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Marco Perella (born May 18, 1949)[1] is an American character actor and author, who has played a variety of small roles in motion pictures shot in Texas.

Marco Perella
Born (1949-05-18) May 18, 1949 (age 70) [1]
OccupationActor
Years active1985–present
Spouse(s)Diane Perella (1984–present)
Children2

He is best known for his role in Boyhood (2014), playing an abusive alcoholic second husband, Professor Bill Welbrock, and for his bestselling book, Adventures of A No Name Actor (2001), a humorous autobiography recounting his struggles in the acting world.

Life and careerEdit

Perella was born in Houston, Texas,[2][3] the son of Anthony Paul Perella and Edna Lee Drake.[1] He studied at Stanford University, in Northern California, but left after his junior year.[4] He then worked as a construction worker, firefighter and musician, before auditioning for a role in West Side Story.[4]

In 1984, he and actress Diane Perella were married in Texas. They have two children.[3]

In the mid 1980s, Perella began to work in film and television. His debut was in Fandango (1985) starring Kevin Costner, but his scenes were cut before the theatrical release. He later took the role as a cab driver in D.O.A. (1988) starring Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan. Other roles include a police sergeant in the made-for-TV movie Knight Rider 2000 (1991) starring David Hasselhoff, as the Mercer interrogator in Oliver Stone's JFK (1991) starring Kevin Costner, as a road block officer in A Perfect World (1993) starring Kevin Costner, Clint Eastwood, and Laura Dern, and as an Anglo father in Lone Star (1996) starring Matthew McConaughey and Kris Kristofferson.

Perella had a recurring role, as Cobalt, in TV's Walker, Texas Ranger (1993–1999) starring Chuck Norris, he also appeared in another episode of Walker, Texas Ranger entitled 'No Way Out' as Zeke, a Mercenary working for Caleb Hooks Michael Parks. He also worked with director Richard Linklater several times, playing the roles as Tom Watson in Fast Food Nation (2006) starring Greg Kinnear, Bruce Willis, and Catalina Sandino Moreno, as Donald in A Scanner Darkly (2006) starring Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder, and Robert Downey Jr., and as Professor Bill Welbrock, the abusive alcoholic second husband, in Boyhood (2014) starring Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, and Ethan Hawke.

His autobiography, Adventures of A No Name Actor, in which Perella humorously recounts his struggles in the acting world, was published in 2001 and became a bestseller.

Marco Perella lives in Onion Creek, Texas, with his wife, Diane. Besides acting themselves, they offer on-camera acting classes and audition workshops in Austin.

Selected filmographyEdit

TV seriesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Texas Birth Index, Harris County, May 18, 1949.
  2. ^ Marco A Perella, radaris.com, retrieved 19 May 2014
  3. ^ a b Lone Ranger: Actor Stays Rooted In Texas, orlandosentinel.com, retrieved 19 May 2014
  4. ^ a b The Player, austinchronicle.com, retrieved 19 May 2014

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