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Biography of Mark Acheson

Mark Acheson’s career spans mediums, genres and generations.

From his almost-entirely ad-libbed performance as the Mailroom Guy in 2003’s Elf, to Fargo’s unforgettable Mr. Tripoli, to terrifying Lord Tirek in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, chances are you’ve enjoyed Mark Acheson’s work more than once. 

Early work and stage

Mark began his acting career early and on stage, touring one-act Tennessee Williams plays with his high school theatre club in the Yukon. After graduating high school at 15 Mark moved to Vancouver to further hone his acting chops at prestigious Langara College in Vancouver, Canada. He was quickly noticed for memorable roles with Langara’s Studio 58, such as Mr. Van Dam in The Diary of Anne Frank and Queenie in Fortune and Men’s Eyes. Mark’s unforgettable portrayal of Lennie in the onstage adaptation of Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men received widespread acclaim.
Mark Acheson as Lennie in of Mice and Men

“The relationship between George and Lennie is a beautiful study of human interaction...The poignant relationship is well-realized as both Vince Metcalfe (George) and Mark Acheson (Lennie) turn in performances of rare sensitivity.”

Bob Allen,
Mark Acheson as Queenie Fortune and Men's Eyes

“Mark Acheson, playing a broad role very big, nevertheless manages the difficult feat of making the preening, pouting lost-forever Queenie both credible and touching.”​

Max Wyman

Mark also joined The Art’s Club Vancouver, where immediately made waves with a loveable portrayal of Charlie the Mailman in On Golden Pond. Acheson enjoyed back-to-back shows for several years before moving to Alberta to join Edmonton’s Stage West. There he reprised his role as Charlie the Mailman, acted in numerous other performances.

Mark and other Langara graduates formed Vancouver’s Janus Theatre Group. Named for the Greek god of new beginnings, Janus was lauded for its ensemble style, and the cast received high praise for their innate ability to break down barriers between audience and actors.The Janus Group delighted audiences for four years before closing its doors.

Film and television

As Mark’s onstage notoriety grew he worked to build more niches for himself in onscreen. He appeared consistently on television throughout the 1990’s, landing roles in episodes of Macgyver, Stargate SG-1 and The X-Files.

The millennium brought bright new shows and new opportunities for Mark, who appeared in episodes of Andromeda, Psych, Masters of Horror and a myriad of other television shows, including a recurring role in Smallville. Mark later re-appeared in the highly anticipated 2018 revamp of The X-Files.

Mark has appeared in multiple episodes of 5 of the longest running series in Vancouver, including The X Files, Supernatural, Smallville and Stargate SG-1. He has also appeared in Dirk Gently`s Holistic Detective AgencyMotive, Fringe, Andromeda and the emmy-award winning miniseries Fargo.

Mark’s film credits include roles in Trixie, The 13th WarriorChronicles of Riddick, She’s The Man, Jon Favreau’s Elf, and Zach Snyder’s  masterpiece Watchmen.

Mark Achesons Lord Tirek


Mark’s unmistakable and impressive vocal range was also quickly noticed in the world of animation, and he lent his voice to additional characters in G.I. Joe before being offered the role of spherical canine Fat Dog Mendoza in the 1998 British animated series of the same name. It was the first Cartoon Network European co-production, and though Fat Dog Mendoza lasted one season it gained an international cult following.

Mark quickly became a fixture of Saturday morning cartoons, reinventing classic characters in their millennial reboots. Included in the list: Transformers’ Unicron and Crumplezone, X-Men’s Sabretooth, and Fisto in He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. More recently Mark put a terrifying twist on every pony’s worst nightmare, Lord Tirek in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic

Recent and Future Projects

Catch Mark in the Netflix breakout hit Altered Carbon.Also coming soon to Netflix is the highly anticipated horror adaptation of occult classic novel Brand New Cherry Flavor. Mark appears alongside Rosa Salazar, Catherine Keener, Eric Lange, Jeff Ward & Manny Jacinto.