Born on Christmas Eve 1964 in Ogdensburg, N.Y., Mark Valley graduated from West Point with a degree in mathematics. He was serving in Operation Desert Storm when an agent discovered him in Berlin. His first working role was co-starring with Anthony Hopkins in The Innocent, which was filmed in Germany.
Aside from soap roles in Another World and Days of Our Lives, Valley's breakout in the States was in the short-lived primetime series Pasadena; however, recurring roles on ER and Once and Again elevated his presence. He landed firmly in Hollywood's crosshairs with his role as Brad Chase on Boston Legal from 2004 to 2007.Valley secretly wed his Fringe co-star Anna Torv, who portrays his character's ex, in late 2008 the pair didn't mention it to their co-stars and the press until later. "They are, as individuals, two of the most genuine, warm and sensitive people that I have ever met," Fringe co-star Lance Reddick told People. "I think they're a perfect fit, truly a match made in heaven, and I wish them all the happiness in the world." In 2009, he appeared in the new FOX drama Human Target.
Former Marine Brad Chase is transferred to Boston from the Washington, D.C. office of Crane, Poole and Schmidt, primarily to collar the antics of founding partner Denny Crane. A right-winger and fast talker, Chase has his strengths within the firm, and soon becomes partner. His career path is strong, and he's very good at dominating a conversation (or at least puzzling those who fail to follow his rapid verbal pace), as well as intimidating the bad guys and going undercover. He has an on-again, off-again "friends with benefits" relationship with CP&S attorney Denise Bauer, though he often chastens at the thought of her dating other men.