On Boston Legal, one character who almost certainly knows how to get his way through anything and anybody as long as his friends have the need to get something done is Brad Chase. He relies on his Marine Corps training to pave the way whether it is by bullying others or undertaking physically demanding tasks. Seeing how intricate this character is to play, it is certainly not everyone that will be good at it. But for someone like American actor Mark Valley, who previously served in the United States Army, he understood even to the minutest detail how to bring the character of Brad to life on the Tv series. Thus with his portrayal of the role from 2004–2007, it is still one of his best-known works.
In this article, we will tell you all we know about the actor including his careers both in the military and acting industry. In addition, his ex-wife will hardly be out of the picture. So, find out all you never knew about Mark below.
Mark Valley Biography
The actor’s full name is Mark Thomas Valley but he is more popularly known as Mark Valley. He was born just a day before Christmas (24th December) in the year 1964. Mark’s birthplace is Ogdensburg, New York, the U.S which makes him an American national, while his ethnicity is reportedly a mix of French, Canadian, and Irish.
With regards to his family members, the actor was born to Michael Valley (father) and Martha Valley (mother) while his siblings are Jennifer Valley, Lynne Valley, and Marnie Valley. Yeah, they are all ladies.
Mark Valley’s first job was as a soldier. He graduated in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and engineering from the United States Military Academy. Afterward, he served in Berlin and also in the Gulf war.
During his time in the military, Mark played rugby with The Berlin Yanks Rugby Football Club; a U.S military rugby team. There are no publicly available records on how he transitioned from military life to that of a civilian. In the absence of this, however, we know how his acting career kicked off.
Movies and TV Shows
Mark Valley began his acting career on the big screen with his first acting role in The Innocent (1993) where he played the character of a tunnel technician. After this work, he landed other film roles in projects like Breast Men (1997), Some Girl, and The Siege both in 1998.
Mark began the new millennium with roles in films like The Next Best Thing, and Jericho (both in 2000) and from that point till now, he has played various demanding characters in other films like Big Time, Live!, Shrek the Third (voice role as Cyclops), Stolen, Zero Dark Thirty, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns: Part 2, Lost Boy, and Gun Shy.
On television, Mark Valley has had a lot more projects to his name. In the 90s, he started off with Another World, Vanishing Son IV, Days of Our Lives, George Wallace, and Brimstone. Mark got better in the 2000s which became an era he recorded his greatest number of works so far. Some of his acting projects at this time included Diagnosis: Murder, Running Mates, Once and Again, ER, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Gideon’s Crossing, and Spin City. You will also find him in Harry Green and Eugene, I’m with Her, Emily’s Reasons Why Not, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Fringe, and Human Target.
From 2011 till the time we lasted updated this article, the Ogdensburg-born actor has to his credit roles in series like Body of Proof, SOKO Stuttgart (German TV series), Boston Legal, Hawaii Five-0, Bloodline, Wisdom of the Crowd, The Flash, and The Romanoffs.
Mark Valley’s Ex-Wife (Anna Torv)
Mark Valley was previously a married man. He got married in December 2008 to his Fringe co-star, Anna Torv. However, barely one year into the marriage, the couple went their separate ways after a divorce. What led to the collapse of their marriage is not something that the actor or his ex-wife has deemed fit to disclose.
On whether they had kids or not, just like there is no mention of what led to their divorce, it is also not known if they had any child together. But then, it has been reported on some quarters that Mark Valley has a daughter named Sherri Valley.