In 1988, Mark was voted MVP of the Japan Bowl while playing offensive lineman for the University of Hawaii.
Mark was the first Kiwi to be offered a football scholarship in the US. He was first scouted by Utah State, but chose to go to Hawaii, since it was more like home.
Mark works as a professional speaker as well as acting. He bases his motivational speeches around something his college football coach told him: "The Will to Win is the Will to Prepare".
Mark enjoys weight lifting and golf.
Mark was the New Zealand Shot-Put champion and record holder from 1980-1982, the NZ Athletic Club Champ and record Holder 1979-1983, and represented NZ and won the Australasia Shot-Put title in 1982. He was also junior discus champion of Auckland at age twelve.
Mark received a football scholarship from the University of Hawaii from 1984-1989 and played all four years of eligibility. While playing for U of H he made the All Warriors team twice, and was named to the All Conference Team three times. The "Warriors Club" is an honor voted by his fellow players, and it is awarded to those who show true commitment and contribution, and it's a real honour to achieve even once. He also played professional football in the US from 1989-1992. He was an offensive lineman for both the Detroit Lions and the San Diego Chargers. He later played in the European World League of American Football.
Mark is of Samoan descent.
Mark is represented professionally by the Robert Bruce Agency of Auckland in New Zealand, and by Gault Management in Australia. As a public speaker he's listed with the firm Speakers New Zealand.
Mark is 6'7", 380 lbs, with black hair and brown eyes. But he usually goes clean shaven on his head.
In 2008 Mark performed in the "Many Toppins" ad campaign for Dominos, was a Sumo wrestler in an ad for Lenovo, and did a commercial for Noble Rise. Previously he played a prisoner in an Uppercut chips ad.
Mark has made appearances on SKY Television ads.