Pollak in March 2008
|Birth name||Kevin Elliot Pollak|
October 30, 1957 |
San Francisco, California, U.S.
|Influences||Ross Martin, Bill Murray|
|Spouse||Lucy 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.
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. He attended high school at Pioneer High School in San Jose.
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. In 2010, he portrayed Sheriff Tom Wagner in Choose.
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 then seen hosting Million Dollar Money Drop, again on the FOX network at the end of 2010.
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.
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. Pollak is especially adept at doing impressions.
- Alan Arkin
- Albert Brooks
- Gabriel Byrne
- Johnny Carson
- Christopher Lloyd
- Robert De Niro
- Peter Falk (Pollak has also used this in commercials promoting the syndicated Columbo television series on MeTV)
- Dudley Moore
- Jack Nicholson
- Al Pacino
- Keanu Reeves
- Paul Reiser
- Arnold Schwarzenegger
- William Shatner
- Jason Statham
- Christopher Walken
- Robin Williams
- Michael Richards (as Seinfeld's Cosmo Kramer)
Kevin Pollak's Chat Show
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, 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, 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.
Recurring segments and bits on the show include:
- "The Larry King Game", which requires the guest to do a bad Larry King impression, reveal something about oneself (in the persona of Larry King) and then go to the phones and say a funny-sounding city
- "Tweet Five," where Pollak reads the guest five questions from a Twitter user, usually in a this-or-that style
- "Who Tweeted", in which a host (typically Samm Levine) reads tweets from the Twitter accounts of three female celebrities (the list of actresses varies, but typically includes Demi Moore (or, more recently, Justin Bieber), Tyra Banks, and Paris Hilton) and Pollak and his guest compete against each other game-show-style to guess who authored each tweet.
- "You're Not Bufferng", in which Pollack freezes mid-statement during his interview as though the show has paused due to internet lag, but he's actually still live. He then breaks his pause and says, "You're not buffering." Although a simple gag, it's humorous and characterizes Pollack's dry humor.
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.
|1983||The Right Stuff||Dwight D. Eisenhower (voice)||uncredited|
|1987||Million Dollar Mystery||Officer Quinn||first credited role in a motion picture|
|1990||Coming of Age||Brian Brinker||television series|
|1991||L.A. Story||Frank Swan|
|1991||Morton & Hayes||Chick Morton||television series|
|1992||The Opposite Sex and How to Live with Them||Eli|
|1992||A Few Good Men||Lt. Sam Weinberg|
|1993||Indian Summer||Brad Berman|
|1993||Wayne's World 2||Jerry Segel|
|1993||Grumpy Old Men||Jacob Goldman|
|1994||ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter||Spinlok||Disney World Ride (has since been replaced with Stitch's Great Escape!)|
|1995||Usual Suspects, TheThe Usual Suspects||Todd Hockney||National Board of Review Award for Best Cast|
|1995||Miami Rhapsody||Jordan Marcus|
|1995||Canadian Bacon||Stu Smiley|
|1995||Grumpier Old Men||Jacob Goldman|
|1995||The Drew Carey Show||Mr. Bell||television series, 1st season only|
|1996||House Arrest||Ned Beindorf|
|1996||That Thing You Do!||Victor 'Boss Vic Koss' Kosslovich|
|1997||Truth or Consequences, N.M.||Gordon Jacobson|
|1998||Buffalo '66||TV Sportscaster|
|1998||Ruby Bridges||Dr. Robert Coles|
|1998||From the Earth to the Moon||Joe Shea||Nominated - Satellite Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film|
|1999||Outside Ozona||Wit Roy|
|1999||Deal of a Lifetime||Jerry|
|1999||She's All That||Wayne Boggs|
|1999||The Sex Monster||Dr. Jerry Berman|
|1999||Deterrence||President Walter Emerson|
|1999||End of Days||Bobby Chicago||Nominated — Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actor (Action/Science-Fiction)|
|1999||Work with Me||Jordan Better||television series|
|2000||The Whole Nine Yards||Janni Pytor Gogolak|
|2000||Steal This Movie!||Gerry Lefcourt|
|2001||The Wedding Planner||Dr. John Dojny|
|2001||3000 Miles to Graceland||Damitry|
|2001||Dr. Dolittle 2||Riley/Alligator|
|2002||Stolen Summer||Rabbi Jacobsen|
|2002||Frank McKlusky, C.I.||Ronnie Rosengold|
|2002||Juwanna Mann||Lorne Daniels|
|2002||Mother Ghost||Dr. Norris|
|2002||The Santa Clause 2||Cupid|
|2003||Rolling Kansas||Agent Brinkley||uncredited|
|2004||Seven Times Lucky||Harlan|
|2004||The Whole Ten Yards||Lazlo Gogolak|
|2004||Our Time is Up||Dr. Stern|
|2005||Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D||Director (Voice)|
|2006||The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause||Cupid|
|2006||The Lost Room||Karl Kreutzfeld||mini-series|
|2007||Shark||D.A. Leo Cutler||television series|
|2008||Picture This||Tom Gilbert||straight to DVD|
|2008||Tortured||Dr. Shaw||straight to DVD|
|2008||Entourage||Mr. Bob Levine||television series, episode 503 - The All Out Fall Out|
|2009||Middle Men||Curt Allmans|
|2010||Columbus Circle||Klandermann||co-writer & co-executive producer|
|2010||Vamped Out||Elliot Finke||web series (also director, creator, writer, and producer)|
|2011||Choose||Sheriff Tom Wagner|
|2011||Red State||ASAC Brooks|
|2011||The Big Year||Eli|
|2012||Chez Upshaw||Heaton Upshaw||filming|
|2012||Men at Work||Pavel||television series, episode 105 - Toilet of Eden|
|2012||The Magic of Belle Isle||Joe Viola|
|2014||Mom||Alvin Biletnikoff||television series|
- Pollak, Kevin; Carvey, Dana (May 31, 2009). Kevin Pollak's Chat Show. Interview with Kevin Pollak.
- Pollak, Kevin; Azaria, Hank (August 23, 2009). Kevin Pollak Chat Show. Interview with Kevin Pollak.
- SMART MOUTH KEVIN POLLAK FEELS AT HOME WHETHER IT'S STAND-UP COMEDY IN A CLUB OR DRAMATIC TURNS ON THE SCREEN
- "Fresh Chicken and Roadents Populate New Comedy Site". TV Guide. 2008-03-31. Retrieved 2009-03-02.
- You Have 60 Seconds to 'Choose' Who Dies: Your Mom or Dad?
- Vamped Out – Babelgum
- Exclusive: Kevin Pollak Talks Vamped Out
-  Kevin Pollak's Chat Show #125 Harry Shearer
- "Kevin Pollak to Play Anna Faris' Father on CBS' 'Mom' (Exclusive)". TV Guide. 2013-12-10. Retrieved 2013-12-16.
- Official website
- Kevin Pollak at the Internet Movie Database
- Kevin Pollak's YouTube
- Kevin Pollak's Twitter
- Kevin Pollak's Chat Show