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Also Known As: Mark Thomas Valley Died:
Born: December 24, 1964 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Ogdensburg, New York, USA Profession: actor, soldier

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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...

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

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
2.
 Nanking (2007)
3.
 Shrek the Third (2007)
4.
 Jericho (2001) Jericho
5.
 Next Best Thing, The (2000) Cardiologist
6.
 Running Mates (2000) Dick Tracy
7.
 Siege, The (1998) Mike Johanssen
8.
 Breast Men (1997) Fair-Haired Resident
10.
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Raised in upstate New York; began acting in high school but stopped when accepted to West Point
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Stationed in Berlin, Germany after graduating from West Point; eventually achieved rank of lieutenant
1991:
Served as a transport driver in the Gulf War
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Returned to Berlin; spotted by an agent who helped him land acting roles while still serving in the U.S. Army
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After discharge, worked on stage and in German television
1993:
First feature film, the John Schlesinger directed "The Innocent" (released theatrically in 1995)
1993:
Moved to NYC to pursue an acting career
1993:
Made U.S. television debut on NBC daytime serial "Another World"
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"
1997:
Portrayed Robert F. Kennedy in TNT biopic "George Wallace"
1998:
Cast as an FBI technician in "The Siege"
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
2000:
Joined cast of "Once and Again" (ABC) in a recurring role as a suitor to Marin Hinkle's Judy Brooks
2001:
Penned one-man show "Walls, Wars and Whiskey" about his experiences in the military
2003:
Starred as Detective Eddie Arlette on short-lived Fox comedy "Keen Eddie"
2004:
Cast in "The Practice" spin-off "Boston Legal" (ABC) as attorney Brad Chase
2008:
Played recurring role on short-lived CBS series "Swingtown"
2008:
Appeared on J. J. Abrams produced series "Fringe" (Fox) as FBI agent John Scott
2010:
Cast as an ex-assassin who becomes a security specialist on Fox drama "Human Target"
2012:
Played a C-130 pilot in Kathryn Bigelow directed "Zero Dark Thirty," based on the hunt for Osama bin Laden
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Education

Etage School of the Arts: -
HB Studio: New York , New York -
United States Military Academy: West Point , New York - 1987

Notes

He is an accomplished sky diver, having been a parachutist in the Army.

On how he came to work as an actor, Valley told Soap Opera Weekly, December 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."

"No one forced me to go to West Point. I looked at it as an intense challenge where I would gain some experience and profoundly improve myself. ...

"Even though every base had a theater, I was always in combat arms, which meant that I was out in the field every month. Besides, getting involved with [an Army] theater program would have been like joining a military tactics program at Juilliard. That's not why I was there." --Mark Valley quoted in Soap Opera Digest, January 31, 1995.

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companion:
Katherine Kendall. Actor. Met c. 1991; together from c, 1993.

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father:
Michael Valley. School principal, former math teacher.
mother:
Martha Valley. Nursery school operator, former nurse.
sister:
Lynn Valley. Younger.
sister:
Marnie Valley. Younger.
sister:
Jennifer Valley. Younger.
daughter:
Sherri Ann Valley. Born in 1988.
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