M.V. "Mark" OLIPHANT


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MV's BIOGRAPHY

M.V. "Mark" OLIPHANT is an actor, vocalist and voiceover artist who has appeared in television, motion pictures and once performed in a world-renowed choral group.

Growing up singing in a Baptist church and his high school in his hometown of Augusta, Georgia (by way of nearby town of Wrens, GA), MV OLIPHANT (youngest of three children born to Pearl Carter and Alex Oliphant) attended Morehouse College, where he performed a brief stint with the world-renowned Morehouse College Glee Club, and first caught the "acting bug" after being cast as an extra in Spike Lee’s 1987 film School Daze filmed on the campus.

 

After earning a bachelors degree in mass communications (public relations concentration) from Morehouse in 1991, M.V. OLIPHANT performed as a solo act in area talent shows briefly and over a period of time, teamed up temporarily with some area musical groups which later became defunct. One was called REFLEX, and another one called V.O.I.C.E. (led by a college schoolmate Gospel megastar Byron Cage - which Cage disbanded shortly thereafter for Gospel music). Therefore M.V. OLIPHANT began steering his focus toward acting, but never gave up singing.

 

M.V. OLIPHANT credits his official his acting debut having taken place in 1994 while visiting home church Broadway Baptist Church in Augusta. As a former scholarship recipient (along with childhood friend and current internationally-renowned jazz trombonist Wycliffe Gordon) MV was asked to return to speak to the church’s high school graduates. With the belief that a traditional speech wouldn’t be captivating to the young graduates, MV, in an effort to grab their attention along with others, opted to produce and perform a monologue he titled "The Choice is Yours." He portrayed young man who grew up in the church, excelled in high school, but being impressionable and a follower, gave way to temptation and irresponsibility by taking the scholarship money given by his church and blow it on drugs & alcohol rather than attend college, therefore ended up being a homeless drug addict.

Unbeknownst to him, there was a seasoned, veteran actress who joined his church while he was away in college who witnessed his performance and took interest in grooming him as an actor. Three years later, MV teamed up with his new mentor Maxine Barnett-Nesbit (
whose credits include “In the Heat of the Night” “Murder in Mississippi” and “Skeleton Key”) joined her production Barnett and Company and was given his first lead role in a murder mystery play "A House Without Windows" directed by her and the late J.C. Taylor (former drama instructor for Paine College in Augusta).

 

A few months after his lead stage performance debut, MV OLIPHANT made a vocal, dance and acting cameo appearance in a Gospel musical play, HALEY (an autobiographical musical play based on the life of Gospel legend Mahalia Jackson) presented by EB Productions, directed by Eula Hicks Berassa (who appeared in 1970s Broadway musical HAIR and once appeared with the production on the Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson), where he portrayed Mahalia’s cousin Chafalaye, a big band performer of the roaring 20’s. Other stage productions MV performed in are “Miracles” as a homeless but flirtatious old man, “When A Man Loves a Woman” as a graying, frisky old church deacon and Good Friday/Easter  play “Resurrection: Morning Glory” as satan at his church Fountain of Faith Missionary Baptist Church in Riverdale, GA, "A CAPPELLA The Musical" as music minister Edward Sykes in 2012 and "Face of Homeless" as homeless man Gary in 2013 .

 

Since 2003, MV OLIPHANT  has appeared in a number of movies and television shows appearances, many being his launching pad into the industry as an extra or stand-in. Among these films were "The Fighting Temptations," "Preachers Kid" "The Last Song," "Life As We Know It,” Why Did I Get Married Too," “Lottery Ticket,” “For Colored Girls” and “Madea’s Big Happy Family,” “Drop Dead Diva” & “The Rickey Smiley Show.”

MV landed his  first television lead role in 2010 in the Oxygen Network’s docu-drama “Snapped,” performing a re-enactment role of Eric Goodridge who was assaulted, murdered and castrated by daughter Brigette Harris after years of abuse and molestation, making this one of the show’s most critically acclaimed episodes.

In May 2012, the career of MV OLIPHANT reached a new level when he was cast in his first speaking role on the second season finale of Tyler Perry's "For Better or Worse" ("The Big Day" episode).  And on December 2, 2013, TV One introduced MV to a much broader , mainstream audience internationally when he starred in the second season episode opener of "Fatal Attraction," as lead character Jerry Logan in the episode titled “Ambushed by Love.”

 

MV OLIPHANT performed as a stand-in for LeVan "Uncle Curtis Payne" Davis for the final two season's of Tyler Perry's "House of Payne"  (which he was featured as a courtroom bailiff in the final season's last episode "Trials and Tribulation." Other stand-in work performed by MV were for actor-rapper-producer Ice Cube on "Lottery Ticket" and "Ride Along" (to be released January 2014), actor-comic Faizon Love in 2010 motion picture "Life as We Know It" & Lance Nichols in the 2010 motion picture "The Last Song" starring Miley Cyrus.

While pursuing his acting, MV OLIPHANT continued singing. Among his vocal work include with family Gospel group Bobby Dunn and Friends of Augusta, GA (1997-2000), RB Newman Male Chorus (2007 to present), Atlanta based blues-oldies band Top Show & Band with Leon Prim (2011-12), Wendell Phillips Whalum Chorale of Atlanta (2013),the Celebration Chorus of the Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta (2013 - among the performances the 2013 Martin Luther King Jr Holiday Ecumenical Celebration and the 2013 NCAA Final Four National Anthem  backing R&B recording artist Avery Sunshine).

In January 2013, MV OLIPHANT made his directing debut as assistant director for a music video for up and coming R&B Hip Hop artist Eli Revel in the video "Move It" with Premier Entertainment Productions.

MVOLIPHANT continues to lend his vocal and acting talents to local and national groups and productions.

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