Trained as a teacher of English - B.A. (Melb) Dip.Ed (S C V Rusden) - Mark taught middle and senior English for 5 years before deciding to follow his heart into performance. His entry into the entertain-ment world, dressed as the Devil, required him to deliver singing telegrams! Oddly enough this venture lasted only two weeks. Deciding that he was ready for stand-up comedy, Mark soon realized that perhaps stand-up comedy was not ready for him, but he persevered with it for almost six years before concluding that the corporate sector offered more intriguing opportunities for comedic addresses around focused themes.
Along the path to his first television commitments, Mark auditioned for a commercial but was unsuccessful. Curious, he decided to explore the world of advertising from within and sent a letter off to the ten agencies he'd hear d a bout. He received four offers and took the one with the agency that had previously rejected him.
Working in advertising and copywriting led Mark to his first television exposure in a late night sketch comedy program on Channel 7 called "THE ELEVENTH HOUR". The cast of Eleventh Hour also included Ian McFadyen, Steve Vizard, Maryanne Fahey, Glenn Robbins and Kim Gyngell.
Not long after the ELEVENTH HOUR Mark appeared in various television dramas including "THE PETROV AFFAIR", "THE SWORD OF HONOUR" and "WILLING & ABEL".
The huge success of "THE COMEDY COMPANY" during the late 1980s brought Mark Mitchell, larger than life, into the homes of all Australians. His character portrayal of a Greek fruiterer named CON endeared him not only to many Australians, but also to the Greek community. So celebrated was CON THE FRUITERER that he became the first comedy character to don Melbourne's KING OF MOOMBA crown.
Mark's gift and love of character acting led him to secure television roles as: 'Mr Fish' in the popular children's series Lift Off , 1 & 2 (AB C TV); also for AB C TV, Mr Gribble in Round the Twist Series 2,3 & 4,and Otto Von Meister in The Genie From Downunder ; and he played David Lange in the New Zealand tele-movie Fallout.
With these successes, Mark soon found himself in demand from both local and international film and tele-movie producers: The Munsters' Scary Little Christmas, Like Mother Like Son, Blond, On the Beach, Backlands/Abscheid in Den Tod ; Pig's Breakfast, Anzacs, Child Star, Ground Zero and Inspector Gadget 2.
A tireless performer, Mark (as well as Con the Fruiterer) is popularly engage d as guest speaker and Master of Ceremonies for corporate events. He has had the pleasure of working for companies such as Telstra, The Master Building Association, IBM, Mars Con fectionery, Tag Heuer, United Distillers, Scienceworks Museum, Harvey Norman, National Australia Bank, Microsoft, Swift & Moore, Tattersalls, Mercedes Benz, as well as various education sectors and sporting clubs.
Mark's first foray into musical theatre was performing the role of Mr Bumble in the Cameron Mackintosh musical, OLIVER (2002/2003). In August 2004, he commence d a national tour in the one-man comedy show "Defending the Caveman", written by US performer/comedian Rob Becker and
"With great timing and eloquent pantomime, making both genders laugh, he (Mark Mitchell) builds up the premise that, like their caveman forebears, men are still hunters... It's not all hilarity - sometimes it is downright moving - but for every minute it is profoundly entertaining."
In 2006 , Mark provided the voice of Buck Cluck, father of the title character, in Walt Disney Pictures' new computer animated film, "Chicken Little" (to be released 2006).
Mark is one of the outstanding talents this country has to offer. Whether as a Guest Speaker or MC , in character or as himself, Mark has the expertise, skill & dedication to bring that special something to every performance.
“As expected Mark was brilliant. With a minimum of briefing, he was able to develop a very entertaining and humorous performance based on the theme of traffic and transportation….. During briefing and prior to the performance he was accessible and keen to deliver his best for us.”
"The day was a great success and your participation brought motivation and inspiration to all who were present...it was a delight to work with such a professional"
" Mark, you really were a perfect choice. You had come highly recommended, but you even managed to surpass our very high expectations. It was so obvious that you had done many hours of research prior to the event. Your sense of fun, wit, knowledge of the education system and impeccable timing combined to ensure that everyone finished the day with a smile on their face and had many hearty laughs. Thank you so much for ensuring that the conference ended on a wonderful high."
"Mark was absolutely brilliant..please pass on our gratitude to Mark"
"Nothing was too much trouble for him and what a lovely guy. He had the crowd laughing all night, but in particular, was so switched on when it came to actually raising the money for the auctions. He seemed to really care about the cause which is fantastic and it certainly came across in his performance. He is one of nature's genuinely funny gentlemen."
"(We) now feel that Mark should be a Midwife, and provide a public voice and presence for Midwives. The serious moments in his talk were inspiring and the remainder proved just so funny."