Charming and playful, be wary this one bites. Born and raised in Mississippi, Marcus began acting in a Columbus Community Theatre production of Brair Rabbit at the age of 7. When his entire second grade class showed up with jellybeans, balloons, and signs that read, “Break a Leg Marcus!” he fell in love with attention and never looked back. An authentic spunky-vulnerable-rebel, Marcus often wonders why biographies are written in the third person.
A gifted singer and pianist, in addition to his theatrical credits, Marcus has performed on stages in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Vermont, Mississippi, New Orleans, and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. Marcus is an award winning writer and poet. Fond memories include fishing trips with his Grandfather, receiving a standing ovation for his speech at the National Young Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C., playing the piano at a five star French restaurant in the Bahamas, and a summer of mission work in Fiji.
An Ivy League graduate, Marcus studied English, Theatre Arts, and Comparative Literature at The University of Pennsylvania after leaving Tulane’s School of Architecture to pursue a more stable career in the arts. On scholarship at The American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, Marcus assisted Lisa Steindler the artistic director for both the Encore and Z Space Studio Theatres. He studied among such stars as Dorris Roberts and John Glover in the prestigious Master Class at the Beverly Hills Playhouse with master teacher, Milton Katselas.
Shortly after arriving in Los Angeles, Marcus played Trent on Veronica Mars opposite Alyson Hannigan of American Pie and Buffy. Other television appearances include Scandal, playing Tommy’s (Marshal Allman) friend James on Alan Ball’s True Blood, on Shonda Rhime’s Grey’s Anatomy, and on Jerry Brukheimer’s CSI under Ken Fink’s direction. Marcus looks forward to continued Television Roles where his quirkiness reigns supreme, and films where he can explore grippingly real characters, psychotics, schizophrenics, and forlorn love interests.
On film and television sets all over Los Angeles these fond words have been uttered in regards to Marcus: “You’d never guess he has a heart of gold hidden behind those mischievous eyes”…“You won’t find a more charmingly combative or loveably acerbic ball of talent his age anywhere in this town…if you have any sense, cast him!”