Mark Povinelli

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Mark Povinelli
Born (1971-08-09) August 9, 1971 (age 43)
Elyria, Ohio, US
Occupation Actor
Years active 1993–present
Children 2

Mark Povinelli (born August 9, 1971) is an American stage, television, and movie actor who also does occasional stunt work. He stands 3’ 9½” and weighs 75 pounds (115 cm, 34 kg) as a consequence of spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia congenita (SEDc), a skeletal dysplasia caused by a mutation in the COL2A1 (type II collagen) gene.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Povinelli was born in Elyria, Ohio, and is the youngest of four children. His parents and siblings are average-size. He is of Italian descent.[2] Povinelli graduated from Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Wheaton, Maryland in 1989, and then graduated in 1993 from Miami University (as a member of Kappa Alpha Order) with a degree in Mass Communications and a minor in Theater Acting. His repertory encompasses drama, comedy, and fantasy. He has appeared in a wide range of productions, from stage plays by William Shakespeare and Ben Jonson to roles in television series such as Modern Family[3] and Boardwalk Empire, as well as in popular movies including The Polar Express (2004, directed by Robert Zemeckis). Onstage in 2003 in Lee Breuer's production of Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House, retitled Mabou Mines DollHouse,[4] Povinelli drew praise from The New York Times: "The men embody small-minded convention and stunted possibilities...Mr. Povinelli makes us feel Torvald's repressive sexual virility at every turn."[5] He has characterized his approach to acting for The Village Voice: "Being so tremendously different provides you with an analytical depth ... Like any actor, I try to bring as much of myself to the role I'm playing as possible. Every day I go out I'm made aware of my size. Why should I deny myself the richness of that experience when I go onstage?"[6]

Povinelli starred opposite Robert Pattinson and Oscar winners Reese Witherspoon and Christoph Waltz in the Fox 2011 film, Water for Elephants,[7][8] playing the iconic role of Kinko. The film was adapted from the NY Times bestseller by Sara Gruen and premiered April 2011.[9][10]

He appeared in Mirror Mirror[11](2012), which starred Julia Roberts, Armie Hammer (The Social Network), and Lily Collins. In the same year, Mark was cast as a series regular on the television series Are You There, Chelsea?, starring Laura Prepon. This made him the first little person ever to be cast as a series regular on a network studio sitcom.

In 2014 Mark can be heard weekly on LA Talk Radio's "Perfectly Imperfect Radio" program.[12]

Filmography[edit]

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