Snub Pollard's Autobiography

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Snub Pollard's Autobiography

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Who is Snub Pollard? I found an old tobacco "Movie Star" card in a flea market with Snub Pollard on it. What a face! What a mustache! I started carrying it around in my wallet, behind my ID.

I didn't know anything about Snub at the time; where did he come from? Was he mean? Did he have kids? Did he toss pennies to the beggars? Did he ever walk down 42nd St? This preoccupation turned into an art project when I started putting words in his mouth. In a couple weeks I'd written Snub Pollard's Autobiography, which is essentially a picture book.

The book explores the psyche of a man from the inside out and in the loosest possible terms. The result is what I consider a quilt of frozen moments, some life-defining and others completely unremarkable, woven together in an effort to resurrect the memory of one of Hollywood's most successful silent comics. Someone who, to me, epitomizes the idea that most famous lives are wiped from the collective memory twenty or thirty seconds later than an obscure one.

I did pick up some concrete information about Snub in the course of the project and I incorporated those findings into the work. If you've ever seen Singing In The Rain, when the title song ends, Gene Kelly hands his umbrella to an aged Snub Pollard - Snub didn't have a single line and was uncredited in the film.

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