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. In addition to his acting talents, he has also proven himself as both a writer, producer, director, and 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.
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. 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”.
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.”
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 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.