Mark Rhino Smith was born in London. He has a hugely colorful heritage - Jamaican, Cherokee Indian, Ghanaian, White and Chinese. This mix along with his green eyes has given him a very a distinctive look. He first catapulted onto our screens as Rhino in the massive ITV series, Gladiators where he reigned for five years.
He grew up in West London, where he developed his competitive spirit at an early age participating in many sports. At 15 he was also fully immersed the the burgeoning Hip Hop scene and was part of the break dancing and body popping crew, Cosmic Rockers. The crew won many competitions for their skills and toured the UK, Germany and Belgium. This is when Mark first got the bug to perform – this was an art he later bought to the stage of Gladiators.
At the age of seventeen he was inspired to take up Body Building. He became dedicated very quickly and it wasn’t long before he was making waves on the circuit, his aggressive style earning him the nickname Rhino. He went on to win many titles including the Junior British at just nineteen years old, and London’s Men’s Heavy Weight Championships. His huge successes coupled with his natural good looks and distinctive eyes ensured he stood out, and it wasn’t long before he came to the attentions of LWT ‘Gladiators’ television show. The show kept his name Rhino and he went on to become one of the shows most loved and undefeated characters.
“Don’t ever let you dreams become extinct.”
Mark Rhino Smith
Mark likes to continually challenge himself and always sets his goals high. One of his long term ambitions had been to have a fight in the boxing ring. He had several amateur boxing fights at Hammersmith Palais, Manchester Arena and Earls Court, and remains undefeated, knocking out all of his opponents! He was then invited to take part in a charity fight against £9.7 million lotto winner Michael Carroll at Boxing’s infamous venue, York Hall. The nation got behind Rhino and Carrol was certainly taught some manners in the ring!
His next physical challenge - Marathon running. He has now completed the London once and LA three times.
“Throughout my life I have always set physical challenges for myself. It is was one of the hardest things I have done, both mentally and physically. Running for charity keeps you focused to complete it and make a difference.
”Mark Rhino Smith
Mark loves being a dad and is a father of three, Chloe, Brodie and Stirling.
Appearing in many UK drama’s including ITV’s, Trial & Retribution, BBC’s Synchronicity and the BBC’s Robin Hood series in which he played the Arabian knight, Karim. He has now gone onto to enjoy a string of acting successes in the states.
Most recently guest starring on TNT and SKY 1, THE LAST SHIP created by Michele Bay and blockbuster the movie CREED. Also a guest star on NCIS LA and has just filmed an episode of CRIMINAL MINDS shoot in London, which airs April 2016. Look out for him in the movie CRIMINAL released soon staring Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman and Ryan Reynolds.
Huge news, Mark is the voice of officer Officer McHorn in Walt Disney’s latest Block buster ZOOTOPIA. Known as ZOOTROPOLIS in the UK where it is set for release on March 25th. Believe it or not his character is the RHINO!
Full Name: MARK RHINO SMITH
Date of Birth: 30 SEPTEMBER
Lives: LOS ANGELES
Height: 5' 10"