Michael J. Pollard, actor in ‘Bonnie and Clyde,’ dies at 80


HOLLYWOOD – JUNE 12: Actor Michael J. Pollard arrives at the 36th AFI Life Achievement Award tribute to Warren Beatty held at the Kodak Theatre on June 11, 2008 in Hollywood, California. The show will air on USA Network at 9PM PST on June 25, 2008. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for AFI)

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(CNN) — Actor Michael J. Pollard, known for his roles in “Bonnie and Clyde” and “Star Trek,” has died at the age of 80.

Pollard died Wednesday of cardiac arrest at a Los Angeles hospital, his longtime friend Dawn Walker told The Hollywood Reporter.

Pollard received an Academy Award nomination for his role as a gas station attendant turned accomplice in the 1967 film “Bonnie and Clyde.” He appeared in several television shows in the 1960s, including “Star Trek” and “The Andy Griffith Show.”

Rob Zombie, who directed Pollard in the 2003 film “House of 1000 Corpses,” posted his condolences on Facebook early Friday.

“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,” Zombie said.

“Michael was a well-known character actor on so many shows. Condolences to his family,” “Star Trek” star William Shatner tweeted Friday.

Actor Michael J. Fox adopted the “J” in his name early in his career in homage to Pollard, according to Fox’s Parkinson foundation website.

Pollard is survived by his son and daughter.

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