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Fri Nov 22, 2019, 03:43 PM

Michael J. Pollard, 'Bonnie and Clyde' and 'House of 1000 Corpses' Actor, Dies at 80

https://variety.com/2019/film/obituaries-people-news/michael-j-pollard-dead-dies-bonnie-and-clyde-house-of-1000-corpses-1203413369/



Academy Award nominee Michael J. Pollard, known for his roles in “Bonnie and Clyde” and “House of 1000 Corpses,” has died. He was 80.

“House of 1000 Corpses” director Rob Zombie broke the news on Facebook early Friday morning.

“We have lost another member of our ‘House of 1000 Corpses’ family. I woke up to the news that Michael J. Pollard had died. I have always loved his work and his truly unique on screen presence,” Zombie said in his post. “He was one of the first actors I knew I had to work with as soon as I got my first film off the ground. He will be missed.”

Born 1939 in Passaic, N.J., Pollard attended Montclair Academy and Actors Studio in New York City in his early career. He started out in television in the late ’50s, appearing on shows like “Lost in Space” and “Star Trek,” but landed his breakout role as C.W. Moss, the accomplice-turned-snitch to Bonnie and Clyde in the 1967 film starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway. Pollard received an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actor and BAFTA nomination for most promising newcomer. He went on to star in films like “Dirty Little Billy,” “Melvin and Howard,” “Roxanne” and “Tango & Cash.”

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Great actor! Cross gently, Michael.

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Reply Michael J. Pollard, 'Bonnie and Clyde' and 'House of 1000 Corpses' Actor, Dies at 80 (Original post)
Dennis Donovan Nov 2019 OP
Aristus Nov 2019 #1
CatWoman Nov 2019 #3
Brother Buzz Nov 2019 #8
dameatball Nov 2019 #9
Brother Buzz Nov 2019 #19
CatWoman Nov 2019 #2
mahatmakanejeeves Nov 2019 #4
Baked Potato Nov 2019 #5
CentralMass Nov 2019 #30
Baked Potato Nov 2019 #32
yonder Nov 2019 #6
braddy Nov 2019 #14
yonder Nov 2019 #16
sop Nov 2019 #28
yonder Nov 2019 #33
TruckFump Nov 2019 #7
tblue37 Nov 2019 #13
lunatica Nov 2019 #21
nolabear Nov 2019 #23
Cha Nov 2019 #26
pecosbob Nov 2019 #10
utopian Nov 2019 #11
louis-t Nov 2019 #22
PSPS Nov 2019 #12
Cha Nov 2019 #27
Sneederbunk Nov 2019 #15
TheBlackAdder Nov 2019 #17
yonder Nov 2019 #24
ProfessorGAC Nov 2019 #31
yonder Nov 2019 #34
ProfessorGAC Nov 2019 #35
lunatica Nov 2019 #18
jpak Nov 2019 #20
bdamomma Nov 2019 #25
DinahMoeHum Nov 2019 #29
DFW Nov 2019 #36
DinahMoeHum Nov 2019 #37
DFW Nov 2019 #38

Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Fri Nov 22, 2019, 03:45 PM

1. I can't believe he was 80! He always seemed so youthful.

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Response to Aristus (Reply #1)

Fri Nov 22, 2019, 03:45 PM

3. lol

great minds

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Response to Aristus (Reply #1)

Fri Nov 22, 2019, 03:59 PM

8. We first saw him in The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis in the late '50s, so that dates him right there

He played Jerome, Maynard G. Krebs' oddball cousin in The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis.

Bob Denver almost left the series after the first four episodes were filmed when he was drafted into the Army. Michael Pollard was hired as Maynard's beatnik cousin, but he was dropped when Bob Denver returned because he flunked the Army physical.

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Response to Brother Buzz (Reply #8)

Fri Nov 22, 2019, 04:03 PM

9. Interesting. I never knew the background on that.

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Response to dameatball (Reply #9)

Fri Nov 22, 2019, 05:02 PM

19. We first meet Jerome at 28:28



In my perfect world they would have kept both Michael J. Pollard and Bob Denver; the writers would have had a ball writing bits for Jerome and Maynard G Krebbs doing their oddball stuff. Hell, they even could have become the first spin-off in television.

Would have, could have, should have been.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Fri Nov 22, 2019, 03:45 PM

2. that shocked me as I had no idea he was in his 80's

yes -- he was a great actor

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Fri Nov 22, 2019, 03:46 PM

4. "House of 1000 Corpses" director Rob Zombie....

That's too good to be true. I'm sure that was not his birth name.

Whatever works....

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Fri Nov 22, 2019, 03:49 PM

5. Aw, that Lost In Space episode was cool

Rip

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Response to CentralMass (Reply #30)

Sat Nov 23, 2019, 12:27 PM

32. Thanks!

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Fri Nov 22, 2019, 03:50 PM

6. I always liked his work. RIP, Little Fauss.

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Response to yonder (Reply #6)

Fri Nov 22, 2019, 04:20 PM

14. Little Fauss and Big Halsy is my favorite Redford movie.

 

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Response to braddy (Reply #14)

Fri Nov 22, 2019, 04:30 PM

16. I don't remember much about it except for motorcycle racing

and Redford always having a toothbrush in his mouth.

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Response to yonder (Reply #16)

Sat Nov 23, 2019, 12:23 AM

28. And Johnny Cash sang the title song.

Fun movie. Loved it at the time because I wanted to race motorcycles. Redford played a real sleazeball, Pollard was the good guy who came out on top at the end.

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Response to sop (Reply #28)

Sat Nov 23, 2019, 03:30 PM

33. I was racing motorcycles which is probably why I saw it.

I didn't know that about Johnny Cash - and yet another movie I'll look forward to rewatching. This thread has opened my eyes a bit.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Fri Nov 22, 2019, 03:58 PM

7. He was 80?

Wow, I think of him as young guy.

RIP.

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Response to TruckFump (Reply #7)

Fri Nov 22, 2019, 04:20 PM

13. Me, too, but

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Response to tblue37 (Reply #13)

Fri Nov 22, 2019, 05:03 PM

21. He had a fabulous face!

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Response to tblue37 (Reply #13)

Fri Nov 22, 2019, 06:08 PM

23. He aged well! I love/hated him.

I was fascinated and creeped out, but watched everything he was in. That Star Trek episode was epic.

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Response to tblue37 (Reply #13)

Sat Nov 23, 2019, 12:13 AM

26. Oh cute.. Michael J aged well.

RIP Michael J Pollard

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Fri Nov 22, 2019, 04:06 PM

10. The low spark of high-heeled boys

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Fri Nov 22, 2019, 04:11 PM

11. He was memorable on Star Trek

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Response to utopian (Reply #11)

Fri Nov 22, 2019, 05:05 PM

22. "This supposed to be a good thing, Miri?"

I still throw this line around.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Fri Nov 22, 2019, 04:13 PM

12. Fun fact

Actor Michael J. Fox, whose real middle name is Andrew, adopted the middle initial "J." as an homage to Pollard. Fox was compelled to modify his acting name because no two actors can have the same name and there already was a "Michael Fox."

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Response to PSPS (Reply #12)

Sat Nov 23, 2019, 12:14 AM

27. I remember that now..

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Fri Nov 22, 2019, 04:21 PM

15. "Dirt in the fuel line. Just blowed it away."

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Fri Nov 22, 2019, 04:51 PM

17. Don't forget Scrooged and Dick Tracey.

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Response to TheBlackAdder (Reply #17)

Sat Nov 23, 2019, 12:07 AM

24. And "Hannibal Brooks" too. Just remembered.

As I recall that was actually a pretty good movie. I may have to dig that up.

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Response to yonder (Reply #24)

Sat Nov 23, 2019, 06:59 AM

31. And He Was Barney's Cousin Virgil...

...The Andy Griffith Show.
A priceless episode!

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Response to ProfessorGAC (Reply #31)

Sat Nov 23, 2019, 03:37 PM

34. We watch the AG show often enough.

I'll look for this episode. It's amazing the up and coming actors you can spot from these old TV shows.

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Response to yonder (Reply #34)

Sun Nov 24, 2019, 08:30 AM

35. You Bet

Off top of my head;
Barbara Eden, Bill Bixby, Don Rickles, Jack Nicholson ( a color episode).
I'm sure there's plenty more, but those popped immediately to mind.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Fri Nov 22, 2019, 05:01 PM

18. I remember him as far back as the original Star Trek.

I wonder why he didn’t get cast as a Hobbit. Maybe he was retired by then.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Fri Nov 22, 2019, 05:03 PM

20. RIP and Bonk Bonk Mr. Lovey Dovey

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Sat Nov 23, 2019, 12:10 AM

25. Geez 80??

I remember when he was in "Bonnie and Clyde" . Star Trek too.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Sat Nov 23, 2019, 03:03 AM

29. He was uncredited for the comedy "The Russians Are Coming". . .

Last edited Sat Nov 23, 2019, 08:05 AM - Edit history (4)

. . .as Stanley, a bewildered airplane mechanic wondering what the fuss is all about when the "miltia" (led by Paul Ford) storms through the airport and questions him about anything unusual happening. (on the false rumor that there were Russian parachutists that took over the airport)

. . .and he looks at them askew, thinks for a moment, then says
"Oh yeah. . .uh. . .my phone. . .it's out of order this morning. . ."

Meanwhile, the laid-back police chief (Brian Keith) is laughing his ass off at the whole scene.

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Response to DinahMoeHum (Reply #29)

Sun Nov 24, 2019, 08:50 AM

36. I remember that scene very well

But, then, I remember most scenes in that movie, one of my favorite films EVER!

It's hard to grasp that the film is over 50 years old. A friend of mine played the Russian submarine captain. He passed recently, but he was 91 and had cancer.

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Response to DFW (Reply #36)

Sun Nov 24, 2019, 11:39 AM

37. You knew Theodore Bikel ???? Wow.

Loved him in that role.

Yeah, I love that movie, too.

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Response to DinahMoeHum (Reply #37)

Sun Nov 24, 2019, 12:02 PM

38. Theo was indeed a friend

One time at New Year's, he told me to grab my guitar and we, along with my wife, went into an empty room and sang duets of Russian songs together for 45 minutes. This had always been a wish of mine, and finally I got to do it. My wife and two hotel janitors were the only audience, and the two janitors had no idea who he was. They just said, "we don't know what y'all are singin', but y'all are pretty good at it." Yeah, Theo Bikel was "pretty good at singing!" I guess so! We could have probably filled a few concert halls with that little performance, and no one even knew it was taking place.

I used to say I had a "Fantastic Four of awesome 80 somethings" as friends. They all made it past 90, but three of them are now gone. Helen Thomas, Stan Lee and Theo. Only Ruth Westheimer is left. She turned 91 this year, and she is still going strong.

From days gone by, me with Theo, Tamara, Dr. Ruth and a friend

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