John Polson

John Polson

Highest Rated: 88% The Boys (1998)

Lowest Rated: 13% Hide and Seek (2005)

Birthday: Sep 06, 1965

Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Australian John Polson's long and successful career has included acting, directing, producing, and festival curation. His time as an actor began with a role in a made-for-TV movie about a 1950s rocker and ended with his appearance as Impossible Mission Force team-member Billy Baird in the spy thriller "Mission: Impossible II" (2000) and the spun-off video game "Mission: Impossible - Operation Surma" (2003). In 1993, at the Tropicana Cafe--a small, family-owned Italian restaurant in Sydney--Polson held the first annual Tropicana Short Film Festival. Now known as TropFest, it has grown into the largest short film festival in the world with satellite competitions in Paris, Las Vegas and New York City. Polson's breakthrough feature as a director, "Siam Sunset," was a 1999 comedy about a vacation gone wrong. But since then he has worked primarily in the action and thriller genres, from 2002's Hitchcock-influenced teen movie "Swimfan" to the 2009 mystery "Tenderness," with Academy Award-winner Russell Crowe. Polson has applied his aptitude for directing grippingly suspenseful scenes to episodes of several television shows, including FOX's "Fringe" and ABC's "FlashForward"--two shows that employ that proven hit combination of science fiction and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.


Highest Rated Movies



40% 22% Tenderness Director - 2008
No Score Yet 63% September Producer - 2007
13% 50% Hide and Seek Director $51.1M 2005
15% 32% Swimfan Director $28.6M 2002
57% 42% Mission: Impossible 2 Billy Baird (Character) $215.4M 2000
67% 58% Siam Sunset Director - 1999
88% No Score Yet The Boys Glenn Sprague (Character) $2.9K 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kangaroo Palace Unknown (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet 72% Idiot Box Jonah (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Back of Beyond Nick (Character) - 1995
67% 80% The Sum of Us Greg (Character) $743K 1994
74% 40% Sirens Tom (Character) $5.8M 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gino Stan (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Raw Nerve Billy (Character) - 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Deadly Decision Kevin Barlow (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Call Me Mr. Brown Brian Day (Character) - 1986


No Score Yet 75% Chicago Med Director 2019
No Score Yet 89% Elementary Director,
Executive Producer
No Score Yet 64% The Code Director 2019
No Score Yet 66% Fear the Walking Dead Director 2018
No Score Yet 64% Zoo Director 2015
No Score Yet 89% Blue Bloods Director 2011-2013
No Score Yet 86% The Mentalist Director 2009-2011
No Score Yet 68% Body of Proof Director 2011
No Score Yet 87% Lie to Me Director 2011
73% 80% No Ordinary Family Director 2010
46% 71% Happy Town Director 2010
80% 77% FlashForward Director 2010
94% 92% The Good Wife Director 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Without a Trace Director 2006-2009


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