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Michael J. Pollard

Michael J. Pollard

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. This elfin character actor studied at New York City's Actors' Studio and appeared as a semi-regular on the Dobie Gillis TV series in 1959 before making his feature debut in Hemingway's Adventures of a Young Man (1962). He worked in The Stripper (1963), The Wild Angels (1966), and Enter Laughing (1967) before being cast as filling-station attendant turned outlaw C. W. Moss in Bonnie and Clyde (1967), a role for which he was Oscar-nominated. Inexplicably popular, though he never seemed to be playing anyone other than himself, Pollard subsequently appeared in several movies, including Hannibal Brooks (1969), Little Fauss and Big Halsy (1970), Dirty Little Billy (1972, the lead), Between the Lines (1977), Melvin and Howard (1980), and America (1982). By the late 1980s, he began working more frequently, playing virtually the same offbeat, imbecilic character in both A pictures (1987's Roxanne, 1988's Scrooged) and B movies (1989's Night Visitor, 1991's The Art of Dying, 1992's Split Second). He reunited with Warren Beatty in Dick Tracy (1990) playing phone tapper Bug Bailey, and appeared in Enid Is Sleeping, I Come in Peace (both 1990), and Arizona Dream (1995, filmed in 1991).

Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.

Michael J. Pollard Facts

Birth NameMichael J. Pollack
BirthdayMay 30, 1939 (84)
BirthplacePassaic, New Jersey, USA

Selected Filmography

House of 1,000 Corpses
Tango & Cash
The Aviator
Bonnie and Clyde
Summer Magic
Dick Tracy
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