Mark Metcalf

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Mark Metcalf
Mark Metcalf.jpg
Mark Metcalf in 2005
Born Mark Howes Metcalf
(1946-03-11) March 11, 1946 (age 71)
Findlay, Ohio, U.S.
Alma mater University of Michigan
Years active 1973–present
Spouse(s) Elizabeth Wick (1989-2005; divorced; 1 child)

Mark Howes Metcalf (born March 11, 1946) is an American television and film actor.

Early life[edit]

Metcalf was born in Findlay, Ohio. He attended Westfield High School in Westfield, New Jersey and is a graduate of the University of Michigan (BA 1968).


Film and television work[edit]

Metcalf is well-known for his role in the 1978 college comedy Animal House, where he played the sadistic ROTC leader Douglas C. Neidermeyer. He played a similar character in the Twisted Sister music videos "We're Not Gonna Take It", as the father, and "I Wanna Rock", as a high school teacher.

He portrayed another similar character in the 1996 movie The Stupids and the sitcom Teen Angel.[1] His other films included Julia (1977), Chilly Scenes of Winter (1979), Where the Buffalo Roam (1980), The Final Terror (1983), The Heavenly Kid (1985), One Crazy Summer (1986), Mr. North (1988), Oscar (1991) and Sorority Boys (2002).

In the police drama Hill Street Blues, Metcalf had an early key role in the first season as Officer Harris, often clashing with his partner Officer Santini. However, the role was cut short when Metcalf's character was murdered in the episode "Up in Arms".[2]

In the 1997–2003 television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spinoff, Angel, Metcalf played the ancient vampire supervillain, identified in the "BuffyVerse" as "The Master". Coincidentally, he also played a character called "the Maestro", whose real name was Robert "Bob" Cobb, on two episodes of Seinfeld.[3]

Theater work[edit]

Metcalf works at First Stage Children's Theater. One of the plays he performed in was called The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, based on the novel by Avi. Another play he appeared in at First Stage was Holes in the early 2000s. He is a frequent guest on the Bob and Brian show on WHQG and writes for Third Coast Digest.[4] He is also a volunteer champion for the Alzheimer's Association[5] and has written about the Alzheimer's documentary I Remember Better When I Paint.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Metcalf previously dated Glenn Close and Carrie Fisher.[7] He moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 2000.[8] Metcalf and his ex-wife, Libby, have one child, Julius. Metcalf lived in Bayside, Wisconsin until mid-2013 when he moved to Montana.

Contrary to popular belief, Mark is not related to actress Laurie Metcalf.[9]


  1. ^ Ikenberg, Tamara (June 27, 1998). 'Animals': Where are they now? Baltimore Sun
  2. ^ Gianakos, Larry James (1983). Television drama series programming: a comprehensive chronicle, 1980-1982. (Vol. 4) Scarecrow Press, ISBN 978-0-8108-1116-4
  3. ^ King, Susan (May 10, 1998). The Recurring Irregulars; 10 'Seinfeld' Visitors Not All There All the Time. Los Angeles Times
  4. ^ "Third Coast Digest". 
  5. ^ "Filmsnobbery interview with Mark Metcalf". 
  6. ^ "Moving Pictures: I Remember Better When I Paint". 
  7. ^ Sweeney, Nicole (February 2, 2006). When I Was 30: Mark Metcalf. Riding high on and off the stage. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  8. ^ Olson, Drew and Andy Tarnoff (February 22, 2008). Milwaukee Talks: Actor / restaurateur Mark Metcalf.
  9. ^ Pararocktv Let's Talk interview with Michael Johnson 9/16/2013

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