Kevin Pollak

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Biography

Kevin Pollak has appeared in over 30 films in 12 short years. His award-winning film work has established him as one of the few stand-up comedians who is also respected throughout the industry as a dramatic actor. Kevin starred opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger and Gabriel Byrne in Universal Pictures' End of Days, directed by Peter Hyams. Playing Arnold's sidekick in this action thriller, once again, Kevin gives a stand-out performance, providing memorable comic relief within the framework of a convincing dramatic turn. He follows End of Days with the Warner Brothers comedy The Whole Nine Yards, directed by Jonathan Lynn, in which Kevin co-stars with Matthew Perry and Bruce Willis. Without question, though, it was Pollak's role in the 1992 film A Few Good Men, directed by Rob Reiner, starring Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson and Demi Moore, that proved his ability to share the big screen with dramatic heavyweights. He went on to enjoy more box-office glory with Grumpy Old Men, and its sequel Grumpier Old Men, playing Walter Matthau's son.

Prior to his film career, Pollak had been performing stand-up comedy since the age of ten and became a touring comic at 19. He eventually starred in two of his own HBO Stand-Up specials, and he appeared regularly on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. But in 1988, he landed a role in Ron Howard's Willow, which was produced by George Lucas. Then, in 1990, Barry Levinson tapped Pollak for a co-starring role in his film Avalon, for which Kevin received an overwhelming response from the film community.

In 1995, Kevin co-starred in an independent film that held audiences spellbound the world over. The Usual Suspects won two Academy Awards, as well as garnering Kevin and his co-stars a special award created by The National Board of Review for Best Performance by an Ensemble Cast. The film was chosen by dozens of critics as one of the Top Ten Films of the 1990's, and it made several lists of the Best 100 Films of the Century. In that same year, Kevin received one of the highest honors any actor could hope for - an offer from Martin Scorsese. Kevin's plum role opposite Robert DeNiro, Sharon Stone, and Joe Pesci in Scorsese's Casino capped off a remarkable year.

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