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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 30 October 1957San Francisco, California, USA
Birth NameKevin Elliot Pollak
Height 5' 5" (1.65 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Born in San Francisco in 1957 and a stand-up comedy performer at age 10, actor Kevin Pollak turned professional comedian a decade later and was puttering around from city to city when film roles beckoned. Pollak refocused thereafter on acting in what would be a wise and profitable career move. Landing his first film role in George Lucas' Willow (1988), directed by Ron Howard, became the wind beneath his wings, and he has been sailing ever since. Critically noticed for his role in Avalon (1990), it was Rob Reiner's A Few Good Men (1992) that shot him up the credit's list. Adept at displaying smarmy and/or shady, smug characters, such showy roles in The Usual Suspects (1995) and Casino (1995) were his reward. He co-created and co-executive produced The Underworld (1997) along with actress/writer/partner/wife Lucy Webb. They also appeared together in the movies The Don's Analyst (1997) and Outside Ozona (1998). Not only starring in two of his own HBO stand-up comedy specials, Pollak returned to the live stand-up stage in 2001, headlining a sold out 20 city tour. Most recently, he co-starred with Bruce Willis and Matthew Perry in The Whole Ten Yards (2004), a sequel to the hit comedy The Whole Nine Yards (2000).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Gary Brumburgh / gr-home@pacbell.net

Spouse (1)

Lucy Webb (December 1995 - 18 March 2010) (divorced)

Trade Mark (1)

His impersonations of other famous actors include Christopher Walken, 'Jack Nicholson' and William Shatner.

Trivia (12)

Started out with stand-up comedy and is a great impressionist.
A stand up comic at Mark Ridley's Comedy Castle in Detroit, featuring the talents of Tim Allen and D.B. Dickerson
He has been playing poker for over 30 years.
Does such a good impersonation of Alan Arkin that a message he left on Alan Arkin's answering machine confused Alan Arkin into thinking he had left himself a message.
He does "dead on" impersonations of Christopher Walken, Robert De Niro, Alan Arkin, Jack Nicholson, Peter Falk, and, most notoriously, William Shatner.
Was in two movies with the line "the greatest trick the devil ever pulled was making the world believe he didn't exist" (The Usual Suspects (1995) and End of Days (1999). Then eventually played the devil in Deal of a Lifetime (1999).
Started his stand-up career when he was 17 years old.
Shares a birthday with his own father.
Born in San Francisco, Pollak lived and worked in the Bay Area until he was 26.
He got his first paid job as a comedian when he was 18 years old, working one night in a nightclub in the city of Campbell, California. Seven years later, in 1982, Pollak took second place in the San Francisco International Comedy Competition. Exactly one year after that, he moved to Los Angeles to begin a film and television career.
Grew up and went to high school in San Jose, Ca. After graduation he moved back to San Francisco to focus on his comedy.
Runs "Calm Down Productions" with wife Lucy Webb.

Personal Quotes (4)

As rewarding as a good film role can be, there is just nothing like getting up on a stage and taking an audience for a ride. You make a movie, and the audience may not see it for another 10 months. Here, you know immediately their reaction.
I am completely and utterly hooked to all the great shows on A&E and Court TV that are about small town murder. These shows like Forensic Files (2000), City Confidential (1998), I just can't get enough of them. It's always the same sort of deal. You know that they interview the actual people that lived through the experience. I miss Paul Winfield as the host of City Confidential (1998), may he rest in peace.
(On Bruce Willis) We became good friends during A Few Good Men (1992). He was shooting Death Becomes Her (1992) right next door and, of course, he'd come over to visit his wife and we started hanging out and have been good friends since. He's amazing. One of the things I admire, separate from his work which I've always enjoyed, is that the people he's surrounded by are friends he's known for 25 years or more. It doesn't feel like a posse. It feels like he created his own family at work, which is pretty admirable. When you're young and thinking about going into show business your closest friends are the first to say, "Someday you're going to be famous and we'll all hang out together". You say, "Yeah, yeah" and it never happens. But I stay in touch with three of my best friends which I've known for 35 years. We make an annual trek to Vegas for the Super Bowl and for those three or four days it's heaven on earth. Bruce is unbelievably generous and loyal and a true inspiration in that regard as well. I love working with him. I love being around him. He's the party.
(On being a supporting actor) "As my wife puts it, as long as the leading man needs a best friend or an attorney, I'll continue to work. You know you have to bring your own thing to it, and fortunately if you have a director offering me the part because he wants me to bring my own thing to it, I'm going to be able to do that. I like to think that I choose things that will have an impact on the story so I won't be just a filler."

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