Kevin Pollak has been performing stand-up comedy since the age of ten, and starred in a musical at eleven. He became a touring professional stand-up at age twenty and since 1987, when Kevin got his first part in a movie, he has co-starred in twenty one films. His performance in "A Few Good Men" with Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson, proved that he can play the straight man. His work in "The Unusual Suspects" not only put his dark side in the spotlight, it garnered an award from The National Board of Review.
"Im frequently asked which I prefer I prefer not to be asked!" Kevin further explains, "As a stand-up, I get to share my twisted view of life with a room full of strangers whose love and validation I truthfully, yet pathetically, crave." Kevin has starred in two of his own HBO stand-up comedy specials, most recently "Kevin Pollak, Stop With The Kicking," directed by David Steinberg and currently available on videocassette through New Line. Kevin has been a regular guest on "The Tonight Show" since 1988, "The Late Show with David Letterman," "Larry King Live," hell, Kevin has even been on "Regis and Kathie Lee!" Throughout the last ten years, Kevin has remained faithful to his stand-up comedy roots. However, it is Kevins film career that has set him apart from his peers in the stand-up comedy world.
In a short period of time Kevin has worked with some extraordinary talent. Rob Reiner calls it, "earn while you learn," and the wealth of education hes been privy to is impressive, says Kevin. Ron Howard directed Ken in "Willow" while George Lucus produced the fantasy film. With the release of "Willow," Kevin was asked to do "The Tonight Show," and Johnny Carson enjoyed chatting with Kevin so much that he was asked to come back four or five times.
Kevins first career altering film role was in Barry Levinsons "Avalon." The response from the film community was immediate. Kevins response? "I was suddenly considered a legitimate actor, who knew?" Soon after, Kevin was co-starring with Steve Martin in L.A. Story," and Denzel Washington in "Ricochet." The big break came with Rob Reiners "A Few Good Men." Here, Kevin came to the plate with one other than Kevin Bacon, Kiefer Sutherland, Demi Moore, Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson! Kevin remembers, "Ill never forget the day Rob asked me to do the film. It was like being call up to the majors."
Kevin has been working none stop. He starred in "Indian Summer" with Diane Lane and Bill Paxton, "Grumpy Old Men," "Grumpier Old Men" with Walter Matthau, Jack Lemon, Ann Margaret and Daryl Hannah. He co-starred opposite Sarah Jessica Parker, Mia Farrow and Antonio Banderas in "Miami Rhapsody." In 1995, Kevin co-starred in "Casino" the Martin Scorseses smash hit.
Kevin is currently in front of the camera filming a new, yet to be titled movie.
Kevin resides in Los Angeles.