Mark Metcalf

Mark Metcalf

Highest Rated: 90% National Lampoon's Animal House (1978)

Lowest Rated: 0% Playback (2012)

Birthday: Mar 11, 1946

Birthplace: Findlay, Ohio, USA

Best known for his multi-decade contributions to film as a character actor, Mark Metcalf began life in Ohio but came of age in St. Louis. Though Metcalf entered college with engineering ambitions, he soon gravitated to theater and decided to shift majors, almost on a whim, then moved into the Manhattan theatrical community in his mid-twenties and accepted stage roles in productions of varying magnitudes. 1976-1977 represented Metcalf's breakthrough period -- the period that witnessed him turning heads with a performance in David Rabe's military-themed play Streamers (he reportedly received personal backstage visits and hearty praise from the likes of Warren Beatty and Bette Davis) and another acclaimed supporting turn in the 1977 Best Picture nominee Julia. Metcalf scored broadest recognition, however (and the role with which he permanently became associated), as equestrian Douglas C. Neidermeyer, the sadistic, obnoxious ROTC officer and Omega fraternity president at Faber College, in director John Landis' anarchic blockbuster comedy National Lampoon's Animal House (1978). Metcalf purportedly went in auditioning for lady-killer Otter -- the part eventually given to Tim Matheson -- but picked up the Neidermeyer role when he deceptively convinced Landis that he could ride a horse. At about the same time, Metcalf stepped behind the camera and set up shop with actor Griffin Dunne (another future Landis associate), as well as actress Amy Robinson (Mean Streets), to form the production shingle Triple Play Productions in the late '70s. The trio turned out a single effort -- the critically well-received but commercially unsuccessful 1979 romantic drama Head Over Heels (later reedited and renamed Chilly Scenes of Winter). After that, however, Metcalf jumped ship and moved squarely into acting for many years, prompting Dunne and Robinson to rename the production company Double Play. Subsequent projects (which placed a particularly strong emphasis on comedic turns) included Where the Buffalo Roam (1980), Mr. North (1988), Hijacking Hollywood (1997), and Warden of Red Rock (2001). The outings Oscar and The Stupids re-teamed him with director Landis. In the late '90s, Metcalf enjoyed a recurring role as The Master on the syndicated supernatural drama series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and became acquainted with producer David E. Kelley, on whose Ally McBeal he occasionally guest starred. Off-camera, Metcalf and his wife made headlines when they purchased a Mequon, Wisconsin-based restaurant from Kelley, called Kelley's, and co-ran it.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet The Field Sheriff 2019
50% Fort McCoy Mr. Gerkey $78.7K 2014
No Score Yet Little Red Lou 2012
0% Playback Chris Safford 2012
No Score Yet Billy Club Actor 2012
63% Modus Operandi Actor 2010
No Score Yet The Legend Trip Actor 2006
No Score Yet The Sleeper Actor 2005
12% Sorority Boys John Kloss $10.2M 2002
No Score Yet Warden of Red Rock Carl McVale 2001
28% Drive Me Crazy Mr. Rope 1999
No Score Yet The Million Dollar Kid Officer Bob 1999
No Score Yet The Yearbook: An 'Animal House' Reunion Actor 1998
No Score Yet I'm Your Man Richard 1998
No Score Yet Hijacking Hollywood Michael Lawrence 1997
No Score Yet Rage Lt. Governor Dalquist 1996
20% The Stupids Colonel 1996
No Score Yet A Reason to Believe Dean Kirby 1995
No Score Yet Dead Ahead: The Exxon Valdez Disaster Dennis Kelso 1992
12% Oscar Milhous 1991
No Score Yet Guilty Until Proven Innocent Ron D'Angelo 1991
50% Mr. North George Harkness Skeel 1988
56% One Crazy Summer Aguilla 1986
22% The Heavenly Kid Joe 1985
38% Final Terror Mike 1985
No Score Yet Almost You Andrews 1985
17% Where the Buffalo Roam Dooley 1980
No Score Yet Head over Heels Ox Producer 1979
90% National Lampoon's Animal House Douglas C. Neidermeyer 1978
74% Julia Pratt 1977


88% Angel
The Master 2000
No Score Yet JAG
Capt. Pike Capt. Matthew Pike (CAG) Capt. Matthew Pike 1999
77% Star Trek: Voyager
Hirogen Medic 1998
61% Ally McBeal
Walden Hatfield's Lawyer 1998
81% Buffy the Vampire Slayer
The Master 1998
No Score Yet Teen Angel
Mr. Nitzke 1998
No Score Yet Party of Five
Mr. Reeves 1996
88% Seinfeld
Maestro 1996
No Score Yet Melrose Place
Wilkins 1995
No Score Yet Touched by an Angel
Nick 1994
No Score Yet Walker, Texas Ranger
No Score Yet Miami Vice
Brody 1988


Doug Neidermeyer says: You're all worthless and weak!