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 2020, Michael J. Pollard was 81 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:

Gilly Carey: Gee, Dig, you liked the city, didn't you?
Digby Popham: It's like Pa always said. Cities are for city folk. The minute I got there, I got to wishin' I was back in Beulah.
Gilly Carey: Why?
Digby Popham: Well, I was just standin' on the street, lookin' at all the people rushin' by me. They looked like ants, and I could no more talk to them than I could talk to an ant.


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.


Clyde Barrow: Now you just tell me what was wrong with that car.
C.W. Moss: Dirt.
Clyde Barrow: Dirt?
C.W. Moss: Dirt in the fuel line... just blowed it away.


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An early career break occurred when Pollard was brought in as a replacement during the first season of TV's "Dobie Gillis." Co-star Bob Denver, who was stealing the show as Dobie's beatnik buddy Maynard G. Krebs, was going to be drafted into the Army and had to exit the series. When Denver was classified "4-F" due to a longstanding neck injury and returned, Pollard's character of weird cousin Jerome Krebs was quickly written out.

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

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

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