Just trying to fill a void here, folks - - Just trying to address an injustice.
Not too long ago I was searching around the web for anything about actor Michael J. Pollard.
A fansite, an interview, whatever.
I was shocked and saddened to see so very little out there.
How can it be?!?
Here's a small attempt to turn that around.
Mr. Pollard has been showing up in movies and on TV for almost 50 years now, and as far back as I can remember it's always been a great treat for me to see him appear on the screen.
From the quiet silliness of the late fifties, into the swinging sixties and sordid seventies, it didn't matter what the genre was or the caliber of the production, Michael J shows up and I'm happy.
That trend continued on through his oddball eighties roles and the 'Hey, I'm Still Working' nineties - - I confess I've only seen one of his flicks from this century - - there's still much to explore, Pollard-wise...
Follow links to:
- The Michael J. Pollard entry at IMDb
- His Broadway stage credits listed at IBDB
- More details on his list of credits at film reference.com
- A small bio page at allmovie, another at Yahoo! Movies,
and one at TCM.Com
(clicking on images will either ENLARGE the image, or in many cases take you to the IMDb page for that appearance.)
Attending the Academy Awards ceremony, with his
'Bonnie And Clyde' co-stars.
Pollard was nominated in the Best Supporting Actor category, but lost to George Kennedy for his performance in
'Cool Hand Luke'.
Image above ⬆ by Peter Max, 1969.
Hey, so if you have any thoughts or anecdotes about Michael J or his movies, please feel free to add comments to this post.
Any photos or references to other Pollard info to share? Send 'em along, too.
The more the merrier.
- - And Mr. Pollard, if you're out there reading this,
** thank you **
for all your work over the many years.
It's appreciated and greatly enjoyed.
Hope to see you out there again soon!
Portrait below ⬇ by Nashville artist Mike Barnett.
Below: ⬇ 'A New Kind of Hero'
- - A mini-documentary about Pollard shot on location during production of the 1969 film 'Hannibal Brooks', in which he
co-starred with Oliver Reed.
Reed and director Michael Winner also appear in this 9-minute featurette.
ADDENDUM, 2/12/08, 4/21/08, 6/27/08: Another few MJP images found, which brings up the notion of making additions to this on-going 'bank' of Pollard-mania as things present themselves. Stay tuned.
- - and if YOU have any Michael J. Pollard photos, articles, interviews, memories, etc, to share, please feel free to drop an e-mail or post a comment! Thanks.
Looks like the motorcycle shot was used for a poster in 1968. ➤
Y'know, like the ones you'd find at the mall or in that groovy head shop, and then pin up on your bedroom wall.
▼ Gene Shalit's capsule movie review appeared in the December 1st, 1970 issue of LOOK magazine. ▼
(click on image to ENLARGE)
At left, 3 images from a Pollard TV
guest-appearance on 'Honey West' in 1965.
◀ In the episode 'The Princess and The Paupers', MJP is on the right as Jingles, a member of up & coming rock band
The Paupers, in performance at a swinging nightclub on L.A.'s Sunset Strip.
(Next to Pollard is Bobby Sherman, 3 or 4 years prior to 'Here Comes The Brides' and teen heartthrob status. On the left is
Nino Candido, who eventually segued from TV acting to crew work, becoming property master on 'The A-Team', 'My Name Is Earl', and other programs.)
◀ Working on an alibi with 'Honey West' stars Anne Francis and John Ericson.
◀ Oops, Spoiler alert! The guest-star did it! Who knew?!?
With Robert Culp, ▶
from a 1966 episode of 'I Spy';
'Trial by Treehouse'.
- That episode can be viewed at Hulu.
Below; ▼ with actor Kyle Holman in 1989, while filming
'Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland'.
Read an interview with Kyle Holman about the production (and a brief Pollard memory)
at Racks and Razors.Com.
Above; ▲ in Nelson,
British Columbia, along with Daryl Hannah and
Rick Rossovich during production of 'Roxanne', 1986.
Photo by Steve Thornton.
◀ Selling shades,
and hanging with
actress Sally Kirkland. ▼
UPDATE, 10.1.08: A few more photos added, including recent shots from 6/08,
(scroll down) - - and, and, AND!! - - an astonishing audio discovery, one that I'd certainly never heard about prior to finding it recently at Probe is Turning-on the People (Session 209), via Donna Lethal at
It's an old novelty 45, released in the election year of 1968 by singer Jim Lowe, some 12 years after his big chart hit with
'The Green Door'...
Jim Lowe -
Michael J. Pollard For President
(Buddah Records 45, 1968)
(click for audio)
Below, ▼ MJP on June 12th, 2008 in Los Angeles, attending the ceremony honoring Warren Beatty for his AFI Life Achievement Award.
Speaking of achievements, all these years and the man still shows serious skills when it comes to the fine art of hat-wearing...
More stuff added, including
◀ this shot from July, 2008 of MJP at a movie theater in Malibu.
(photo by WENN, more at Absolutely.Net.)
A few online video tips...
Among many other credits, Mr. Pollard holds the distinction of being the only actor to appear during the 1960s on TV episodes of both 'Star Trek' and 'Lost in Space', two of the more popular Sci-Fi shows of the decade.
- The 1966 'Lost In Space' episode 'The Magic Mirror' is available for online viewing at Hulu.
- The 1966 'Star Trek' episode 'Miri' is available for online viewing at Fancast.
In addition to the 'I Spy' episode mentioned earlier in this post, a diligent seeker of MJP TV appearances posted online might care to look around on YouTube or similar sites...
◀ Photo by Polly Cole, found at flickr.