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Mark Curry
Born Mark G. Curry
June 1, 1961 (1961-06-01) (age 48)
Oakland, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor, Comedian, Host
Years active 1990–present

Mark G. Curry (born June 1, 1961) is an African-American actor and comedian. He is best known as the star of the ABC sitcom Hangin' with Mr. Cooper, and as one of the various hosts of the syndicated series It's Showtime at the Apollo.

Life and career

He attended St. Joseph Notre Dame High School in Alameda, California and California State University, Hayward. He also did an episode of The Jamie Foxx Show as an eccentric driving instructor. He later appeared on another episode of The Jamie Foxx show. Mark Curry was featured in Too Short's music video "I Ain't Trippin'", and is also featured in Bow Wow's "Take You Home" video as a father trying to get his daughter a doll of the rapper. He has also had guest starring roles on Living Single and Martin.

He was the host of Comedy Central's Don't Forget Your Toothbrush in 2000. In 2004 he appeared on "Celebrity Mole Yucatan". He came in second place to Dennis Rodman.

On April 17, 2006, an aerosol can that had fallen behind Curry's water heater exploded and Curry, who was doing laundry at the time, was burned on over 18% of his body, including his arm, back and side. He spent many months recuperating at his home. According to an Associated Press interview posted on on February 17, 2007,[1] Curry considered suicide after waking from a three-day, medically-induced coma, reportedly hoarding pain medication. After talking with comedian friends who made him laugh, such as Sinbad and Bill Cosby, he decided against suicide. He went on The Montel Williams Show to discuss this issue. Curry also had a recurring role on The Drew Carey Show as Drew's boss at Winfred-Louder.

Curry appeared in the 2002 song Oakland Raiders by San Francisco rap group Luniz. Delivering a humorous monologue as the song faded out, Curry asserted his status as a pimp and stated his fondness for big dank. In an April Fools' episode of The Drew Carey Show, Drew refers to Mr. Soulard as Mr. Cooper, the joke being that Curry played both roles. On November 30, 2008, Mark appeared on The Comedy Festival Laffapalooza Special, Hosted by Tracy Morgan with a stand-up comedy routine. [1]


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