As for Boston Legal, Brad Chase is a character who almost certainly knows how to get through anything and everything as long as his friends have the need to achieve something. He relies on his training in the Marine Corps to pave the way, be it by bullying others or by physically demanding tasks. When you see how complicated this character is to play, not everyone will be good at it. But for someone like the American actor Mark Valley, who previously served in the United States Army, he knew how to bring the character of Brad to life in every detail in the television series. With his performance of the role from 2004-2007, it is therefore still one of his most famous works.
In this article, we will tell you everything we know about the actor, including his career in both the military and the acting industry. Even his ex-wife will hardly disappear from the scene. So in the following, you will learn everything you never knew about Mark.
Mark Valley Biography
The actor’s full name is Mark Thomas Valley, but he is more commonly known as Mark Valley. He was born just one day before Christmas (December 24) in 1964. Mark’s birthplace is Ogdensburg, New York, USA, which makes him an American citizen, while his ethnic background is said to be a mixture of French, Canadian and Irish.
As for 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. Yes, they are all ladies.
Mark Valley first served as a soldier. He graduated in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Engineering from the United States Military Academy. He then served in Berlin and also served in the Gulf War.
During his time in the military, Mark played rugby at the Berlin Yanks Rugby Football Club, a rugby team of the U.S. military. There is no publicly available record of how he passed from military life to civilian life. In the absence of such records, however, we do know how his acting career began.
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 role of a tunnel technician. After this work, he received further film roles in projects such as Breast Men (1997), Some Girl, and The Siege (both 1998).
Mark began the new millennium with roles in movies like The Next Best Thing and Jericho (both in 2000), and from then until now he has played various challenging characters in other movies like Big Time, Live!, Shrek the Third (vocal role as Cyclops), Stolen, Zero Dark Thirty, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 2, Lost Boy and Pistol Shy.
On television, Mark Valley has undertaken many other projects. In the 90s he started with Another World, Vanishing Son IV, Days of Our Lives, George Wallace, and Brimstone. In the 2000’s Mark got better, which became an era in which he recorded his largest number of works to date. Some of his acting projects during this period included Diagnosis: Murder, Running Companions, Once and Again, ER, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Gideon’s Crossing, and Spin City. You can 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 until this article is updated, the Ogdensburg-born actor owes his roles in series such as 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 formerly a married man. He married his Fringe colleague Anna Torv in December 2008. Hardly a year after the marriage, the couple went separate ways after a divorce. What led to the failure of their marriage is not something that the actor or his ex-wife deemed appropriate to disclose.
Whether they had children or not is as little known as what led to their divorce or whether they had a child together. However, it has been reported from some circles that Mark Valley has a daughter named Sherri Valley.