Oscar Polk

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Oscar Polk
Portrait of Oscar Polk by Carl Van Vechten,
Jan. 24, 1937
Born (1899-12-25)December 25, 1899
Marianna, Arkansas, U.S.
Died January 4, 1949(1949-01-04) (aged 49)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1927–1946

Oscar Polk (December 25, 1899[1][2] – January 4, 1949) was an American actor, best known for his portrayal as the servant "Pork" in the 1939 film Gone with the Wind. His most memorable scene in that film comes when "Pork" discloses to Scarlett O'Hara, portrayed by Vivian Leigh, the back property taxes on Tara, are $300. He was married to Ivy V. Polk (née Ivy Parsons), who also had an uncredited role in Gone with the Wind.[3] Together they had a son, Oscar Polk Jr.

On January 4, 1949, Oscar Polk was fatally struck by a taxi cab as he stepped off a curb in Times Square ten days after his 49th birthday. At the time of his death he was scheduled to have a major role in the play Leading Lady, and he was replaced by Ossie Davis. He is buried at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Maspeth, Long Island, New York.

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