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Mark Shunock who plays LONNY in ROCK OF AGES at The Venetian.

Mark Shunock’s acclaimed career has spanned from theatre, film, television and, even the hockey arena. A native of Sault Ste. Marie, Canada, Mark is the youngest of five children and the son of a junior ice hockey league owner, so, a career in the sport was not something unexpected for the young man’s future. Following high school, Mark signed with the Canadian Hockey League, however, despite his success and fun with the sport, Mark knew his passion was not in the hockey arena but, on the stage.

Following his hockey career, Mark headed to the USA and studied at the American Academy for the Dramatic Arts, which led to numerous productions performing in various regional in and around New York City. Following his success on stage Mark was cast in a small, independent feature film and headed to Hollywood. Though he loved working on the film, he was still passionate for the stage. While in Los Angeles, he landed the role of “Bernard” in the play “Romance” at the Mark Taper Forum where he received critical acclaim. Hollywood was a good luck charm for Mark – in addition to playing various roles on stage it was there where he met his wife, Cheryl.

Though success was following Mark in Los Angeles, a year later the excitement of New York brought Mark back to the Big Apple where he landed the role of “Timon,” in the national tour of “The Lion King.” For more than two years Mark performed the role in over 30 cities across the United States and even garnered a Helen Hayes Award nomination for “Best Supporting Actor” in 2009.  Additional theatrical credits include “As Is,” “Jersey Shoresical: A Frickin’ Rock Opera,” “The Temperamentals,” Altar Boyz,” “Miss Saigon,” “The Awesome 80s Prom,” and “The Skin of Our Teeth,” among others.

Mark most recently won critical acclaim for his portrayal of “Lonny” in “Rock of Ages,” which is currently selling out at the Venetian in Las Vegas.

Follow Mark on Twitter @MarkShunock.

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