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 2023, Michael J. Pollard was 84 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.


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.


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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Michael J. Pollard Facts
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.

In 1966, at the age of 27, Michael Pollard was hired as a guest star on Star Trek, playing "Jahn" in the episode "Miri". The script called for an actor 14 years of age, but Pollard got the part anyway since his agent convinced the show's producers that he looked like a teenager even though he was close to 30.

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.

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