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Kevin Pollak (1957)

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Kevin Elliot Pollak is an American actor, impressionist, game show host, and comedian. He started performing stand-up comedy at the age of 10 and touring professionally at the age of 20. In 1988, Pollak landed a role in George Lucas’ Willow, directed by Ron Howard, and began his acting career.

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 early life
Pollak was born in San Francisco, the eldest son of Elaine Harlow and Robert "Bobby" Pollak. He has one younger sister and one younger brother. He has since moved to and currently resides in San Francisco. His parents live in Chicago, his sister lives in Reno, Nevada and his brother resides with his family in Boston. He attended high school at Pioneer High School in San Jose.

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 Acting
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 , A Few Good Men , End of Days and The Wedding Planner . However, Pollak has also played a wide variety of parts; he played a criminal in The Usual Suspects and a gangster in The Whole Nine Yards . He also briefly hosted Celebrity Poker Showdown in its first season. His most substantial role to date was in Deterrence , 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 last seen hosting Million Dollar Money Drop, again on the FOX network at the end of 2010.

 Directing
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.

 Stand-up
As a comedian, Pollak's most famous work was his 1992 HBO special Stop With the Kicking, directed by fellow comedian David Steinberg and produced by Boston comedy writer Martin Olson. In July 2009, The Littlest Suspect, his most recent comedy special, was aired on Showtime.

Celebrity Impressions
  • Alan Arkin
  • Albert Brooks
  • Gabriel Byrne
  • Johnny Carson
  • Robert DeNiro
  • Peter Falk
  • Dudley Moore
  • Jack Nicholson
  • Paul Reiser
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • William Shatner
  • Jason Statham
  • Christopher Walken

 Kevin Pollak's Chat Show

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, comedian Jimmy Pardo, and actors Nia Vardalos, Illeana Douglas, Bryan Cranston, Dana Carvey, Matthew Perry, Jon Hamm, Paul Rudd, and Jason Lee. A full list of guests can be found in the main article.

The guest interviews are very in-depth and typically longer than an hour in duration, often exceeding two hours. Common topics include the guests' childhoods, how they got into the business they are in , 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.

The show's self-described "Paul Schaffer" is actor Samm Levine.

Recurring segments on the show include:

  • "The Larry King Game," which requires the guest to do a bad Larry King impression, reveal something about oneself and then go to the phones and say a funny sounding city
  • "Tweet Five," where Kevin reads the guest five questions from a Twitter user, usually in a this-or-that style
  • "Who Tweeted," in which a host reads tweets from the Twitter accounts of three female celebrities (the list of actresses varies, but typically includes Demi Moore , Tyra Banks, and Paris Hilton) and Kevin Pollak and his Guest compete against each other gameshow-style to guess who authored each tweet.

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