Biography: Mark Duplass

Mark Duplass is a writer, director, producer and actor who first made a name for himself when he starred in, co-wrote, and co-directed a string of award-winning short films, including This Is John and Scrabble, which premiered at Sundance in 2003 and 2004, respectively.

He and his brother Jay also wrote and directed the 2005 Sundance breakout hit The Puffy Chair, which went on to win the Audience Award at SXSW 2005 and was nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards. The film was released theatrically by Roadside Attractions and Netflix in 2006. Baghead, their next feature film, was picked up by Sony Pictures Classics at Sundance 2008 and received an international theatrical release that year. Fox Searchlight recently released Mark and Jay’s first studio feature, Cyrus, starring John C. Reilly, Jonah Hill and Marisa Tomei, which garnered rave reviews. Mark and Jay’s next film is Paramount Vantage’s Jeff Who Lives at Home, starring Jason Segal, Ed Helms, Susan Sarandon, and Judy Greer.

As an actor, Mark co-starred in The Puffy Chair, Joe Swanberg’s 2007 Hannah Takes The Stairs from IFC Films, and 2009’s breakout Sundance hit Humpday from Magnolia Pictures. Mark also appeared opposite Ben Stiller in Noah Baumbach’s Greenberg, which Focus Features released in March 2010.

Currently, Mark can be seen on the small screen as the lead in FX’s The League, a semi-scripted comedy about a fantasy football league. The show will begin its fourth season later this year. Mark will also be seen this year in Lynn Shelton‘s Your Sister’s Sister with Emily Blunt and Rosemarie DeWitt and Lawrence Kasdan‘s Darling Companion opposite Diane Keaton, Kevin Kline, Richard Jenkins and Dianne Wiest.

Mark has produced numerous films including The Freebie, Lovers of Hate and Bass Ackwards, all three of which premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. He also wrote and produced Black Rock, which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and stars Katie Aselton, Lake Bell and Kate Bosworth. Mark resides in Los Angeles with his wife Katie and their daughter.


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