Mark Hapka

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Mark Hapka
Mark Hapka 2010 Daytime Emmy Awards.jpg
Born (1982-05-29) May 29, 1982 (age 37)
Other namesMarc Hapka
Years active2007–present

Mark Hapka (born May 29, 1982) is an American film and television actor who first gained attention for portraying the lead role of the spirit 'Zach' on the Ghost Whisperer spin-off Ghost Whisperer: The Other Side.[1][2] Hapka is most notable for his previous role as Nathan Horton on the NBC soap opera Days of Our Lives.


Hapka was born in Buffalo, New York to Robert and Debbie Hapka.[3] (His parents have since divorced and both are remarried.) When Hapka was about 11 years old, his family moved to Rome, New York.[4] He is a 2000 graduate of Rome Free Academy,[5] and then went on to study music education and voice at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, New York.[4][6] In 2005, Hapka left Syracuse and moved to Los Angeles, California. He enrolled in acting classes at Playhouse West and worked in student films, before appearing in a 2006 showcase that won him representation.[2]

His surname is of Czech origin.


Hapka had his first credited role in James Franco's 2007 feature film Good Time Max, but is best known for his starring role as the spirit 'Zach' in 2007 and 2008 in the television series Ghost Whisperer: The Other Side and Ghost Whisperer.[7][8] He won the role when producers Kim Moses and Ian Sander chose him as a 'fresh face' with an 'It Guy' quality.[2][9] Following this, he appeared in the television series Greek and had a minor role on Days of Our Lives as an older Johnny DiMera.[10] In 2009, he appeared in the films Second Sight and Midgets Vs. Mascots. Also in 2009, he had a recurring role in the television series Hannah Montana and also appeared on Cold Case. In June 2009, Hapka returned to Days of Our Lives when he was cast in the contract role of Nathan Horton. Soap Opera Digest reported on January 7, 2011 that he was let go from the show. Hapka has starring roles in the upcoming films The Danny McKay Project, where he portrays the title character Danny McKay,[2] and Beyond the Mat.[11]



  1. ^ Shattuck, Kathryn. "Mark Hapka". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-06-28.
  2. ^ a b c d Kuhn, Sarah (May 9, 2007). "Break On Through". Backstage. Archived from the original on May 22, 2007. Retrieved 2009-06-28.
  3. ^ Farrell, Kim (March 11, 2009). "Rising star from Rome lands role as Hannah's beau". Rome Sentinel. Archived from the original on April 22, 2010. Retrieved April 22, 2010.
  4. ^ a b Pergament, Alan (November 17, 2009). "Mark Hapka lives the actor's life, one 'Day' at a time". The Buffalo News. Archived from the original on January 18, 2013. Retrieved April 22, 2010.
  5. ^ Farrell, Kim (June 16, 2009). "Former Roman stirs up soap opera Wednesday". Rome Sentinel. Archived from the original on April 22, 2010. Retrieved April 22, 2010.
  6. ^ "Mark Hapka (Nathan, DAYS)". Soap Opera Digest. Source Interlink Media. Retrieved April 22, 2010.
  7. ^ Martindale, Stone (January 18, 2008). "'Ghost Whisperer: The Other Side II' web companion series". Monsters & Critics. Archived from the original on August 12, 2011. Retrieved 2009-06-28.
  8. ^ "'Ghost Whisperer: The Other Side II' heats up with a new character". Monsters & Critics. January 31, 2008. Archived from the original on June 14, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-28.
  9. ^ "'Ghost Whisperer' Visits 'The Other Side'". Teen Television. March 29, 2007. Retrieved 2009-06-28.[permanent dead link]
  10. ^ "Mark Hapka chats with". June 15, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-28.
  11. ^ Plath, James (January 14, 2009). " staffer-screenwriter breaks through". Archived from the original on January 23, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-28.

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