Kevin Pollak has captured the attention of audiences worldwide with his range of both dramatic and comedic roles. He has appeared in over sixty films, as well as countless television talkshows, and has established himself as one of the few stand-up comedians to have a successful dramatic film career. In addition to his acting talents, he has also proven himself as both a writer, producer and recently a director, and in the last two years he has become an award-winning talk show host.
Pollak first started performing stand-up comedy at age ten and a touring professional stand-up at age twenty. In 1988, shortly after Kevin shot his first HBO stand-up special, he landed a role in “Willow,” directed by Ron Howard and produced by George Lucas. In 1989, he got his first dramatic acting role in Barry Levinson’s ”Avalon”, but it was Pollak’s role in Rob Reiner’s “A Few Good Men,” opposite Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson and Demi Moore, that proved his ability to stand out while sharing the big screen with dramatic heavyweights. Not too soon after, Kevin was co-starring with icons Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon in “Grumpy Old Men” and its’ sequel, “Grumpier Old Men”. In 1994, Kevin was offered a plum role opposite Gabriel Byrne, Kevin Spacy and Bennicio Del Toro in a little indy film called “The Usual Suspects”. The film debuted at the Cannes Film Festival and won two Academy Awards. So well received, was the film, that The National Board of Review created a new award that year, which they’ve given every year since: The Best Ensemble Cast. That same year, the call came from Martin Scorsese for Kevin to join Robert DeNiro, Joe Pesce and Sharon Stone in his Vegas epic, “Casino.” The film has become known as one Scorsese’s classics.
As the 20th century came to a close, Variety named it’s top 10 hardest working film actors, the criteria of which was that said actors had to have done at least 3 films per year, each year of the 1990′s. Kevin was on the list.
As the millennium began, Kevin returned to his first love, stand-up comedy. He began touring the country in ’01 and continues to tour sporadically here and abroad. Of course, his film career continued as he has co-starred in 29 films since 2000.
In March of 2009, Kevin began hosting his own internet talk show, called Kevin Pollak’s Chat Show. It streams live every Sunday, 3pm, PDT at http://www.Kevinpollakschatshow.com. Archived episodes are available there, as well as on iTunes. The show has garnered as much as over a million downloads in a single month and received the 2010 Streamy Award for Best Live Production of a Web Series. That’s of the entire internet…
Also in ’09, Pollak co-starred in Kevin Smith’s “Cop Out,” with Bruce Willis, Tracy Morgan, Sean William Scott for Warner Bros. In 2010 Kevin co-starred with Luke Wilson, Giovanni Ribisi and James Caan in George Gallo’s “Middle Men”.
Due out this year is “Columbus Circle,” which Kevin wrote with the film’s director, George Gallo. This film stars Jason Lee, Selma Blair, Amy Smart, Giovanni Ribisi and Kevin. Then in October, it’s “The Big Year” with Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson for director David Frankel (“The Devil Wears Prada”), and then “Red State,” written and directed by Kevin Smith.
As a producer, current projects are: the film version of the New York Times Bestseller “Three Nights In August,” written by Pulitzer Prize winner Buzz Bissinger (“Friday Night Lights”) and St. Louis Cardinals Manager Tony LaRussa. Also, the life rights to boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard, were aquired by Kevin, Tony, and new partner, Academy Award winner Billy Bob Thorton. Billy is also onboard to co-star in Kevin’s feature film directorial debut in “Waiting for Helen,” which was also written by Pollak. Offers are out to actresses with the hopes of shooting before years end.
Also a director, a comedy web series “Vamped Out” recently debuted online, which earned rave reviews such as “Curb Enthusiam for the undead” and “Arrested Development” for the web.” Season 2 has been green lit along with a new web series called “Death & Taxes,” both of which will shoot this year.
Pollak has also starred in three of his own cable tv stand-up comedy specials, the most recently of which is, “The Littlest Suspect”. Kevin was also named by Comedy Central as one of the Top 100 Comedians of all Time. His two Live Stand-Up CDs, “A Little Off the Top” and “What Are the Chances,” as well as a DVD of “The Littlest Suspect” are available at Kevinpollak.tv or on iTunes and Amazon.com.