Born on May 30, 1964, Mark Andreas Sheppard (often credited as “Mark A. Sheppard”) is an English actor and musician born in London. He is the son of actor W. Morgan Sheppard. At the age of fifteen, Mark became a professional musician. He recorded and toured with many bands including Robyn Hitchcock, the Television Personalities, and the Irish group Light a Big Fire. He played drums on the Light a Big Fire’s second album. After recording albums for many groups throughout Europe as a session musician, Mark moved to the United States where he was invited to audition for the American production of the pay Cock and Bull Story. He won numerous awards including the 1992 L.A. Drama Critics’ Circle award and the LA Weekly and Dramalogue awards.
Mark is known for his low raspy voice, Cockney accent, and his portrayal of cunning and intelligent villians and anti-heroes. His film credits include In the Name of the Father, Lover’s Knot, Out of the Cold, Unstoppable, Megalodon, and New Alcatraz. He directed his father in the film Room 101 and co-starred with him in the psychological thriller Nether World. Mark has been on numerous television shows including The X-Files, Soldier of Fortune, The Practice, The Invisible Man, Special Unit 2, JAG, Star Trek: Voyager, The Chronicle, Monk, Las Vegas, CSI: NY, Chuck, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Charmed, Firefly, Dollhouse, 24, Medium, Battlestar Galactica, The Middleman, Bionic Woman, Leverage, Burn Notice, White Collar, Warehouse 13, and Doctor Who. Of course, we know him best for his portrayal of the King of Hell, Crowley, in Supernatural.
Crowley first appears during the tenth episode of season five, “Abandon All Hope”, sealing a deal with the executive of a failing bank to bail it out. He then appears in many other episodes including season five’s “The Devil You Know” and “Two Minutes to Midnight”; season six’s “Weekend at Bobby’s”, “Family Matters”, “All Dogs Go to Heaven”, “Caged Heat”, “Mommy Dearest”, “The Man Who Would Be King”, “Let It Bleed”, and “The Man Who Knew Too Much”; season seven’s “Meet the New Boss”, “Slash Fiction”, “Season Seven, Time for a Wedding!”, “There Will Be Blood”, and “Survival of the Fittest”; and season eight’s “We Need to Talk About Kevin”, “What’s Up, Tiger Mommy?”, “A Little Slice of Kevin”, “Torn and Frayed”, “Goodbye Stranger”, “Taxi Driver”, “The Great Escapist”, “Clip Show”, and “Sacrifice”. In the season eight finale “Sacrifice”, Sam and Dean take Crowley to a small church to undergo the third of the trials – to cure a demon. They secure him in the middle of a Devil’s Trap. After confessing his sins, Sam injects Crowley with his blood. Slowly Crowley starts to regain his humanity and tries to bond with Sam by tearfully declaring that he deserves to be loved. He asks Sam what he could do to ask for forgiveness. Sam says that Crowley should go along with the cure and he willingly does. Dean arrives as Sam is about to complete the ritual and begs him to stop by warning him it will kill him.
Even though Crowley seems to be the “Big Bad” that won’t go away, Crowley has been well received by the fans of the show. After the season eight finale aired, many fans argued that Mark and Jared Padalecki both deserved awards for their amazing portrayals of Crowley and Sam. Crowley gave Sam the nickname “Moose” which has followed Jared Padalecki around in his real life.
Most recently Mark appeared in the movie Sons of Liberty which is about “a special operations unit which races to find and prevent the construction of a devastating micro nuclear device created by a group of radical mercenaries whose political beliefs blur the line between terrorist and revolutionary”. The movie had a limited release in early July of this year in the United States.
Mark currently resides in Los Angeles, California with his wife Jessica and two sons Max and Will.
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Supernatural Wiki: http://www.supernaturalwiki.com/index.php?title=Crowley