Michael J. Pollard - Rotten Tomatoes

Michael J. Pollard

Highest Rated:   94% Melvin and Howard (1980)
Lowest Rated:   11% Another You (1991)
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Birthplace:   Passaic, New Jersey, USA
Actors Studio-graduate Michael J. Pollard was first thrust upon the public as Maynard G. Krebs' funky cousin on the 1959 TV series Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (1959). The leprechaunish Pollard had been hired as a potential replacement for Bob Denver (aka Maynard), who'd been drafted; but when Denver flunked his physical and returned to the series, Pollard was shown the exit. He went on to co-star in the 1961 musical Bye Bye Birdie (1961), then made his film debut in Hemingway's Adventures of a Young Man (1962). Pollard earned an Oscar nomination for his performance as the moronic C.W.Moss in Bonnie and Clyde (1967); he followed this triumph by sharing co-star billing with Robert Redford in Little Fauss & Big Halsey (1969), and by essaying the role of Billy the Kid in Dirty Little Billy (1972). In all the above-mentioned films, as well as his many TV appearances in series like The Andy Griffith Show, Lost in Space and Star Trek, Pollard essentially played the same character: a slow-witted, stammering child-man, ever out of step with an unfeeling world. Audiences eventually tired of Pollard's one-note characterizations. No longer a star, Michael J. Pollard has continued accepting sizeable character roles in films, and was seen as Leonard the handyman in the 1986 TV sitcom Leo and Liz in Beverly Hills. In 1990, Michael J. Pollard was reunited with his Bonnie and Clyde co-star Warren Beatty in Dick Tracy, playing the amusing supporting part of police wiretapper Bug Bailey (also in the Tracy cast was another B&C alumnus, Estelle Parsons).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
19% House of 1000 Corpses
  • Stucky
$12.6M 2003
No Score Yet Out of the Black
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet Backflash
  • Don
2002
No Score Yet Toxic Crusaders: The Movie
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet Forever Lulu
  • Hippie
2000
82% Tumbleweeds
  • Mr. Cummings
1999
No Score Yet The Unknown Cyclist
  • Gabe Sinclair
1998
No Score Yet A Dirty Little Business
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet The Odyssey
  • Aeolus
1997
No Score Yet Toxic Crusaders
  • Actor
1997
No Score Yet Stir
  • Hotel Manager
1997
17% Mad Dog Time
  • Red Nash
1996
No Score Yet Skeeter
  • Hopper
1994
87% Arizona Dream
  • Fabian
1993
No Score Yet Split Second
  • Rat Catcher
1992
60% Motorama
  • Lou
1992
11% Another You
  • The Patient
1991
No Score Yet The Art of Dying
  • Delbert
1991
No Score Yet Toxic Crusaders
  • Actor
1991
No Score Yet The Arrival
  • Lou
1991
No Score Yet Working Trash
  • Palomar
1990
64% Dick Tracy
  • Bug Bailey
1990
No Score Yet Enid Is Sleeping
  • Hotel Manager
1990
No Score Yet Why Me?
  • Ralph
1990
13% I Come in Peace
  • Boner
1990
33% Tango & Cash
  • Owen
1989
50% Next of Kin
  • Harold
1989
No Score Yet Night Visitor
  • Stanley
1989
14% Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland
  • Herman Miranda
1989
No Score Yet Fast Food
  • Bud
1989
68% Scrooged
  • Herman
1988
No Score Yet Riders of the Storm
  • Tesla
1988
No Score Yet American Gothic
  • Woody
1988
No Score Yet Paul Reiser: Out On a Whim
  • Actor
1988
89% Roxanne
  • Andy
1987
No Score Yet Heated Vengeance
  • Snake
1987
No Score Yet The Patriot
  • Howard
1986
No Score Yet America
  • Bob Jolly
1986
No Score Yet Candy, the Stripper
  • Leotis
1982
94% Melvin and Howard
  • Little Red
1980
No Score Yet Between the Lines
  • Hawker
1977
No Score Yet Four of the Apocalypse
  • Clem
1975
No Score Yet Vengeance Is Mine (Blood for Blood)
  • Actor
1974
No Score Yet Dirty Little Billy
  • Billy Bonney
1972
No Score Yet Morbidness
  • Actor
1972
No Score Yet Legend of Frenchie King
  • Actor
1971
20% Little Fauss and Big Halsy
  • Little Fauss
1970
No Score Yet Hannibal Brooks
  • Packy
1969
No Score Yet Vengeance Is Mine
  • Actor
1969
No Score Yet Jigsaw
  • Dill
1968
89% Bonnie and Clyde
  • C.W. Moss
1967
No Score Yet Caprice
  • Barney
1967
50% Enter Laughing
  • Marvin
1967
58% The Wild Angels
  • Pigmy
1966
84% The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming
  • Stanley
1966
No Score Yet Summer Magic
  • Digby Popham
1963
No Score Yet The Stripper
  • Jolly
1963
No Score Yet Heningway's Adventures of a Young Man
  • George
1962

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Star Trek
1966-1969
  • Jahn
  • 1966

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