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February 17, 2008

Marcus Schenkenberg

Marcus Schenkenberg Vital Stats
Birth Name: Marcus Lodewijk Schenkenberg van Mierop
Birth Date: August 4, 1968
Birth Place: Stockholm, Sweden
Height: 6’3”
Romantic Link: Joanie Marie “Chyna” Laurer

Marcus Schenkenberg Interesting Facts

Marcus Schenkenberg speaks six languages fluently - Swedish, English, Dutch, Italian, German, and French.

Marcus has two nicknames – “Scheckie” to friends and “Mackan” to family.

Marcus Schenkenberg Biography

Born on August 4, 1968, in Stockholm, Sweden, Marcus Lodewijk Schenkenberg van Mierop and his older brother Michael, were raised in a middle class environment.

Growing up, Marcus was a tall child and hoped to one day become a world-famous basketball player… or a fighter pilot.

Marcus noticed by Barry King

School could not hold Marcus’ interest and by 1987, he had made the decision to travel to the United States with a buddy. A year later, while Marcus was rollerblading through Venice Beach, photographer Barry King spotted him.

Marcus, who at the time was a dog walker and nanny, agreed to have his photo taken right then and there, and so began the modeling life of Marcus Schenkenberg.

A few months later in 1988, Marcus found himself walking the runways of Paris. But it wasn’t until he was photographed naked in the shower holding a pair of Calvin Klein Jeans in 1989, that every woman on Earth knew just who Marcus Schenkenberg was.

And jean campaigns seemed to be Marcus’ forte for awhile, as he did campaigns for Ferre, Calvin Klein and Hollywood jeans between 1989 and 1992.

Schenkenberg publishes a book

By 1991, Marcus was world famous and had quickly become the first male supermodel commanding as much money per runway show and campaign as five famed female supermodels of the time (Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista, and Claudia Schiffer).

Throughout the ‘90s, Marcus was doing runway work for Gianni Versace, Ungaro and Donna Karan. In 1992, he was selected as one of People magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People in the World.

In 1997, Marcus became the first male model ever to publish a book with comments by himself and others about his life and times. And of course, the book contained many pictures of him, both professional and personal. All the proceeds from the book went to help victims of Multiple Sclerosis (Marcus’ older brother was diagnosed with the disease).

Marcus in Prince Valiant

That same year, Marcus began to digress from modeling and started landing small roles in films. His first movie, Prince Valiant, in which he played Tiny, took place in the era of King Arthur.

By 1999, Marcus took on the starring role in Hostage, a film about a man who is reunited with his half-siblings and is consumed by a dramatic relationship with his girlfriend.

In 2000, however, Marcus did take another movie role in Dinner Rush, but the role was so insignificant that he was credited as “Male Customer.” He also released a music single called “La Chica Mariat,” which is still available on Virgin Records.

Marcus dates Pamela Anderson

Lucky for Marcus, he also met and began dating Pamela Anderson in 2000, and a year later, he landed a guest-starring role on her hit show V.I.P.

In 2001, Marcus moved to Italy, where he began hosting Italian TV shows, The Corlucci Cald Show and La Grande Note de Lunadi Sera.

After purchasing a home in Milan, Marcus began living there and in New York, where he had a bit role on the soap opera As The World Turns (2002).

The next couple of years had Marcus staying out of the limelight but he resurfaced in 2005 with a vengeance. After making an appearance at Pamela Anderson’s Roast, he then starred in her Fox TV sitcom, Stacked. All this sparked rumors that the two had become an item again, but Pamela was famous for hanging out with her exes.

Marcus on The Surreal Life

Also in 2005, Marcus became one the celebrities on the third season of The Surreal Life, along with Joanie “Chyna” Laurer, Janice Dickinson, Caprice Bourret, and Jose Canseco. Rumors abound that Marcus is currently dating Joanie Laurer after the two became quite close during the show.

Currently, Marcus splits his time between Italy and New York.

1 comment:

Geraldine Tan said...

I became a fan of Marcus soon after he hit model superstardom. I saw him in an article in Cosmo, in a spread which showed the sexiest men at the world at the time. He was the centerfold. I even have a copy of "New Rules." I even met an Australian photographer (first name, Adam...sorry forgot the last name) who allegedly worked with Marcus and said he was very nice, and very professional. I was so touched to learn that the proceeds of "New Rules" went to MS victims bec. his brother also has the diseas. It was Marcus who made me develop a taste for male models...but he is a far cry from the models who are featured on certain American reality tv shows today. They are just spoiled whiners who have no accountability for their actions. Marcus will always be the first, and will always be remembered as the fairest of them all. And he will be remembered as much for his beauty as for his being the very picture of class and being a true gentleman. :) I will always love you, Marcus. :) Your loyal fan, G.


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