Mark Linn-Baker

Actor, Director, Producer
Boyish character actor and occasional director who has had leading parts on stage, in films and TV. Perhaps best known for the role of Larry Appleton on the long-running comedy series "Perfect Strangers" (ABC, 1986-93) ... Read more »
Born: 06/16/1954 in St Louis, Missouri, USA

Filmography

Actor (37)

The Good Wife 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

How Do You Know 2010 (Movie)

Ron (Actor)

Law & Order 1999, 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Adam 2009 (Movie)

Mr Klieber (Actor)

Life on Mars 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2003, 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

12 and Holding 2006 (Movie)

Mr. Farmer (Actor)

Twins 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Ally McBeal 1985 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hangin' With Mr. Cooper 1985 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Broadway 98: Launching the Tony Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Spin City 1985 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 52nd Annual Tony Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Ghostwriter 1992 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Perfect Strangers 1985 - 1993 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Whole Shebang 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Why Bother Voting? 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Noises Off 1992 (Movie)

Tim Allgood (Actor)

ABC's Comedy Sneak Peek 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Night of 100 Stars III 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Here's to You, Mickey Mouse 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Miami Vice 1984 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Moscow Circus 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The 39th Annual Emmy Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve '87 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1st Annual American Comedy Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Recovery Room 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The Comedy Zone 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

The Ghost Writer 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

O'Malley 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

My Favorite Year 1982 (Movie)

Benjy Stone (Actor)

The End of August 1980 (Movie)

Victor Lebrun (Actor)

Manhattan 1979 (Movie)

Shakespearean Actor (Actor)

Bare Essentials (TV Show)

Actor

Laughter on the 23rd Floor (TV Show)

Actor

Wedding Day Blues (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (1)

Me & Veronica 1993 (Movie)

(Producer)
Director (1)

Step by Step 1985 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Director

Biography

Boyish character actor and occasional director who has had leading parts on stage, in films and TV. Perhaps best known for the role of Larry Appleton on the long-running comedy series "Perfect Strangers" (ABC, 1986-93), Linn-Baker's character found his neat and orderly life interrupted by the arrival of a distant foreign cousin, Balki, memorably played by Bronson Pinchot.

Linn-Baker began his career on the stage, coming to New York after working three seasons with the Yale Repertory Theater. He made his NY stage debut as Bertram in a New York Shakespeare Festival production of "All's Well That Ends Well", went on to garner favorable notices for starring roles in a number of festival productions, and then made his Broadway debut in "Doonesbury", a short lived musical based on the popular comic strip.

Linn-Baker had his big screen break-through opposite Peter O'Toole in the very successful comedy "My Favorite Year" (1982), as a young 1950s variety show writer who has to chaperon that week's star, a known drunk and womanizer (O'Toole). It would be a decade before Linn-Baker worked on the big screen again, co-starring in Peter Bogdanovich's "Noises Off" (1992). Meanwhile, he worked in episodic TV, landed regular roles on a summer series "The Comedy Zone" (1984) and made a busted pilot "The Recovery Room" (1985) before being cast in "Perfect Strangers". During the years he starred on the series, Linn-Baker showed up periodically on awards shows, specials and starred in such TV-movies as "Wedding Day Blues" (1988) and "Bare Essentials" (1991).

In the late 1980s, Linn-Baker co-founded the New York Stage & Film Company which produced plays and short films. The company developed Jay Presson Allen's "Tru" a one man show about the life of writer Truman Capote that eventually moved to Broadway. Linn-Baker also directed regional and off-Broadway productions of plays by Christopher Durang and John Patrick Shanley, as well as TV episodes of "Going Places", "Hangin' With Mr. Cooper" and "Family Matters".

In the mid-90s, he returned to the NY stage co-starring with Nathan Lane in Neil Simon's "Laughter on the 23rd Floor" (1993-94), based on Simon's experiences as a writer for the TV series "Your Show of Shows". Three years later, he and Lane teamed again for the revival of the Larry Gelbart-Burt Shevelove-Stephen Sondheim musical "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum". Linn-Baker played Hysterium, a slave who agrees to help a friend by posing as a virginal young woman.

Linn-Baker is married to theatrical set designer Adrianne Lobel.

Relationships

Adrianne Lobel

Wife
attended Yale School of Drama at the same time worked together on productions at Yale but were not romantically involved began dating c. 1993 married in 1995

EDUCATION

Yale College, Yale University

New Haven , Connecticut

School of Drama, Yale University

New Haven , Connecticut 1979

Milestones

2006

Cast in Michael Cuesta's sophomore feature "Twelve and Holding"

1999

Headlined the one-man Off-Broadway show "Chesapeake"

1996

Co-starred with Lane in revival of the musical "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum"

1992

First film role after a decade of TV, "Noises Off"

1992

Recurring character on children's educational series, "Ghostwriter"

1990

TV directing debut, "Family Matters"

1986

Star of longrunning ABC comedy series, "Perfect Strangers"

1984

Debut as host on summer series, "The Comedy Zone"

1984

TV-movie debut, "The Ghost Writer"

1983

Episodic TV debut in a detective pilot, "O'Malley"

1983

Starred on Broadway in "Doonesbury"

1982

Feature debut in a starring role, "My Favorite Year"

1979

Feature film debut, "Manhattan"

Born in St Louis, Missouri and raised in Wethersfield, a Hartford, Connecticut suburb

Co-founded True Pictures

Spent three years with the Yale Repertory Theater

Off-Broadway stage debut at New York Shakespeare Festival, "All's Well That Ends Well"

Performed a solo mime show while attending Yale

Returned to Broadway as co-star in Neil Simon's "Laughter on the 23rd Floor", starring Nathan Lane

Co-founding director of New York Stage and Film Company

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