Mark Valley's Bio
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Born: 1964-12-24
Birth place: Ogdensburg, New York
Profession: soldier, actor

A strapping, blond, blue-eyed actor who earned heartthrob status as the fourth actor to play dashing but crafty Jack Devereaux on the NBC soap "Days of Our Lives, Mark Valley would go on to make a primetime name for himself as dogged lawyer Brad Chase on the quirky hit legal dramedy, "Boson Legal" (ABC, 2004- ).

Captain Mark Valley at West Point AcademyLike many an aspiring performer, Valley developed an interest in acting as a high school student, but he put those ambitions on hold when was accepted at the US Military Academy at West Point. After completing his degree in mathematics, he was stationed in Germany for most of his five-year stretch in the Army, although he did see action as part of the ground forces in Operation Desert Storm. While in Berlin, Valley was spotted by an agent who convinced him to try acting. Shortly thereafter, he was cast in his first screen roles, in the thriller "The Innocent" (filmed in 1993; released in 1995), directed by John Schlesinger, and in Wim Wenders' "Faraway, So Close" (1993).

Jack Devereaux on "Days of Our Lives"Having signed with the agent, Valley began to land small roles in German TV productions while he trained at the Etage School of Arts in Berlin. By 1991, with some stage experience on his resume, he moved back to the USA and settled in NYC where he supported himself with work in commercials. He also landed his first daytime TV role as a priest on NBC's "Another World" and then segued to primetime in the syndicated 1994 TV- movie "Vanishing Son IV". Although he was the fourth actor to portray Jack Devereaux on "Days of Our Lives" and had the unenviable task of replacing a popular actor, Valley was able to make the character his own and win over the skeptical fans, many of whom were disappointed when he left the show after his three-year contract ended.

Robert Kennedy in the TNT miniseries "George Wallace"Valley was not idle, though, so his admirers were able to see him in a small role as a resident in the HBO original "Breast Men" and as Robert Kennedy in the TNT miniseries "George Wallace" (both 1997). On the big screen, the actor appeared as the leader of an FBI tactical squad in "The Siege" (1998), was seen briefly as Rupert Everett's doctor lover in "The Next Best Thing" (2000, directed by Schlesinger) and had the title role of a gunfighter in the Western "Jericho" (2001). Valley also made guest appearances on several TV series, most notably in the 2000-01 recurring roles of Marin Hinkle's hunky love interest on ABC's "Once and Again" and as Maura Tierney's loutish ex-husband in NBC's "ER", before landing his first regular primetime gig.

Eddie Arlette in "Keen Eddie"In fall 2001, he was cast as Robert Greeley, the arrogant scion of a wealthy, newspaper-owning family with more than its share of skeletons in the closet, in the well-reviewed but short-lived Fox primetime serial "Pasadena" (2001). Valley also received strong critical praise for his turn as the lead in his next series, the UPN comedic crime actioner "Keen Eddie" (2003-2004), in which he played tough, sharp-tongued, non-nonsense New York Detective Eddie Arlette who finds himself assigned to a police unit in London; despite a loyal cult following, the show lasted a single season but was popular enough to merit a DVD release.

The four geniuses responsible for "Keen Eddie" -  writer Joel Wyman, director Simon West, executive producer Warren Littlefield and Paramount Network Television and Mark - attempted to resurrect the fun in the dramedy "Harry Green and Eugene" in 2004. Mark was Harry, an L.A. private investigator whose life is complicated when his inept brother Eugene (Jason Segal) comes to town, but the pilot wasn't picked up.

Brad Chase in "Boston Legal"Trading the rough-edged characters he previously specialized in to play the more refined, morally centered attorney Brad Chase, Valley joined the cast of David E. Kelley's wonky lawyer drama "Boston Legal" to provide a rival and counterpoint to James Spader's morally slippery Alan Shore.

J.J. Abrams cast Mark as John Scott in the Fox drama "Fringe", a run that culminated in the final episodes of season one.  Joel  Wyman, who worked with Mark on "Keen Eddie", also produced some episodes of "Fringe".

Mark finally revisits his lightening-in-a-bottle goodness of "Keen Eddie" when he reunites with Simon West and Fox for "Human Target". West exec produced "Keen Eddie" and  "Harry Green and Eugene" and is on board for "Target" to attempted to resurrect the trifecta with "Human Target".  It might morph into the third times the charm territory.

Mark married Australian actress Anna Torv December 2008 and seperated in early 2010. They were castmates in "Fringe".

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Milestones


Raised in upstate New York; began acting in high school but stopped when accepted at West Point

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After graduating from West Point, was stationed at various army posts in Kentucky, Virginia and Berlin, Germany; eventually achieved rank of lieutenant

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1990: Participated in Operation Desert Storm in Saudi Arabia

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Returned to Berlin; was spotted by an agent who helped him land acting roles while still serving in the US Army

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After discharge, worked on stage and in TV in Germany

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1993: Cast in first feature film, a small role in "The Innocent", directed by John Schlesinger; released theatrically in USA in 1995

Mark Valley

1993: Appeared in Wim Wenders' "Faraway, So Close"

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1993: Moved to NYC to pursue acting career

Mark Valley

1993: First American TV role playing a priest on the NBC daytime serial "Another World"

Mark Valley

1994: Acted in the syndicated TV-movie "Vanishing Son IV"

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1994 - 1997: Played the charming and cunning journalist Jack Devereaux on the NBC daytime drama "Days of Our Lives"

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1997: Portrayed Robert F. Kennedy in the TNT biopic "George Wallace"

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1998: Cast as an FBI technician in "The Siege"

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2000: Appeared briefly as the cardiologist boyfriend of Rupert Everett's character in "The Next Best Thing"

Mark Valley

2000: Had recurring role on "ER" (NBC) as the former husband of Maura Tierney's Abby Lockhart and on "Once and Again" (ABC) as a suitor to Marin Hinkle's Judy Brooks

Mark Valley

2001: Played a spoiled rich guy on the highly acclaimed but short-lived Fox series "Pasadena"

Mark Valley

2001: Penned the one-man show, "Walls, Wars and Whiskey" about his experiences in the military

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2003: Played Detective Eddie Arlette on the short-lived FOX comedy "Keen Eddie"

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2004 - 2007: Cast in David E. Kelley's Practice spin-off "Boston Legal" (ABC) as attorney Brad Chase

Mark Valley

2007: Guest starred in "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" ["Paternity"]  and cast in J.J. Abrams' series "Fringe"

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2008: Appeared as John Scott in season one of "Fringe".

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2009: Cast as lead in "Human Target" for Fox. Married Anna Torv, his costar in "Fringe".

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2010: "Human Target" premieres. Separates from wife Anna Torv.

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Education


Etage School of the Arts, Berlin, Germany; studied with Dr. Rainer Beck
United States Military Academy, West Point, New York
HB Studio, New York, New York
 




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