Mark Duplass

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Mark Duplass
Mark Duplass in October 2011
Mark David Duplass

(1976-12-07) December 7, 1976 (age 45)
  • Filmmaker
  • actor
  • writer
  • musician
Years active1996–present
OrganizationDuplass Brothers Productions
(m. 2006)
RelativesJay Duplass (brother)

Mark David Duplass (born December 7, 1976) is an American filmmaker, actor, writer, and musician. With his brother Jay Duplass he started film production company Duplass Brothers Productions in 1996. Duplas has written and directed the films The Puffy Chair (2005), Baghead (2008), Cyrus (2010), Jeff, Who Lives at Home (2011), and The Do-Deca-Pentathlon (2012). Duplass played the role of Pete Eckhart in the FX television series The League (2009–2015). He was also one of the stars of Safety Not Guaranteed (2012) with Aubrey Plaza.

Duplass co-wrote the horror film Creep (2014) and its 2017 sequel, and starred in both films. He co-wrote and co-produced the television anthology series Room 104 (2017–2020). Duplass has also appeared in Humpday (2009), Greenberg (2010), The Mindy Project (2012–2014), Tammy (2014), The One I Love (2014), The Lazarus Effect (2015), Togetherness (2015–2016), Blue Jay (2016), Tully (2018), Goliath (2018–2019), Paddleton (2019), Bombshell (2019), and Language Lessons (2021).

For The Morning Show (2019–present), Duplass received a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.[1]

Early life[edit]

Duplass was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, to Cynthia (née Ernst) and Lawrence Duplass.[2][3][4] He was raised as a Roman Catholic,[5][6] and attended Jesuit High School, University of Texas at Austin, and City University of New York-City College. Duplass is of Cajun ancestry.[7]


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[8] 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.[9] Their films Jeff, Who Lives at Home and The Do-Deca-Pentathlon were released in 2012.[10][11] In 2014, Mark co-wrote, produced and starred in the horror film Creep alongside Patrick Brice, appearing in the film as Josef.[12] In May 2016, it was announced that there would be a sequel to Creep.[13] Creep 2 was released in October 2017 which Duplass again co-wrote and starred in.

In 2009, Duplass starred 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] In 2015, both Mark and Jay Duplass via their Duplass Brothers Television banner signed a two-year overall deal with HBO.[15]

In 2018, Duplass was in a Wealthsimple commercial, he appeared in Tully and Duck Butter, and released his debut book Like Brothers alongside Jay Duplass.[16] He also starred as real estate developer Tom Wyatt in Season 2 of the Amazon Video series Goliath.

In 2019, Duplass starred in the Netflix comedy film, Paddleton,[17] in which he was also a co-writer and executive producer.

Other ventures[edit]

Duplass was the lead singer of the indie rock band Volcano, I'm Still Excited!![18] He also co-wrote the autobiographical book Like Brothers in 2018 with Jay Duplass.[19][20]

Personal life[edit]

Duplass is married to his The League and The Puffy Chair co-star, Katie Aselton.[21] They have two daughters, Ora (born 2007) and Molly (born 2012).[22]



Year Title Credited as
Director Writer Producer
2005 The Puffy Chair Uncredited Yes Yes
2008 Baghead Yes Yes Yes
2010 Cyrus Yes Yes No
2011 Jeff, Who Lives at Home Yes Yes No
2012 The Do-Deca-Pentathlon Yes Yes Yes
2012 Black Rock No Yes Executive
2014 Creep No Yes Yes
2016 Blue Jay No Yes No
2017 Table 19 No Story No
Creep 2 No Yes No
2018 Unlovable No Yes Executive
2019 Paddleton No Yes Executive
2021 Language Lessons No Yes Executive

Executive producer only


Year Title Credited as Notes
Director Executive
2014 Wedlock No Yes No
2015–16 Togetherness Yes Yes Yes Co-creator, writer 16 episodes, director 15 episodes
2016–18 Animals. No Yes No
2017–20 Room 104 Yes Yes Yes Co-creator, writer 27 episodes, director 3 episodes
2018 Co-Ed No Yes No
Evil Genius No Yes No Documentary series
Wild Wild Country No Yes No
2019 On Tour with Asperger's Are Us No Yes No
Shook No Yes No
2021 The Lady and the Dale No Yes No Documentary series
Sasquatch No Yes No
Cinema Toast No Yes No

Short films[edit]

Year Film Credited as Notes
Director Producer Writer
1996 Connect 5 No Yes No
2002 The New Brad No Yes Yes
2003 This Is John Yes Yes Yes
2004 Scrapple Yes Yes Yes
2005 The Intervention No Yes Yes
2011 Kevin No Yes No Documentary short
2020 The Ride No Executive No

Acting roles[edit]


Year Title Role Notes
2002 The New Brad Brad
2003 Brighter Days Jonathan
2004 Scrapple Todd
2005 The Puffy Chair Josh
The Intervention Mark
2007 Hannah Takes the Stairs Mike
2009 Other People's Parties Doug Rhineau
True Adolescents Sam
Humpday Ben
2010 Greenberg Eric Beller
Mars[23] Charlie Brownsville
2011 Your Sister's Sister Jack
2012 Safety Not Guaranteed Kenneth Calloway
Darling Companion Bryan Alexander
People Like Us Ted
Zero Dark Thirty Steve
2013 Parkland Kenneth O'Donnell
2014 Tammy Bobby
Convention Paul
Creep Josef
The One I Love Ethan
Mercy Uncle Lanning
2015 The Lazarus Effect[24] Frank Walton
2016 Blue Jay Jim Henderson
2017 Creep 2 Aaron
2018 Tully Craig Freehauf
Duck Butter Mark
Love Sonia Man in LA
2019 Paddleton Michael Thompson
Bombshell Douglas Brunt
2021 Language Lessons[25] Adam
7 Days Daddy (voice)


Year Title Role Notes
2009–2015 The League Pete Eckhart 84 episodes
2012–2017 The Mindy Project Brendan Deslaurier 22 episodes
2013 Maron Himself Episode: "A Real Woman"
2015–2016 Togetherness Brett Pierson 16 episodes
2015 Comedy Bang! Bang! Himself Episode: "Mark Duplass Wears a Striped Sweater and Jeans"
2016–2017 Animals. Various voices 3 episodes
2017 Comrade Detective Todd (voice) Episode: "Two Films for One Ticket"
Manhunt: Unabomber David Kaczynski 5 episodes
2017–2020 Big Mouth Val Bilzerian / Clerk (voice) 8 episodes
2018–2019 Goliath Tom Wyatt 9 episodes
2019–present The Morning Show Charlie "Chip" Black 10 episodes
2020 When the Streetlights Go On Mr. Carpenter 4 episodes
Room 104 Graham Husker Episode: "The Murderer"
2021 Calls Patrick (voice) Episode: "Pedro Across the Street"
2022 Pretzel And The Puppies Pretzel (voice) 8 episodes


Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Year Work Category Result Ref(s)
Golden Globe Awards 2022 The Morning Show Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated [26]
Screen Actors Guild Awards 2022 Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated [27]
Primetime Emmy Awards 2018 Wild Wild Country Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series Won [28]
2020 The Morning Show Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
Producers Guild of America Awards 2019 Wild Wild Country Outstanding Producer of Non-Fiction Television Nominated [29]
Satellite Awards 2019 Goliath Best Supporting Actor – Television Series Nominated [30]


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  2. ^ "The Week Ahead; Low budget and brotherly". Los Angeles Times. July 3, 2006. Retrieved August 24, 2012.[dead link]
  3. ^ King, Susan (July 6, 2006). "Puffy Chair carves out a living". Kansas City Star.[dead link]
  4. ^ "Mr. John Anthony Ernst, Jr. Obituary - Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home and Cemeteries". Retrieved August 24, 2012.
  5. ^ Hood, Shannon (March 19, 2013). "SXSW Interview: 'Cyrus' Directors Mark and Jay Duplass". The Flickcast. Retrieved August 24, 2012.
  6. ^ "Jay Duplass Talks Moving To The Mainstream At The 2011 Savannah Film Festival". Indiewire. March 2, 2012. Archived from the original on January 11, 2012. Retrieved August 24, 2012.
  7. ^ Lamble, David. "The Bay Area Reporter Online | Now playing & resonating". Retrieved August 24, 2012.
  8. ^ Dargis, Manohla (June 17, 2010). "Mommy Dearest, You're Mine Forever". The New York Times.
  9. ^ Needles, Tim. "5 Questions for the cast of the new film Cyrus". Short and Sweet NYC. Retrieved January 27, 2012.
  10. ^ Scott, A. O. (March 15, 2012). "Up From the Basement, Slacker Metaphysics". The New York Times.
  11. ^ Holden, Stephen (July 5, 2012). "Too Old for Sibling Rivalry? Never, Brothers Say". The New York Times.
  12. ^ Creep (2014), retrieved 2018-12-22
  13. ^ Duplass, Mark (2016-05-23). "CREEP 2 discussions have officially begun". @MarkDuplass. Retrieved 2018-12-22.
  14. ^ Holden, Stephen (July 5, 2012). "The Lazarus Effect". The New York Times.
  15. ^ Wagmeister, Elizabeth (2015-06-16). "Duplass Brothers Ink Overall Deal with HBO". Variety. Retrieved 2021-02-16.
  16. ^ "Like Brothers". Retrieved 2019-02-04.
  17. ^ Nordine, Michael (February 21, 2018). "The Duplass Brothers Shot a Secret Movie With Ray Romano as Part of a Four-Picture Deal With Netflix". Indiewire. Retrieved February 24, 2018.
  18. ^ "I'm Still Excited Volcano - Volcano, I'm Still Excited!! LP". CD Universe. Retrieved August 24, 2012.
  19. ^ Ryan, Patrick. "Mark and Jay Duplass explain their 'Togetherness' in fun new memoir, 'Like Brothers'". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2021-04-21.
  20. ^ "Like Brothers by Mark Duplass, Jay Duplass: 9781101967737 | Books". Retrieved 2021-04-21.
  21. ^ Freydkin, Donna (November 12, 2009). "Mark Duplass, Katie Aselton: In 'The League' and in love". USA Today. Retrieved January 18, 2010.
  22. ^ 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.
  23. ^ Rotten, Tomatoes (May 28, 2015). "Mars". Rotten Tomatoes.
  24. ^ Miska, Brad (July 5, 2012). "'The Lazarus Effect' Trailer Resurrects…Hell?!". BLOODYDISGUSTING.
  25. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy (2021-02-26). "'Language Lessons' Clip: Mark Duplass Shows Off His Spanish In Natalie Morales-Directed Berlin Premiere". Deadline. Retrieved 2022-02-10.
  26. ^ "Winners & Nominees 2022". Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Retrieved December 17, 2021.
  27. ^ "SAG Nominations: 'House of Gucci' and 'Power of the Dog' Score Big; 'Succession' and 'Ted Lasso' Lead TV". Variety. Retrieved 2022-01-12.
  28. ^ "Mark Duplass | Emmy Awards Wins and Nominations". Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved April 25, 2021.
  29. ^ McNary, Dave (January 4, 2019). "Producers Guild Awards Nominees Include 'Black Panther,' 'A Star Is Born,' 'Handmaid's Tale'". Variety. Retrieved April 25, 2021.
  30. ^ "2018 Winners | International Press Academy". International Press Academy. Retrieved April 25, 2021.

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