7 May 1986
Orange, New South Wales, Australia
Mark Furze (born 7 May 1986) is an Australian actor and singer who is best known for his role as Eric "Ric" Dalby on the popular Australian soap opera Home and Away. Mark played the role of Ric from September 2004 to July 2008.
Furze has starred in several productions by the Orange Theatre Company, including Oliver!, where he played the lead role at the age of ten. His first TV appearance was in the children's television program Outriders followed by a role in the film "Balmain Boys". At the age of 14 Furze had found himself an agent and landed a role in Water Rats. He took part in It Takes Two, a celebrity singing challenge, and was partnered with Rachael Beck. The two came 3rd overall. Furze participated in Soapstar Superstar, filmed in Manchester, England. He appeared also in the movie 'Jessica' as the son of the main character. He was listed in the annual Cleo's Most Eligible Bachelors list in 2006, but failed to win. In his free time he likes skateboarding and playing soccer. Apart from acting Furze also has a passion for music. Currently(Jul '09), he is the rhythm guitarist and lead singer in the band "Falcon Road", following the collapse of his previous band, Charger; he writes most of the band's songs. He was also seen in the video clip of Guy Sebastian's single 'Elevator Love' in 2006 playing Bass guitar.
Mark left Home and Away on 24 July 2008 to pursue his music career, though his character was not killed off, keeping fans' hopes of seeing him in the show again, alive.
Mark portrayed Trent in Underbelly 3: The Golden Mile in 2010.
The fourth performance of the series was Supreme by Robbie Williams. Judge comments were somewhat mixed. Chris Cowey thought that Mark was "onto a sticky wicket" with his song as people would compare it to Robbie Williams' version. Michael said Mark had a great voice and a great look, but agreed with Cowey that the song need Williams' showmanship to pull it off. Martine told Mark that he sang the song better than she thought he would, and told him that he "looked gorgeous". Billy commented to Mark that his performance was "great" and "the competition is in your hands".
The fifth performance was Tom Jones's It's Not Unusual. Cowey commented that the performance was "mega", Martine said Mark had taken the competition to a whole new level. Billy said that Mark reminded him of young Elvis Presley, and that the future was bright for Mark.
Livin' on a Prayer by Bon Jovi was Mark's sixth song of the series, Judges Billy Sammeth and Chris Cowey said that the performance was on par with Bon Jovi's and that they would be proud of that performance. Michael felt that the key was too low, but that overall the performance was good.
On the seventh night of the competition Mark was given Luck Be a Lady, from the musical Guys and Dolls to sing. All of the judges agreed that this genre is not Mark's forte, but said his performance was good.
Mark's next performance was Jamiroquai's Canned Heat, a song which he chose himself. Martine said there are loads of good looking guys, singers and actors, but if you put them all together you get Mark Furze. Guest judge David Gest said Mark was simply great. Billy said Mark looks like a pop star. Cowey told Mark that if he continued with his past form then he would be in the final. After the end of the performances on the seventh show the judges told the remaining contestant that they would be singing three songs and would also need to learn a dance routine for one of the songs.
The three songs Mark had to perform were Kiss from a Rose by Seal, Billy Joel's Tell Her About It, and I Can Make You Feel Good by Shalamar. The judges comment varied but on the whole the comments were really positive, but they did comment that Mark's dancing could have been better, Billy Sammeth told him that he knows Mark can dance, as he did when he performed It's Not Unusual.
Mark joined rock band "Shotgun Alley in Feb 2011. His 2nd performance with the band was as support to ZZ Top playing to a crowd of 20,000. His first single with the band "Eventually" re-recorded after the parting of the original singer was released in June 2011.
Following the unsuccess of Mark's previous band name Charger, his next career move resulted in the formation of a new band, Falcon Road, fronted by Mark with Kyle Manning on bass guitar. The band have released a music video for their debut single "Favourite Habit", which is available on YouTube. The genre is rock. Reports claim Mark wrote many of the songs' lyrics, whilst singing and playing guitar. The music video also features a cameo appearance from Todd Lasance, Mark's co-star from Home and Away. Falcon Road have a MySpace and a Bebo account for fans to leave messages on, along with upcoming tour dates and song tasters etc. Currently(July '09) no official website for the band exists. Mark has currently joined New Zealand's glam-rock band Shotgun Alley. Together they have released a 12 track, self-titled debut album in 2011 and an 8 track E.P. titled Damnation in 2012.