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Mark Metcalf



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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
50% Fort McCoy
  • Mr. Gerkey
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
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
21% 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
13% Oscar
  • Milhous
1991
No Score Yet Guilty Until Proven Innocent
  • Ron D'Angelo
1991
43% Mr. North
  • George Harkness Skeel
1988
75% Julia
  • Pratt
1987
60% One Crazy Summer
  • Aguilla
1986
25% 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

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Ally McBeal
1997-2002
  • Walden Hatfield's Lawyer
No Score Yet Buffy the Vampire Slayer
1997-2003
  • The Master
No Score Yet Seinfeld
1989-1998
  • Maestro
No Score Yet Star Trek: Voyager
1995-2001
  • Hirogen Medic

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