Hello. Dr. Odd here. I met Mark back in High School. He is a pretty interesting guy. Recently he has moved to Los Angeles to become a famous actor and I have started talking to him lately to work on his website. You can drop him a line here. Mark Kowalczyk
When were you born? Where?
9:38 AM October 2nd, 1975. Joliet, IL. Silver Cross Hospital.
What is the 1st thing you want to do when you get home from work or when you wake up on the weekends?
When I get home I usually return a ton of phone calls. During the weekends I get up early, cook a nice meal, and head out to the gym.
Who would you like to pattern yourself after?
I think I'd choose my father as a role model. He has integrity, drive, humor, and a great business sense. He taught me critical lessons like "follow your heart and the rest will come." I assume he meant success, money, fame, whatever. So far he's been right.
What is your favorite vacation spot?
Tough one. I think Santa Barbara, CA's been the spot.
If you could get paid the same amount of $ at your current job and do anything, what would it be?
I can't do anything else. I wish I could; it would make life a hell of a lot easier. Acting is the only job I can do.
If you found $200 in the trash and you had to spend it that day, what would you do with it?
Rent a board and suit, and go surfing. I've barely had the chance to do it since I moved to LA, but the dozen or so times I have -- it's been sublime. There's nothing like it.
What kind of music you like the most and why?
All kinds (yes, even Country). Currently, I'm into The Eagles of Death Metal, RJD2, Lionel Hampton, The Mars Volta, The Killers, The Secret Machines, Outkast, The Ditty Bops, and Tegan & Sara
Who have you been most influenced by and why?
John Lennon. He was an artist with a capital "A" but he knew how to play the game of showbiz as well. He showed the world that you can change people through art; that it is possible to have a peaceful revolution. No guns, no coups, no violence needed. The reason I am an actor today is mostly due to the musical influence of John Lennon and The Beatles.
What makes you cry?
I am a huge pussy, so I cry all the time during movies. I can even remember the last movie I cried at: Man on Fire. There I said it. So fuck you if you don't like it. You wanna fight?
What is your favorite town or state in the United States?
California, though Utah is a close second. Everything is within a 1 hour drive from my house.
What do you usually eat for dinner?
I'm on a diet, so same thing 6 out of 7 days. For dinner it's usually chicken breast, brown rice, and a steamed vegetable... Boo-ooo-ooring. But I feel great!
What is your favorite website?
www.ultimate-guitar.com. I'm super into playing my guitar lately. This site has 90,000 tabs and if an an album comes out today, the tabs will be on their site in, like, 5 minutes.
If you had to hear 1 album for the rest of your life what would it be?
The White Album. See, it's a double album, so I can cheat at my answer. If that's not allowed then it would be OK Computer.
What is your favorite movie?
What do you do for $?
I've been splitting my time between acting and odd jobs for 6 years now. I'm very close to being able to quit my "day job" though... so stay tuned! More to come...
What do you find attractive in the opposite sex?
Tits and ass... Oh, and money too. Maybe personality... (Just kidding honey).
Dogs or cats?
What is your favorite sports team?
You got any Tattoos?
Two: footprints on my back, Egyptian Ankh on my forearm.
Do you use styling products in your hair?
C'mon, did you see my picture?? Without product, it'd look like I had pubic hair on my head.
What is your favorite cartoon character?
Max Power - the name you love to touch.
Got any nick-names? What do they mean or how did you get them?
"Smack." I got it during freshman year football, as I think we all did (Spee, Z, Roman, Chew, Moose, etc..). Some weird bastardization of my last name. Thank Paul Thanemcodeth (?) Cherian.
What is your salad dressing of choice?
What is your favorite fast food place? What do you order there?
In & Out Burger. Dub cheese.
What is your favorite booze beverage?
No more drinky drinky for Marky Marky. I was a reckingball with no chain for too many years.
What is the one thing people say about you the most?
"I can't believe it's that big, flacid." If it's not that it's "You're silly."
What do you think people say are some of your most virtuous qualities?
Extremely hard working and driven.
What do you think people say are some of your vices?
Hot-tempered. The milkman must have been Mexican.
What is your biggest pet peeve?
Slow-drivers in the left hand lane, baby. Move the fuck OVER. ;)=
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