FanGeek Client: Mark Lutz
Mark Lutz is perhaps best known for his role as the popular Groosalugg on Joss Whedon’s hit series Angel, but the role is one of many for the Montreal native — he’s also logged more than 50 appearances in film and television and is an award-winning writer and producer.
Mark grew up the eldest of four children in a very close-knit family. An early love of all things aquatic led him to competitive swimming. By the age of 8, he was breaking Canadian age-group swimming records; in college, he was named MVP of the swim team and competed at the Canadian Olympic trials. His swim career was cut short, however, when his shoulder blew out.
Upon leaving university with an Honors B.A. in political science, specializing in International Relations, Mark began pursuing an acting career. A natural at improvisation and sketch comedy, he trained at Toronto’s famed Second City and enjoyed successful stints at some of the city’s improv comedy venues.
Subsequently discovered by a talent agent, Lutz shifted into film and television. He quickly amassed more than 50 credits, including Angel, Friends, E.R., Twins, Ghost Whisperer, What About Brian, Power Play, Dick, La Femme Nikita, Queer as Folk, Specimen, Flashpoint and The Facts of Life Reunion.
Mark’s first screenplay, Victor, the inspirational yet tragic true story of the late Canadian Olympic swimming champion Victor Davis, was a ratings smash, earning multiple Gemini Awards.
His second script, Miranda & Gordon, won the prestigious Remi audience award at the Houston Worldfest Film Festival. His third script, the recently completed pilot E.M.S., is an exciting look into the world of paramedics.
SOCIAL MEDIA PORTFOLIO
• 2013: King and Maxwell (Tom Taylor)
• 2013: E.M.S. (Jake Thor)
• 2012: Flashpoint (Ronnie Birch)
• 2010: Ghost Whisperer: The Other Side (James Tyler)
• 2008: Victor (Victor Davis)
• 2001-2002: Angel (The Groosalugg)