Mark Metcalf

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

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
50% Fort McCoy Mr. Gerkey $78.7K 2014
0% Playback Chris Safford 2012
No Score Yet Little Red Actor 2012
No Score Yet Billy Club Actor 2012
75% Modus Operandi Actor 2010
No Score Yet The Legend Trip Actor 2006
No Score Yet The Sleeper Actor 2005
13% 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
43% Mr. North George Harkness Skeel 1988
60% One Crazy Summer Aguilla 1986
22% The Heavenly Kid Joe 1985
29% 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
91% National Lampoon's Animal House Douglas C. Neidermeyer 1978
72% Julia Pratt 1977

TV

CREDIT
88% Angel
1999-2004
The Master
  • 2000
No Score Yet JAG
1995-2005
Capt. Pike Capt. Matthew Pike (CAG) Capt. Matthew Pike
  • 1999
77% Star Trek: Voyager
1995-2001
Hirogen Medic
  • 1998
No Score Yet Ally McBeal
1997-2002
Walden Hatfield's Lawyer
  • 1998
  • 1997
81% Buffy the Vampire Slayer
1997-2003
The Master
  • 1998
  • 1997
No Score Yet Teen Angel
1997-1998
Mr. Nitzke
  • 1998
  • 1997
No Score Yet Party of Five
1994-2000
Mr. Reeves
  • 1996
88% Seinfeld
1989-1998
Maestro
  • 1996
  • 1995
  • 1992
No Score Yet Melrose Place
1992-1999
Wilkins
  • 1995
No Score Yet Miami Vice
1984-1990
Brody
  • 1988

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