Pollak in March 2008
Kevin Elliot Pollak
October 30, 1957
(m. 1995; div. 2008)
Kevin Elliot Pollak (born October 30, 1957) is an American actor, comedian, impressionist and podcast host. He has appeared in over 80 films; his roles include Sam Weinberg in Rob Reiner's legal film A Few Good Men, Jacob Goldman in Grumpy Old Men and its sequel Grumpier Old Men; Todd Hockney in The Usual Suspects, Phillip Green in Martin Scorsese's Casino, and Bobby Chicago in End of Days.
Pollak was born in San Francisco, California. He is the younger son of Elaine Harlow and Robert Pollak. He has one older brother, Craig, who lives in San Jose, California. He attended high school at Pioneer High School in San Jose. Pollak was raised in Reform Judaism.
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.
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 for FOX at the end of 2010; the show ran for 12 episodes.
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. Most recently, Pollak's feature film directorial debut, the comedy documentary Misery Loves Comedy, premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. The film sold North American rights to Tribeca Film, a US distribution company.
As a comedian, Pollak's most famous work was his 1991 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. Comedy Central named Kevin one of the Top 100 Comedians of All Time.
- Woody Allen
- Alan Arkin
- Albert Brooks
- Gabriel Byrne
- Johnny Carson
- Christopher Lloyd
- Robert De Niro
- Peter Falk
- Richard Kind
- Dudley Moore
- Eddie Murphy
- Liam Neeson
- Jack Nicholson
- Al Pacino
- Paul Reiser
- Arnold Schwarzenegger
- William Shatner
- Sylvester Stallone
- Jason Statham
- Christopher Walken
- Robin Williams
- Larry King
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, comedians Jimmy Pardo and Bill Burr, and actors Nia Vardalos, Illeana Douglas, Bryan Cranston, Dana Carvey, Matthew Perry, Jon Hamm, Paul Rudd, Adam Carolla, Anthony Cumia, Jason Alexander, Seth MacFarlane, Tom Hanks, Larry David & 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.
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 Buffering", in which Pollak 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 characterizes Pollak'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 in character as Christopher Walken. After three episodes, the show was rated in the top 5 of all comedy podcasts by iTunes.
He is the only person to ever go "2 for 2" (two exact matches), as a guest on the Sklar Brothers/Daniel Van Kirk podcast Dumb People Town, in the "Guess the Age" game. The feat was completed on the episode released on April 2, 2018.
In 2018, Pollak began hosting a comedy improvization podcast called Alchemy This, on the network iHeartRadio. It features a regular cast of 5 members, Craig Cackowski, James Heaney, Chris Alvarado, Vanessa Ragland, and Joey Greer, as well as several guests.
|1983||The Right Stuff||Dwight D. Eisenhower (voice)||Uncredited|
|1987||Million Dollar Mystery||Officer Quinn|
|1991||L.A. Story||Frank Swan|
|1992||The Opposite Sex and How to Live with Them||Eli|
|1992||A Few Good Men||LTJG Sam Weinberg, JAGC|
|1993||Indian Summer||Brad Berman|
|1993||Wayne's World 2||Jerry Segel|
|1993||Grumpy Old Men||Jacob Goldman|
|1995||The Usual Suspects||Todd Hockney|
|1995||Miami Rhapsody||Jordan Marcus|
|1995||Canadian Bacon||Stu Smiley|
|1995||Grumpier Old Men||Jacob Goldman|
|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||Outside Ozona||Wit Roy|
|1999||Deal of a Lifetime||Jerry|
|1999||She's All That||Wayne Boggs|
|1999||The Sex Monster||Jerry Berman|
|1999||Deterrence||President Walter Emerson|
|1999||End of Days||Bobby Chicago|
|2000||The Whole Nine Yards||Janni Pytor Gogolak|
|2000||Steal This Movie!||Gerry Lefcourt|
|2001||The Wedding Planner||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||Cameo|
|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|
|2004||Shark Tale||Willie (voice)|
|2005||Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D||Director (voice)|
|2006||The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause||Cupid|
|2008||Tortured||Dr. Shaw||Straight to DVD|
|2009||Middle Men||Curt Allmans|
|2011||Choose||Sheriff Tom Wagner|
|2011||Red State||ASAC Brooks|
|2011||The Big Year||Eli|
|2012||Columbus Circle||Klandermann||Also co-writer and co-executive producer|
|2012||The Magic of Belle Isle||Joe Viola|
|2013||Chez Upshaw||Heaton Upshaw||Also producer|
|2013||A Country Christmas||Max Schmucker|
|2013||Grace Unplugged||Frank "Mossy" Mostin|
|2014||The One I Wrote for You||Mickey|
|2015||The Night Is Young||Producer|
|2016||Max Rose||Christopher Rose|
|2016||Compadres||Tex The Banker|
|2016||Special Correspondents||Geoffrey Mallard|
|2016||The Tiger Hunter||Frank Womack|
|2016||War Dogs||Ralph Slutzky|
|2016||The Late Bloomer||Director|
|2017||Three Christs||Dr. Orbus|
|2018||The Front Runner||Bob Martindale|
|1985||Ewoks: The Battle for Endor||Voice Characterization||Television film|
|1987||Amen||Photographer||Episode: "Thelma's Choice"|
|1987||Thirtysomething||Walter, the Bookstore Guy||Episode: "But Not for Me"|
|1987||Who's the Boss?||Scott||Episode: "Yellow Submarine"|
|1988–89||Coming of Age||Brian Brinker||15 episodes|
|1990||Partners in Life||Eddie Hayes||Television film|
|1991||Morton & Hayes||Chick Morton||6 episodes|
|1995–96||The Drew Carey Show||Mr. Bell||9 episodes|
|1997||Perversions of Science||Pilot||Episode: "Boxed In"|
|1997||The Don's Analyst||Dr. Julian Riceputo||Television film|
|1998||Ruby Bridges||Dr. Robert Coles||Television film|
|1998||From the Earth to the Moon||Joe Shea||Episode: "Apollo One"|
|1999–2000||Work with Me||Jordan Better||5 episodes; also co-executive producer|
|2000||Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child||Grasshopper / Mouse (voice)||Episode: "Aesop's Fables: A Whodunnit Musical"|
|2001||Ed||William Johnson||Episode: "Live Deliberately"|
|2002||Life with Bonnie||Sidney Portinbody||Episode: "Duets"|
|2006||The Lost Room||Karl Kreutzfeld||Miniseries; 3 episodes|
|2007||The Staircase Murders||David Rudolf||Television film|
|2007–08||Shark||D.A. Leo Cutler||8 episodes|
|2008||Picture This||Tom Gilbert||Television film|
|2008||Entourage||Mr. Bob Levine||Episode: "The All Out Fall Out"|
|2008–12||Easy to Assemble||Kevin||4 episodes|
|2010||Our Little Genius||Host|
|2010||Vamped Out||Elliot Finke||Web series; also director, creator, writer, and producer|
|2010||Million Dollar Money Drop||Host|
|2012||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Judge Gerald Crane||Episode: "Theatre Tricks"|
|2012||Men at Work||Pavel||Episode: "Toilet of Eden"|
|2012||Childrens Hospital||Kevin Pollak||Episode: "Eulogy"|
|2013||Family Tree||Marty Schmelff||Episode: "Indians"|
|2014||Garfunkel and Oates||Andrew||Episode: "Road Warriors"|
|2014–15||Comedy Bang! Bang!||Various||2 episodes|
|2014–15||Mom||Alvin Biletnikoff||14 episodes|
|2015||House of Lies||Joe Gideon||Season 4 - Episode 11|
|2015||Transformers: Robots in Disguise||Fracture (voice)||4 episodes|
|2016||Angel from Hell||Marv Fuller, M.D.||13 episodes|
|2016||Angie Tribeca||Lieutenant Weinberg||Episode: "Beach Blanket Sting-O"|
|2016||Drunk History||Ciro Terranova||Episode: "Food"|
|2017||The Good Fight||Judge Kyle Gallo||Episode: "Not So Grand Jury"|
|2017||Hot Date||Father||Episode: "Double Standards"|
|2017–20||Better Things||Marion||7 episodes|
|2017–present||The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel||Moishe Maisel||Main cast|
|2018||NCIS||Albert Hathaway||Episode: "Keep Your Friends Close"|
|2018||The Simpsons||Ross (voice)||Episode: "3 Scenes Plus a Tag from a Marriage"|
|2018||The Comedy Central Roast||Himself||Episode: “Bruce Willis”|
|2019||Billions||Douglas Mason||5 episodes|
|2009–2019||Kevin Pollak's Chat Show||Himself/Host||Podcast|
Awards and nominations
|1995||National Board of Review||Best Acting by an Ensemble||The Usual Suspects||Won|||
|1999||Satellite Award||Best Actor - Miniseries/Television Film||From the Earth to the Moon||Nominated|
|2015||Edinburgh International Film Festival||Best Documentary Feature||Misery Loves Comedy||Nominated|
|2018||Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Ensemble in a Comedy Series||The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel||Won|
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- "Meet the Fab 5". Alchemy This. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
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