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KEVIN POLLAK has established himself as both a comedic and dramatic actor, having appeared in over 30 films in the past decade. His ability to portray a wide range of characters has made him one of the first stand-up comedians to have a successful dramatic film career.

Earlier this year, Pollak was send starring opposite Jennifer Lopez in The Wedding Planner, and in 3,000 Miles to Graceland, with Kurt Russell and Kevin Costner. Recently Pollak was send in the supernatural thriller The End of Days starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, and in The Whole Nine Yards opposite Bruce Willis and Matthew Perry. He followed that role with Steal This Movie, a film based on the life of Abbie Hoffman starring Janeane Garofalo and Vincent D'Onofrio. Pollark next stars in the comedy Juwanna Man.

Prior to his film career, Pollak had been performing stand-up comedy since the age of 10. He became a touring professional stand-up at age 20, and then in 1988 landed a role in Willow, produced by George Lucas, and directed by Ron Howard. In 1990, he co-starred in Barry Levinson's Avalon, for which he received an overwhelming response from the film community.

It was Pollak's role in the 1992 film A Few Good Men, directed by Rob Reiner and starring Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson and Demi Moore, that garnered him fellowship among a select group of highly respected character actors.

After co-starring with Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau in the box-office success Grumpy Old Men and its sequel, Grumpier Old Men, Pollak received an award from the National Board of Review for his work in The Usual Suspects. The film also won two Academy Awards and became an international sensation. Other highlights include working with Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci in Martin Scorsese's Casino.

In 1997, Pollak starred in The Underworld, a crime telepic, which he co-created and co-executive produced with Chris McQuarrie, the Academy Award-winning screenwriter of The Usual Suspects, and Pollak's producing partner, Lucy Webb. He has also starred in two of his own HBO stand-up comedy specials, the latest being Kevin Pollak: Stop With The Kicking, directing by David Steinberg.

Pollak, with his Los Angeles-based Calm Down Productions, Inc. partner Lucy Webb, has had first-look overall deals with Warner Bros. and CBS Television to create comedic and dramatic programming.


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