About Kevin Pollak
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 a stand up, after appearing in two of his own HBO Stand-Up Comedy Specials, Kevin was recently named by Comedy Central as one of the Top 100 Comedians of all Time.