Biography

The slight frame (5' 6"), pale, serious countenance, and dark, droopy mustache are unmistakeable, definitive identification badges in recalling silent comedian Harry "Snub" Pollard. Born in Australia as Harry Fraser, he joined a vaudeville troupe, which toured the United States around 1910. The troupe broke up there and Harry decided to stay, dubbing himself with "Pollard" as a last name moniker. He started off at the Essenay Film Studios in 1911 and briefly worked with the Keystone Kops. Hal Roach took an avid interest and, in 1915, had Snub co-starring with Harold Lloyd and Bebe Daniels in the highly successful Lonesome Luke series, which ran for years (86 films in all). In 1919, Snub took a chance and ventured on with his own solo one- and two-reelers with sights gags and gimmicks-a-plenty. Many of them were ably directed by Charley Chase and co-starred Marie Mosquini as his frequent leading lady. His "second banana" status, however, was firmly entrenched, and his vehicles were met with only a modicum of interest. He also made personal appearances on the farcical stage. His production company, created in 1926, eventually folded and he was relegated to supporting other top comedians again, notably Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy and Andy Clyde, or appearing in poverty-row programmers. By the late 1930s, he was (ironically) reduced to silent, atmospheric bits in talking pictures. One last hurrah would be his playing of Pee Wee, sidekick to cowboy Tex Ritter, in a series of minor westerns. Thereafter, Snub continued obscurely in films until his death in 1962 of cancer. His sister was comedy actress Daphne Pollard who also entertained audiences with her own short films.

Date of Death 19 January 1962, Burbank, California  (cancer)

The slight frame (5' 6"), pale, serious countenance, and dark, droopy mustache are unmistakeable, definitive identification badges in recalling silent comedian Harry "Snub" Pollard. Born in Australia as Harry Fraser, he joined a vaudeville troupe, which toured the United States around 1910. The troupe broke up there and Harry decided to stay, dubbing himself with "Pollard" as a last name moniker. He started off at the Essenay Film Studios in 1911 and briefly worked with the Keystone Kops. Hal Roach took an avid interest and, in 1915, had Snub co-starring with Harold Lloyd and Bebe Daniels in the highly successful Lonesome Luke series, which ran for years (86 films in all). In 1919, Snub took a chance and ventured on with his own solo one- and two-reelers with sights gags and gimmicks-a-plenty. Many of them were ably directed by Charley Chase and co-starred Marie Mosquini as his frequent leading lady. His "second banana" status, however, was firmly entrenched, and his vehicles were met with only a modicum of interest. He also made personal appearances on the farcical stage. His production company, created in 1926, eventually folded and he was relegated to supporting other top comedians again, notably Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy and Andy Clyde, or appearing in poverty-row programmers. By the late 1930s, he was (ironically) reduced to silent, atmospheric bits in talking pictures. One last hurrah would be his playing of Pee Wee, sidekick to cowboy Tex Ritter, in a series of minor westerns. Thereafter, Snub continued obscurely in films until his death in 1962 of cancer. His sister was comedy actress Daphne Pollard who also entertained audiences with her own short films.

Date of Death 19 January 1962, Burbank, California  (cancer)

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 222

Birthday 1889-11-09

Day of Death 1962-01-19

Place of Birth Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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Also Known As

  • Harry 'Snub' Pollard
  • Harry Pollard
  • Snub Pollard

Acting TV ShowsMovies

1962 The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance as Statehood Audience Member (uncredited)
1961 Pocketful of Miracles as Knuckles (uncredited)
1961 Master of the World as Man at Balloon Society Meeting (uncredited)
1961 Days of Thrills and Laughter
1960 Inherit the Wind as Townsman (uncredited)
1957 Jeanne Eagels as Quartermaster Bates in 'Rain' (uncredited)
1956 Friendly Persuasion as Carnival Patron
1956 Runaway Daughters as Mr. Fields, Little Drunk at Dance Club
1955 The Fast and the Furious as Park Caretaker
1954 Public Defender(1 episode)
1952 Limelight as Street Musician
1952 Singin' in the Rain as Old Man Getting Umbrella in "Singin' in the Rain" Number (uncredited)
1951 The Barefoot Mailman as Townsman at Dance (uncredited)
1951 Meet Me After the Show as Stage Door Johnnie in Opening Number (uncredited)
1951 Racket Squad(1 episode)
1950 Walk Softly, Stranger as Custodian on Stairway (uncredited)
1950 Where the Sidewalk Ends as Pool Hall Patron (uncredited)
1949 Adam's Rib as Man in Courtroom (uncredited)
1949 Square Dance Jubilee as Show Spectator
1948 Loaded Pistols as Second Small Man at Dance (uncredited)
1948 Johnny Belinda as Man on Jury (uncredited)
1948 Back Trail as Goofy (as Snub Pollard)
1947 The Paradine Case as Cabby (uncredited)
1947 Miracle on 34th Street as Mail-Bearing Court Officer (uncredited)
1947 The Perils of Pauline as Western Saloon Set Propman (as Snub Pollard)
1946 Andy Plays Hookey as Ticket Seller
1946 Till the Clouds Roll By as Show Boat Orchestra Drummer (uncredited)
1946 Society Mugs as Party Guest (uncredited)
1946 Monkey Businessmen as Mr. Grimble
1946 The Hoodlum Saint as Parade Spectator (uncredited)
1945 Booby Dupes as Ice Cream Vendor
1945 Rockin' In The Rockies as Drunk (uncredited)
1944 Casanova Brown as Father at Baby Window (uncredited)
1943 The Kid Rides Again as Saloon Swamper
1942 'Neath Brooklyn Bridge as Soup Customer (uncredited)
1942 Bowery at Midnight as Motorist
1942 Foreign Agent as Supper Club Patron
1942 It Happened in Flatbush as Baseball Game Spectator (uncredited)
1942 Boot Hill Bandits as 2nd Bartender
1941 Confirm or Deny as Air Raid Refugee in Basement Crowd
1941 A Girl, a Guy, and a Gob as Wedding Chapel Attendant (uncredited)
1941 Ridin' the Cherokee Trail as Saloon Drunk
1940 Sky Bandits as Pa, Man in Nightshirt
1940 Murder on the Yukon as Archie
1940 The Earl of Chicago as Townsman (uncredited)
1939 Hollywood Cavalcade as Keystone Cop
1939 Mesquite Buckaroo as Janitor Suds
1939 Lure of the Wasteland as Cookie
1939 Rollin' Westward as Poker Player
1938 Where the Buffalo Roam as Pee Wee
1938 Starlight Over Texas as Pee Wee
1938 The Utah Trail as Pee Wee
1938 Rollin' Plains as Pee Wee
1938 Frontier Town as Peewee
1937 Tex Rides with the Boy Scouts as Pee Wee
1937 Nation Aflame as Edgar Wolfe (as Snub Pollard)
1937 Jungle Menace as Campbell
1937 Riders of the Rockies as Pee Wee McDougal
1937 Sing Cowboy Sing as Prisoner
1937 Hittin' the Trail as Bartender
1937 Arizona Days as Cookie
1936 White Legion as Baker
1936 The Black Coin as Vic Moran
1936 The Gentleman from Louisiana as Hadley
1936 The Crime Patrol as Gyp
1936 Headin' for the Rio Grande as Cookie (Hart hand)
1935 Just My Luck as Frank Smith
1935 Bars of Hate as Danny, the Pickpocket
1935 The Laramie Kid as Cinvvict Shorty
1935 The Night Is Young as Drummer (uncredited)
1934 One More River as George
1934 Cockeyed Cavaliers as King's Physician's Aide
1934 Stingaree as Victor
1934 The Rawhide Terror as Renegade
1932 The Purchase Price as Harmonica Player Joe Atterbury (uncredited)
1931 One Good Turn as A Community Player (uncredited)
1931 The Road to Singapore as Photographer at Birthday Party
1931 Girls Will Be Boys as Plumber's assistant
1929 The Big Shot
1929 Springtime Saps
1928 Here Comes a Sailor
1928 Thick and Thin
1927 Double Trouble
1927 Mitt The Prince
1926 All Wet
1926 The Yokel
1926 The Doughboy
1924 The Big Idea as Inventor Ignatius Pollard
1923 Fully Insured as Our Hero
1923 Dear Ol' Pal as Abner Maize
1923 It's a Gift as Inventor
1923 Courtship of Miles Sandwich as Papa
1923 Sold at Auction as The Auctioneer's Helper
1923 California or Bust as The Old Settler
1922 The Old Sea Dog as Snub the Ferryboat Pilot
1922 365 Days as The Good Grandson
1922 The Dumb-Bell as The New Director
1922 Years to Come as The Bridegroom
1921 Fifteen Minutes as The Husband
1921 Name the Day
1921 What a Whopper!
1921 At the Ringside
1921 Big Game as Hunter
1921 Rush Orders as Marquis de Marmalade
1921 Whirl o' the West as The Tenderfoot
1920 Park Your Car
1920 Money to Burn
1920 Run 'Em Ragged
1920 All Dressed Up
1920 Fresh Paint as Bicycle Messenger
1920 Waltz Me Around
1920 His Royal Slyness as Prince of Rochquefort
1920 The Dippy Dentist as The Dandy
1919 From Hand to Mouth as The Kidnapper
1919 The Floor Below
1919 Looking for Trouble as The Dandy
1919 How Dry I Am
1919 Captain Kidd's Kids as The Valet
1919 Call for Mr. Caveman as Hatchet Face
1919 Bumping Into Broadway as The Musical Comedy's Director (as Harry Pollard)
1919 Pay Your Dues
1919 Be My Wife
1919 Heap Big Chief
1919 Chop Suey & Co.
1919 Count Your Change as Billy Bullion
1919 A Jazzed Honeymoon
1919 Never Touched Me
1919 At the Old Stage Door
1919 Just Neighbors as The Neighbor
1919 Billy Blazes, Esq. as Sheriff 'Gun Shy' Gallagher
1919 Young Mr. Jazz as Snub
1919 Spring Fever
1919 Off the Trolley
1919 Swat the Cook
1919 Pistols for Breakfast
1919 Back to the Woods as His Valet
1919 The Marathon as Snub
1919 Si, Senor
1919 Ring Up the Curtain as The Leading Man
1919 Crack Your Heels
1919 Just Dropped In
1919 A Sammy in Siberia
1919 Next Aisle Over
1919 The Dutiful Dub
1919 Look Out Below as Snub
1919 I'm on My Way
1919 On the Fire
1919 Ask Father as The Corn-Fed Secretary
1919 Going! Going! Gone!
1918 She Loves Me Not
1918 Take a Chance as Simplex Joe
1918 Hear 'Em Rave
1918 Nothing But Trouble
1918 Why Pick on Me?
1918 Swing Your Partners
1918 Two Scrambled
1918 That's Him
1918 Kicking the Germ Out of Germany
1918 An Ozark Romance
1918 Are Crooks Dishonest? as Snub
1918 Somewhere in Turkey as His Assistant
1918 Sic 'Em, Towser
1918 The City Slicker as Snub
1918 Fireman Save My Child
1918 Two-Gun Gussie as Snub
1918 The Non-Stop Kid as Snub, the Butler
1918 Kicked Out
1918 Hey There as The New Director
1918 It's a Wild Life
1918 Pipe the Whiskers
1918 Follow the Crowd
1918 On the Jump as Snoopy Sam - The House Detective
1918 Let's Go
1918 Here Come the Girls
1918 Look Pleasant, Please as Snub - the Janitor (as Harry Pollard)
1918 A Gasoline Wedding as Snub
1918 Beat It
1918 Hit Him Again
1918 The Tip
1917 The Big Idea as Snub
1917 Step Lively
1917 Bashful
1917 Move On
1917 We Never Sleep
1917 All Aboard as Passenger with trunk
1917 Clubs Are Trump
1917 Bliss as Snub
1917 The Flirt
1917 Love, Laughs and Lather
1917 Rainbow Island
1917 From Laramie to London
1917 Birds of a Feather
1917 By the Sad Sea Waves as Spectator at Beach
1917 Pinched
1917 Lonesome Luke Loses Patients
1917 Over the Fence as Snitch, another
1917 Lonesome Luke's Wild Women
1917 Lonesome Luke, Messenger
1917 Lonesome Luke on Tin Can Alley as Cafe Waiter
1917 Lonesome Luke's Lively Life
1917 Luke's Trolley Troubles
1916 Luke's Shattered Sleep
1916 Luke Locates the Loot
1916 Luke's Fireworks Fizzle
1916 Luke, Rank Impersonator
1916 Luke's Movie Muddle as Projectionist
1916 Luke, Patient Provider
1916 Luke and the Bang-Tails
1916 Luke's Speedy Club Life as Bellhop
1916 Luke and the Mermaids
1916 Luke Joins the Navy
1916 Luke Does the Midway
1916 Luke's Lost Lamb
1916 Luke, Crystal Gazer
1916 Luke Rides Roughshod
1916 Police as First Flophouse Customer
1916 Luke and the Rural Roughnecks
1916 Luke, the Candy Cut-Up
1915 Peculiar Patients' Pranks
1915 Giving Them Fits as Luke's Co-Worker
1915 His Regeneration as Extra
1913 Sally Scrags, Housemaid as Butler

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