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Michael John Pollard (born Michael John Pollack Jr.; May 30, 1939 – November 20, 2019) was an American character actor and comedian widely known for his role as C.W. Moss in the film Bonnie and Clyde (1967), for which he received an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor nomination.

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Now some of you may not know of this actor, although you probably recognise his face, and you might place him in the film Bonnie and Clyde who he performed alongside Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway … that was indeed the first film l saw him in but l loosely followed his career since seeing that film.Sadly he passed away on the 20th November 2019.

Were you aware of him, and if you were, from which film do you best know him from and were you a fan? Here are ten of what l consider his best roles.

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1 – Bonnie and Clyde – 1967

Bonnie and Clyde is a 1967 American biographical crime film directed by Arthur Penn and starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway as the title characters Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker. Also featured were Michael J. Pollard, Gene Hackman, and Estelle Parsons. The screenplay was written by David Newman and Robert Benton.

2 – Scrooged – 1988

A cynically selfish TV executive is haunted by three spirits bearing lessons on Christmas Eve. With the help of the ghosts of the past, present and future, he realises that he must reform himself.

3 – Tango and Cash – 1989

After two distinguished detectives are wrongly framed for a murder by a criminal, they are imprisoned. When they manage to escape, they join hands to fight against their offender.

4 – Little Fauss and Big Halsy – 1970

A banned motorcycle racer (Michael J. Pollard) becomes mechanic for a selfish braggart (Robert Redford) who races under his name.

5 – Dick Tracy – 1990

Stylish film adaptation of the comic book has legendary police detective Dick Tracy take on gangster boss Big Boy Caprice and his band of menacing mobsters.

6 – Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland – 1989

Psychotic Angela (Pamela Springsteen) is itching to do what she does best: slaughter dozens of teenage campers. As luck would have it, the previous site of her murders has been renamed and converted into an experimental summer camp meant to bring together privileged and lower-class teens. On the day the youths are boarding the buses to camp, Angela runs over a potential camper with a garbage truck and assumes her identity. Once she has infiltrated the camp, the real terror begins.

7 – Four of the Apocalypse – 1975

Four petty criminals, three men and a woman, wander through the trackless terrain of the Wild West Utah and are hounded by a sadistic bandit.

8 – Hannibal Brooks – 1969

Psychotic Angela (Pamela Springsteen) is itching to do what she does best: slaughter dozens of teenage campers. As luck would have it, the previous site of her murders has been renamed and converted into an experimental summer camp meant to bring together privileged and lower-class teens. On the day the youths are boarding the buses to camp, Angela runs over a potential camper with a garbage truck and assumes her identity. Once she has infiltrated the camp, the real terror begins.

9 – Dirty Little Billy – 1972

After his family moves to a frontier town in Kansas, city-bred teenager Billy Bonney (Michael J. Pollard) finds he has no appetite for farming. He runs away, taking up with local outlaw Goldie (Richard Evans), who operates a saloon in town with the help of a prostitute named Berle (Lee Purcell). The three form a gang of sorts, menacing the locals until the townsfolk collectively decide to drive the outlaws away. Bonney escapes and begins the life of crime that makes him famous as Billy the Kid.

10 – House of 1000 Corpses – 2003

An empty fuel tank and a flat tire lead two couples down a terror-riddled road to the House of 1000 Corpses. “House of 1000 Corpses” is at its core a story of family – a cast of twisted individuals who, with each slash of a throat or stab thru the chest, add bodies to their sick human menagerie.

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