Mark Pellegrino
Birth Date:
April 9, 1965
Birth Place:
Los Angeles, California, USA
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Actor Mark Pellegrino has amassed countless credits to his resume since making his screen debut in 1987. Moviegoers recognize him for playing Dick Hickock in the biopic “Capote” (2005), from which he shared a Screen Actors Guild nomination, and with his appearances in such vehicles as “The Big Lebowski” (1998), “Mulholland Dr.” (2001), “Twisted” (2004) and “National Treasure” (2004). His more recent credits include “The Number 23” (2007), “Boy of Pigs” (2008), “The Thacker Case” (2008), “Disappearing in America” (2008), “2:13” (2008), “TiMER” (2008) and “Bad Meat” (2009). On the small screen, the Los Angeles native portrayed Paul Bennett on the Showtime series “Dexter” (2006-2007). He has also guest starred in such popular series as “ER,” “The X-Files,” “NYPD Blue,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “Without a Trace” and “Grey's Anatomy.” Pellegrino, who is a teacher at the Playhouse West in North Hollywood, has had roles in many of the company's theater productions, including “The Exonerated” and “9-11.” Some of his upcoming roles include appearances in “Joint Body,” “Locke & Key” and “Hemingway & Gellhorn.” In addition he portrayed Bishop in the series “Being Human” (2011) and Lucifer in “Supernatural” (2009 to 2011).

Los Angeles

Childhood and Family:

Mark Ross Pellegrino was born on April 9, 1965, in Los Angeles, California. He studied with Bob Camegie at Playhouse West.

An avid fan of sports, Mark spends much of his free time practicing Judo, kickboxing, Karate, Ju-Jitsu and professional Thai boxing. He lives with his wife in Los Angeles.



Mark Pellegrino began his career on television with a guest spot in the Fox series “L.A. Law.” He first appeared in feature films in the comedy “Fatal Beauty” and the Charles Bronson action thriller “Death Wish 4: The Crackdown.” His next TV assignments arrived when he was cast in the Emmy nominated film “What Price Victory” (1988) and a one episodic role in “Doogie Howser, M.D.” (1989). In between, the Los Angeles native acted in the movies “No Holds Barred” (1989), directed by Thomas J. Wright, and “Night Life” (1989), starring Scott Grimes and John Astin.

Pellegrino continued to alternate between television and film work throughout the 1990s and guest starred in such TV shows as “Hunter” (1990), “HBO's Tales from the Crypt” (1990), “Northern Exposure” (1992), “The Commish” (1993), “Deadly Games” (1995), “ER” (1996), “Nash Bridges” (1996) and “The X Files” (1999). He also acted in the television movies “Class of '61” (1993), “Knight Rider 2010” (1994), “The Cherokee Kid” (1996) and “Born Into Exile” (1997). On the big screen, he was seen in “Blood and Concrete” (1991), Richard Donne's “Lethal Weapon 3” (1992), “Bank Robber” (1993), “Trouble Bound (1993), “Last Ride” (1994), “For Life or Death” (1996), “Soul of the Avenger” (1997), “Movies Kill” (1997), Joel Coen's “The Big Lebowski” (1998), “A Murder of Crows” (1999) and Mary Lambert's “Clubland” (1999).

Entering the new millennium, Pellegrino appeared with Danny DeVito, Bette Midler, Neve Campbell, Jamie Lee Curtis and Casey Affleck in “Drowning Mona” (2000), which was directed by Nick Gomez. His subsequent film credits include “Certain Guys” (2000), “Say it Isn't So” (2001), “Mulholland Dr.” (2001), “Treading Water” (2002), Chris Haifley's “Ronnie” (2002), William Friedkin's “The Hunted” (2003), “Moving Alan” (2003), David Mamet's “Spartan” (2004), “Twisted” (2004), Jon Turteltaub's “National Treasure” (2004) and “Ellie Parker” (2005). For his work in Bennett Miller's “Capote” (2005), in which he was cast in the role of Dick Hickock, Pellegrino jointly won a Screen Actors Guild nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. In addition, he was seen in three episodes of “The Beast” (2001) and as Steve Dansick in two episodes of “NYPD Blue” (2002). Roles on television included appearances in “The Practice” (2003), “CSI: Miami” (2003) and “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” (2005).

2006 to 2007 saw roles in the movies “Caffeine,” “Suspect” (TV) and “The Number 23.” He also played former convict Paul Bennett in eight episodes of the Showtime series “Dexter” (2006-2007) and appeared in episodes of “The Unit” and “Without a Trace” (both 2006). Roles in “Burn Notice,” “Grey's Anatomy,” “Women's Murder Club” and “K-Ville” (all 2007) soon followed.

A busy actor, Pellegrino next acted in the short “The Last Days of Limbo” (2008) and “Boy of Pigs” (2008), which was directed by William Olsson. In addition, he portrayed characters “The Thacker Case” (2008), “Disappearing in America” (2008), “2:13” (2008) and “Bad Meat” (2009), to name just a few. His upcoming work includes portraying Max Eastman in director Philip Kaufman’s “Hemingway & Gellhorn,” which will star Nicole Kidman and Clive Owen, and Rendell Locke in director Mark Romanek’s “Locke & Key.”

In addition to television and film work, Pellegrino has acted in a number of theater productions. Among his credits are “The Exonerated,” directed by Jeff Goldblum, “9-11,” directed by Scott Caan, “Minor Holiday,” directed by Scott Caan, “Lou Gehrig Didn't Die of Cancer,” “Of Mice and Men,” “Italian-American Reconciliation,” “Lonestar,” “Winter into Spring” and “Welcome Home Soldier.”


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The Returned US remake casts Mark Pellegrino
SP_COP - May 23, 2014 -
A&Es The Returned, the US remake of the acclaimed French TV series, has cast its first lead in Mark Pellegrino.Deadline reports that the veteran character, who played Lucifer in Supernatural, Jacob i...
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