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Overview (4)

Born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Died in Burbank, California, USA  (cancer)
Birth NameHarold Hopetown Fraser
Height 5' 6½" (1.69 m)

Mini Bio (1)

The slight frame (5' 6"), pale, serious countenance, and dark, droopy mustache are unmistakable, 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-reeler's 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 to work in obscurity until his death in 1962 of cancer.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Gary Brumburgh / gr-home@pacbell.net

Spouse (3)

Ruth Helen Gibson Bridges (12 January 1935 - 1939) ( divorced)
Elizabeth Bowen (21 March 1922 - 1927) ( her death)
Myrtle Webb Scherer (28 April 1917 - 1921) ( divorced)

Trivia (7)

His wife, a Californian, was a non-pro.
Injured and hospitalized many times while filming slapstick stunts.
Despite the similarity of their professional names, Daphne Pollard were not brother and sister; in fact, they were not related at all. 'Snub's family name was Fraser, Daphne's family name was Trott. They both adopted the Pollard name when they were members of the Pollard Lilliputian Opera Company, around 1898.
Severed professional ties with Hal Roach in 1925.
Joined Hal Roach Studios at their founding and stayed with them 10 years.
He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6415 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on February 8, 1960.
Following his death, he was interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills) in Los Angeles, California.

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