Mark Curry (actor)

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Mark Curry
Mark Curry 2008.jpg
Born Mark G. Curry
(1961-06-01) June 1, 1961 (age 53)
Oakland, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor, Comedian, Host
Years active 1990–present

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.[1] 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[edit]

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[2] in Hayward, CA.

Career[edit]

Mark Curry's first role was in the film Talkin' Dirty After Dark, alongside Martin Lawrence in 1991.

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. Curry is notorious for once getting busy in a Burger King bathroom, according to JET Magazine.

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.

On November 30, 2008, Mark performed a stand-up comedy routine on The Comedy Festival Laffapalooza Special, hosted by Tracy Morgan.[3]

In 2009-2011, Curry hosted Jamie Foxx's "FoxxHole Live" every Monday in the Conga Room in Los Angeles, which was heard on Satellite Radio sirus 106/XM 149.

In 2012, Curry joined Sommore, Earthquake, Bruce Bruce and Tony Rock on the "Royal Comedy Tour."

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 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 the sitcom "One Love," starring Curry and Sheryl Lee Ralph.

Music[edit]

Curry was featured in Too Short's music video "I Ain't Trippin'", and is also featured in Bow Wow's Take Ya Home video as a father trying to get his daughter a doll of the rapper.

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.

Personal life[edit]

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,[4] Curry considered suicide after waking from a three-day, medically induced coma,[5] but decided against it with the help of friends and fellow comedians, such as Sinbad and Bill Cosby.[6] He went on The Montel Williams Show to discuss this issue.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1991 Talkin' Dirty After Dark Antonio
1995 Panther Lombard
1997 The Fanatics Fly Walker
1997 Switchback Robbie
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

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
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
2002-2003 Pyramid Himself 2 Episodes
2003 Coming To The Stage Host 1 Season
2003-2004 Animal Tails Host Variety TV Show
2004 The Mole Himself Realty TV
2007 Dexter Himself 1 Episode
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

References[edit]

  1. ^ King, Susan (July 12, 1996). "Q & A with MARK CURRY". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-08-29. 
  2. ^ "Mark Curry Biography". 
  3. ^ The Comedy Festival listing
  4. ^ Article - National News
  5. ^ "Comedian Mark "Mr. Cooper" Curry Considered Suicide". Yahoo.com. Retrieved February 15, 2007. 
  6. ^ "Mark Curry: Laughs kept him from suicide". USA Today.com. Retrieved February 14, 2007. 

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