Mark Duplass

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Mark Duplass
Duplass in October 2011
Born Mark David Duplass
(1976-12-07) December 7, 1976 (age 40)
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
  • Film director
  • producer
  • screenwriter
  • actor
  • musician
Years active 1996–present
Spouse(s) Katie Aselton (2006–present)
Children 2
Relatives Jay Duplass (brother)

Mark David Duplass (born December 7, 1976) is an American film director, film producer, actor, musician, and screenwriter. He is the brother of director, writer, and actor Jay Duplass. Together, the brothers started the film production company Duplass Brothers Productions, and have directed films such as The Puffy Chair (2005), Jeff, Who Lives at Home (2011), and The Do-Deca-Pentathlon (2012). Mark and Jay co-created the HBO television series Togetherness in 2015. He is married to his The League co-star Katie Aselton.

Personal life[edit]

Duplass was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, to Cynthia (née Ernst) and Lawrence Duplass.[1][2][3] He was raised as a Roman Catholic,[4][5] and attended Jesuit High School, University of Texas at Austin, and City University of New York-City College. Duplass is of part Cajun ancestry.[6]

Duplass is married to his The League co-star, Katie Aselton.[7] They have two daughters, Molly (born 2012) and Ora Duplass (born December 24, 2007).[8] He was also the lead singer of the rock band Volcano, I'm Still Excited!![9]


Duplass has written, directed, and produced several feature films with his brother Jay Duplass. In 2005, he wrote and produced The Puffy Chair with his brother, in addition to portraying one of the main characters.

The two brothers later wrote, directed, and produced the films Baghead (2008) and Cyrus (2010) together[10] and have a unique style which consists of a great deal of ad-libbing off of the original script, shooting a number of takes, and editing scenes down 15 to 20 times.[11] Their films Jeff, Who Lives at Home and The Do-Deca-Pentathlon were released in 2012.[12][13] He stars in the FX comedy television series The League, with his wife, Katie Aselton. In 2015, the HBO series Togetherness debuted, which was created by and stars Duplass. That same year, Duplass co-starred with Evan Peters and Olivia Wilde in David Gelb's thriller film The Lazarus Effect.[14]



Year Title Credited as
Director Producer Writer
1996 Connect 5 No Yes** No
2005 The Puffy Chair Uncredited Yes Yes
2008 Baghead Yes Yes Yes
2010 Cyrus Yes No Yes
2010 Bass Ackwards No Yes* No
2012 The Freebie No Yes* No
2012 Lovers of Hate No Yes* No
2011 Jeff, Who Lives at Home Yes No Yes
2012 Your Sister's Sister No Yes* No
2012 The Do-Deca-Pentathlon Yes Yes Yes
2012 Safety Not Guaranteed No Yes* No
2012 Black Rock No Yes* Yes
2014 Creep No Yes** Yes
2014 The One I Love No Yes* No
2014 The Skeleton Twins No Yes* No
2015 Togetherness Yes Yes* Yes
2015 The Lazarus Effect No Yes* No
2015 6 Years No Yes* No
2016 Animals. No Yes* No
2016 Blue Jay No No Yes
2017 Table 19 No No Yes
2017 Creep 2 No No Yes

Independent and short film[edit]

Year Film Type Credited as
Director Producer Writer
2002 The New Brad Short film No Yes Yes
2003 This Is John Short film Yes Yes Yes
2004 Scrapple Short film Yes Yes Yes
2005 The Intervention Short film No Yes Yes
2011 Kevin Documentary short No Yes No

As actor[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2002 The New Brad Brad
2003 Brighter Days Jonathan
2004 Scrapple Todd
2005 The Puffy Chair Josh
2005 The Intervention Mark
2007 Hannah Takes the Stairs Mike
2009 Other People's Parties Doug Rhineau
2009 True Adolescents Sam
2009 Humpday Ben
2009–15 The League Pete Eckhart
2010 Greenberg Eric Beller
2010 Mars[15] Charlie Brownsville
2011 Your Sister's Sister Jack
2012 Safety Not Guaranteed Kenneth Calloway
2012 Darling Companion Bryan Alexander
2012 People Like Us Ted
2012 Zero Dark Thirty Steve
2012–16 The Mindy Project Brendan Deslaurier
2013 Parkland Kenneth O'Donnell
2013 Maron Himself
2014 Tammy Bobby
2014 Convention Paul
2014 Creep Josef
2014 The One I Love Ethan
2014 Mercy Uncle Lanning
2015 The Lazarus Effect[16] Frank Walton
2015–16 Togetherness Brett Pierson
2015 Comedy Bang! Bang! Himself
2016 Animals. Non-Earring (voice)
2016 Blue Jay Jim Henderson
2017 Tully Post-production
2017 Creep 2 Josef Post-production
2017 Love Sonia Post-production



  1. ^ "The Week Ahead; Low budget and brotherly". Los Angeles Times. July 3, 2006. Retrieved August 24, 2012. 
  2. ^ King, Susan (July 6, 2006). "Puffy Chair carves out a living". Kansas City Star. 
  3. ^ "Mr. John Anthony Ernst, Jr. Obituary - Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home and Cemeteries". Retrieved August 24, 2012. 
  4. ^ Hood, Shannon (March 19, 2010). "SXSW Interview: 'Cyrus' Directors Mark and Jay Duplass". The Flickcast. Retrieved August 24, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Jay Duplass Talks Moving To The Mainstream At The 2011 Savannah Film Festival". Indiewire. March 2, 2012. Retrieved August 24, 2012. 
  6. ^ Lamble, David. "The Bay Area Reporter Online | Now playing & resonating". Retrieved August 24, 2012. 
  7. ^ Freydkin, Donna (November 12, 2009). "Mark Duplass, Katie Aselton: In 'The League' and in love". USA Today. Retrieved January 18, 2010. 
  8. ^ D'Addario, Daniel (March 14, 2012). "Mark and Jay, Who Live in L.A.: The Post-Mumblecore Duplass Brothers Grow Up". The New York Observer. 
  9. ^ "I'm Still Excited Volcano - Volcano, I'm Still Excited!! LP". CD Universe. Retrieved August 24, 2012. 
  10. ^ Dargis, Manohla (June 17, 2010). "Mommy Dearest, You're Mine Forever". The New York Times. 
  11. ^ Needles, Tim. "5 Questions for the cast of the new film Cyrus". Short and Sweet NYC. Retrieved January 27, 2012. 
  12. ^ Scott, A. O. (March 15, 2012). "Up From the Basement, Slacker Metaphysics". The New York Times. 
  13. ^ Holden, Stephen (July 5, 2012). "Too Old for Sibling Rivalry? Never, Brothers Say". The New York Times. 
  14. ^ Holden, Stephen (July 5, 2012). "The Lazarus Effect". The New York Times. 
  15. ^ Rotten, Tomatoes (May 28, 2015). "'Mars'". Rotten Tomatoes. 
  16. ^ Miska, Brad (July 5, 2012). "'The Lazarus Effect' Trailer Resurrects…Hell?!". The New York Times. 

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