Sims, Don Most, George Coe, Rance Howard, and even Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens' own Greg Grunberg. With a bouncy score (by composers Beth Caucci and John Fee) and a bright palette (from cinematographer Samuel Ameen), it's the jolliest film about death out there (emphasis on "out there") -- prob ...
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First Look: CBS Unveils “Rush Hour,” “Supergirl,” “Limitless” “Angel from Hell”
Headline Planet - almost 2 years
In Wednesday’s 2015-16 schedule announcement, CBS confirmed that the majority of its new series will premiere this fall. New comedy “Life in Pieces” (Monday at 8:30PM, then Thursday at 8:30PM after Thursday Night Football ends) and dramas “Limitless” (Tuesday at 10PM) and “Code Black” (Wednesday at 10PM) will arrive as soon as the season commences. Drama “Supergirl” (Monday at 8PM) and comedy “Angel from Hell” (Thursday at 9:30PM) will then start in November. Only the high-profile “Rush Hour” adaptation and “Criminal Minds” spin-off “Beyond Borders” will wait until midseason to make their premieres. In conjunction with its scheduling announcement, CBS issued first look gallery and episodic photos for “Supergirl,” “Limitless,” “Rush Hour,” “Code Black,” “Angel from Hell” and “Life in Pieces.” Those, along with synopses, follow: CODE BLACK, based on the award-winning documentary by Ryan McGarry, is a heart-pounding medical drama that takes place in the bus ...
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Review: ‘Misery Loves Comedy’ Puts Stand-Up in the Spotlight
NYTimes - almost 2 years
Kevin Pollak’s survey of professional comics is an evident labor of love, but traffics more in abstraction than in revelations about the creative process.
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Michael Fassbender and “Slow West”: Films to look forward to at the Tribeca Film Festival
Hollywood News - almost 2 years
As you read this, the Tribeca Film Festival will be getting fully underway with Press and Industry Screenings of all their titles. Each year, they offer up something very unique in the world of independent cinema. I’ll be taking in some films at the fest and have seen a handful already, so the choices below are sometimes more than just educated guesses. Tribeca is a unique environment, offering up smaller flicks of all ilk, so there’s the possibility of discovering something new and exciting at all times. Still, what you’ll see below are some of the most interesting higher profile titles that are screening. Here are ten films playing at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival to keep an eye on… 10. Good Kill – A new Ethan Hawke collaboration with filmmaker Andrew Niccol, this is a look at the toll that working a drone can take on a man. It played at the Sundance Film Festival a few months ago to a muted response, but I’m always down for Hawke working with Niccol. I’ll definitely have more to sa ...
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Anton Yelchin in “5 to 7″: Ten Movies to see in April
Hollywood News - almost 2 years
Happy April Fools’ Day folks! I’m going to keep it serious here today though and give you a look at what the month of April has to offer in terms of theatrical releases. I’m going to be getting back into the rhythm of doing this every month, so consider this just the first of many. Obviously, there are more than the ten releases I’m mentioning, but this could wind up as the cream of the crop by the end of the month. I’ve also seen a good number of these, so that works as an added bonus in figuring out what to recommend… Here now are ten April releases to really look forward to: 10. Furious 7 – We all know that everyone is going to see this much hyped sequel staring Vin Diesel and Paul Walker, so this is almost a besides the point mention. Still, in a lean-ish month like April, it certainly stands out as the only real blockbuster of note. It could rule the box office until May 1st when Avengers: Age of Ultron shatters records. 9. Monsters: Dark Continent – A sequel to a very solid indie ...
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'Last Resort' Co-Creator Sounds Off On Show's Cancellation
Huffington Post - over 4 years
"Last Resort" co-creator Shawn Ryan is speaking out on the cancellation of his ABC series. Ryan announced the show was not receiving a full-season order on Friday, November 16 and went on "Kevin Pollak's Chat Show" on Sunday, saying that he wasn't surprised "Last Resort" was canceled. "I would compare it to if you have a relative who becomes terminally ill," he said. "You know it's coming and yet you still are shocked when it happens." The series stars Scott Speedman and Andre Braugher as officers on a renegade Navy submarine. It premiered to more than 9 million viewers and a 2.2 rating in the 18-49 demographic, but "Last Resort" starting shedding viewers quickly. Though ABC didn't pick up the series, all 13 episodes of "Last Resort" will air. "Our ratings had been on the cusp, or really below the cusp, for a few weeks now. It didn't come as a huge shock," Ryan said. "We were all hoping for a bounce." "Last Resort" airs in a very competitive timeslot: Thursdays ...
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Watch: Kevin Pollak Talks About Sleeping His Way to the Middle
ABC News - over 4 years
Actor discusses how riding the middle wave of fame has served him well.
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Live & Local entertainment, April 26 to May 3
Jacksonville - almost 5 years
  THURSDAY,  APRIL 26 Comedy Zone: Kevin Pollack, 8 p.m. Dog Star Tavern: Ginormous J, 9 p.m. European Street (San Marco): Harpeth Rising, 8 p.m. read more
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‘Twilight’ Author Stephenie Meyer Options Lois Duncan’s ‘Down a Dark Hall’
Film - almost 5 years
Even as The Twilight Saga heads into its final installment, author Stephenie Meyer‘s Hollywood career is just getting started. Last summer, Meyer signed on to produce the romantic comedy Austenland, her first foray into the world of movies not based on her own books. And now Meyer’s taking another step in that direction, as she and Megan Hibbert option the novel Down a Dark Hall from YA writer Lois Duncan. More details after the jump. First published in 1974, Duncan’s tale centers around a girl named Kit Gordy, who’s sent to the Blackwood boarding school for girls. Soon after her arrival, Kit notices some oddities in her new school, such as the fact that there are only four students. As she begins to suspect that she is in danger, she takes it upon herself to uncover the school’s terrible secret. Meyer and Hibbert’s company Fickle Fish will develop the project, with with Temple Hill Entertainment. Wyck Godfrey, who produced the Twilight series, is in talks to board the project as ...
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Win: Columbus Circle Blu-ray, We Have 3 Copies To Give Away
Obsessed with Film - What Cultur - almost 5 years
Columbus Circle is released on Blu-ray and DVD from March 5th, 2012. We have 3 copies of the Blu-ray to give away. Locked away from the public eye for almost 20 years, an attractive and reclusive heiress suddenly finds her safe and secure existence threatened when a glamorous couple move in next door… On her 18th birthday, Abigail Clayton (Selma Blair) received a staggering inheritance from her late father and promptly sealed herself away from the world in her massive Manhattan loft apartment. Nearly two decades later, the only people Abigail interacts with are Klandermann the concierge, and Dr Raymond Fontaine a trusted family friend. When the death of her elderly neighbour prompts Detective Frank Giardello to launch an investigation, Abigail finds her carefully constructed and isolated world begins to fall apart – even more so when a new couple, Charlie and Lillian move in to the empty apartment next door causing Abigail to confront her troubled past. But the moment she opens h ...
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Entertainment calendar for Sept. 1 - Buffalo Grove Countryside
Google News - over 5 years
29-Oct. 1: Kevin Pollak. $24. Oct. 6-9: The Wayans Brothers. $40; $50 Meet and Greet. Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights. www.metropolisarts.com. (847) 577-2121. Through Sept. 17: “Sex &amp; The Second City: A
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Hostage Review - JustPressPlay
Google News - over 5 years
Then one day, things get very loud as a trio of teenagers muscle their way into the home of businessman and father, Walter (Kevin Pollak), whose dealings are of a sensitive nature and have powerful figures pulling the strings. The teens (Ben Foster,
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Hostage – Blu-ray Review - Monsters and Critics.com
Google News - over 5 years
Released in 2005 and based on the novel by Robert Crais, Hostage actually features a stellar cast of character actors including Ben Foster, Kim Coates, Robert Knepper, Jonathan Tucker, and Kevin Pollak. We also get decent performances from some of its
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Lenders say they're out $575K from movie investor firm - Bizjournals.com (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Billy Bob Thornton, Kevin Pollak and other movie stars aren&#39;t usually associated with Silicon Valley. Now, a local private equity firm — with ties to these stars — is facing lenders who want to push the company into bankruptcy
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Pencil This In: A Clothing-Optional Art Performance, A Fashion Spelling Bee ... - LAist
Google News - over 5 years
Writers Bloc presents Penn Jillette and Kevin Pollak tonight at 7:30 pm at the Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills. Penn talks about atheism, friendship, sex, magic and more, in his new book, God, No! Signs You May Already Be An Atheist And Other
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Phil Hendrie Visits 'Kevin Pollak's Chat Show' - All Access Music Group
Google News - over 5 years
The wide-ranging interview on &quot;KEVIN POLLAK&#39;S CHAT SHOW&quot; included discussions of HENDRIE&#39;s inspirations (LAUREL AND HARDY, LENNY BRUCE, JONATHAN WINTERS and JACKIE GLEASON, of whom HENDRIE said, &quot;He was my Dad, a big man who would come through the door
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ThisWeekIn Expands Network - socalTech.com
Google News - over 5 years
ThisWeekIn, the Los Angeles-based, online video podcasting network co-founded by Jason Calacanis, Mark Jeffrey, and Kevin Pollak, is expanding out its lengthy list of podcasts, with a new one focused on startups out the TechStars business incubation
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New DVDs: What's available - Kansas City Star
Google News - over 5 years
Katheryn Winnick stars as a graduate student who helps her detective father (Kevin Pollak) track the mad killer (not rated, $24.98). &quot;Dream Home&quot; is a slasher film about the lengths to which a woman (Josie Ho) will go to own the perfect home - up to
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Kevin Pollak
    FIFTIES
  • 2015
    Age 57
    Most recently, Pollak's feature film directorial debut, the comedy documentary Misery Loves Comedy, premiered at The 2015 Sundance Film Festival.
    More Details Hide Details The film sold North American rights to Tribeca Film, a US distribution company. Pollak is currently directing the comedy film The Late Bloomer. 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 comedy writer Martin Olson. In July 2009, The Littlest Suspect, his most recent comedy special, was aired on Showtime. 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, Adam Carolla, Anthony Cumia, and Jason Lee. The guest interviews are very in-depth and typically longer than an hour in duration, sometimes 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.
  • 2014
    Age 56
    In 2014, Pollak began a recurring role as Alvin Biletnikoff on the CBS sitcom Mom.
    More Details Hide Details However, his time on the show was cut short by the death of his character. Pollak's directorial debut was on the horror web series Vamped Out, featured on the internet television platform Babelgum. 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.
  • 2010
    Age 52
    Pollak was then seen hosting Million Dollar Money Drop, again on the FOX network at the end of 2010.
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    In January 2010, Pollak was scheduled to host Our Little Genius on FOX, but the series was pulled before it could air on television.
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    In 2010, he portrayed Sheriff Tom Wagner in Choose.
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  • 2008
    Age 50
    In March 2008, Pollak played himself in the web series The Writers Room on Crackle.
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    Through 2008, he had a recurring role as a District Attorney on the television series Shark.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2006
    Age 48
    In December 2006, he played Karl Kreutzfeld in the Sci Fi Channel miniseries The Lost Room.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1988
    Age 30
    In 1988, he landed a role in Willow, his first major role in a film.
    More Details Hide Details 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 World Series of Poker, his winnings totaling to $52,718. Pollak was born in San Francisco, California, the youngest son of Elaine Harlow and Robert "Bobby" Pollak. He has one older brother, who lives with his family in Boston, Massachusetts. He attended high school at Pioneer High School in San Jose, California. 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, he has also played a wide variety of parts, such as 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.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1957
    Born
    Born on October 30, 1957.
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