Kevin Pollak has captured the attention of audiences worldwide with his range of both dramatic and comedic roles. He has appeared in over 60 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 a writer, producer and recently a director and a talk show host.
Pollak first started performing stand-up comedy at the age of 10. He became a touring professional stand-up at age 20. 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. 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 Spacey and Benicio del Toro in a little indy film called "The Usual Suspects" for director Bryan Singer and writer Christopher McQuarrie. The film debuted at the Cannes Film Festival and won two Academy Awards, as well as the Best Ensemble Cast award from The National Board of Review. That same year, the call came from Martin Scorsese for Kevin to join Robert DeNiro, Joe Pesci 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 its 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 1990s. 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 over a million downloads in a single month and received the 2010 Streamy Award for Best Live Production of a Web Series.
In 2010, Pollak co-starred in Kevin Smith's "Cop Out," with Bruce Willis, Tracy Morgan and Seann William Scott for Warner Bros. In 2010, Kevin co-starred with Luke Wilson, Giovanni Ribisi and James Caan in George Gallo's "Middle Men." In post-production 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. He just finished co-starring with Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson in the "The Big Year" for director David Frankel ("The Devil Wears Prada"). He's also recently completed work on "Red State," written and directed by Kevin Smith.
As a producer, his 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, and he has the life rights to boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard. Kevin, Tony, Buzz and new partner Academy Award-winner Billy Bob Thornton have spent the last year developing the screenplay.
As a director, he had a new comedy web series, "Vamped Out," recently debut online. Kevin co-created and co-wrote the series with Jason Antoon, which earned rave reviews such as "Curb Enthusiasm for the undead" and "Arrested Development for the web." Season 2 has been green lit and shooting is scheduled to begin in the spring.
Season 2 has been green lit and shooting is scheduled to begin in the spring. Pollak has also starred in two of his own HBO stand-up comedy specials, the latest being "Kevin Pollak, Stop with the Kicking," directed by David Steinberg. Kevin was 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" are available at Kevinpollak.tv or on iTunes.
Kevin's latest one hour stand-up comedy special, "The Littlest Suspect," debuted in the summer of 2010 on Showtime.