Mark originally hails from a very small town in Massachusetts. The population is only 1,500, which is considered small, but it's almost the size of Los Angeles...can you imagine! Even though Mark was raised in Massachusetts, he was actually born in Japan as his parents lived there for about 3 years working on an Army base. His father was a Specialist (SP4/SPC) working as a Music Professor and his mother worked for the U.S. Government. Mark was born mid-way through their stay in Japan and then the family moved back to Massachusetts about a year and a half after Mark was born. Mark also has a younger brother who was born four years later.
Mark has been studying acting since the age of 16 and started commuting over 90 miles to begin taking classes in Boston, MA and Hartford, CT at the age of 17. He won the high school drama award his senior year at the age of 18. Mark continued to study acting in college at the University of Massachusetts while simultaneously studying the technical side of the business, learning camera, audio, editing, chyron, directing, and producing. While attending college, Mark had the fortunate opportunity to do TWO back-to-back internships at a television station on Cape Cod, which was unprecedented at the time as it had never been done by a student at UMASS. Mark was able to convince his Mentor and the Dean that the learning experience was invaluable and thus was granted the second internship. After graduating from UMASS, Mark started working for a local ABC affiliate in Springfield, MA and worked there for about a year before deciding that it was time to head to Hollywood to pursue acting.
After moving to Los Angeles, Mark broke into the entertainment business almost immediately working as an Executive Assistant for over ten years to several Presidents and Vice Presidents at most of the major studios, including 20th Century Fox, Paramount, Sony Pictures, Warner Bros, MGM, and Turner Broadcasting (Cartoon Network, TBS, and TNT).
In the mid 1990's, Mark had a lucky break in having the great opportunity to be Personal Assistant to movie legend Faye Dunaway for about a year. Being around her was an honor, learning so much about the business in such a short amount of time. The time spent working with and learning from her was invaluable to say the least. Mark also had the funny coincidence of ending up in People Magazine, being mentioned in an article written about Faye's career. That was definitely a fantastic surprise! Not only that, but Ms. Dunaway was the one who actually helped Mark get his SAG card by getting him a part in her movie Dunston Checks In! That is something he will always be grateful for and will never forget. Thanks Faye! :)
Throughout his time here in Los Angeles, Mark has continued to take acting classes to hone and sharpen his acting skills. After joining SAG (now SAG-AFTRA), Mark took that opportunity to enhance his studies and attends many acting and casting seminars offered through SAG-AFTRA to continue to learn and grow as an actor and to get in front of top casting directors. And through SAG-AFTRA's affiliation with AFI , Mark was cast as the lead in an AFI short film called C-Day (see Demo Reel for a clip). Throughout his time here in Los Angeles, Mark has continued to take acting classes to hone and sharpen his acting skills. After joining SAG (now SAG-AFTRA), Mark took that opportunity to enhance his studies and attends many acting and casting seminars offered through SAG-AFTRA to continue to learn and grow as an actor and to get in front of top casting directors. And through SAG-AFTRA's affiliation with AFI, Mark was cast as the lead in an AFI short film called C-Day (see Demo Reel for a clip). He was also lucky enough to be in a sketch-comedy troupe called Soapbox for awhile, not only performing but also writing sketches! Mark has been taking voice lessons over the years as well, and continues to study with one of the top Vocal Coaches in Los Angeles, Dr. Karen Jennings. This eventually lead him to working with a music producer/composer. Writing and arranging the vocals for each track, Mark recorded a three-track EP (check out his Song Demo for a sample).
Over the last few years, Mark has reached a level to be able to study with top working actors like David Dean Bottrell (Boston Legal, Mad Men, Justified, True Blood), and Richard Kline (Three's Company, It's A Living, Inside Schwartz, Blue Bloods, The Americans). Now, Mark has the amazing good fortune to be studying with legendary Emmy Award winner Lindsay Wagner (The Bionic Woman, over 30 movies and mini-series, and dozens of television appearances), his number one acting idol. Working with Ms. Wagner has been #1 on Mark's bucket list since he first saw her on The Bionic Woman, and now to be taught by her is truly a dream come true! Next on Mark's list: Meryl Streep, Kevin Spacey, Viola Davis, Allison Janney, Melissa McCarthy, and Kristen Wiig, as well as Shonda Rhimes (Scandal AND How to Get Away with Murder...too good!) and Ryan Murphy (American Horror Story...I mean, come on!). Call me!
Mark really loves working as an actor and thankfully has gotten a few small parts over the years (check out his resume or click the IMDb link). And now with the mentor-ship of his acting coach Lindsay Wagner, Mark hopes to finally achieve that elusive "big break" that all talented and hard-working actors strive for...and maybe one day have the distinct honor of winning an Emmy or Oscar, or both. :D
Name: Mark Bastarache
Lives in: Los Angeles, California
Occupation: Actor and Singer
Old Dogs & New Tricks
Television (Comedy) Actor Does (sex) life end for gay men as they face 50? Watch Nathan, Brad, Muscles & Ross stumble through middle-age in an alternate universe called West Hollywood.
Film (Comedy, Drama and Romance) Actor Jerry Cooper is The Dogwalker, a Tom Sawyer grown up for the nineties, who having fallen on hard times, is struggling with the reality of having to sleep in his car. When he quite literally stumbles upon an old lady and her dog, he suddenly finds himself caught up in her life and over her head in a twisted mix of class, race, age, sex, drugs, dog leashes, inheritances and contract bridge. Written by Paul Duran
Dunston Checks In
Film (Comedy, Adventure and Family) Actor Robert's a beleaguered concierge of the luxury hotel owned by Mrs. Dubrow. She tells Robert an undercover reviewer is coming and to look sharp. If he does well he might get a promotion and some time off to take his sons, Brian and Kyle, on vacation. But then the villainous jewel-thief Rutledge checks in with his specially trained orangutan, Dunston. And when Dunston gets loose and tries to escape a life of crime with the help of Brian and Kyle, things go just a little lunatic. Written by Kathy Li
Film (Horror and Thriller) Actor Andy comes to campus in order to be close to his girlfriend Rebecca. Since he needs a place to stay he joins one of the college fraternities. However, a strange looking man warns him that the fraternity is just a cover-up for the weird voodoo cult. Written by Dragan Antulov <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Film (Action, Drama and Thriller) Actor A physicist involved in classified military research meets a woman who he begins to suspect is a spy. Her sister is involved with the mob and one of the spies is working with the mob. He unwillingly helps the FBI figure this all out. Written by Anonymous