Mark Curry (actor)
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Curry in 2008.
Marcus G. Curry|
June 1, 1961
Oakland, California, U.S.
|Known for||Mark Cooper – Hangin' with Mr. Cooper|
Marcus G. Curry (born June 1, 1961), 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. Curry also served as one of the various hosts of the syndicated series It's Showtime at the Apollo during the early–1990s. 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
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 in Hayward, California. As a child, Curry was a participant at the East Oakland Youth Development Center (EOYDC), a local youth organization.
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 the 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 in two episodes of The Jamie Foxx Show as eccentric driving instructor Sergeant Easy. In addition, he 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 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 Curry's character 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 he 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, Curry had guest starring roles in Less Than Perfect and Fat Actress. On November 30, 2008, Curry performed a stand-up comedy routine on The Comedy Festival Laffapalooza Special, hosted by Tracy Morgan. 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. 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. In January 2014, the live action comedy series was 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.In 2018 Mark can be seen on Katt Williams 11:11 Tour as a special guest.
Curry was featured in music videos for Too Short's "I Ain't Trippin'" and Bow Wow's "Take Ya Home", where he played 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. 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."
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, but decided against it with the help of friends and fellow comedians, such as Sinbad and Bill Cosby. Curry 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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
- Historical Dictionary of African American Television - Mark Curry (1961-)
- Hollywood - Mark Curry
- TV Guide - Mark Curry
- Upscale: The Successful Black Magazine - 1994
- Who's Who Among African-Americans - Mark Curry
- The A to Z of African-American Television - Curry, Mark
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- "Mark Curry Biography".
- "EOYDC: A Beacon for Oakland Youth - Oakland Magazine - July-August 2009 - Oakland, California". www.oaklandmagazine.com. Retrieved 2018-01-22.
- The Comedy Festival listing
- 314-340-8191, KEVIN C. JOHNSON • Post-Dispatch Pop Music Critic • firstname.lastname@example.org •. "Comedian Mark Curry works on his craft out of the limelight". stltoday.com. Retrieved 2017-04-07.
- Article – National News Archived 2008-04-20 at the Wayback Machine.
- "Mark Curry: Laughs kept him from suicide". USA Today.com. Retrieved February 14, 2007.
- JET Magazine - April 23, 2007