Kevin Pollak Facts

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1. Kevin Pollak was born on October 30, 1957 in San Francisco, CA

2. He started doing stand up comedy at age 10 and got his first paid gig when he was 18

3. At the 1982 International Comedy Competition in San Francisco, he came in second place behind Jim Samuels

4. Pollak moved to Los Angeles in 1983 to focus on a film and television career

5. His first HBO stand-up special debuted in 1988, the same year he got his first big break as a movie star when Ron Howard cast him in the George Lucas-produced film Willow

6. Kevin’s first hour-long HBO special, Kevin Pollak: Stop With the Kicking, premiered in 1991

7. His movie career took off in 1992 when he starred in A Few Good Men alongside A-listers Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson and Demi Moore

8. Pollak has appeared in more than 60 films, most notably Grumpy Old Men (1993), The Usual Suspects (1995), Casino (1995), The Whole Nine Yards (1999), its 2004 sequel The Whole Ten Yards and Juwanna Mann (2002), among numerous others

9. He is known for his dead-on impersonations of celebrities such as Christopher Walken, Robert De Niro, Alan Arkin, Jack Nicholson, Peter Falk, and William Shatner

10. In 2009, he started a weekly podcast/video show (Kevin Pollak’s Chat Show), where he conducts in-depth interviews with celebrities

11. An avid poker player, he finished in 134th place (out of 6,598 entrants) in the 2012 World Series of Poker

12. Published first book, How I Slept My Way to the Middle: Secrets and Stories from the Stage, Screen and the Interwebs, in 2012

13. In 2013, he was named 67th on Comedy Central’s Top-100 Comedians of All-Time

14. Made directorial debut with Misery Loves Comedy, which premiered at The Sundance Film Festival in 2015

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