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Michael J. Pollard, starred in ‘Bonnie and Clyde,’ has died at 80

Pollard died Thursday in a Los Angeles hospital of cardiac arrest, according to the New York Times.

Michael J. Pollard, best remembered for his Oscar-nominated, star-making turn as the dimwitted but lovable sidekick C.W. Moss in 1967 film “ Bonnie and Clyde,” has died at age 80.
Michael J. Pollard, best remembered for his Oscar-nominated, star-making turn as the dimwitted but lovable sidekick C.W. Moss in 1967 film “ Bonnie and Clyde,” has died at age 80.
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Actor Michael J. Pollard, best-remembered for his Academy Award-nominated turn as the dimwitted sidekick C.W. Moses in the 1967 film “Bonnie and Clyde,” has died. He was 80.

Filmmaker Rob Zombie, who directed Pollard in “House of 1000 Corpses” reacted to the news Friday via a Facebook post, which read, in part: “We have lost another member of our HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES family. I woke up to the news that Michael J. Pollard had died. I have always loved his work and his truly unique on screen presence. He was one of the first actors I knew I had to work with as soon as I got my first film off the ground. He will be missed.”

The New York Times’ obituary reports Pollard died Thursday in a Los Angeles hospital of cardiac arrest.

Pollard’s other film credits include “Little Fauss and Big Halsy (1970), “Melvin and Howard” (1980), “Roxanne” (1987), “Tango and Cash” (1989) and “Dick Tracy” (1990).

Pollard was born in Passaic, New Jersey, in 1939. He trained with Marilyn Monroe at the legendary Actors Studio workshop in New York. He had several small roles in shows including the original “Star Trek” series and “Lost in Space” before his breakout role in “Bonnie and Clyde.”

Pollard married actress Beth Howland (from the TV sitcom “Alice”) in 1961; they divorced in 1969. Survivors include his daughter, Holly; son, Axel; and cousins Alicia, Joseph, Elizabeth, Julie and Peter.

Contributing: USA Today