Well, that was totally unexpected. Mark Rylance won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor on Feb. 28, even though Sylvester Stallone was expected to take home the gold. So who exactly is Mark Rylance? We put together a list of things you should know about the award-winning actor!
Wow. The biggest surprise of the Oscars on Feb. 28 happened when Mark Rylance beat out Sylvester Stallone and took home the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Bridge Of Spies. It was totally unexpected, and now, everyone wants to know — who is Mark Rylance? Here’s what we know.
1. Mark’s real name is David Mark Rylance Waters. He uses the shortened version of his name — Mark Rylance — for professional purposes. His original choice, Mark Waters, was already taken by someone else registered with Equity, according to his Wikipedia page.
2. Mark married director, composer and playwright Claire van Kampen in 1987, and he became a stepfather to her two daughters from a previous marriage.
3. He was the creator and director of “We Are One,” a fundraiser that took place at the Apollo Theatre in April 2010. On that night, actors and musicians came together for performances of tribal prose and poetry.
4. Some of Mark’s film appearances include Prospero’s Books (1991), Angels and Insects (1995), Institute Benjamenta (1996), and Intimacy (2001). He’s best known for starring in Bridge Of Spies (2015), The Other Boleyn Girl (2008), Intimacy, and Angels and Insects.
5. Mark was the first artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe in London, from 1995 to 2005.
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