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March 6th, 2010

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!



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5 Responses to “My television commercials from the 1980s”

  1. John Moody Says:

    March 27th, 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 Says:

    June 16th, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    Fabulous Mark!

  3. Happy Gay Pride Month ~ It’s Every Choice We Make « Boston Bravery Says:

    June 18th, 2010 at 9:14 am

    […] the University of Houston, King pursued an acting career in Los Angeles and appeared in dozens oftelevision commercials hawking fast food and soft drinks. During this time he also opened Telerotic, which became one of […]

  4. Don Bakert Says:

    September 15th, 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.

  5. Paul Krakow Says:

    January 2nd, 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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