Linn-Baker "Larry" Made His Fortune
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a translation of this article which you will find below!)
This is "Larry" from
the series that has been running on American television for the past five years.
This enthusiast of the theatre,
Mark Linn-Baker, (forgot) put aside his classical training and yielded to the
call of television.
"In his audition he spoke
only three words," said Bronson Pinchot. "And before he finished
speaking the third word, I said to him: You are a genius."
Pinchot said that he had
auditioned with a whole bunch of other applicants for the role of Larry in,
"Larry and Balki" and none of them had felt right. "With
Mark it worked immediately because he is a veteran of the profession."
His parents were both actors, and
by the age of seven, he was familiar with the whole acting scene, even opening
and closing the curtains for shows, when he lived in St. Louis (where he was
born on June 17, 1953.)
"The year after that, my
father took us to live in a small town in Connecticut called Wetherfield."
That is where Mark went to school.
A few miles away lies the city of
Hartford. Each year they held a Shakespeare festival. It was to
leave an impression on the young Mark.
"I have a deeply rooted
passion for the theatre." he says.
Although, in truth he thought at
first that he would study psychology at University, but he quickly changed his
mind and enrolled in drama classes.
"I was very lucky. I
had work continually after I finished my (schooling) University education."
Mark lived in a small, cheap
apartment in one of the bad neighborhoods in New York. That lasted (a long
time) until he examined his disastrous finances, at which time he told himself
it was time to descend from his ivory tower and go (do) make movies.
This was fortunate because he was
offered a role in, "My favorite Year" with Peter O'Toole (which also
remains his only film) and Mark suddenly had to "grab the devil by the
And suddenly there was a month in
his life he will never forget.
"The first week I did an
advertisement for a brand of cereal (which after six years is still being shown
occasionally on television.) The second week, I made another for a brand
of candy (sweets). The third week I got (won) the role on a soap
opera. And the fourth week I did a T.V. spot for Coca-Cola. I must
say that these four weeks changed the course of my life completely."
Mark left his small apartment and
moved to a beautiful apartment in Uptown New York.
For a long time he did not think
about moving to Los Angeles. He lived at the hotel and whenever he had a
few days off, he would fly back to the East Coast.
New York is the (only) city I
love." (He says,) "This is where I live."
But the sky blue sea and palm
trees finally seduced him. He now owns a beautiful home in Malibu.
"And if the series
continues," (it's in it's fifth year,) "I will buy myself another home
in Louisiana, and I will go to New York whenever I can."