Michael J. Pollard Overview:

Character actor, Michael J. Pollard, was born Michael John Pollack Jr. on May 30, 1939 in Passaic, NJ. As of December 2021, Michael J. Pollard was 82 years old.

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Michael J. Pollard was a diminutive American actor with a cherubic face and a demonic smile. An Actor's Studio graduate, he shot to fame as Bonnie and Clyde's accomplice in 1967 (for which he was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar). He briefly became a leading actor, but proved difficult to cast and his films were not too successful. In his later career, he returned to character roles.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Illustrated Dictionary of Film Character Actors).

HONORS and AWARDS:

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Although Pollard was nominated for one Oscar, he never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1967Best Supporting ActorBonnie and Clyde (1967)C.W. MossNominated
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Michael J. Pollard Quotes:

Nick Adams: Look, what can you tell in four days?
George: I'll tell ya what I can tell. I can tell ya that three times a day I get hungry and every twenty-four hours I get an irresistible urge to go to sleep in a bed. I don't wanna beg and I don't wanna steal. I don't want a cop tellin' me I'm a vagrant and runnin' me outta town. I'm sorry to desert you, but I'm not cut out for this kind of a life.


Digby Popham: I remember the night before I left Beulah, I was talking to Pa about seein' the city and the gals and all, and he said: "Amid pleasures and palaces, wherever you may roam, be it ever so humble there's no place like home."
Gilly Carey: He sang it?
Digby Popham: No, he said it. He made it right up! You know, if he ever wanted to I think Pa could've made a great poet.


Gilly Carey: We're out in the sticks, all right.
Nancy Carey: The sticks? It's lovely! Land of promise, land of opportunity!
Gilly Carey: Opportunity for what?
Digby Popham: Well, you got something there. You're the first folks to move into Beulah in more than five years. Most people move away to the city. That's where I'm gonna get as soon as I can.


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One of the few actors to have appeared on both classic Sci -Fi shows "Lost In Space" and "Star Trek".

Credited by Traffic drummer Jim Capaldi with coining the term "The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys".

Played the role of "Hugo" in the original Broadway production of "Bye Bye Birdie" (costarring with Dick Van Dyke, Chita Rivera, Paul Lynde, and Dick Gautier) in the early 1960s.

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