Mark Curry (actor)
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|Born||Mark G. Curry
June 1, 1961
Oakland, California, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, Comedian, Host|
Mark G. Curry (born June 1, 1961) is an American actor, comedian, and host. He is best known as the star of the ABC sitcom Hangin' with Mr. Cooper, and as one of the various hosts of the syndicated series It's Showtime at the Apollo. Curry currently stars in Nick At Nite's first-ever original live-action family comedy series, See Dad Run as Scott Baio's best friend Marcus.
Early Life and Education
Mark Curry was born in Oakland, California as the youngest child out of nine. He attended St. Joseph Notre Dame High School in Alameda, California and California State University, East Bay in Hayward, CA.
In 1992, Curry's first major role was on television series Hangin' with Mr. Cooper, where he played the lead role of Mark Cooper, an NBA player-turned-substitute teacher/gym coach.
Curry appeared two episodes of The Jamie Foxx Show as eccentric driving instructor Sergeant Easy. In addition, he also had guest starring roles on television series Living Single in 1994 and Martin in 1997, and minor roles in the films Switchback and Armageddon in 1998.
In 2000, Curry also had a recurring role on The Drew Carey Show as Drew's boss at Winfred-Louder. He appeared in six episodes. In an April Fools' episode of The Drew Carey Show, Drew refers to Mr. Soulard as Mr. Cooper, the joke being that Curry played both roles
He was the host of Comedy Central's Don't Forget Your Toothbrush in 2000 and had minor roles in For Your Love, which starred Hangin' with Mr. Cooper co-star, Holly Robinson Peete). Also, in 2000, Curry starred in A Man Is Mostly Water. In 2001 had a minor role in the Disney Channel Original Movie Motocrossed. Later in the year, Curry played one of the leads in another Disney Channel Original Movie, The Poof Point.
Curry was the host of the PAX-TV show Animal Tails and BET's "Coming to the Stage" in 2003. In 2004, he appeared on Celebrity Mole Yucatan. He came in second place to Dennis Rodman. In 2005, had guest starring roles in Less Than Perfect and Fat Actress.
In 2012, Curry joined Sommore, Earthquake, Bruce Bruce and Tony Rock on the "Royal Comedy Tour." Many spectators have viewed Curry's stand-up comedy performance as the highlight of the show leaving the audience in hysterical laughter. Curry was on the Royal Comedy Tour for three years.
Later in 2012, Curry joined Nick At Nite's first-ever original live-action family comedy series, See Dad Run as Scott Baio's friend Marcus. As of January of 2014, the live action comedy series is currently taping its third season at Paramount Studios.
In 2014, Curry joined "Sommore's Standing Ovation Comedy Tour" along with Bill Bellamy, Tommy Davidson, and others. In Spring of 2014, Bounce TV launched an all-new original sitcom "One Love" that follows the hilarious adventures of Pastor William (Mark Curry) and Carolyn Winters (Sheryl Lee Ralph) the first family of Mt. Sinai church. Together for thirty years, they've led their congregation as perfect role models, but when their adult children begin to navigate relationships of their own, the laughs collide with the love.
He appeared in the 2002 song Oakland Raiders by Oakland rap group Luniz. Delivering a humorous monologue as the song faded out, Curry asserted his status as a pimp and stated his fondness for big dank.
On April 17, 2006, an aerosol can that had fallen behind a water heater exploded and Curry, who was doing laundry at the time, was burned on over 20% of his body, including his arm, back and side. He spent many months recuperating at his home. According to an Associated Press interview posted on CNN.com on February 17, 2007, Curry considered suicide after waking from a three-day, medically induced coma. After talking with comedian friends who made him laugh, such as Sinbad and Bill Cosby, he decided against suicide. He went on The Montel Williams Show to discuss this issue.
|1991||Talkin' Dirty After Dark||Antonio|
|1997||The Fanatics||Fly Walker|
|1998||Armageddon||New York Cab Driver|
|2001||Motorcrossed||Bob Arness||Disney Channel TV Movie|
|2001||The Poof Point||Norton Ballard||Disney Channel TV Movie|
|2011||Poolboy: Drowning Out The Fury||Captain O'Malley|
|1992-1993||It's Showtime at the Apollo||Host|
|1992-1997||Hangin' with Mr. Cooper||Mark Cooper||Lead; 5 Seasons|
|1994||Living Single||Regina's Boyfriend||1 Episode|
|1996||All That||Various||1 Episode|
|1997||Martin||Ronnie Cochran||1 Episode|
|1998||The Jamie Foxx Show||Sergeant Easy||2 Episodes|
|2000||The Drew Carey Show||Robert Soulard||6 Episodes|
|2000||For Your Love||Dr. Collins||1 Episode|
|2000||Don't Forget Your Toothbrush||Host||1 Season|
|2003||Coming To The Stage||Host||1 Season|
|2003-2004||Animal Tails||Host||Variety TV Show|
|2004||The Mole||Himself||Realty TV|
|2005||Fat Actress||Max Cooper||2 Episodes|
|2005||Less Than Perfect||Morpheus||1 Episode|
|2010||Life After||Himself||1 Episode|
|2011||Celebrity Ghost Stories||Himself||1 Episode|
|2011-2012||The Secret Life of the American Teenager||2 Episodes|
|2012||Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?||Himself||1 Episode|
|2012–present||See Dad Run||Marcus Barnes||Nick At Nite Series|
|2013||Instant Mom||Minister||1 Episode; "Harp & Soul"|
|2014-present||One Love||Pastor Williams||Bounce TV Series|
- King, Susan (July 12, 1996). "Q & A with MARK CURRY". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-08-29.
- "Mark Curry Biography".
- The Comedy Festival listing
- Article - National News
- "Comedian Mark "Mr. Cooper" Curry Considered Suicide". Yahoo.com. Retrieved February 15, 2007.
- "Mark Curry: Laughs kept him from suicide". USA Today.com. Retrieved February 14, 2007.