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Michael John Pollack, Jr. (30 May 193920 November 2019; age 80), better known as Michael J. Pollard and also affectionately referred to as "Spud Pollard", was the actor who played Jahn in the Star Trek: The Original Series first season episode "Miri".


Pollard was in acting since 1958. A character actor, he accumulated almost a hundred appearances in movies and television series since then.

In 1967, Pollard earned an Academy Award nomination as Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his role of C.W. Moss in the film Bonnie and Clyde. He also earned two Golden Globe nominations for that role, one for Best Supporting Actor and one for Most Promising Newcomer. In addition, his performance in Bonnie and Clyde won Pollard a BAFTA Award as Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles.

Also in 1967 he and Angelique Pettyjohn appeared together in an episode of The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. ("The U.N.C.L.E. Samurai Affair").

Michael Pollard died from cardiac arrest on November 20, 2019. [1]

Appearance in Star Trek

Pollard's character in "Miri" was scripted to be between fourteen and fifteen years of age, yet Pollard himself was twenty seven years old at the time, only a few years younger than the main characters in the episode, and about the same age as the actors portraying security guards. Despite such a vast difference in age, Pollard's "baby-faced" looks had earned him the role. Pollard had previously been considered for the role of Charles Evans in "Charlie X". (These Are the Voyages: TOS Season One, p. 196)


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