Polis, Joel 1951–

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Polis, Joel 1951–


Born October 3, 1951, in Philadelphia, PA; son of Edward and Mary Polis. Education: University of Southern California, B.A.; Yale University School of Drama, M.F.A.; studied with Lloyd Richards at New York University.


Manager—Omniquest Entertainment, 1416 North La Brea Ave., Hollywood, CA 90028.


Actor. Worked as an acting teacher and acting coach and held acting workshops; also worked as a clown.


Stage Appearances:

Prop person, Marco Polo, Phoenix Company, Marymount Manhattan Theatre, New York City, 1976–77.

Just Like the Night, Playwrights Horizons Theatre, New York City, c. 1977.

Boy Meets Girl, Hartford Stage Company, Hartford, CT, c. 1978.

Jerry Stein, Family Business, Astor Place Theatre, New York City, 1978–79, Roundabout Stage I, New York City, 1979.

Passing By, Hartford Stage Company, c. 1979.

Ghetto, Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, 1986.

Sam Krulike, Claptrap, Manhattan Theatre Club Stage I, New York City, 1987.

Dog Logic, South Coast Repertory Theatre, Second Stage, Costa Mesa, CA, 1988.

Richard, The Baby Dance, Pasadena Playhouse, Pasadena, CA, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown, MA, and Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, CT, all 1990, and Lucille Lortel Theatre, New York City, 1991.

A Penny for the Guy, GeVa Theatre, Rochester, NY, 1993.

What Is Art?, GeVa Theatre, 1993.

Future Hollow, Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre, Wellfleet, MA, 1997.

The Last Survivor, Mark Taper Too, Los Angeles, 1997.

Names, American Jewish Theatre, New York City, beginning 1997.

Riga, John Anson Ford Ampitheatre Complex, Los Angeles, 1999.

The Sons of Lincoln, Lillian Theatre, Hollywood, CA, 2000.

Seymour, After Crystal Night, Odyssey Theatre, Los Angeles, 2001.

Duke of Clarence, Tyrell, and Ely, Richard III, Circus Theatricals, Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, Los Angeles, 2002.

Semyon Pentelyavich Yepikhodov, The Cherry Orchard, Circus Theatricals, Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, Los Angeles, 2002.

Pinnie, Fedunn, Odyssey Theatre, 2002.

Cassius, Julius Caesar, Old Globe, San Diego, CA, 2003.

John, Oleanna, American Renegade Theatre, North Hollywood, CA, 2003.

Shylock, The Merchant of Venice, L'Chaim Theatre, Irvine High School Theatre, CA, 2003, 2004.

Pieces of Love (reading), Court Theatre, Los Angeles, 2004.

Travis Beesley, Three Travelers, Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, Los Angeles, 2005.

Yoda, Star Wars Trilogy in 30 Minutes (also known as Star Wars Trilogy), Drummond Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland, 2005.

Flags, Odyssey Theatre, 2005.

Ezra Pound, Pound of Flesh, Festival Theatre USA, Edinburgh, Scotland, 2005, then Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, Los Angeles, 2006.

Professor, Dialectics of the Heart, Edgemar Theatre, Santa Monica, CA, 2006.

Appeared in other productions, including Cakewalk, Mark Taper Forum; A Midsummer Night's Dream, Old Globe; and Troilus and Cressida, Yale Repertory Theatre, New Haven, CT. Appeared in productions of other theatres, including the Studio Arena Theatre, Buffalo, NY; the Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia, PA; and the Westchester Theatre Company.

Major Tours:

Appeared in productions of the Summer Theatre Festival, European cities.

Stage Work:

Director, Straight Talk (one–act play), produced as part of a festival of one–act plays, Odyssey Theatre, Los Angeles, 2002.

Producer, Flags, Odyssey Theatre, 2005.

Coproducer, Pound of Flesh, Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, 2006.

Director and producer of a version of Frankenstein, c. 1960s.

Film Appearances:

Fuchs, The Thing (also known as John Carpenter's "The Thing"), Universal, 1982.

First agent, Best Defense, Paramount, 1984.

Dean Rabin, True Believer (also known as Fighting Justice), Columbia, 1989.

Lance, The Rookie, Warner Bros., 1990.

United States attorney, My Blue Heaven, Warner Bros., 1990.

Halbein, Fly by Night, Arrow Releasing, 1993.

Jack Blund, Serial Killer, Starlight/Republic Pictures, 1995.

Tim Bergen, It's My Party, Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer/United Artists, 1996.

Vice principal, Tumbleweeds, Fine Line Features, 1999.

Kapo, Shadows (short film), American Films Institute, 2000.

William, Attraction, Trimark Pictures, 2000.

Corporate flunkie, A Light in the Darkness, Bearsmouth Entertainment, 2002.

Agent Miller, Swallow (short film), New Gold Dream Pictures, 2003.

Holstrom (some sources cite role as Horace Millhouse), Fallen Angels, Fallen Angels Productions, 2006.

Television Appearances; Series:

Hospital administrator, Revelations, NBC, 2005.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Brian Murtagh, Fatal Vision, NBC, 1984.

Tom Breslin, A Death in California (also known as Psychopath), ABC, 1985.

Robert Homick, Bloodlines: Murder in the Family, NBC, 1993.

Pete, Dazzle (also known as Judith Krantz's "Dazzle"), CBS, 1995.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Ted, Born Beautiful, NBC, 1982.

The Wall, CBS, 1982.

Iselin Cort, "The Last Plane from Coramaya," Gideon Oliver (also known as The ABC Monday Mystery Movie and By the Rivers of Babylon), ABC, 1989.

Roger Kerns, Those She Left Behind, NBC, 1989.

Dr. Paletsky, Burning Bridges, ABC, 1990.

Dr. George Reardon, Deadly Medicine, NBC, 1991.

Bill Handel, Never Say Never: The Deidre Hall Story, ABC, 1995.

Harper, Twilight Man, Starz!, 1996.

Assistant attorney, The Sleepwalker Killing (also known as Crimes of Passion: Sleepwalker, From the Files of "Unsolved Mysteries" : The Sleepwalker Killing, and Sleepwalker Killing: From the Files of "Unsolved Mysteries"), NBC, 1997.

Brad, Prison of Secrets, Lifetime, 1997.

Colonel Mitchell, Rocket's Red Glare (also known as The Mercury Project), Fox Family Channel, 2000.

Sergeant Hunter, Alikes, 2002.

Copeland, Alien Hunter (also known as The Beacon), Sci–Fi Channel, 2003.

Harold Paxton, McBride: It's Murder, Madam, The Hallmark Channel, 2005.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Coach, "All the Kids Do It," CBS Schoolbreak Special, CBS, 1984.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Eldon Veckmer, "Red Holt Steele," Remington Steele, NBC, 1983.

Jeff Hassett, "Fade to White," St. Elsewhere, NBC, 1984.

Carl, "Man's Best Friend," The Hitchhiker (also known as Le voyageur), HBO, 1985.

Dad, "The Shadow Man/The Uncle Devil Show/Opening Day," The Twilight Zone, CBS, 1985.

Deputy district attorney Ackerman, "Entrapment," Cagney & Lacey, CBS, 1985.

Eddie Munson, "Welcome to America, Mr. Brand," Scarecrow and Mrs. King, CBS, 1985.

Frank Harbert, "The Lady in the Iron Mask," Moonlighting, ABC, 1985.

Gary, "From Beer to Eternity," Cheers, NBC, 1985.

John Jenkins, "Serial Murders," T. J. Hooker, ABC, 1985.

Lonnie and Dwayne, "Twin Engines," Misfits of Science, NBC, 1985.

"Decisions: Part 1," The Paper Chase (also known as The Paper Chase: The Second Year, The Paper Chase: The Third Year, The Paper Chase: The Fourth Year, and The Paper Chase: The Graduation Year), Showtime, 1985.

Carl Peterson, "Contact," Alien Nation, Fox, 1989.

Dr. Windsor, "Fountain of Youth," Alien Nation, Fox, 1989.

Gary, "Bar Wars II: The Woodman Strikes Back," Cheers, NBC, 1989.

Gary, "Cheers Fouls Out," Cheers, NBC, 1990.

Gary Benton, "The Biker," Matlock, NBC, 1990.

Stanley Corman, "One Point, No Light," WIOU, CBS, 1990.

"Teddy Meets His Hero," The Famous Teddy Z, CBS, 1990.

Dr. Joel Friedman, "Blood Is Thicker …," Law & Order (also known as Law & Order Prime), NBC, 1992.

Matthew Miller, "Blowing Bubbles," Northern Exposure, CBS, 1992.

Dr. Bob Taymer, "The Body Politic," Picket Fences, CBS, 1993.

Wes Davidson, "Be True to Your Tool," Home Improvement, ABC, 1993.

Larry Macklin, "Death by Extermination," Diagnosis Murder, CBS, 1994.

Wes Davidson, "Fifth Anniversary," Home Improvement, ABC, 1994.

Abe Weiner, "The Dead Don't Lie," One West Waikiki, syndicated, 1995.

Garland, "The Big Bang," Touched by an Angel, CBS, 1995.

Ny Terla, "Time and Again," Star Trek: Voyager (also known as Voyager), UPN, 1995.

Peter, "Single Married Female," Roseanne, ABC, 1995.

Ron, "Brother, Can You Spare 1.2 Million?," The Larry Sanders Show, HBO, 1995.

Dr. Joel Bronson, "Quiet Riot," Chicago Hope, CBS, 1996.

Mr. Reynolds, "Mystery Man," The Secret World of Alex Mack (also known as Alex Mack), Nickelodeon, 1996.

Agent Russell Gillson, "Past Sim," The Pretender, NBC, 1997.

Reilly, "The Comeback," Seinfeld, NBC, 1997.

"He Said, She Said," Crisis Center, NBC, 1997.

Gus Reynolds, "Game, Set and Match," Pensacola: Wings of Gold, syndicated, 1998.

Pharmacist, "Law and Disorder," Beverly Hills 90210, Fox, 1998.

Ted Jacob, "Cutters," 7th Heaven (also known as Seventh Heaven and 7th Heaven: Beginnings), The WB, 1998.

"You Are Too Beautiful," Night Man (also known as NightMan), syndicated, 1998.

Attorney Woodson, "In Dreams," Ally McBeal, Fox, 1999.

Dr. Eaton, "Presumed Innocent," Judging Amy, CBS, 1999.

"Every Picture Tells a Story," L.A. Doctors (also known as L.A. Docs), CBS, 1999.

Colonel Glickman, "Hell No, Greg Can't Go," Dharma & Greg, ABC, 2000.

Dr. Michael Frider, "Blast from the Past," Party of Five, Fox, 2000.

Dr. Sidney Herman, "Faith, Hope & Surgery," Chicago Hope, CBS, 2000.

John Castagnacci, "Liberty and Larceny," The Invisible Man (also known as I–Man), Sci–Fi Channel, 2000.

Dawson, "Chapter Eleven," Boston Public, Fox, 2001.

Attorney, "Pawns," For the People (also known as Para la gente), Lifetime, 2002.

Donald, "Private Eyes," The Best Sex Ever, 2002.

Quinn, "Final Passage," Mister Sterling, NBC, 2003.

Quinn, "Nothing Personal," Mister Sterling, NBC, 2003.

"The Friendly Skies," Without a Trace (also known as Vanished and W.A.T.), CBS, 2003.

Captain Franklin, "Why We Fight," Angel (also known as Angel: The Series), The WB, 2004.

Jerry Lazar, "The Bachelor Party," The Guardian, CBS, 2004.

Judge Silvio Peters, "Hollywood Brass," CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (also known as CSI, CSI: Las Vegas, CSI: Weekends, and Les experts), CBS, 2005.

Administrator, "Force Majeure," The Unit, CBS, 2006.

Administrator, "Natural Selection," The Unit, CBS, 2006.

Agent Robert Wynn, "Open Water," CSI: Miami, CBS, 2006.

Eric Yavitch, "Word Salad Days," Boston Legal (also known as Fleet Street, The Practice: Fleet Street, and The Untitled Practice), ABC, 2006.

Appeared as Brian Sayers in an episode of Michael Hayes, CBS. Appeared in episodes of other series, including Doogie Howser, M.D., ABC; and Likely Suspects, Fox. Appeared as Mr. Goomer in "To Have and to Hold," an unaired episode of Bull, TNT; also appeared in "A Man for Half a Season," an unaired episode of Total Security, ABC.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Under One Roof, CBS, 1995.

Jastrow, Dark Angel, Fox, 1996.

Hospital administrator, Revelations, NBC, 2005.



Himself, The Thing: Terror Takes Shape (documentary; also known as John Carpenter's "The Thing: Terror Takes Shape"), Universal, 1998.

Video Games:

Voice of Telamon citizen, Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom, Electronic Arts, 1995.


Writings for the Stage:

Wrote a version of Frankenstein (based on the novel by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley), c. 1960s.



Joel Polis, http://www.joelpolis.com, June 23, 2006.

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