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Overview (2)

Birth NameMark Richard Holliway
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Mark Holliway started out in the film industry as an acting student of David A. Cox's at the Austin Actors Studio. Mark got his first break in the film industry with a role in the film "Garrison", directed by Kerry Valderrama. Garrison quickly lead to other roles in films, such as "Somebody up there likes me", directed by Bob Byington, and starring Nick Offerman, who stars in the hit TV show "Parks and Recreation".

His first starring role was in a film called "The Fear", directed by Amanda Nutting. Mark has also had roles in the TV shows "Friday Night Lights" with Kyle Chandler and Taylor Kitsch, in addition to the "Lying Game". In 2008, he produced, directed and starred in his own film, titled "The Block". Since moving to Atlanta, he has starred in numerous TV shows and films, including Fatal Attraction, Dead Silent, Single Married Life, Back to One and Sustained.

He jointly owns his own Production Company with David A. Cox, called Rising Star Film Studios in McDonough, Georgia, right outside of Atlanta. He has written numerous screenplays, including a very well received story called "The Moira Covered Bridge" and "Brown".

He was born in Flint, Michigan shortly after his parents moved from Omaha, Nebraska. He is the youngest child with an older sister. From an early age, Mark became interested in film, and loved to watch movies at the nostalgic "Capitol" and "Palace" theater in historic downtown Flint. Growing up in the town where General Motors was born, he developed an avid interest in automotive history and the many fascinating stories of the old factory days. He's working on scripts about them and plans to turn several of these into films eventually.

At the age of 15, he was given the opportunity to fly an airplane for the first time and has been hooked on it ever since. His love of flying pointed him toward the Air Force and he attended college under an Air Force ROTC scholarship at both Eastern Michigan University and the University of Michigan. Following college, he spent six years in the Air Force, receiving the Expeditionary Forces Medal for 51 missions during the Iran/Iraq war. Following the Air Force, he has spent several years in the corporate world in a variety of technical and management positions.

In February of 2017, Mark's Directed a Film called "Tripped Up", which won the TPN Film Festival Awards for Best Film in Atlanta, Georgia. In June of 2017, the same film won Best Comedy at the TPN Second Annual Film Awards show.

In addition to Film, he has a love for the Stage. In 2015 he directed the award winning play called "Frankenstein and the Polio Girl". Most recently he Starred in the Story, Guidance and Inspiration production of 'Uncle Tom's Cabin' by David Rucker III, playing dual roles of Simon Legree and Haley. This production was done in celebration of Black History Month in Atlanta, Georgia and was done to convey the misconceptions of the true story of Uncle Tom.

He resides in McDonough, Georgia with and sees this up and coming town as a great place that inspires creativity in many of the arts, especially film. Atlanta has inspired Mark to continue his interest in writing, acting and film. When asked why he chose to move to Atlanta, he said: "There's a real freshness about Atlanta and the Georgia film Industry. The enthusiasm and excitement felt in Georgia is something I have not felt in a really long time. It has a 1930's Hollywood feel to it, and the Film Maker's here are passionate about their work. There are a lot of opportunities for great roles in this market.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: RPH

Trade Mark (2)

His smile.
His warped sense of humor.

Trivia (43)

1st degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do.
Learned to fly an airplane at age 15, before he could drive a car.
Grew up in the same part of Flint, Michigan as Michael Moore.
Father worked in the same auto factory as Michael Moore's father.
Father was on the set of "The Far Horizons" while it was being filmed in 1955 in Wyoming.
Nickname is MarkyMark, which was given to him by Marie Ternowski-Gresham when they once worked together.
Once stopped four thugs from beating up a 75 year elderly couple at the scene of auto accident where the elderly couple were the cause. He was on his way to teach a children's Tae Kwon Do class and happened to have his Dobok uniform on which clearly displayed his Black Belt.
He went to the set of the film "Garrison" expecting to be an extra and was cast in a speaking role as an Army Captain. It was on his way home from the movie set that night looking out at the sun setting across the Texas prairies that he realized that acting was his true passion and calling.
His very first film was called 'Isadore's Garage Sale' where he played the role of an interested buyer as an extra. He was also called upon to be a boom holder for various parts of the film, which he happily did.
His ancestor, Sir Richard Lawless fought and died in the battle of Aughrim on July 12, 1691 where the Jacobites fought against William III. The Lawless family line is traced back to the 1100's in Ireland.
He wanted to be a politician and was a member of the Flint, Michigan 3rd district democratic club in his early teens until his love for flying won out at age 15.
His very first dog as a child was named "Lady".
Once gave a up a role in a scene with Brad Pitt and Sean Penn because he had committed to another film being done at the exact same time.
His middle name is Richard, which has been carried down through his lineage since the 1100's in Ireland.
Was born breech and it was recommended to his mother that she not have any more children after him. He claims he broke the mold.
Always wears a www.herobracelets.org bracelet in his films which contains the name of Spc Michael G Karr, who was killed in Iraq on 3/31/04. He will take the bracelet off if the scene calls for it, but it will be in his pocket. He has wore this bracelet since 2006 and it's rarely ever not worn.
Has a Chocolate Lab he calls "Kaylee the Wonder Dog".
Turned down a featured extra role in a single five person scene with Brad Pitt and Sean Penn in The Tree of Life because he was booked on a first time Director's short film and had committed to her.
His interest in a film career started while he was sitting in a Barber's chair in Austin, Texas. The Barber mentioned that he had been an extra in the Truman Capote movie with Sandra Bullock. That's all it took.
His film "Tripped Up" won Best Film, Best Screenplay and Best Actor at the TPN Film Festival in Atlanta, Georgia on February 24, 2017.
Is addicted to the "Pawn Stars" TV show.
The first car he ever owned was a standard transmission Chevy Monza and his father had to teach him how to drive a stick. They practiced in a parking lot for hours and he had a tough time with it, even though he was already flying airplanes.
As a child, had a hamster named "Bruno", which bit him really bad when he was showing the hamster off at his sister's pajama party.
His favorite movie of all times is "Titanic".
Directed film "Tripped Up", which won Best Film at the June 2017 2nd Annual TPN Awards in Atlanta, Georgia.
Directed film "Tripped Up", which won Best Film at the February 2017 TPN Film Festival in Atlanta, Georgia.
Discovered Acting while sitting in a Barber's chair in a hair salon.
Drank the water in Flint, Michigan in April of 2014 before the water crisis in Flint became a National topic.
Sky Dived for the first time on November 1, 2014. Described the experience as being as close to God as one could possibly be.
Had to constantly carry two franc's in his pocket while visiting Paris, France in order to pay for restroom use.
Spent 17 years living in Austin, Texas and loved it Dearly .
Graduated from Luke M. Powers High School in Flint, Michigan.
Got an after school job at Lewis St. Market to pay for flying lessons at 15 years old. Earned just enough money in one week to pay for a one hour flying lesson, which he did every Sunday. Lewis St. Market is incorporated into a film that he has written.
Was afraid of the dark until his Father took he and his sister down into the basement at the bottom of the stair and turned out the lights and said there's nothing to fear but fear itself. He had them sit there until they were comfortable.
Is of Irish, English and Neanderthal heritage.
According to the Myers-Briggs Personality Test, Max is categorized as an INFJ.
Is an avid Michigan Wolverines and Texas Longhorns fan.
The first girlfriend he had was 'Brenda Miller' in the third grade. He used to walk her home from school.
He wanted to be an astronaut as a child. He once even made a toy spaceship out of an old coffee percolator.
Love to take folks to Roosevelt's Little White House in Warm Springs, GA when they come to visit him in Georgia.
Has an ancestor named "Fannie Callahan" who was born exactly 100 years before he was.
His Great Uncle was a Boxer named "Irish" Bobby Callahan, who fought in the 1930's and 1940's.
His Great Uncle, Bobby "Irish" Callahan taught his Father, Richard Holliway how to box and in turn, Richard taught him how to box.

Personal Quotes (1)

At the suggestion of my Agent, Tonya Hensley, of TDH Talent Unlimited, I attended the February TPN Film Festival. As an Actor and Filmmaker, I found the TPN Film Festival to be an innovative, out of this world venue for creative people to come together. It allows Filmmakers, Directors, Writers and Actors to share in each other's work and most importantly network. It's the first Film Festival that I've ever been to where the selected Filmmakers get paid to have their film shown. That's unheard of in the Industry. This film festival wasn't just a night of watch films, it was also was full of great dialog, and active audience participation. And if you're an Actor like myself, two films were cast on the spot during the festival. Our creative industry is about having fun, and there's a real freshness about the TPN Film Festival. The enthusiasm and excitement I felt at the TPN Film Festival is something I have not felt in a really long time. It has a 1930's Hollywood feel to it, and the Filmmaker's here are passionate about their work and working together. There's a lot of opportunities to connect and share at this festival. If you are connected with the Film industry, attending this festival will be the best investment you'll ever make.

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