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'Snub' Pollard

'Snub' Pollard

  • Born on
    • November 9th, 1889
  • Died on
    • January 19th, 1962
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Snub Pollard (9 November 1889 – 19 January 1962) was an Australian-born vaudevillian, who became a silent film comedian in Hollywood, popular in the 1920s. Born Harold Fraser, in Melbourne, Australia on 9 November 1889, he began performing with Pollard's Lilliputian Opera Company at a young age. Like many of the actors in the popular juvenile company, he adopted Pollard as his stage name. The company ran several highly successful professional children's troupes that traveled Australia and New Zealand in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. In 1908, Harry Pollard joined the company tour to North America. After the completion of the tour, he returned to the US. By 1915 he was regularly appearing in uncredited roles in movies, for example Charles Epting notes that Pollard can clearly be seen in Chaplin's 1915 short By the Sea. In later years, Pollard claimed Hal Roach had discovered him while he was performing on stage in Los Angeles. Pollard played supporting roles in the early films of Harold Lloyd and Bebe Daniels. The long-faced Pollard sported a Kaiser Wilhelm mustache turned upside-down; this became his trademark. Lloyd's producer, Hal Roach, gave Pollard his own starring series of one- and two-reel shorts. The most famous is 1923's It's a Gift, in which he plays an inventor of many Rube Goldberg-like contraptions, including a car that runs by magnet power. In early 1923, shortly after his second marriage, Pollard returned with his wife Elizabeth to see his relations in Australia. His visit attracted considerable attention, and he appeared again in several theatres to speak about the motion picture business. On his return to the US, he left Roach and joined the low-budget Weiss Brothers studio in 1926. There he co-starred with Marvin Loback as a poor man's version of Laurel and Hardy, copying that team's plots and gags. In later years, Pollard claimed the Great Depression wiped out his investments, and he had been unable to "adjust to the talkies." However, in the 1930s, he played small parts in talking comedies, and was featured as comic relief in "B" westerns. Pollard's silent-comedy credentials guaranteed him work in slapstick revivals. He appeared with other film veterans in Hollywood Cavalcade (1939), The Perils of Pauline (1947), and Man of a Thousand Faces (1957). He also appeared regularly as a supporting player in Columbia Pictures' two-reel comedies of the mid-1940s. Forsaking his familiar mustache in his later years, he landed much steadier work in films as a mostly uncredited bit player. He played incidental roles in scores of Hollywood features and shorts, almost always as a mousy, nondescript fellow, usually with no dialogue. Snub Pollard died of cancer on 19 January 1962, aged 72, after nearly 50 years in the movie business. His interment was at Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills). For his contributions to motion pictures, Pollard has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6415½ Hollywood Boulevard.

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Filmography

Acting (48 Credits)

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1962The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance as Statehood Audience Member (uncredited)
1961Homicidal as Eddie - the Bellhop (uncredited)
1961Master of the World as Man at Balloon Society Meeting (uncredited)
1961One-Eyed Jacks as Townsman (uncredited)
1961Pocketful of Miracles as Knuckles (uncredited)
1960Inherit the Wind as Townsman (uncredited)
1957Jeanne Eagels as Quartermaster Bates in 'Rain' (uncredited)
1957Pal Joey as Waiter (uncredited)
1957Man of a Thousand Faces as Comedy Waiter #2
1956Friendly Persuasion as Carnival Patron (uncredited)
1955Pete Kelly's Blues as Waiter (uncredited)
1954The Fast and the Furious as Park Caretaker
1952Limelight as Street Musician
1952Singin' in the Rain as Old Man Getting Umbrella in "Singin' in the Rain" Number (uncredited)
1952Park Row as Barfly
1950Where the Sidewalk Ends as Pool Hall Patron (uncredited)
1950Stars in My Crown
1950Walk Softly, Stranger as Custodian on Stairway (uncredited)
1950The Gunfighter as Townsman at Funeral (uncredited)
1949A Woman's Secret as Stagehand (Uncredited)
1949Adam's Rib as Man in Courtroom (uncredited)
1948Unknown Island as Extra in Dive, Pointing Out Tarnowski
1948Loaded Pistols as Second Small Man at Dance (uncredited)
1948Johnny Belinda as Man on Jury (uncredited)
1947The Perils of Pauline as Western Saloon Set Propman (as Snub Pollard)
1947The Paradine Case as Cabby (uncredited)
1947Miracle on 34th Street as Final Mail-Bearing Court Officer (uncredited)
1946Strange Impersonation as Taxi driver (uncredited)
1946Till the Clouds Roll by as Show Boat Orchestra Drummer (uncredited)
1946The Hoodlum Saint as Parade Spectator (uncredited)
1946Badman's Territory as Town Barber (uncredited)
1945Road to Utopia as Amateur Contest Violinist (uncredited)
1945Kitty as Hugh's Rental Coachman (uncredited)
1944Casanova Brown as Father at Baby Window (uncredited)
1943Ghosts on the Loose as Flower Delivery Man
1943Kid Dynamite as Dance Official
1943Edge of Darkness as Townsman in Church
1942Bowery at Midnight as Motorist
1942'Neath Brooklyn Bridge as Soup Customer (uncredited)
1932The Purchase Price as Harmonica Player Joe Atterbury (uncredited)
1931One Good Turn as A Community Player (uncredited)
1920His Royal Slyness as Prince of Rochquefort
1919Billy Blazes, Esq. as Sheriff 'Gun Shy' Gallagher
1919Ask Father as The Corn-Fed Secretary
1919Bumping Into Broadway as The Musical Comedy's Director
1919From Hand to Mouth as The Kidnapper
1916Police as First Flophouse Customer
1915His Regeneration as Extra

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