Mark Pellegrino became a cult TV favorite starring in a succession of sci-fi, horror and fantasy shows. However he also spent many years playing bit parts in various movies, often playing street thugs and tough guys. For example he was cast as a 'punk' twice in 1987 (in "LA Law" (NBC 1986-1994), his screen acting debut, and "Death Wish 4: The Crack Down" (1987), his first feature), then again in 1990 in HBO's horror anthology "Tales From the Crypt" (1989-1996). Pellegrino mixed TV work with some big Hollywood projects including "Lethal Weapon 3" (1992), "The Lost World: Jurassic Park" (1997) and a small but memorable role as one of the heavies who assaults Jeff Bridges' iconic character Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski in the Coen brothers' "The Big Lebowski" (1998). He later picked up a regular role in the short-lived ABC show "The Beast" (2001), which was cancelled after just six episodes.