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Michael J Pollard R.I.P.

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by nojazzhere, Nov 24, 2019.

  1. nojazzhere

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    I just saw that Michael J Pollard passed away Nov.20, 2019.
    Who will ever forget his quirky characters from films, mostly in the sixties? Bonnie and Clyde, Little Fauss and Big Halsey, The Russians Are Coming!, etc. I don't remember seeing much of anything past 2000, but I could easily have missed a lot. ;)
    To my knowledge, he always played "Michael J Pollard".....never varying his style, but always unique and interesting. He was eighty years old. :(
    R.I.P.
    edit....I just read that Jim Capaldi (Traffic) credited Pollard with coining the phrase, "The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys"......who'da thunk?????
     
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    RIP, Michael.

    He was the rare character actor that uniquely added to every film he was in.
     
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    I remember hearing in the early 70's that he was hanging out with the guys from the Band in Woodstock N.Y. this was a few years after Bonnie &Clyde and during other iconic films he was in..my old neck of the woods. RIP MJP
     
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    We watched him in Scrooged last night. didn't remember his name till now. That was a nice holiday kick off.
     
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    He brought a special kind of weird. I was a big fan. Thanks, MJP!
     
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    No one else could play a cheerful, enthusiastic, dim-witted psychopath like Pollard.
     
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    :( … R.I.P.
     
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    One of my favorite portrayals by Michael J. was Barney's awkward cousin Virgil on an episode of the Andy Griffith Show. Recently I visited the Andy Griffith Museum in Mount Airy, NC, and on display there are the jail keys that "Virgil" cleaned so well they teeth were worn off and wouldn't open the cell door. IMG_1918.JPG
     
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    Definitely knew the actor. Did not know his name. Here he is.

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    Such a great line: "Dirt in the fuel line....just blowed it away"

     
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    Two performances that stuck with me are that one, and his appearance as Maynard G. Krebs’ cousin. I think it’s because he was so good at providing a twisted reflection of another character.
     
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    Yep- I read that in the Washington Post Obit. I love the idea that he was seldom interviewed, because of his fondness for rambling, stream-of-consciousness replies. :D
     
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    I disagree, that he played the same guy in every movie he was in. I would always imagine him in character, for months and months, whatever movie he was in I had seen most recently. His characters may have been "independent" of the works of other actors, and they all had that weirdness to them, but to me each was distinct.

    And so I am a little surprised that people didn't recognize his name. I knew immediately, and I thought of his role in Bonnie and Clyde (where he was absolutely so essential).
     
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    I think a more accurate description is that he didn’t play the same character (I agree that he did not), but that he bent the character in the script around a Pollard core, and presented it that way. It’s why a great character actor is great; always recognizable, but always a different character. Being an actor myself, I prefer character actors. They’re way more fun to watch than most lead actors.
     
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    Cool movie, cool character. Really was a common place problem back in the day. Dirt in the fuel line.
     
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    He had a major role as the leader of a group of abandoned children in the original Star Trek series. That's him on the right with the military jacket on.

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    my memory of him is on "Lost in Space", playing a man lost in a mirror world, trying to entice Penny to come stay with him.
     
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    Pollard had so many great roles in the '60s and into the early '70s, it's a shame that he just seemed to fade away.

    When I heard he'd died, I wasn't surprised because I had seen him in this 2015 video.

     
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    RIP. He was fun to watch. Am I misremembering when I think he had a bit part in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid?

    I do distinguish Pollard from Strother Martin, but wasn't there some key-keeper in a hotel, something something. . . ?
     
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    Oh I was a fan alright. Always liked his characters and he did it so well. RIP Mr. Pollard.
     
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