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Oscar Polk (December 25, 1899[1][2] – January 4, 1949) was an American actor, best known for his portrayal as the servant "Pork" in the 1939 film Gone with the Wind. His most memorable scene in that film comes when "Pork" discloses to Scarlett O'Hara, portrayed by Vivien Leigh, the back property taxes on Tara, are $300. He was married to Ivy V. Polk (née Ivy Parsons), who also had an uncredited role in Gone with the Wind.[3] Together they had a son, Oscar Polk Jr.

Oscar Polk
Portrait of Oscar Polk by Carl Van Vechten,
Jan. 24, 1937
Born(1899-12-25)December 25, 1899
DiedJanuary 4, 1949(1949-01-04) (aged 49)
Years active1927–1946

On January 4, 1949, Oscar Polk was fatally struck by a taxi cab as he stepped off a curb in Times Square ten days after his 49th birthday. At the time of his death he was scheduled to have a major role in the play Leading Lady, and he was replaced by Ossie Davis. He is buried at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Maspeth, Long Island, New York.

Theatre creditsEdit


Year Title Role Notes
1935 It's a Great Life Lazy Bones
1936 The Green Pastures Gabriel
1937 Underworld Sam Brown
1939 Big Town Czar Arthur, Harlem Numbers Man Uncredited
1939 Gone with the Wind Pork - House Servant
1940 The Notorious Elinor Lee Blakely
1941 Birth of the Blues Man in Jail Uncredited
1942 Reap the Wild Wind Salt Meat
1942 White Cargo Umeela
1943 Cabin in the Sky The Deacon / Fleetfoot (final film role)


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