MARK PATTON (Nightmare on Elm Street #2)
To start our Halloween Special guests off is the one and only male 'Scream Queen - Mr Mark Patton!
Mark Patton was raised in Riverside, Missouri, a Suburb of Kansas City. His first interest, starting at age 8, was in gymnastics. By his high school years, he had excelled in the Junior Olympics. But acting had also begun to interest him. Mark began studying in his high school's drama department and soon found himself appearing in Emlyn Williams's "Night Must Fall" and John Guare's "House of Blue Leaves" for the Missouri Repertory Company. He also had an interest in country and western music, which his folks had always tried to encourage him to pursue.
At 17, after graduating high school, he flipped a coin to determine which would it be: New York or Nashville. It came up tails, and it was off to the Big Apple, where he landed weeks later with $132 in his pocket.
In 1982 he landed a role on Broadway opposite Cher, Sandy Dennis, Kathy Bates, and Karen Black, playing a gay character, Joe Qualley. The play, written by Ed Graczyk and directed by Robert Altman was adapted into the film of the same title, Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (1982), which launched his Hollywood career. Graczyk wrote the screenplay and Altman again directed. The following year, he starred in Anna to the Infinite Power (1983) and appeared in a made-for-television movie, Kelsey's Son (1983), alongside Chuck Connors. Two years later, he landed the role in the sequel to A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge (1985).
In 2010, Patton was approached to appear in Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy (2010), a documentary about the Elm Street franchise. He learned that "Nightmare 2" had become a cult classic among both horror fans and the LGBT community, being celebrated as one of the gayest horror films of all time. Patton agreed to appear in the documentary and was finally able to be truthful about his sexuality. Screenwriter Chaskin finally admitted that he had included the gay subtext.
Since that time, he is lauded as the first "male scream queen" while touring horror conventions all over the world.