Snub Pollard

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Poster for a 1920 Snub Pollard film

Snub Pollard (born November 9, 1889 in Melbourne , Victoria , Australia , † January 19, 1962 in Burbank , California , United States ; actually Harold Fraser ) was an Australian actor and comedian .


Snub Pollard was born Harold Fraser in Melbourne. He toured the United States around 1910 with an Australian vaudeville theater group. When the group fell apart, Pollard stayed in the States. The film producer and director Hal Roach discovered him and first used him as an actor in a short film comedy in 1915. From then on he played in comedies and westerns . His acting partners included Harold Lloyd , Charley Chase , Bebe Daniels , and later Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy . Above all, the series of over 80 Lonesome Luke films with Harold Lloyd made him known, where he was mostly able to distinguish himself as Lloyd's furious opponent. In the 1920s, Pollard had his own film series at times. Pollard, whose trademark was his eye-catching mustache, appeared in more than 180 silent films . In Germany he became known in the 1970s through the television series Fathers of Clothes .

With the introduction of the sound film , Pollard shared the fate of many silent film colleagues and received almost only minor supporting roles or extras. Nevertheless, he remained connected to the film business until his death and therefore had well over 500 film appearances. He died in 1962 at the age of 72 years at a cancer and was in the Forest Lawn cemetery buried in Hollywood.

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