Mark Pellegrino

Biography: Just as his enigmatic character Jacob suddenly materialized from oblivion, Mark Pellegrino instantly rose out of obscurity after he played the role in Lost's Season Five finale. Prior to his appearance on the J.J. Abrams hit sci-fi drama, he was virtually unknown to most television audiences. And for someone who has racked up nearly a hundred TV and film credits on his resume, one would assume Pellegrino to be one of the most recognizable faces in the industry. In a span of more than two decades, this character actor has kept a low profile but has constantly landed supporting roles in countless movies and TV shows.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Mark has been trained in the Meisner Method under acting guru Robert Carnegie at the North Hollywood Playhouse West in California. He has since been teaching the Meisner technique to aspiring and up-and-coming actors. His career began with a guest appearance as a Punk in "The Wizard of Odds" episode of L.A. Law in 1987.
Throughout the next couple of decades, Pellegrino has lent his unique talent in working with acclaimed film directors Richard Donner (Lethal Weapon 3 in 1992), Joel Coen (The Big Lebowski in 1998), David Mamet (Spartan in 2004), David Lynch (Mulholland Drive in 2001), and Jon Turteltaub (National Treasure in 2004) among others.

On television, Mark has guest-starred in numerous cable and network television series including his portrayal of terrorist bomber Bobby James on The Beast, three different characters in separate episodes of NYPD Blue, and mob boss Sadik Marku, whose mistress and son went missing, on Without a Trace. In 2006, Pellegrino landed a recurring role as Paul Bennett, the violent estranged husband of Rita, on Showtime's suspense crime drama Dexter. But it was only in 2009 when he was cast as the once-invisible yet highly-significant Jacob, who seemingly holds the secrets to the mysterious South Pacific Island, on Lost that Mark gained wider prominence. That same year, CW tapped him to play the Prince of Darkness himself, Lucifer, in the fifth season of Supernatural.

Mark Pellegrino's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average career score: 36
Highest Metascore: 69 The Big Lebowski
Lowest Metascore: 21 Say It Isn't So
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 9
  2. Negative: 6 out of 9
9 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
31 An American Affair Feb 27, 2009 Graham Caswell 8.0
23 Caffeine Mar 16, 2007 Tom 7.0
tbd The Number 23 Feb 23, 2007 Kyle Flinch 6.5
51 Ellie Parker Nov 11, 2005 Justin 7.9
39 National Treasure Nov 19, 2004 Agent Johnson 7.1
26 Twisted Feb 27, 2004 Jimmy Schmidt 4.6
40 The Hunted Mar 14, 2003 Dale Hewitt 4.8
tbd Lost in the Pershing Point Hotel Dec 7, 2001 Tripper 8.5
21 Say It Isn't So Mar 23, 2001 Jimmy Mitchelson 5.6
25 Drowning Mona Mar 3, 2000 Murph Calzone 6.6
69 The Big Lebowski Mar 6, 1998 Blond Treehorn Thug 8.8