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'Snub' Pollard

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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Nov 9, 1889 In Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie His Regeneration 1915-05-07
Latest Project:
Movie The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance 1962-04-22
Known For
Movie The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance Statehood Audience Member (uncredited) 1962-04-22
Movie Days of Thrills and Laughter 1961-03-21
Movie One-Eyed Jacks Townsman (uncredited) 1961-03-30
Movie Pocketful of Miracles Knuckles (uncredited) 1961-12-18
Movie Master of the World Man at Balloon Society Meeting (uncredited) 1961-05-01
Movie Inherit the Wind Townsman (uncredited) 1960-06-24
Movie Jeanne Eagels Quartermaster Bates in 'Rain' (uncredited) 1957-08-02
Movie Man of a Thousand Faces Comedy Waiter #2 1957-08-15
Movie Runaway Daughters Mr. Fields, Little Drunk at Dance Club 1956-01-20
Movie Friendly Persuasion Carnival Patron 1956-11-25
Movie The Fast and the Furious Park Caretaker 1955-02-15
Movie Julius Caesar Citizen of Rome 1953-06-04
Movie Hannah Lee Man Pacing in Jail Cell 1953-07-13
Movie Singin' in the Rain Old Man Getting Umbrella in "Singin' in the Rain" Number (uncredited) 1952-04-09
Movie Limelight Street Musician 1952-10-31
Series Racket Squad Unknown 1951-06-07
Movie Meet Me After the Show Stage Door Johnnie in Opening Number (uncredited) 1951-08-15
Movie The Barefoot Mailman Townsman at Dance (uncredited) 1951-12-03
Movie The Gunfighter Townsman at Funeral (uncredited) 1950-06-23
Movie Walk Softly, Stranger Custodian on Stairway (uncredited) 1950-10-14
Movie Where the Sidewalk Ends Pool Hall Patron (uncredited) 1950-07-07
Movie Square Dance Jubilee Show Spectator 1949-11-11
Movie A Woman's Secret Stagehand (Uncredited) 1949-01-13
Movie Adam's Rib Man in Courtroom (uncredited) 1949-11-18
Movie Back Trail Goofy (as Snub Pollard) 1948-07-18
Movie Johnny Belinda Man on Jury (uncredited) 1948-09-14
Movie Loaded Pistols Second Small Man at Dance (uncredited) 1948-12-15
Movie Miracle on 34th Street Final Mail-Bearing Court Officer (uncredited) 1947-06-11
Movie The Perils of Pauline Western Saloon Set Propman (as Snub Pollard) 1947-07-04
Movie The Paradine Case Cabby (uncredited) 1947-12-31
Movie Strange Impersonation Taxi driver (uncredited) 1946-03-16
Movie Road to Utopia Amateur Contest Violinist (uncredited) 1946-02-27
Movie The Hoodlum Saint Parade Spectator (uncredited) 1946-04-04
Movie Monkey Businessmen Mr. Grimble 1946-06-20
Movie Society Mugs Party Guest (uncredited) 1946-09-19
Movie Till the Clouds Roll By Show Boat Orchestra Drummer (uncredited) 1946-12-05
Movie Rockin' In The Rockies Drunk (uncredited) 1945-04-17
Movie Booby Dupes Ice Cream Vendor 1945-10-18
Movie Casanova Brown Father at Baby Window (uncredited) 1944-08-23
Movie Main Street Today Pop Denton (uncredited) 1944-03-25
Movie The Kid Rides Again Saloon Swamper 1943-01-27
Movie Kid Dynamite Dance Official 1943-02-05
Movie Edge of Darkness Townsman in Church 1943-04-09
Movie Ghosts on the Loose Flower Delivery Man 1943-07-30
Movie Boot Hill Bandits 2nd Bartender 1942-04-24
Movie Foreign Agent Supper Club Patron 1942-10-09
Movie It Happened in Flatbush Baseball Game Spectator (uncredited) 1942-05-28
Movie 'Neath Brooklyn Bridge Soup Customer (uncredited) 1942-11-20
Movie Bowery at Midnight Motorist 1942-10-30
Movie A Girl, a Guy, and a Gob Wedding Chapel Attendant (uncredited) 1941-03-14
Movie Ridin' the Cherokee Trail Saloon Drunk 1941-02-25
Movie Confirm or Deny Air Raid Refugee in Basement Crowd 1941-12-12
Movie The Earl of Chicago Townsman (uncredited) 1940-01-05
Movie Murder on the Yukon Archie 1940-02-25
Movie Sky Bandits Pa, Man in Nightshirt 1940-07-06
Movie Rollin' Westward Poker Player 1939-03-01
Movie Lure of the Wasteland Cookie 1939-03-18
Movie Hollywood Cavalcade Keystone Cop 1939-10-13
Movie Mesquite Buckaroo Janitor Suds 1939-04-30
Movie Frontier Town Peewee 1938-03-04
Movie The Utah Trail Pee Wee 1938-08-12
Movie Rollin' Plains Pee Wee 1938-07-08
Movie Where the Buffalo Roam Pee Wee 1938-10-12
Movie Starlight Over Texas Pee Wee 1938-09-06
Movie Hittin' the Trail Bartender 1937-04-03
Movie Arizona Days Cookie 1937-01-30
Movie Sing Cowboy Sing Prisoner 1937-05-22
Movie Nation Aflame Edgar Wolfe (as Snub Pollard) 1937-10-15
Movie Riders of the Rockies Pee Wee McDougal 1937-07-02
Movie Tex Rides with the Boy Scouts Pee Wee 1937-11-26
Movie Jungle Menace Campbell 1937-09-01
Movie The Crime Patrol Gyp 1936-05-12
Movie Headin' for the Rio Grande Cookie (Hart hand) 1936-01-01
Movie The Black Coin Vic Moran 1936-09-01
Movie White Legion Baker 1936-10-24
Movie The Night Is Young Drummer (uncredited) 1935-01-11
Movie The Laramie Kid Cinvvict Shorty 1935-06-01
Movie Just My Luck Frank Smith 1935-12-30
Movie Bars of Hate Danny, the Pickpocket 1935-11-01
Movie Stingaree Victor 1934-05-24
Movie The Rawhide Terror Renegade 1934-03-19
Movie Cockeyed Cavaliers King's Physician's Aide 1934-06-29
Movie One More River George 1934-08-06
Movie The Purchase Price Harmonica Player Joe Atterbury (uncredited) 1932-07-23
Movie Girls Will Be Boys Plumber's assistant 1931-01-21
Movie One Good Turn A Community Player (uncredited) 1931-10-31
Movie The Road to Singapore Photographer at Birthday Party 1931-10-10
Movie The Doughboy 1926-09-21
Movie The Big Idea Inventor Ignatius Pollard 1924-01-12
Movie It's a Gift Inventor 1923-10-13
Movie His Royal Slyness Prince of Rochquefort 1920-02-08
Movie Si, Senor 1919-05-11
Movie Ring Up the Curtain The Leading Man 1919-04-27
Movie Back to the Woods His Valet 1919-05-31
Movie Young Mr. Jazz Snub 1919-04-20
Movie The Marathon Snub 1919-05-25
Movie Look Out Below Snub 1919-03-16
Movie Going! Going! Gone! Unknown 1919-01-25
Movie Ask Father The Corn-Fed Secretary 1919-02-09
Movie I'm on My Way Unknown 1919-03-08
Movie Next Aisle Over The Henpecked Husband (as Harry Pollard) 1919-03-30
Movie Pistols for Breakfast Unknown 1919-06-08
Movie A Sammy in Siberia 1919-04-05
Movie Pay Your Dues 1919-10-12
Movie The Rajah Unknown 1919-09-14
Movie Captain Kidd's Kids The Valet 1919-11-30
Movie From Hand to Mouth The Kidnapper 1919-12-28
Movie Swat the Crook Unknown 1919-06-15
Movie Heap Big Chief 1919-08-24
Movie Bumping Into Broadway The Musical Comedy's Director (as Harry Pollard) 1919-11-02
Movie A Jazzed Honeymoon 1919-08-02
Movie Billy Blazes, Esq. Sheriff 'Gun Shy' Gallagher 1919-07-06
Movie Just Neighbors The Neighbor 1919-07-13
Movie Spring Fever Unknown 1919-06-29
Movie At the Old Stage Door 1919-07-20
Movie Follow the Crowd 1918-04-07
Movie The Non-Stop Kid Snub, the Butler 1918-05-12
Movie Here Come the Girls 1918-03-17
Movie Hit Him Again Unknown 1918-02-17
Movie The City Slicker Snub 1918-06-02
Movie A Gasoline Wedding Snub 1918-03-03
Movie Look Pleasant, Please Snub - the Janitor (as Harry Pollard) 1918-03-10
Movie Two-Gun Gussie Snub 1918-05-19
Movie Take a Chance Simplex Joe 1918-12-15
Movie Are Crooks Dishonest? Snub 1918-06-23
Movie Hear 'Em Rave Unknown 1918-12-01
Movie She Loves Me Not Unknown 1918-12-29
Movie An Ozark Romance 1918-07-06
Movie Kicking the Germ Out of Germany 1918-07-21
Movie Bride and Gloom 1918-08-18
Movie By the Sad Sea Waves Spectator at Beach 1917-09-30
Movie Lonesome Luke Loses Patients 1917-09-16
Movie Lonesome Luke on Tin Can Alley Cafe Waiter 1917-04-15
Movie Rainbow Island Unknown 1917-10-28
Movie Lonesome Luke's Lively Life 1917-03-18
Movie Lonesome Luke, Messenger 1917-08-04
Movie All Aboard Passenger with trunk 1917-11-25
Movie Step Lively 1917-12-30
Movie The Flirt Unknown 1917-11-11
Movie The Big Idea Snub 1917-12-30
Movie Bashful 1917-12-23
Movie Bliss Snub 1917-11-14
Movie Police First Flophouse Customer 1916-05-27
Movie Luke's Movie Muddle Projectionist 1916-12-03
Movie His Regeneration Extra 1915-05-07