Mark Meer

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Mark Meer
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Mark Meer at the 50-Hour London Improvathon in 2011.
Born Edmonton, Alberta
Nationality Canadian
Occupation Actor, writer, improvisor

Mark Meer is a Canadian actor, writer and improvisor, based in Edmonton, Alberta. He is internationally known for his role in the Mass Effect trilogy, in which he stars as the voice of the male version of the player character, Commander Shepard. His voice is featured in a number of other games from BioWare Corp., notably the Baldur's Gate and Dragon Age series. Meer stars as the voice of the player character William Mackenzie in The Long Dark from Hinterland Studio, which also features his Mass Effect counterpart, Jennifer Hale. He also works in animation, providing the voice for several characters in a series of cartoon shorts produced by Rantdog Animation Studios, and the voice of Horse in the Captain Canuck web series starring Kris Holden-Reid and Tatiana Maslany.

Meer is a core company member of the Canadian Comedy Award-winning live improvised soap opera Die-Nasty, and was the first performer to complete the annual 53-hour long Die-Nasty Soap-A-Thon without sleep.[1] He is a longtime member of Rapid Fire Theatre, a founder of the sketch comedy/improv troupe Gordon's Big Bald Head, and performs regularly at Edmonton's Varscona Theatre. He is a performer and writer on CBC Radio's sketch comedy program The Irrelevant Show and APTN's CAUTION: May Contain Nuts, and is a co-creator, writer and star of Super Channel's Tiny Plastic Men.[2]

In 2005, Meer was nominated for an Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award for co-writing the surreal sketch comedy show, Lobster Telephone (in which he also played Salvador Dalí), with the ladies of Panties Productions. In 2006, he was honored with the Sterling Award for Outstanding Performance By An Actor In A Supporting Role for playing multiple roles in Helen's Necklace, produced by Shadow Theatre. In 2011, he was nominated for five Canadian Comedy Awards, including Best Male Improvisor, for which he was also nominated in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.[3][4] In December 2012, Mark Meer was voted Edmontonian of the Year in an online poll held by Gig City, an Edmonton arts and entertainment website.[5][6] Tiny Plastic Men, which Meer co-created and writes for Canada's Super Channel, has been nominated at the Canadian Screen Awards for Best Comedy Series in 2014, 2015, and 2016, and Meer himself was nominated for the CSA for Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Comedic Role in 2015 for his work on the show. [7] In 2016, Meer won the AMPIA Award for Best Performance by an Actor for the Tiny Plastic Men episode "Crisis on Infinite Octobers". [8] [9]

Meer appeared at Dragon*Con 2012 cosplaying as Commander Shepard, his most famous character. Though his attendance was not publicly advertised, some fans immediately recognized him.[10]

Meer is married to Belinda Cornish, an actress who has done work in BioWare games as well, most notably voicing Rana Thanoptis in the Mass Effect series, and Goldanna and The Baroness in the Dragon Age series. Cornish also co-stars with Meer in Tiny Plastic Men, and been nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for her work on the show. [11]

Filmography[edit]

Video games[edit]

All roles listed are voice roles and for the English versions where applicable.

Title Year Role(s) Notes
Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn 2000 Bhaal Cleric
Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal 2001 Cyric, Additional Roles
Neverwinter Nights 2002 Orc Shaman, Balor Demon, Additional Roles
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 2003 Carth (demo only)
Neverwinter Nights: Hordes of the Underdark 2003 Durnan, Additional Roles
Jade Empire 2005 Zhong the Ox-Carrier, The Watcher, Lotus Assassin, Additional Roles
Mass Effect 2007 Commander Shepard, Additional Roles
Dragon Age: Origins 2009 Athras, Gatekeeper, Werewolf, Unscrupulous Merchant, Pearl Dwarf Companion, Additional Roles
Mass Effect 2 2010 Commander Shepard, Niftu Cal, Vorcha, Prazza, Additional Roles
Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening 2010 The Withered, The Lost, The First, The Herald, Additional Roles
Dragon Age II 2011 Jethann, Hybris, Additional Roles
Mass Effect 3 2012 Commander Shepard, Blasto, Vorcha, Additional Roles
Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition 2012 Rassad yn Bashir, Baeloth, Elan Garaq, Ghlouralk, Adoy, Goblin, Additional Roles
Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition 2013 Rassad yn Bashir, Baeloth, Additional Roles
Dragon Age: Inquisition 2014 Cabot, Lyrium Merchant, Red Templar, Additional Voices
The Long Dark 2015 William Mackenzie
Baldur's Gate: Siege of Dragonspear 2016 Rassad yn Bashir, Baeloth, Volghiln, Adoy, Einar, Bertram, Additional Roles

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ward, Dave (2010-01-11). "Mark Meer Interview". RPG Site. RPG Site. Retrieved 2011-07-19. 
  2. ^ Staff (2011-06-09). "Edmonton Dominates Canadian Comedy Awards". Gig City. Gig City: Edmonton's Daily Entertainment Source. Retrieved 2011-07-19. 
  3. ^ Nichols, Liz (2012-06-07). "Mark Meer: The Country's Best Improv Guy?". The Edmonton Journal. CanWest. Retrieved 2012-07-14. 
  4. ^ Ross, Mike (2013-06-13). "Mark Meer tops list of Canadian Comedy Awards nominations". Gig City. Gig City: Edmonton's Daily Entertainment Source. Retrieved 2013-06-14. 
  5. ^ Ross, Mike (2012-12-31). "Mark Meer elected Edmontonian of the Year in landslide victory". Gig City. Gig City: Edmonton's Daily Entertainment Source. Retrieved 2013-01-05. 
  6. ^ Nichols, Liz (2014-06-18). "Mark Meer: Edmonton's leaders of laughter snag nominations in annual Canadian Comedy Awards". The Edmonton Journal. CanWest. Retrieved 2014-06-25. 
  7. ^ Simon, Houpt (2015-01-15). "Mommy, Maps to the Stars set for showdown at Canadian Screen Awards". The Globe and Mail. CanWest. Retrieved 2015-01-15. 
  8. ^ Griwkowsky, Fish (2016-05-07). "Edmonton filmmakers celebrate Rosie wins". The Edmonton Journal. Postmedia Network. Retrieved 2016-05-08. 
  9. ^ Volmers, Eric (2016-05-08). "Diablo, Hell on Wheels and Fargo win big at the Alberta Film and Television Awards". The Calgary Herald. Postmedia Network. Retrieved 2016-05-08. 
  10. ^ Narcisse, Evan (2012-09-04). "That's Not A Cosplayer, That's Actually Commander Shepard!". kotaku.com. Kodak. Retrieved 2012-11-24. 
  11. ^ Furdyk, Brent (2016-01-09). "Canadian Screen Awards Nominees Announced". ET Canada. Global. Retrieved 2016-05-09. 

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