Michael J Pollard has died, aged 80, on Wednesday at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Michael’s friend Dawn Walker told The Hollywood Reporter that the actor suffered a cardiac arrest.
He was best known for playing CW Ross in 1967 gangster–romance movie Bonnie And Clyde alongside Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, which earned him an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor nomination.
Michael also appeared in the original TV series of Star Trek as well as Lost in Space.
Director Rob Zombie posted a tribute to the actor on Facebook . The pair had worked together on 2003’s House Of 1000 Corpses.
Zombie wrote: “We have lost another member of our House of 1,000 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.
“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. I can’t believe all three of my friends in this picture are now gone.”
Pollard was born in Passaic, New Jersey in 1939 to Polish parents, with his father working 60 hours a week as a bartender to support the family.
After attending the Actor’s Studio in New York, Pollard’s first TV role was in 1959, when he appeared in a couple episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents…
He gained a reputation for playing youthful roles, as his ‘baby face’ looks allowed him to play teenagers when he was well into his twenties.
This included starring in the a 1966 episode of Star Trek, called Miri, in which he played the teenage leader of an all-child planet.
Pollard won a BAFTA Award for Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles for his performance in Bonnie and Clyde and a year later, his popularity was such that he jokingly entered the race to become President of the United States.
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