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My television commercials from the 1980s

In my distant youth, I did television commercials as a young actor in Los Angeles (described in my book “A Place Like This”). I specialized in nerd, dorks and geeks, as this video clearly demonstrates.

McDonaldsframe2Everything from McDonald’s (the director kept asking me to place less emphasis on the word “fabulous”), Denny’s (my favorite geek freak-out moment), and Golden Flake Potato Chips. But the real cheers should be the girl from the Barq’s commercial, who stands there patiently holding a 50-pound packet of root beer as I blather on and on!

My performance days are now limited to the occasional drag performance, unless you count the videos I produce myself for this blog (I’m most proud of the “mock Gay Pride PSA,” which skewers gay culture). But oh, in my day, I was the best dork in town!



By | 2010-09-04T11:14:48+00:00 March 6th, 2010|Anita Mann and Acting Gigs, My Fabulous Disease|5 Comments


  1. John Moody March 27, 2010 at 8:48 am

    I watched the your encapsulated commercial acting career. My favorite was the potato-peeling rube for the Gold Flake. You are mutli-faceted indeed. John

  2. Gary June 16, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    Fabulous Mark!

  3. Don Bakert September 15, 2010 at 8:50 am

    For some reason, I want to go out and buy some Barg’s soda on the way to Popeyes. Seriously, I admire your talent and drive. Now did I remember to clip my bag of Golden Flakes Potato Chips.

  4. Paul Krakow January 2, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    Can you help me find a Golden Flake Potato Chip commercial from the early 1980’s with the golden flake song in the background . . . toward the end of the commercial, a kid and his sister hide behind the kitchen counter and steal potato chips from the mom who just went shopping.

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