Mark Feuerstein

Recent Role:

Dr. Hank Lawson on Royal Pains

Born:

6/8/1971, New York City, New York, USA

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  • Now here is an actor who has had plenty of windows, but rarely a rock. Mark Feuerstein, son of a school teacher and lawyer, the diminutive and boyishly handsome muscle-bound actor has had something of a spotty career. Making successful and popular guest-spots and recurring roles and disasterous and short-term regulars, Mark has certainly made his way into Hollywood out of sheer determination (and some may say talent as well). Starting out as a high school state champion wrestler with aspirations of following in the family footsteps and being a lawyer, after taking a theater class, Mark became instantly smitten. After graduation, he applied to the London School of Dramatic Arts and studied the art of physical comedy at Ecole Phillipe Gaulier in France. After some brief off-Broadway theatre, he made waves as a recurring role with the on the ABC soap "Loving" and then later became a running staple of NBC as the too-young, too-naive, too-excited and eventually philandering veterinarian boyfriend of "Caroline in the City." Audiences and suits were impressed and NBC put Feuerstein in a genuinely good sit-com called "Fired Up" about an exec and her assistant who face the world together. But at a time where "Seinfeld" and "Friends" were must-see and NBC wanted to manufacture all their shows to be like these, "Fired Up" was laid off after almost two seasons. NBC tried again by giving Feuerstein his own star-vehicle entitled "Conrad Bloom" about a young ad exec who was being smothered by every woman around him. An intriguing idea killed by a weak and lifeless execution. The show moved at a slug's pace and so did a lot of the cast, despite a really kicking opening soundtrack. Many critics has labled him "sit-com kryptonite," "murderer of a thousand sit-coms" and "batting for Tom Arnold's record" and audiences didn't even notice him. And after the disaster of two shows, most actors would probably be so crushed, they'd try to find a new day job. Things sure looked grim. But Mark wasn't about to be stopped. He got his first Broadway lead in Alfred Uhry's Tony award-winner "The Last Nights Of Ballyhoo" about a family of Southern Jews, and made his major motion-picture debut as Micheal, Sandra Bullock's doomed husband in Practical Magic. As well as a memorable short role (he says his favorite) as a junior suit with empty charm who's young enough to be Albert Brooks' son and gives him the shaft in Albert Brooks' "The Muse"(1999). With "Casanova Falling" (later retitled in the U.S. "Giving it Up"), Feuerstein was cast in his very first leading man role as a womanizing advertising exec who falls for his new boss (Amy Redford) who doesn't share his superficial worldview. The movie won the "Romantic Comedy" trophy at the New York International Independent Film & Video Festival. With the casting of Feuerstein in both Woman on Top and What Women Want (both in 2000), Feuerstein had apparently survived the storm and it was smooth-sailing from then on in. Entertainment Weekly has even dubbed Mark "It Phoenix" due to his wild comeback after so many duds (enough to give a lot of other actors a lifetime ban from the biz). Mark finally returned to NBC and managed to make amends with recurring roles on "The West Wing" and "Once and Again." But was Mark able to be successful as a regular? He made a bunch of bit-parts in films and guest spots on TV until finally reaching regular work with the semi-popular, if critically scathed "Good Morning, Miami" where Mark played a boy wonder producer who winds up taking a job no one (not even him) wanted... because of the woman he does. By next year, Feuerstein had become not only a recognizable face, but a heart-throb as well. He was named one of People's 50 Most Beautiful People in 2003. And appeared in the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Jules Phifer's Off-Broadway production of the play "A Bad Friend" later that summer. Feuerstein is at the top now, short guy that he is. Because he crawled and clawed tooth-and-nail to get there. He doesn't look bad for the journey.moreless

    Birth Name:

    Mark Feuerstein

    Gender:

    Male

    Birth Place:

    New York City, New York, USA

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    • (on the attack of some doctors on "3 Lbs." at Columbia Medical Center) Mark Feuerstein: If I was being petty, I would say, first of all, that I remember that doctor sitting in the audience. He should have felt free to ask that question while he was sitting there, instead of to just [source] an article where he complains about it. I mean, we were right there. That being said... I'm sure it doesn't happen every day or every year that a doctor will literally steal a patient, but it's not beyond the realm of believability.

    • (on the attack of some doctors on "3 Lbs." at Columbia Medical Center) Mark Feuerstein: Exactly. And one aspect of the brain in particular is that it's this undiscovered country, as I said before, where every case that is remotely unique or rare is an opportunity for development and learning and research. We have been very accurate in depicting the competition among different doctors to get the cases in their court, so that they can get the credit for paving a new way. If this guy wants to assert that competition among doctors and research practitioners is not real, then he can... I don't know, write another article and get us more press.

    • (on what he brings to "3 Lbs.") Mark Feuerstein: All of my naïveté, my idealism, my optimism about the world.... I love the part, and I love going head-to-head with a guy like Stanley Tucci.. I mean, he's just awesome. I've loved his work before this show, and now to work with him every day has been a total joy. The guy is so funny and so smart and so fun.... It's a bit like my relationship with my older brother. You know, how the older sibling sees the world first? That's how I view Dr. Hanson. He's at the forefront of this "undiscovered country," the brain, and I'm right there behind him trying to keep up and trying to understand where he's going with it – while keeping my morals intact.

    • (on the reaction of his father when he learned that his son had a role in "3 lbs.") Mark Feuerstein: My father just sent an e-mail out to his entire law firm and everyone he knows, we will hit the New York lawyer demographic hard.

    • (on the multiples operation he had to watch to prepare himself for his role on "3 lbs.") Mark Feuerstein: I just stood over these operations, looking directly into the center of who these people are and directly into their brains and watching this surgeon as he was chatting with me . . . while he’s scooping out tumor. He turns to me and says, ‘If I’m one millimeter off right here, this person will lose their language. If I’m one millimeter too far right now, this person will have no memory when they wake up.

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    • Before his success on the USA hit "Royal Pains," he was on a laundry list of television shows that flopped: "Fired Up" (1997), "Conrad Bloom" (1998), "Good Morning, Miami" (2002) and "3 Lbs." (2006).

    • Prior to his success on "Royal Pains," he was mostly a day-player on TV shows as the wide-eyed, too-young, too-naive love interest of the female leads who was later dumped for being such.

    • When he was screened the pilot up of "3 Lbs." at Columbia Medical Center, he came under a bit of an attack by some doctors.

    • He appeared in several productions at London's MacOwen Theatre.

    • He appeared in the unsold TV pilot "The Heart Department" in 2001.

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