Mark Curry (actor)

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Mark Curry
Mark Curry 2008.jpg
Curry in 2008.
Born
Marcus G. Curry

(1961-06-01) June 1, 1961 (age 57)[1][2]
Occupation
  • Actor
  • comedian
  • host
Years active1990–present
Known forMark Cooper – Hangin' with Mr. Cooper[4]

Marcus G. Curry (born June 1, 1961[5]), known professionally as Mark Curry, is an American actor, comedian, and host. Curry is best known for his role as Mark Cooper, ex–basketball player turned teacher on the ABC sitcom Hangin' with Mr. Cooper which originally aired from 1992 to 1997.[6] Curry also served as one of the various hosts of the syndicated series It's Showtime at the Apollo during the early–1990s.[7] Curry starred in Nick At Nite's first-ever original live-action family comedy series, See Dad Run, as Scott Baio's best friend Marcus from 2012–2015.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Oakland, California, Curry was the youngest of nine. Curry attended St. Joseph Notre Dame High School in Alameda, California, and California State University, East Bay[8] in Hayward, California. As a child, Curry was a participant at the East Oakland Youth Development Center (EOYDC), a local youth organization.[9]

Career[edit]

Curry's first role was in the 1991 feature film Talkin' Dirty After Dark where he appeared alongside Martin Lawrence.[10]

Curry's first major role was on the ABC sitcom Hangin' with Mr. Cooper which made its debut in September 1992. On the show he played the lead role of Mark Cooper, an NBA player-turned-substitute teacher/gym coach. Hangin' with Mr. Cooper was eventually on air for five seasons with over a hundred episodes.[11]

During 1994 Curry guest starred on the sitcom Living Single.[12] Within 1997 he made another guest appearance on the sitcom Martin.[13] Curry later featured in two episodes of The Jamie Foxx Show as eccentric driving instructor Sergeant Easy.[14][15]

Curry also made cameos in the 1997 feature film Switchback and 1998 feature film Armageddon.[16][17]

During 2000, Curry had a recurring role on The Drew Carey Show as Robert Soulard, Drew Carey's boss.[18][19][20][21][22][23] Within that year he also hosted the Comedy Central game show Don't Forget Your Toothbrush and made a guest appearance on the sitcom For Your Love. Starring on For Your Love was Curry's Hangin' with Mr. Cooper co-star, Holly Robinson Peete.[24][25]

Curry went on to play the lead role of scientist Norton Ballard in the Disney Channel Original Movie The Poof Point. The movie reunited Curry with his Hangin' with Mr. Cooper co-star, Dawnn Lewis who played the role of his onscreen wife Marigold Ballard.[26]

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.

During 2005, Curry featured in an episode of Less Than Perfect.[27] Within that year he also guest starred as Max Cooper in two episodes of Fat Actress.[28][29] Curry made another guest appearance on a 2008 episode of the sitcom House of Payne.[30] On November 30, 2008, Curry performed a stand-up comedy routine on The Comedy Festival Laffapalooza Special, hosted by Tracy Morgan.[31]

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 stations Sirius 106/XM 149. In 2012, Curry joined Sommore, Earthquake, Bruce Bruce and Tony Rock on the Royal Comedy Tour.

He later appeared on two episodes of The Secret Life of the American Teenager.[32][33] Curry also starred in Nick At Nite's first-ever original live-action family sitcom, See Dad Run, which debuted in 2012. On the show he played the role of Marcus, who's a friend of Scott Baio's character. See Dad Run eventually ran for three seasons on the network.[34]

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.In 2018 Mark can be seen on Katt Williams 11:11 Tour as a special guest. Since 2018, Curry has been a regular stand up comic at the Hollywood Improv, Hollywood.

Music[edit]

Curry featured in the music video for Too Short's "I Ain't Trippin'".[35] He also appeared in the music video of Bow Wow's "Take Ya Home", where he played a father trying to get his daughter a doll of the rapper.[36]

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. Most recently he can be seen in the 2015 music video "Pull Up" by Young Dolph featuring 2Chains and Juicy J; a tribute to the movie "Coming to America."

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.[37] He spent many months recuperating at his home. According to an Associated Press interview posted on CNN.com on February 17, 2007,[38] Curry considered suicide after waking from a three-day, medically induced coma, but decided against it with the help of friends and fellow comedians, such as Sinbad and Bill Cosby.[39] Curry went on The Montel Williams Show to discuss this issue.[40]

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
2000 A Man Is Mostly Water Jeff
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 Regine'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 Reality TV
2005 Fat Actress Max Cooper 2 Episodes
2005 Less Than Perfect Morpheus 1 Episode
2007 Dexter Himself 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
2012–2015 See Dad Run Marcus Barnes Nick At Nite Series
2013–2014 Instant Mom Minister 2 Episodes
2014–2015 One Love Pastor Williams Bounce TV Series

References[edit]

  1. ^ Historical Dictionary of African American Television - Mark Curry (1961-)
  2. ^ Hollywood - Mark Curry
  3. ^ TV Guide - Mark Curry
  4. ^ Upscale: The Successful Black Magazine - 1994
  5. ^ Who's Who Among African-Americans - Mark Curry
  6. ^ The A to Z of African-American Television - Curry, Mark
  7. ^ King, Susan (July 12, 1996). "Q & A with MARK CURRY". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-08-29.
  8. ^ "Mark Curry Biography".
  9. ^ "EOYDC: A Beacon for Oakland Youth - Oakland Magazine - July-August 2009 - Oakland, California". www.oaklandmagazine.com. Retrieved 2018-01-22.
  10. ^ "Talkin' Dirty After Dark". imdb.com.
  11. ^ "Hangin' with Mr. Cooper". imdb.com.
  12. ^ "Living Single: A Tale of Two Tattles". imdb.com.
  13. ^ "Martin: Power to the People's Court (February 1997)". imdb.com.
  14. ^ "The Jamie Foxx Show: Traffic School Daze (November 1997)". imdb.com.
  15. ^ "The Jamie Foxx Show: I'm Too Sexy for This Shot (May 1998)". imdb.com.
  16. ^ "Switchback". imdb.com.
  17. ^ "Armageddon (1998)". imdb.com.
  18. ^ "The Drew Carey Show: Drew and the Racial Tension Play (January 2, 2000)". imdb.com.
  19. ^ "The Drew Carey Show: Kate Works For Drew (January 12, 2000)". imdb.com.
  20. ^ "The Drew Carey Show: Mimi Moves In (February 2, 2000)". imdb.com.
  21. ^ "The Drew Carey Show: Drew Goes To Hell (February 23, 2000)". imdb.com.
  22. ^ "The Drew Carey Show: What's Wrong With This Episode III (March 1, 2000)". imdb.com.
  23. ^ "The Drew Carey Show: Mr Wick Returns (April 2000)". imdb.com.
  24. ^ "Don't Forget Your Toothbrush". imdb.com.
  25. ^ "For Your Love: The Pregnant Pause (2000)". imdb.com.
  26. ^ "The Poof Point". imdb.com.
  27. ^ "Less Than Perfect: Getaway (February 15, 2005)". imdb.com.
  28. ^ "Fat Actress: Big Butts (March 7, 2005)". imdb.com.
  29. ^ "Fat Actress: Hold This (April 18, 2005)". imdb.com.
  30. ^ "House of Payne: Reunited and...It Don't Feel Good". imdb.com.
  31. ^ The Comedy Festival listing
  32. ^ "The Secret Life Of The American Teenager: And Circumstance (September 5, 2011)". imdb.com.
  33. ^ "The Secret Life Of The American Teenager: Defiance (April 2, 2012)". imdb.com.
  34. ^ "See Dad Run". imdb.com.
  35. ^ "Too Short: I Ain't Trippin". youtube.com.
  36. ^ "Bow Wow: Take Ya Home". youtube.com.
  37. ^ 314-340-8191, KEVIN C. JOHNSON • Post-Dispatch Pop Music Critic • kjohnson@post-dispatch.com •. "Comedian Mark Curry works on his craft out of the limelight". stltoday.com. Retrieved 2017-04-07.
  38. ^ Article – National News Archived 2008-04-20 at the Wayback Machine
  39. ^ "Mark Curry: Laughs kept him from suicide". USA Today.com. Retrieved February 14, 2007.
  40. ^ JET Magazine - April 23, 2007

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