Kevin Pollak (Heaton Upshaw, Producer) has captured the attention of audiences worldwide with his range of both dramatic and comedic roles. He has appeared in over seventy 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 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 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 in a little indie film called The Usual Suspects by a couple of 25-year-olds: 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 his Vegas epic, Casino.
In 2010 Pollak co-starred in Kevin Smith’s Cop Out with Bruce Willis and Middle Men with Luke Wilson and co-starred with Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson in the The Big Year. 2012 brought Red State, written and directed by Kevin Smith, The Magic of Belle Island, directed by Rob Reiner, and Columbus Circle, which Kevin wrote with the film’s director, George Gallo. Also in 2012, Kevin released his first book, How I Slept My Way To The Middle, Secrets and Stories from Stage, Screen and The Interwebs, in which he regales a life in the biz thus far.
In 2013, Kevin was seen in the holiday family drama Saving Santa, Grace Unplugged opposite AJ Michalka, and Max Rose, playing the estranged son of the title character, portrayed by iconic comedian and filmmaker Jerry Lewis.
As the millennium began, Kevin returned to his first love, stand-up comedy. He began touring the country in ’01 and continues to tour on occasion here and abroad. In March of 2009, Kevin began hosting his own internet talk show, Kevin Pollak’s Chat Show. It streams live every Sunday, 3pm, PDT at http://www.Kevinpollakschatshow.com. The show has garnered as many as 85,000 people watching live and over a million downloads in a single month. The show received the 2010 Streamy Award for Best Live Production of a Web Series. In 2012 it launched on hulu.com and in 2013 on http://www.Earwolf.com. Also in 2012, Kevin began doing a comedy podcast called Talkin Walkin, which features him in conversation with a funny friend, only Kevin is speaking only in the voice of Christopher Walken.
Pollak starred in two of his own HBO stand-up comedy specials and was named by Comedy Central as one of the Top 100 Comedians of All Time. He debuted a new stand-up comedy special in 2011 called “The Littlest Suspect” on Showtime. His two live stand-up CDs, “A Little Off the Top” and “What Are the Chances,” are available at Kevinpollak.tv or on iTunes.