Mark Valley

Actor, Soldier
After serving abroad as an officer in the U. S. Army, actor Mark Valley fell into acting by chance when he was spotted in Germany and asked to work as an extra in John Schlesinger's thriller, "The Innocent" (1995) ... Read more »
Born: 12/24/1964 in Ogdensburg, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (33)

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2001, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lost Boy 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Crisis 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hot in Cleveland 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Body of Proof 2004 - 2007, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Diagnosis Murder 1999 - 2001, 2004 - 2007, 2011 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Gideon's Crossing 2000 - 2001, 2004 - 2007, 2011 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Harry's Law 2004 - 2007, 2011 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Living in TV Land 2004 - 2007, 2011 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Stolen 2012 (Movie)

Fletcher (Actor)

Zero Dark Thirty 2012 (Movie)

C-130 Pilot (Actor)

Human Target 2009 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Boston Legal 2004 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nanking 2007 (Movie)

Stage Manager (Actor)

Shrek the Third 2007 (Movie)

Voice of Cyclops (Actor)

Emily's Reasons Why Not 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

I'm With Her 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Keen Eddie 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

ER 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Pasadena 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Lone Gunmen 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Jericho 2000 (Movie)

Jericho (Actor)

The Next Best Thing 2000 (Movie)

Cardiologist (Actor)

The Siege 1998 (Movie)

Mike Johanssen (Actor)

The 11th Annual Soap Opera Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 22nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Vanishing Son IV 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Breast Men (TV Show)

Actor

Brimstone (TV Show)

Actor

George Wallace (TV Show)

Actor

Running Mates (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

After serving abroad as an officer in the U. S. Army, actor Mark Valley fell into acting by chance when he was spotted in Germany and asked to work as an extra in John Schlesinger's thriller, "The Innocent" (1995). Though initially a non-speaking part, Valley impressed the filmmakers enough to earn some dialogue, which soon led him to pursue an acting career. Once out of the army, he made his way to New York City, where he found his first prominent role playing Jack Devereaux on "Days of Our Lives" (NBC, 1965- ). From there, he landed several guest starring roles on popular drama series while appearing in occasional feature films. Valley did manage to score a few television series on which he played the central character, only to find himself out of work once the series was canceled after its initial season. He finally hit his stride in 2004 when he joined the cast of "Boston Legal" (ABC, 2004-08) as a dogged and earnest attorney who served as the chief foil and agitator to James Spader's morally-slippery Alan Shore. After leaving the popular legal drama, he starred on the cult hit "Fringe" (Fox, 2008-2013) before striking out on his own as the lead on "Human Target" (Fox, 2010-2011), both of which proved that Valley had finally come into his own as a prominent presence on the small screen

Relationships

Katherine Kendall Actor

Companion
Dated in early 1990s No longer together

Anna Torv Actor

Wife
Met while acting together on "Fringe" (Fox) Married December 2008 Reportedly separated April 2010

Michael Valley

Father

Martha Valley

Mother

Sherri Valley

Daughter
Born 1987; lived with mother (an ex-girlfriend) and step-father

Jennifer Valley

Sister
Younger

Lynn Valley

Sister
Younger

Marnie Valley

Sister
Younger

EDUCATION

Etage School of the Arts

Berlin
Studied with Dr. Rainer Beck

HB Studio

New York , New York

United States Military Academy

West Point , New York 1987

Milestones

2012

Played a C-130 pilot in Kathryn Bigelow directed "Zero Dark Thirty," based on the hunt for Osama bin Laden

2010

Cast as an ex-assassin who becomes a security specialist on Fox drama "Human Target"

2008

Appeared on J. J. Abrams produced series "Fringe" (Fox) as FBI agent John Scott

2008

Played recurring role on short-lived CBS series "Swingtown"

2004

Cast in "The Practice" spin-off "Boston Legal" (ABC) as attorney Brad Chase

2003

Starred as Detective Eddie Arlette on short-lived Fox comedy "Keen Eddie"

2001

Penned one-man show "Walls, Wars and Whiskey" about his experiences in the military

2000

Joined cast of "Once and Again" (ABC) in a recurring role as a suitor to Marin Hinkle's Judy Brooks

2000

Briefly appeared as the cardiologist boyfriend of Rupert Everett's character in "The Next Best Thing"

2000

Landed recurring role on "ER" (NBC) as the former husband of Maura Tierney's Abby Lockhart

1998

Cast as an FBI technician in "The Siege"

1997

Portrayed Robert F. Kennedy in TNT biopic "George Wallace"

1994

Acted in syndicated TV movie "Vanishing Son IV"

1994

Played the charming and cunning Jack Devereaux on NBC daytime drama "Days of Our Lives"

1993

First feature film, the John Schlesinger directed "The Innocent" (released theatrically in 1995)

1993

Made U.S. television debut on NBC daytime serial "Another World"

1993

Moved to NYC to pursue an acting career

1991

Served as a transport driver in the Gulf War

Returned to Berlin; spotted by an agent who helped him land acting roles while still serving in the U.S. Army

Raised in upstate New York; began acting in high school but stopped when accepted to West Point

Stationed in Berlin, Germany after graduating from West Point; eventually achieved rank of lieutenant

After discharge, worked on stage and in German television

Bonus Trivia

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Valley was an accomplished sky diver, having been a parachutist in the U.S. Army.

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On how he came to work as an actor, Valley told Soap Opera Weekly (Dec. 7, 1994): "I really wanted to leave the Army, but I didn't know what I was going to do. Somebody saw me buying jeans in a department store and said, 'Hey, I'm starting up an agency of Americans, and there are some films coming to town; I wonder if you're interested.' I said, 'What the hell is this? Well, it will be an interesting experience for a day.' I went and worked one day as an extra, and I got called back and got three weeks of work and a credit."

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