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Born: October 30, 1957 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: San Francisco, California, USA Profession: Cast ...


"I pretty much learned the style I have come to enjoy from director Barry Levinson in 'Avalon'. It was the 'Less is more' theory. His nurturing during the film was about being loose and natural. A general looseness that creates authenticity and reality. As a comedian, I've been influenced by Albert Brooks, Bill Cosby and Woody Allen. From Cosby, I learned timing and nuance; from Allen, I learned intellectual silliness, and from Brooks, cerebral angst. Also Mark Twain, from whom I really learned the importance of cynicism and sarcasm.

"'Avalon' will always be the most important [role]. It was my first legitimate acting. [But my favorite role came in] 'A Few Good Men' because what I learned on 'Avalon' about less is more was taken to the next level . . . If you can actually do nothing in a scene and be interesting, you've won the battle. I never got so much attention for doing so little, as far as the subtlety of that portrayal." --Kevin Pollak quoted in Daily News, May 10, 1994

On why he continues doing stand-up: "As rewarding as a good film role can be, there is just nothing like getting up on a stage and taking an audience for a ride. You make a movie, and the audience may not see it for another ten months. Here, you know immediately their reaction." --Kevin Pollak to James Brady in Parade, January 8, 1995

On serious Method actors: "I understand the process and I respect the technique, but I still want to slap them and say, get over yourself. I'd rather have fun between takes than be in silence while they brood and find their place again." --Pollak quoted in USA Today, August 21, 1995

"I did 'The Tonight Show' a dozen times when Johnny was the reigning king. One time, on the air, I taught him to do the Peter Falk single roving eye, and every single time I did his show after that, as I'd shake his hand, Johnny would lean forward and do a little Columbo for me. I had an inside joke with the king! It was just the coolest." --Pollak to People, October 9, 1995

"When Rod Lurie told me he was writing a script for me where I play the president, I said, 'You're insane!' I said he needed a big, charismatic, born-to-be-leader guy.

"But [Lurie] said the character is more like Harry Truman, in the sense that he's an Everyman. And it all started to make sense, because being an Everyman is what I try to bring to every role." --Pollak to Robert Dominguez in the Daily News, March 9, 2000

"I'm a rabid fan of cinema, and I go to the movies every day. I haven't missed a day in 17 year, and there's alot of crap out there." --Kevin Pollak to Empire, September 1995

"I'd rather have Tom Hanks' career. But I am exceeigly grateful and happy with the career I have. The leading man will always need a best friend, and I've been able to do almost 30 films in the last 10 years based on that theory." --Pollak to Daily News, March 9, 2000

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