About Me

M.V. “Mark” OLIPHANT is a triple-threat entertainer (actor, singer, voiceover artist) based in Atlanta, GA who has appeared in television and stage plays in a span of 20 years. Among his film credits include:
** Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse (
episode: "The Big Day" in 2012)
** TV One's Fatal Attraction

- Episode 201: "Ambushed by Love" as lead character Jerry Logan (first aired August 2014)

- Episode 420: Demons of the Past" as Detective Davidson (first aired April 2016)


**TBS sitcom "Detour" as a vocalist (first aired Sept 2016)
 

**Television commercial for the 2015 TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl with NASCAR superstar Dale Earnhardt JR.
 

** Commercial for AFLAC Insurance in 2019

** Commercial for the 2017 National Geo Spelling Bee on the National Geographic Channel

A native of Augusta, GA (by way of neighboring rural town of Wrens, GA) MV began his acting career in 1994 (3 years after receiving his degree from Morehouse College) with a self-written and produced one-man monologue entitled “The Choice is Yours” he presented at native home church Broadway Baptist in 1994, which led to stage debut lead role in a murder mystery play "A House Without Windows" directed by his mentor - actress/writer Maxine Nesbitt (In the Heat of the Night, Murder in Mississippi and Skeleton Key) and the late J.C. Taylor (former drama instructor for Paine College in Augusta). 

Other stage productions MV performed includes HALEY (autobiographical musical play based on the life of Gospel legend Mahalia Jackson); comedy production “When A Man Loves a Woman;” a daring portrayal of satan in the Good Friday/Easter production “Resurrection: Morning Glory” in at his church Fountain of Faith Church in Riverdale, GA; a choir director in a musical stage production ACAPPELLA THE MUSICAL; a homeless Gulf War veteran suffering from PTSD in "The Face of Homeless", a comedy/drama stage about marriage in the play "One in the Spirit," and a Christmas Holiday parody "Who's Holiday Is It Anyway" directed by actor & Morehouse classmate Thom Scott II (American Soul, Saints & Sinners)

In 2003, MV began his journey growing as a television and film actor, starting as a film extra in a number of films and shows including "Lottery Ticket," Tyler Perry's "House of Payne" and "Haves and Have Nots", then later performed behind-the-camera work as a stand-in/body double for a number of actors including Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer, Wendell Pierce, GregAlan Williams, and LeVan “Curtis Payne” Davis of Tyler Perry’s House of Payne.” 

M.V. appears as co-star in a number of up-and-coming independent films, some which appeared a number of film festivals across the country, namely:

* DIRTY SOUTH HOUSE ARREST (produced by Daphne Pittman-Hayes co-starring with comedian/actors Rodney Perry, DC Yung Fly & Emmanuel Hudson) in the 2017 Black Hollywood Film Festival in Marina del Ray, CA

* PROJECT ISISX (produced by Richard Tavernaro) - The 2019 LaJolla Film Festival in LaJolla, CA, where it earned the "Award of Excellence" in the Film Short category

** MARCH (produced by Richard A. Worthy) a sci-fi feature film which has been screened in a number of film festivals in 2020, including the Black History International Film Festival in Jamaica Queens, NY, the Cobb International Film Festival, the Las Vegas Black Film Festival & the Summer in the South Film Festival.

M.V. made his directorial debut as an assistant director of music videos of two Atlanta-based recording artists DUKES OF DANVILLE (13th Floor - 2013) & ELI REVEL (Just Move It - 2013); and his stageplay directorial debut in 2020 as co-director of a comedy stage production THE CLEVER SLAVE, a fictitious slave narrative written and produced by playwright Carolyn Phillips. He also made his debut as a co-producer in a comedy film titled "ORDER UP" (which he also co-starred) set for release for film festivals by 2021.

In 2018, M.V.'S career reached a new plateau when he was named one of the honorees in the ATL film & television community at the 2nd annual ATL ACTORS AWARDS. He was among a group of Atlanta-based actors recognized by ChillZone Entertainment for their respective career achievements. 

MV has received sitcom acting and theatrical training under some of the most acclaimed actors in the entertainment industry, including KIM FIELDS (Living Single, Facts of Life), CHIP FIELDS-HURD (Good Times, Living Single), CLIFTON POWELL (Friday movie sequel, Ray, Saints and Sinners), the late TOMMY FORD (Martin, Harlem Nights) TERRI J. VAUGHN (Meet the Browns, Steve Harvey Show), GREGALAN WILLIAMS (Greenleaf, Baywatch, Remember the Titans, Preacher's Kid) and Hollywood acting coach TROY ROWLAND.

M.V. Oliphant is a life member of both the Morehouse College National Alumni Association (1991 graduate) and the Thomas Walter Josey High School Alumni Foundation (1985 graduate, Augusta, GA). He is also a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated, in which he was initiated through Psi Omega chapter in Augusta, GA on July 10, 1999.  He is also a past member of the Central Savannah River Area Football Classic Board of DIrectors in Augusta (1997- 1998), the Male Room Foundation Mentoring program (1997-1998) & Be More Positive Youth Enrichment Curriculum Program (2001 to 2018).

AWARDS

Honoree - The 2018 ATL Actors Awards 

Recipient of the "DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DREAM KEEPERS AWARD" for achievements in the field of Arts & Entertainment from the R&R Community & Youth Empowerment Organization (2018)

Best Comedy Film Production - "Dirty South House Arrest" (co-star) - The 2017 ATL Actors Awards
 

Membership eligibility into the Screen Actors Guild/AFTRA (May 2012 - Tyler Perry's "For Better or Worse" Episode 235)
 

Association of Southern Movie Workers Certification (2012)

Height: 5"11

Eye Color: Brown

Hair Color: Black

Location: Atlanta, GA

2010 - present
2010 - present
Film

MARCH| RAW Productions/Japes Films| 2020

Supporting Actor

ORDER UP! | Gregory Bazile Productions| 2020 | Co-producer & Supporting Actor

FAITH WARRIORS| Dream Compound Productions | 2018 | Supporting Actor

DIRTY SOUTH HOUSE ARREST | Reel Girl Pictures | 2017|

Supporting Actor​

PROJECT ISISX| Longshot Productions 2016

Supporting Actor

Television

PERSONAL INJURY COURT (Ep "Brown v. Horowitz" 2019) | 501 East Entertainment | Co-Lead Actor 

THE DETOUR  (Ep 108 "The Track" 2016)| TBS Productions | Vocal Talent

FATAL ATTRACTION (Ep 420 "Demons of the Past" 2015) | Jupiter Entertainment | Supporting Actor 

FATAL ATTRACTION (Ep 201 "Ambushed by Love"2013 | Jupiter Entertainment | Co-Lead Actor 

 FOR BETTER OR WORSE (Ep 235 "The Big Day" 2012) | Tyler Perry Films | Supporting Actor

SID ROTH'S ITS SUPERNATURAL (Ep "Steve Swanson" 2016) | Supporting Actor 

SID ROTH'S ITS SUPERNATURAL (Ep "Alton Williams" 2014) | Lead Actor 

SID ROTH'S ITS SUPERNATURAL (Ep "Surprise Sithole" 2013) | Supporting Actor 

Stage

ONE ACT SPECTACULAR ("Funeral Parlor") | 2017 | Get Scene Stage Productions | Co-Lead Actor​

WHOSE HOLIDAY IS IT ANYWAY? | 2015 | Destiny Arts Entertainment | Co-lead actor 

ONE IN THE SPIRIT | 2014 | B-Daye Productions | Supporting Actor

FACE OF THE HOMELESS | 2013 | Feed The Homeless Tour | 

Supporting Actor

ACAPELLA THE MUSICAL | 2012 | Art In the City Productions | Lead Actor​

WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN | 2008-2009 | Triune Productions | Supporting Actor 

MIRACLES | 2008-2009 | Triune Productions | Supporting Actor 

HALEY: THE STORY OF MAHALIA JACKSON | 1998-2003 | EB Productions | Supporting Actor

A HOUSE WITHOUT WINDOWS | 1997 | Barnett & Company | Lead Actor

Commercials/Voiceovers

AFLAC | 2019 | Dagger Productions | Supporting Actor​ 

SOUTH GEORGIA MEDICAL CENTER | 2018 | Third Wave Digital Productions | Supporting Actor​

HERSHEY'S NATIONAL GEO BEE | 2017 | Bark Bark Productions | Supporting Actor​

CAROLINA BANK ("Ready for College") | 2016 | Birdie Pictures | Supporting Actor

TAXSLAYER.COM GATOR BOWL | 2014-2015 | Hammerhead Productions | Lead Actor

US ALPHANET | 2011 | AlphaNet Group | 

Voiceover Actor (Japanese GPS systems - English translation)

TRONIX COUNTRY COMPUTERS | 2006 | Vaughn Communications| Voiceover Actor

QUICKEN LOANS | 2005 | Vaughn Communications|  Voiceover Actor

DEBTSCAPE | 2004 | Vaughn Communications| Voiceover Actor

Training &
Workshops

CLIFTON POWELL | Clifton Powell Actors Repertory | Television & Film Acting/Stanislavsky Method 

KIM FIELDS & CHIP FIELDS-HURD | Tyler Perry Studios | Sitcom acting & improvisation 

RODNEY PERRY | Rodney Perry's Never Deny Comedy | Comedy Improvisation |

TOMMY FORD |  Tommy's Got a Job Acting Workshop| Scene Study, Improvisation, Monologues 

TROY ROWLAND | Troy Rowland Actors Workshop | TV Commercial Acting, Audition Self Taping, Brody Method 

GREGALAN WILLIAMS | Actors Breakthrough | Character Analysis, Scene Study, Monologues | 

TERRI J. VAUGHN | The Green Room | Cold Reading, Scene Study, Character Analysis

THOM SCOTT II  | The Actors Gym | Meisner Method, Monologues, Line Memorization 

Special Skills

Vocalist (1st & 2nd tenor) * Voiceover * Stage Combat  * Bowling * Golfing * Cards *  Singing * Landscaping * Billiards * Freehand Sketching * Barbeque Grilling * Military Veteran * Barbering * Call Center/Customer Service * Precision Driving * Event Moderator * Live Show Emcee * Construction labor * Waiter * Playing Checkers * Smoking experience (cigars and cigarettes)  * Operating TV cameras * Operating sound boards for TV & radio * Security Guard

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