Mark Anthony was born July 24 in the Bronx, N.Y. being raised in The South Bronx has taught him many of life’s hard lessons for growing up fast. The road to life would lead him to being a graduate of Art & Design High School in New York City to attending John Jay College of criminal justice. While in college he served on the NYPD auxiliary for period of time and then later enlisted in the U.S. Navy.
Hungry for something more in life Mark jumped into the acting world, taking on classes and private lessons from Actor, Writer, Director, and Playwright Bruce Ornstein to Actor Jim Moody and Actor / Writer Robert McCaskill.
Later the arts would take him into doing commercials for Showtime, Cinemax and working with Actors like Keanu Reevs, Peter Green and James Caan. He also explored other areas in the industry that he never ever dreamed of. Soon his obsession and passion found himself not only acting but also writing, producing and directing films, commercials and doing a TV show.
In 2000 the show and commercials would become Telemundo new station MUN2 TV From there Mark went on to open his own Independent production company called www.manofmysteryfilms.com In 2001 he started writing his first draft script based on his experiences growing up on the streets of the South Bronx.
In 2004 Mark put together passionate and hungry unknown talented Actors, D.P. soundmen and production assistants. Mark didn’t go with the short film which most new directors do. His thinking was that if he were going to do a film he would put it all out there so he went for a full feature film on his first time out called (Life's Decisions). Mark shot the film using two DVX-100A cameras and with a moderate budget less than 20K he started shooting on the streets of The South Bronx. The film was shot with the look of a documentary style, the project also posted many challenges for this first time director, and for example he would take on the part of a Lead Actor, writer, producer and executive producer to his project.
In 2005 a rough cut of the film made it way to some film festivals and into the New York Daily News. From there several companies from Los Angels were interested in the film but it was Venture Entertainment that got the contract. It was also some months later that Venture Entertainment filed for Chapter 7, putting the film back out into the market this time Mark decided to hold on to the film to re-edit it. In 2008 Mark got a call from a company from California called Laguna Productions, the CEO of the company wanted to know if Life’s Decisions film was available for distribution. Now on Netflix and Amazon.com Life's Decisions can be viewed or purchase.
In 2009 in the mid of the rescission Mark again went in front and behind the camera to write, produce and direct a short film called Blue Knight starring veteran actor Peter Greene. The film was a promotional film seeking funds for a full feature. Later the film went on to win an Award of Merit from the L.A. Cinema Festival of Hollywood.