|Full Name||Mark Consuelos|
|Birthday||March 30, 1971|
|Birth Place||Zaragoza, Spain|
|Age||52 years old|
|Spouse||Kelly Ripa (1996-Present)|
|Children||Michael (1997), Lola (2001), Joaquin (2003)|
|Net Worth||$40 million|
As a long-time fan and avid viewer of Mark Consuelos‘ work, I‘ve greatly enjoyed seeing him bring his acting talents to some of the most popular shows on television over the past 25+ years. In this post, I‘ll provide an in-depth look at Mark‘s background, his major acting roles, accomplishments as a producer, and details on his family life with Kelly Ripa.
Early Life and Career Beginnings
Mark Consuelos was born in Zaragoza, Spain to an Italian father and Mexican mother. When he was just 8 years old, his family immigrated to the United States and settled in Illinois. After attending Notre Dame High School, he studied marketing at Bloomsburg University and played on the baseball team.
It was at Bloomsburg that Mark became interested in acting. This led him to pursue acting after graduating in 1993. In 1995, he got his big break with a role on the soap opera All My Children.
Breakout Role on All My Children
Mark landed the role of Mateo Santos, a police officer, on All My Children in 1995. His character quickly became a fan favorite and Mark ended up starring on the show for a impressive 8-year run.
It was on the set of All My Children that Mark met his future wife, Kelly Ripa. Kelly had been playing Hayley Vaughan on the show since 1990. When Mark joined the cast, they had immediate chemistry. The two eloped in 1996 in a small, private wedding ceremony.
Transition to Primetime TV and Movies
After leaving All My Children in 2002, Mark began acting in primetime TV and movies. Some highlights include:
- Missing – 2006 Lifetime original movie
- Hope & Faith – Guest star (2004)
- Psych – Guest role as Zachary "Zack" Mooney (2009)
- Law & Order: SVU – Guest spot as Michael Uva (2007)
One of my personal favorite roles of Mark‘s was when he was cast as Hiram Lodge on the hit CW drama Riverdale in 2009. As Veronica Lodge‘s dubious father, Mark gets to play a complex, morally questionable character and he‘s perfect at bringing Hiram to life.
Accomplished Producer and Businessman
In addition to acting, Mark has built an impressive career as a TV producer. In 2007, he co-founded Milojo Productions with Kelly Ripa and their partner Albert Bianchini. Through Milojo, Mark served as a producer on shows like:
- Masters of Reception – Bravo reality series
- So Cosmo – E! reality show following Cosmopolitan magazine
- Dirty Soap – E! soap opera reality series
- My Dad Is Better Than Your Dad – NBC game show
He also was a producer on the documentary The Streak about a high school football team‘s long winning streak. It‘s clear Mark has great business savvy and vision when it comes to developing hit TV shows behind the camera.
Devoted Family Man
Mark and Kelly have been married since 1996 and they have three children together – Michael Joseph (1997), Lola Grace (2001), and Joaquin Antonio (2003). The family splits their time between their homes in New York City and the Hamptons.
Despite their fame, Mark and Kelly have maintained a loving, close-knit family life. Kelly often raves about what an amazing involved father Mark is to their kids. He frequently makes guest appearances on Live with Kelly and Ryan supporting his wife‘s career. It‘s clear family is a top priority for Mark.
Why Fans Love Mark Consuelos
There are many reasons audiences love Mark Consuelos:
- His talent at portraying complex, intriguing characters
- His sweet real-life romance with wife Kelly Ripa
- His confident personality and charm as a talk show guest
- His diversity of roles across TV and movie genres
- His philanthropy work with causes like the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund
No matter the role, Mark engages fans with his natural charisma, talent, and work ethic. He remains a fan favorite actor, producer, and celebrity personality.