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John Polson

John Polson made his American feature film directorial debut with the hit thriller Swimfan, released by Twentieth Century Fox.

Polson is an award-winning actor and director as well as the founder of Tropfest, Australia's largest festival dedicated to short films. As a director, Polson's work includes three acclaimed short films as well as the feature film Siam Sunset, which received the prestigious Rail D'Or at the Cannes Film Festival as well as an Australian Film Institute Award nomination for Best Film. In November 1997, Polson was awarded the Byron Kennedy Award at the AFI Awards for his contribution to the Australian film industry.

As an actor, Polson appeared in the box-office hit Mission: Impossible 2. Other film credits include Sirens, starring Hugh Grant, The Sum of Us, for which he received the Australian Film Critics Circle Award; and The Boys, which brought Polson the Best Supporting Actor Award from the Australian Film Institute. Polson also starred in Idiot Box, Prisoners of the Sun, the miniseries Kangaroo Palace and Vietnam, and the television production Dadah is Death. Polson remains active in theater, where he began his career.

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John Polson Facts

BirthdaySeptember 6, 1965 (58)
BirthplaceSydney, Australia

Selected Filmography

Mission: Impossible II
Mission: Impossible 2
Valley Of Death
Sum of Us
Prisoners of the Sun
83 Hours til Dawn
Tom Cruise, Mission: Impossible 3 Pack
The Dove
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