Mark Pellegrino

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Mark Pellegrino
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Pellegrino at the Phoenix Comicon in 2016
Mark Ross Pellegrino

(1965-04-09) April 9, 1965 (age 57)
Years active1987–present
Notable work13 Reasons Why
American Rust
Being Human
Far Cry 5
The Closer
The Returned
The Tomorrow People
Tracy Pellegrino
(m. 2008)
Children2 Step-children

Mark Ross Pellegrino (born April 9, 1965) is an American actor of film and television. He is best known for his work as Lucifer in Supernatural, Paul Bennett in Dexter, Jacob in Lost, James Bishop in Being Human, Clayton Haas in ABC's thriller Quantico, and Deputy Bill Standall in 13 Reasons Why.

Early life[edit]

Mark Pellegrino is a German-American born in Los Angeles, California.

He went to a Notre Dame High School. Through this school he started to respect the act of studying.[1]

He grew up in Van Nuys, California. During this time he went to college, got straight As, worked at a gas station, and then proceeded to drop out after a year. After he dropped out he realized he needed to do something with his life and saw an advertisement for a modeling agency at a place called John Roberts Powers, where he received some free training for a while. During his training there he was picked out for talent by commercial agent Bob Hoover. He was set up with an agent and acting coaches. From there he was sent out into the world of acting and discovered the Meisner acting method. He had no dream to become an actor at the time.[2]

His biological father's name is Jerry who is of German descent. He had a step-father named Bill Pellegrino who his mother divorced when he was two years old. He went through his whole life thinking Bill was his biological father. To gather more information about his background he did a search on to find out his heritage. He found out through the website he did not have any Italian blood in his DNA. Before the COVID pandemic he asked fans of TV show Supernatural on Twitter[3] if they be interested in finding his real father. Within an hour of posting his father was found along with the knowledge of having two sisters and three brothers.[4][5]


Pellegrino's first appearance into television was on season 2, episode 2 of the series L.A. Law.

Some of his earlier appearances are also in Northern Exposure, ER, Without a Trace, NYPD Blue, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. He played the Blonde Treehorn Thug #2 who stuffs The Dude's head down the toilet and drops his bowling ball, breaking the floor tile, in the cult film The Big Lebowski. In 1999 he appeared in season 7, episode 3 of The X-Files as a disgruntled fast food joint employee. He was featured in National Treasure as the background FBI agent known as Agent Johnson.

He portrayed terrorist bomber Bobby James on The Beast. In 2001 he played a hitman in David Lynch's critically acclaimed Mulholland Drive.

In 2005 he appeared in the Academy Award winning film Capote, playing murderer Dick Hickock.

In 2006 he played Sadik Marku, an Albanian mob boss, in two episodes of Without a Trace. The first episode was in season 4, episode 22 where he guest starred alongside Mark Sheppard who played Crowley in Supernatural. The second episode was in season 5, episode 5 where he guest starred alongside Rachel Miner who played Meg Masters also which is a role in Supernatural.

In March 2009 he was cast on the ABC series Lost for an appearance in the final 2 episodes of Season 5, to play the role of the mysterious Jacob. Although the press release for the episode refers to his character simply as Man No. 1, the episode revealed that he portrayed Jacob, a mysterious character pivotal to the show's plot.

On June 26, 2009, it was also announced that he was cast in a recurring role as Lucifer in season 5 of the CW series Supernatural. He played a recurring role as Lucifer in season 7, and a main role as his character in seasons 12 and 13. He played a main role in season 14 as Nick, Lucifer's vessel, and was a special guest in season 15.

Mark Pellegrino at Calgary Expo 2015

In 2011 he portrayed James Bishop, the leader of a vampire clan based in Boston, in the SyFy horror series Being Human in the first season, and reprised his role in seasons 2-4 as a recurring guest.[6]

In 2011 he and Curtis Armstrong, who played Metatron on Supernatural, guest starred alongside each other as well as their characters being enemy lawyers in season 7 of The Closer.

In 2012 he played a man that took a hit out on his wife, who also took one out on him, Daniel Drake in season 2, episode 8 of Person of Interest.

In 2015 he joined the ABC thriller series Quantico playing the recurring role of Clayton Haas.[7]

In 2018 he voiced and motion captured his first video game role as antagonist Jacob Seed in one Ubisoft's Far Cry 5.

In 2021 he played Virgil Poe in Showtime's American Rust series, a show based on the novel of the same name written by Philipp Meyer.

In September 2022, he was announced to play an unknown role in Beverly Hills Cop: Axel Foley.[8]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Tracy Pellegrino.[9] He sometimes teaches at Playhouse Paris, which is a Meisner training school his wife owns and runs in Paris, France.[10]

His favorite thing to do in the world is to teach[11] history.[12]

He is an atheist.[13]

He is a follower of Objectivism, a philosophy created by Russian-American writer Ayn Rand.[14] Before that he used to be an environmentalist and a registered Democrat,[15] One of the ways he spreads Rand's views is through a YouTube platform called the Ayn Rand Centre UK.[16]

He has described his political views as classical liberalism.[17]

He is a co-founder of The American Capitalist Party.[18][19] Which is a party that stands for individual rights, limited consitutional government, and laisse-faire captalistm.[20]



Year Title Role Notes
1987 Fatal Beauty Frankenstein Film
1987 Death Wish 4: The Crackdown Punk Film
1988 What Price Victory TV Movie
1989 No Holds Barred Randy Thomas Film
1989 Night Life Allen Patumbo Film
1990 Prayer of the Rollerboys Bango Film
1991 Blood & Concrete / Blood & Concrete: A Love Story Bartholomew “Bart” Daniels Film
1991 Inside Out Jack Film - Segment "Doubletalk" - Misspelled Name as "Mark Pelligrino"
1992 Lethal Weapon 3 Billy Phelps Film
1992 Mission of Justice The Gauntlet Fighter Film
1993 Trouble Bound Deputy Roy Film
1993 Midnight Witness Robert “Robbie/Rob” Patterson Film
1993 Class of '61 Skinner TV Movie
1993 Bank Robber Motorcycle Cop Ted Film
1994 Knight Rider 2010 Robert Lee TV Movie
1994 F.T.W Deputy Jimmy Sommers Film
1996 Dick Richards The Boy Toy Film - Short
1996 For Life or Death / Soul of the Avenger Earl Stockman Film - Misspelled Name as "Mark Pelligrino"
1996 Little Surprises Jack TV Movie
1996 The Cherokee Kid Frank Bonner TV Movie
1997 Born Into Exile Walter, Owner of Eatery TV Movie
1997 The Lost World: Jurassic Park Tourist #6 Film - Deleted Scene
1997 Movies Kill Film
1997 The Temple of Phenomenal Things Dodd Film
1997 Macon County Jail Dan Oldum Film
1998 The Big Lebowski Blonde Treehorn Thug #2 Film
1998 A Murder of Crows Professor Arthur Corvus Film
1999 Clubland Lipton T Film - Misspelled name as "Matt Pellegrino"
1999 Certain Guys Cal Film
1999 Word of Mouth Darrow Film - Credited As "Robert Rand"
1999 Honest Injun Film
2000 House of Love Neil Film - Credited as "Henry Taggert"[21]
2000 Lost in the Pershing Point Hotel Tripper Film
2000 Drowning Mona Murphy "Murph" Calzone Film
2000 Something Else Julian Film - Short
2001 Say It Isn't So Jimmy Mitchelson Film
2001 Mulholland Drive Joe Messing Film
2001 Fault Lines Film
2001 Monsters Sally Spinelli Film
2002 The Killer Next Door / Ronnie Keith Schwann Film
2002 Mother Ghost The Waiter Film - Misspelled Name as "Mark Pellagrino"
2002 Treading Water The Actor Film
2002 Astronauts Hollywood TV Movie
2003 Moving Alan Alan Kennard Film
2003 The Hunted Dale Hewitt Film
2003 Zelda Reginald Beasley Film - Short
2004 Spartan Convict Film
2004 Twisted Jimmy Schmidt Film
2004 National Treasure FBI Agent Johnson Film
2004 NYPD 2069 Phil Pavelka Film
2005 Ellie Parker Justin Film
2005 Capote Richard Eugene "Dick" Hickock Film
2006 Caffeine Tom Film
2007 The Number 23 Kyle Flinch Film
2007 Suspect Jack Lambroso TV Movie
2008 The Last Days of Limbo Cardinal Reynolds Film - Short
2008 The Coverup / The Thacker Case Ron Pebble Film
2009 An American Affair Graham Caswell Film
2009 Two:Thirteen John Tyler Film
2009 Disappearing In America The Bodyguard Film - Misspelled Name as "Mark Pellligrino" in Opening Credits
2011 Joint Body / The Bandit Nick Burke Film
2011 Last Words Colonel Carter Film - Short
2011 Locke & Key Rendell Locke TV Movie
2011 Bad Meat Doug Kendrew Film
2011 Post Mark Film
2012 Hemingway & Gellhorn Max Eastman TV Movie
2013 Game Changer Bruce Film - Short
2013 Bad Turn Worse / We Gotta Get Out Of This Place Giff Film
2013 The Trials of Cate McCall Detective Robert Welch Film
2015-2018 The Hillywood Show Dancer / Slimer Supernatural Parody[22]

Supernatural Parody 2[23]

2018 Beirut Cal Riley Film
2023 Mis/Identity Not yet released The Overseer Upcoming Film - Short
TBD Strangers in a Strange Land Not yet released Grungy Man Upcoming Film
TBD Beverly Hills Cop: Axel Foley Not yet released TBA Upcoming Film


Year Title Role Notes
1987 L.A. Law Punk Season 2 Episode 2 - "The Wizard of Odds"
1989 Doogie Howser, M.D. Dude Season 1 Episode 9 - "She Ain't Heavy, She's My Cousin"
1990 Hunter John Reynolds Season 6 Episode 10 - "Brotherly Love"
1990 Tales from the Crypt Punk Season 2 Episode 2 - "The Switch"
1992 Northern Exposure Rolf Hauser Season 4 Episode 3 - "Nothing's Perfect"
1992 The Hat Squad Daniel Wilson "D.W." Strong Season 1 Episode 4 - "Family Business"
1993 The Commish Joe "Joey" Lund Season 2 Episode 18 - "The Ides of March"
1994 Viper Yuri Season 1 Episode 1 - "Pilot"
1994 Renegade Cletus Freed Season 3 Episode 18 - "Living Legend"
1995 Marker Charles "Chuck" Calder Season 1 Episode 9 - "The Pink Unicorn"
1995 Deadly Games Ross Logan Season 1 Episode 8 - "Car Mechanic"
1996 ER Nathan Conley Season 2 Episode 14 - "The Right Thing"
1996 Nash Bridges Ferguson Season 1 Episode 1 - "Genesis"
1996 The Sentinel Ray Weston Season 2 Episode 2 - "Out of the Past"
1997-2002 NYPD Blue Frank Watkins / Stanley Struel /

Steve Dansick

Season 5 Episode 6 - "Dead Man Talking"

Season 6 Episode 4 - "Brother's Keeper"

Season 9 Episode 22 - "Better Laid Than Never Part 1"

Season 9 Episode 23 - "Better Laid Than Never Part 2"

1998 Brimstone Robert Busch Season 1 Episode 8 - "Ashes"
1999 The X-Files Derwood Spinks Season 7 Episode 3 - "Hungry"
2001 The Beast Bobby James / Robert Tibideau Season 1 Episode 1 - "The Price"

Season 1 Episode 2 - "The Damage Done"

Season 1 Episode 3 - "The Delivery"

2001 Thieves Bill Season 1 Episode 5 - "The General"
2002 Crossing Jordan Keith Walker Season 1 Episode 16 - "Lost and Found"
2003-2011 CSI: Miami Jed Gold / Greg Calomar Season 2 Episode 6 - "Hurricane Anthony"

Season 9 Episode 18 - "About Face"

2003 The Practice Herrick Smoltz Season 7 Episode 13 - "Character Evidence"
2005-2009 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Elliot Perolta / Bruno Curtis Season 6 Episode 5 - "Gum Drops" - (Possibly Deleted Scene)

Season 9 Episode 24 - "All In"

2006 The Unit Gary Soto Season 1 Episode 11 - "Exposure"
2006 Without a Trace Sadik Marku Season 4 Episode 22 - "Requiem"

Season 5 Episode 5 - "The Damage Done"

2006–2007 Dexter Paul Bennett Recurring Role - (Seasons 1-2, 8 Episodes)
2007 Burn Notice Quentin King Season 1 Episode 2 - "Identity"
2007 Grey's Anatomy Chris Season 4 Episode 1 - "A Change Is Gonna Come"
2007 Women's Murder Club Sam Johannes Season 1 Episode 5 - "Maybe Baby"
2007 K-Ville Quentin Season 1 Episode 6 - "AKA"
2008 Knight Rider Walter "Walt" Cooperton Season 1 Episode 5 - "Knight of the Hunter"
2008-2012 Chuck Fulcrum Agent / Hector Season 2 Episode 7 - "Chuck Versus the Fat Lady"
Season 5 Episode 13 - "Chuck Versus the Goodbye"
2008 Numb3rs Tim Hamer Season 5 Episode 8 - "Thirty-Six Hours"
2008 Prison Break Patrick Vikan Season 4 Episode 13 - "Deal or No Deal"
Season 4 Episode 14 - "Just Business"
2008 Criminal Minds Lieutenant Evans Season 4 Episode 10 - "Brothers in Arms"
2009 Fear Itself Mr. Drake Season 1 Episode 11 - "The Spirit Box"
2009 Ghost Whisperer Ben Tillman Season 4 Episode 18 - "Leap of Faith"
2009–2020 Supernatural Nick / Lucifer Recurring Role (Seasons 5, 7, 11, 13 Episodes)
Main Role (Seasons 12–14, 24 Episodes)
Special Guest (Season 15, 1 Episode)
2009 The Philanthropist Walter Kerabatsos Season 1 Episode 6 - "San Diego"
2009 The Mentalist Von McBride Season 2 Episode 4 - "Red Menace"
2009–2010 Lost Jacob Recurring Role (Seasons 5-6, 7 Episodes)
2011 Breakout Kings Virgil Downing Season 1 Episode 10 - "Paid in Full"
2011-2014 Being Human James Bishop Main Role (Season 1,10 Episodes)

Recurring Role (Seasons 2-4, 5 Episodes)

2011 The Closer Gavin Q. Baker III Recurring Role (Season 7, 6 Episodes)
2012 Castle Tom Dempsey / Tom Dempsey III Season 4 Episode 14 - "The Blue Butterfly"
2012 Grimm Jarold Kempfer Season 2 Episode 3 - "Bad Moon Rising"
2012 Revolution Jeremy Baker Season 1 Episode 3 - "No Quarter"

Season 1 Episode 10 - "Nobody's Fault But Mine"

Season 1 Episode 15 - "Home"

Season 1 Episode 17 - "The Longest Day"

2012 Person of Interest Daniel "Danny" Drake Season 2 Episode 8 - "'Til Death"
2013–2014 The Tomorrow People Jedikiah Price Main Role - 1 Season Only, 22 Episodes
2015 Chicago P.D. Jim Anderoff Season 2 Episode 12 - "Disco Bob"
2015 The Returned Jack Winship Main Role - 1 Season Only, 10 Episodes
2015–2016 Quantico Executive Assistant Director to the FBI Clayton Haas Recurring Role (Season 1, 11 Episodes)
2017–2020 13 Reasons Why Deputy Bill Standall Recurring Role (Seasons 1–3, 17 Episodes)
Main Role (Season 4, 10 Episodes)
2021-TBD American Rust Virgil Poe Main Role (Season 1, 9 Credited Episodes - Only Appears In 6)

Main Role (Season 2, Episodes TBD Not yet released)

2021 9-1-1 Mitchell Trent Season 5 Episode 6 - "Brawl in Cell Block 9-1-1"
2022 The Rookie: Feds Victor Quincannon (FBI Wanted Picture Only) / Walter Krebs / Logan Hess Season 1 Episode 2 - "Face Off"
TBD Class of '09 Not yet released TBA Upcoming Original Hulu Show
TBD Underdeveloped[24]Not yet released Nader Upcoming Limited TV Series

Video Games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2018 Far Cry 5 Jacob Seed Video Game Voice and Motion Capture Performance
2019 Anthem Grandmaster Adams Video Game Voice[25]


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