From Comedy Central, HBO, Gameshow "The Million Dollar Money Drop" and in over 96 television shows & films such as "The Usual Suspects," "Whole Nine Yards," "Cop Out" and "Casino"
Kevin Pollak has captured the attention of audiences worldwide with his range of both dramatic and comedic roles. Over the past two decades, he has appeared in over sixty films, as well as countless television projects, 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 and producer.
Pollak will next be co-starring with James Caan and Mira Sorvino in "Streetwater" in the role of Abe Saperstein, the creator/owner/coach of the of the Harlem All Stars (today's Globetrotters). In 2009, Kevin will be seen starring with Katheryn Winnick in "Choose," an Indie thriller, directed by Academy Award winner Robert Legato, as well as co-starring opposite Luke Wilson, Gabriel Macht ("The Spirit") and Giavonni Ribisi in "Middle Men," written and directed by George Gallo ("Midnight Run").
In 2008, Pollak co-starred with Matthew Perry, in the indie, dark comedy film "Numb," as well as co-starring with Ashley Tisdale in "Picture This," and also "Tortured," with Laurence Fishburn and Cole Hauser, and co-starred in the Indie Horror film "Otis".
As a producer, Kevin is working on 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, as well as bringing the life story of Sugar Ray Leonard to the silver screen.
Pollak first started performing stand-up comedy at the age of ten. He became a touring professional stand-up at age twenty and then in 1988 landed a role in George Lucas' "Willow" , directed by Ron Howard. In 1990, he appeared in Barry Levinson's "Avalon", for which he received an overwhelming response from the film community. 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 then went on to co-star in the box-office success "Grumpy Old Men" and its' sequel, "Grumpier Old Men". In 1994, Kevin was offered a plum role opposite Gabriel Byrne, Kevin Spacy, Bennicio Del Toro, Chaz Palmeteri and Stephen Baldwin in a little indy film called "The Usual Suspects." Although the director, Bryan Singer, and the writer, Christopher McQuarrie, were complete unknowns at the time, the script was simply the best he had ever read, so he took the leap. The film debuted at the Cannes Film Festival to a frenzied response, and then went on to win two Academy Awards and a special award from The National Board of Review for "Best Ensemble Cast." The film's popularity has never diminished thanks to a seemingly never-ending need for its DVD. Later 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." It was a dream-like opportunity to work with the master, and the film would also garner several Academy Award nominations, and would soon after 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 acquired 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.
Be sure to check out Kevin's New Book "How I Slept My Way to the Middle: Secrets and Stories from Stage, Screen, and Interwebs" on sale here at the club and also at bookstores across the country.
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