It did not take long for clean-cut actor Mark Famiglietti to make inroads in Hollywood. A popular student with a love of musicals in his high school days, Famiglietti hightailed it from his East Coast surroundings to the warm glow of Los Angeles, where he quickly wound up piquing curiosities as an east coast student on "Young Americans" (The WB, 2000). Making his way into serious-minded television procedurals and dark big screen thrillers such as television's "CSI" (CBS, 2000-15) and the feature "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines" (2003), Famiglietti was keen to prove he had all the chops needed for the long haul.
Born on Sept. 26, 1979 in Providence, RI, Famiglietti was raised in Clinton, CT. His parents introduced him to theater and opera at a young age, sparking the imagination of the young boy to the possibilities held by the performing arts. It was an interest that Famiglietti carried into his education. He excelled in school at Morgan High, becoming captain of the school's baseball team, playing in the school band, singing in the chorus and spending the last two years as president of his class. During his senior year in 1996, his appearances in school theater productions won him a Musical Theatre Award by the Goodspeed Guild of East Haddam's Goodspeed Opera House, where he had previously made an impressive appearance in "An Evening with Max Showalter and Friends." The Goodspeed Guild offered the young actor a grant of sorts, which gave students the financial means to study and train in the theater arts.
By the time he had graduated, Famiglietti was a veteran of stage productions both inside and out of school. At Morgan High, he began with "Guys & Dolls" and later took to such stapes as "Kiss Me Kate." He did not stop there, however, hitting the Clinton stages to give performances in classics like "The Music Man" and "Bye, Bye Birdie." After high school, Famiglietti attended New York University in the fall of 1997, which he left after just a semester. He had decided to head west for the acting opportunities in Los Angeles. Famiglietti's paid acting career began in 1998 with the teen series, "Hang Time" (NBC, 1995-2000), in which he appeared regularly as a good-looking high school charmer named Nick Hammer. In 1999, he made his way onto on an episode of another youth-driven series - "Zoe, Duncan, Jack & Jane" (1999-2000) on The WB.
It was not long before Famiglietti's looks won him some serious admiration, and thus, roles. He was tapped for a starring role in The WB's "Young Americans," fully encompassing his role as well-to-do boarding school student Scott Calhoun, paired up with a poor, mismatched classmate named Will Krudski. The series was cancelled in three months. Undaunted, Famiglietti continued on. He shot the telefilm "A Tale of Two Bunnies" (ABC, 2000) while "Young Americans" was still on the air. Later that year, Famiglietti went back to college - on film - for a fraternity-themed episode of "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation."
Thankfully, Famiglietti managed to impress casting agents. As Michael Mulvaney, Jr. -one of the siblings of the Mulvaney family whose sole daughter becomes a victim of rape - he plowed into a dramatic role of grief and despair in "We Were the Mulvaneys" (Lifetime, 2002). That year, Famiglietti tried his hand at feature films with the independent drama, "Full Ride" (2002), playing a supporting role in the story of a troubled star high school football player. At the time of the film's release, he was giddily in the midst of shooting a far bigger budgeted feature - Universal Pictures' summer action blockbuster "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machine" (2003). Famiglietti played the doomed husband of a terminator target played by Claire Danes.
Starting off 2003, Famiglietti had a recurring arc over two episodes of Fox's short-lived cop drama "Fast Lane" (2002-03). That same year, the actor was adding another job description to his resume: Writer. He and his writing partner, "Prison Break" (Fox, 2005-09) star Lane Garrison, sold a spec comedy screenplay called "Chasing Fate" to pop star Madonna's production company, Maverick.Films. With a consistent home on television, Famiglietti knew he could always count on series work when getting back to acting. Cast on an intriguing high-tech detective series "Eyes" (ABC, 2005), he had a mid-season series pilot in the can by March 2004. Famiglietti was cast as Tim Smits, one of the detective firm's junior analysts. That June, he got back to writing, as Lions Gate Films tapped the actor and his writing partner to turn a horror comedy idea by "Daredevil" (2003) director Mark Steven Johnson into a screenplay. That idea - "Succubus" - would focus on a cult of demonic women.
"Eyes" was well-received upon its April 2005 debut, but was ultimately cancelled five episodes into its run. Down but not out, Famiglietti had shot upwards of 10 episodes of the series, half of which did not air at all. He was still getting work - such as a role on the CBS drama "Conviction" - but the series was abruptly halted not long after commencing. Famiglietti's turn as ADA Chris Leshin was never seen by viewing audiences. Later that year, he carried on with filming the feature, "The Nobel Son" (2007), a powerful drama about a family impacted by a father's incredible success in the world of science. Despite his failed series for CBS, 2006 ultimately yielded a good year of pairings with the network. He had a homecoming of sorts under the "CSI" banner, with "CSI: NY" (2004-13), then jumped to another of its high-rated procedurals, "Cold Case" (2003-10). By now, the actor who had began in sunny musicals, was no stranger to the dark. He entered the world of character Doug Caruthers in his second studio film, the Sony Pictures thriller "Premonition" (2007), starring Sandra Bullock as a woman who foresees her husband's auto accident death.
Cast (Feature Film)
Featured on the NBC Saturday morning teen comedy series "Hang Time"
Guest starred on an episode of the sitcom "Zoe, Duncan, Jack & Jane" (The WB)
Starred as Scout on The WB's teen drama "Young Americans"
Featured as friendly bartender Corky in the ABC TV-movie "A Tale of Two Bunnies"
Cast in "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines" opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger
Cast in the short-lived ABC series "Eyes"
Co-starred with Sandra Bullock in the psychological thriller "Premonition"