The great, great, great maternal grandson of Ulysses S. Grant, Mark Cirillo was born and raised just outside Hartford, in Connecticut's first town, Windsor. There, he and his family survived a tornado, a hurricane, and carbon monoxide poisoning all before he reached the age of 14. He grew up acting in school plays and local theater productions. His second cousin, Ernie Cirillo, taught and directed Mark at Windsor High School. After High school graduation, Mark moved to Los Angeles at 18 years old to attend Loyola Marymount University where he double majored in Film Production and Theater Arts (Bachelor of Arts Degree). After college, Mark studied (and continues to study) with Arthur Mendoza (Stella Adler's protege) at the Actor's Circle Theater, The Groundlings, and Jack Plotnick (Ellen, Gods & Monsters). All throughout, appearing in plays, on television, and in films. Mark's favorite stage roles were Edmund in LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT, Clov in ENDGAME, Andre in THE THREE SISTERS, and Zachariah Rowen in THE KENTUCKY CYCLE. His film credits include COOK OFF (with Gary Anthony Williams, Wendi McLendon-Covey, and Jennifer Elise Cox), Cameron Crowe's ALMOST FAMOUS, ACADEMY BOYZ (with Ed Asner and Donald Faison), GIRLS WILL BE GIRLS (with Varla Jean Merman and Miss Coco Peru), the multiple award winning shorts MAKING CHANGES (with Rosa Blasi) and GAY PROPAGANDA (over 150 film festivals world-wide) and voice over work on Sam Mendes' AMERICAN BEAUTY. On television, Mark has appeared on WILL & GRACE, QUINTUPLETS (with Andy Richter and Ryan Pinkston), HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER (with Neil Patrick Harris and Alyson Hannigan), had a recurring role on the short-lived Olsen Twins' series TWO OF A KIND, and was a series regular in the independent HOMEWRECKER HOUSEBOY as the brain damaged Randy. He is also on Ashton Kutcher's series for MTV; ROOM 401. Mark appeared regularly with animals up for adoption Thursdays on LA7 ABC EYEWITNESS NEWS at 11AM and GOOD DAY L.A. on FOX 11 Wednesdays at 7AM as a representative for the spcaLA. When Mark isn't acting, he works in the community with non-profit organizations like the spcaLA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles) improving animals lives, Project Angel Food improving ill people's lives, and ConnPIRG protecting the environment.
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