Joel Polis

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Joel Polis
BornOctober 3, 1951 (1951-10-03) (age 67)
EducationUniversity of Southern California (BA)
Yale University (MFA)
Years active1982-present

Joel Polis (born October 3, 1951) is an American television, film and stage actor.[1]

Polis has appeared in over one hundred television programs and films during his career.


Polis' first film role was the character Fuchs in the 1982 science fiction film The Thing.[2] He appeared in numerous television series including Cheers, Alien Nation, Northern Exposure, Star Trek: Voyager, Roseanne, Seinfeld, Chicago Hope, Boston Legal and CSI. He appeared in a recurring role on the television series Cheers as the mischievous Gary, owner of the rival bar, Gary's Olde Towne Tavern.[3]

Polis's theater credits include performances at the Astor Place Theatre, Hartford Stage, Old Globe Theater, South Coast Repertory, Mark Taper Forum, Odyssey Theatre, Laguna Playhouse, Lillian Theater and the Pasadena Playhouse.He was a guest on NCIS


Year Title Role Notes
1982 The Thing Fuchs
1984 Best Defense First Agent
1989 True Believer Dean Rabin
1990 My Blue Heaven U.S. Attorney
1990 The Rookie Lance
1992 Fly by Night Halbein
1996 It's My Party Tim Bergen
1999 Tumbleweeds Vice Principal
2000 Attraction William
2002 A Light in the Darkness Corporate Flunkie #1
2003 Alien Hunter Copeland
2006 Fallen Angels Horace Millhouse
2015 The Return of Mike and Ike Bad Guy 1


  1. ^ The New York Times
  2. ^ The New York Times
  3. ^ Kloer, Phil (May 20, 1993). "Ten episodes to remember". The Atlanta Journal and Constitution. pp. Section C, Page 1. The best of the ongoing prank contests between Cheers and Gary's Olde Time Tavern: Sam and the gang are convinced that they have scared Gary (Joel Polis) to death, even attending his elaborate funeral

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