His career began when cast as a child actor in a national Coke commercial. In his near 20 year tenure since then, Mark has racked up tons of television roles such as: +Recurring cast on “Off The Map”, “CSI: Miami”, “Jericho”, “MDs”, “The Evidence”, “Baywatch Hawaii”, “Danny Fricke” (pilot), and “NYPD Blue” (as Nicholas Torturro’s drug-addicted brother) +Series Regular on “Legend” and “1994 Baker Street”(pilot) +Guest Star on “Cold Case”, “Las Vegas”, “NCIS”, “ER”, “JAG”, “The Division”, “According to Jim”, “Charmed”, “Family Matters”, “Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles”, “Threat Matrix”, “Cuts”, “Diagnosis Murder”, “Tracy Takes On”…, and numerous others (see Resume). +Co Star on “Life Goes On” and “Space: Above and Beyond”.
In feature film, Mark has performed opposite: +Ben Stiller and Philip Seymour Hoffman in “Along Came Polly” +Jim Carrey in “Bruce Almighty” +Gabriel Byrne in “Stigmata” +Denzel Washington in “Courage Under Fire” +Eddie Murphy in Dr. Doolittle +Matthew Perry & Selma Hayek in “Fool’s Rush In” +and in “Speed 2”, “Crocodile Dundee In LA”. …And then some.
No stranger to indy films, either, he appears in Lionsgate’s “Blaze You Out”, Zero Hour”, “The Longest Yard Sale”, “Flying Virus”, “Stealth Fighter”, and others. (His commercial credits include Dunkin Donuts”, “Cars.com”, “State Farm Ins.”, Pam Cooking Spray”, “Playstation3″, “Taco Bell”, “Honey Bunches of Oats”, “State Farm Insurance”, and “Tostitos”-all within the same year.)
Mark loves to play nasty drama as the bad guy, but Casting Directors now tap his comedic skill set, too. He recently completed the 33 episode, 4th season of TV One’s hit series “Love That Girl”, with Tatiana Ali (Fresh Prince of Bel Air) and Phil Morris (Seinfeld, Smallville). He portrays Adonis, one-half of a modern-day, gay Lenny-and-Squigy-type duo-the next-door neighbors who always show off their fabulous diva selves.
Besides jamming as a well-rounded industry-trained actor, Mark also has formed a production company, KOKOPELLI = MEDIA to produce interesting, market driven film and TV projects. Kokopelli’s first movies up are the Baby Boomer drama “Intensive Care”,the female protagonist, desert thriller “Wild Salvation” and “Queen of the Channel”, a family oriented teen inspirational story. Mark’s mission is to effectively and economically produce high quality, marketable, profitable, award winning, independent cinema in the $750k – $3mil space, that also takes advantage of lower costs in production without sacrificing quality.
He also is driven create further opportunities for people of color; allowing those people, including himself to perform in roles with range and layered emotional depth that they normally would not be considered for.
To keep his creative juices flowing, Mark jumps back to the stage. He has taught classical Children’s Theatre for 7 years at the Lost Studio (formerly Peggy Feury’s Loft). He also digs into theatre study there full-time (5 days a week!) when not working on film or TV projects. At least once a year, he always struts his stuff in a production on the proscenium boards (and garners more noteworthy reviews). Such plays recently include the UK hit “Bouncer’s”, Chekhov’s “The Marriage Proposal”, Pinter’s “A Night Out” and “Night School”, Carlos Lacamara’s “Nowhere on the Border”, “Becoming Cuban”, and the upcoming “Exiles”-interpreting a hardcore Cuban convict who mutinies on a yacht full of Marielista immigrants, to take over as de facto captain.
Little known fact: Mark stopped out of college to pursue acting professionally while studying to become an FBI agent. He spends his rare spare time playing guitar, publishing his poetry, and engaging in fabulous new adventures (real espionage not included).