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Mark Linn-Baker

Mark Linn-Baker

Mark Linn-Baker (born June 17, 1954 in St. Louis, Missouri) is an American actor and director famous for his role as Larry Appleton on the television sitcom Perfect Strangers. The show paired Linn-Baker with Bronson Pinchot (as Balki Bartokomous), creating a legendary comedy duo. They played distant cousins who meet for the first time when Balki travels to Chicago from his native island of Mypos. They become roommates, showcasing Linn-Baker as the nebbishy straightman and Pinchot as the outrageous foreigner.

Linn-Baker also guest starred in one episode of the successful ABC TV series Full House, as Dick Donaldson, the wealthy, snobbish cousin of Becky Donaldson Katsopolis (Lori Loughlin).

As of 2005, Linn-Baker has landed a role as a regular cast member on the WB Network sitcom, Twins.

Linn-Baker also directed numerous episodes of Family Matters, Hangin' with Mr. Cooper, and The Trouble with Larry.

Before his entree into television, Linn-Baker had a notable film role as Benjy Stone in the 1982 comedy, My Favorite Year, co-starring with Peter O'Toole. In a manner similar to his role in Perfect Strangers, Linn-Baker played the straight man to O'Toole's outrageous character, Alan Swann. He also appeared as a spokesperson for Peter Pan peanut butter commercials in the late 1980s and 1990s.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2006.

Mark Linn-Baker Facts

BirthdayJune 17, 1954 (69)
BirthplaceSt. Louis, Missouri, USA

Selected Filmography

Rush Hour
Noises Off...
Noises Off
Perfect Strangers: The Complete First and Second Seasons
My Favorite Year
Hunks Like Us
End Game
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