January 9, 1987
With Latest Role
by Toni Reinhold
"Perfect Strangers" made its debut on ABC in early
1986, two things were perfectly clear: The show had hit
potential and TV had two potential new stars.
new star was Bronson Pinchot. And the other new star was a
New York-based actor with roots in the theater. In fact,
Mark Linn-Baker, 32, had made an impression on audiences before
the series through commercials and films.
graduate of Yale, he says he took the plunge into commercials
because of "a desperate search for means of financial
have been doing professional theater for the last 12
years," Linn-Baker says. "That's really my first
love. But it's not a big paycheck even if you're lucky
enough to work constantly, which I have been lucky enough to
do. Television, films and commercials are a little more
people either know me from my stage work or the film 'My
Favorite Year,'" continues Linn-Baker. "I also
appeared in Woody Allen's 'Manhattan,' which is actually the
first film I did. But commercials are totally new to
me. I never did them until a few months ago. My
agent said, "Mark, if you're interested we could get you
some commercial work.' I'd been working for a long time
and concentrating on the theater and it seemed like a nice way
to supplement theater."
commercial work found Linn-Baker, so did "Perfect
producers called my agent," he says. "They had
Bronson Pinchot playing an immigrant and they were looking for
the other half of the show. They knew my work and wanted
to know if I was interested."