It's such as a tragic with considering how Mark Patton's promising Hollywood career was destroyed. Upon which, he left acting in the mid-eighties and went MIA. Well, where is he today?
Mark Patton Married & Settled Down In Mexico
Actor Mark Patton's most notable last project includes A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge which gave him fame and career destruction both. After the failure of the film's release in 1985, Patton has done a few projects but still keeps his privacy under the radar.
But, whilst career in Hollywood might have been a failure, his love life hasn't. Following the failure of his acting career, Patton quit Hollywood and went on to live in New York and later moved to Florida. And after working and living in Florida for years, life then carried him to Mexico where he met his significant other.
Mark Patton is married to his husband, Hector Morales Mondragon with whom he happily resides in Puerto Vallarta. The couple also runs a successful business together, a gallery store in the city.
As for Hector, he is strongly secretive and rarely keeps out things on social media. Mark, likewise, doesn't want attention over his married life from the prying eyes of the public. However, it's been known that Hector didn't know his husband was an actor until 2010 when Patton was offered a role.
Is Mark Patton Gay? Diagnosed With HIV!
Yes, former Hollywood actor Mark Patton is gay and has been publicly open about LGBTQ rights and the problems faced by the community in Hollywood and elsewhere. It was after realizing the homophobia in Hollywood, he decided to leave the showbiz world.
It was in the eighties after Patton was offered a gay role on a CBS series where he was supposed to play a gay role but had to hide his identity on being a gay person himself to the public. And, it was also at the time, Mark was battling with HIV as his health was deteriorating with pneumonia.
The public had no idea about Patton's diagnosis with AIDs until 2013 when he made the revelation. His family and close friends, however, were aware of the illness. Patton is also vocal about raising awareness and the stigma surrounding HIV.
Not to mention, Patton's ex-boyfriend whose identity isn't identified was also a patient of HIV and died battling it.
Sought Help For Treatment in GoFundMe
In January 2023, Mark Patton reached out to the community, seeking assistance to cover his medical expenses. He shared that he had been facing health challenges related to AIDS while residing in Mexico for an extended period. To help alleviate the financial burden, he established a GoFundMe campaign with a target of $18,000.
Remarkably, the response from caring individuals has been overwhelming. As of now, the campaign has garnered support from over 1,300 generous donors, surpassing the initial goal by more than double. The collective contributions have amounted to an incredible $46,507, providing Mark with vital support during this challenging time.
Career & Net Worth Of Mark Patton; Then & Now
Educated in Missouri, Mark Patton soon left his hometown for New York to become an actor. And, in the beginning, as he climbed the ladder of his career with only $137 in his pocket when he arrived in NYC, then young Patton ironically started playing gay roles.
Speaking of which, Patton first played the role of Joe Qualley in Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean in both of his Broadway and movie versions. And, at the time, Patton sadly wasn't allowed to do any interviews with the LGBTQ media.
Check out the clip of Mark Patton in an interview!
Patton has since then appeared in Anna to the Infinite Power, Kelsey's Son, and A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge which took a toll on his career. Although the movie was controversial back then in the mid-eighties, it is seemingly loved by the modern generation.
Because of this, the producer of the film approached Patton in 2010 to make a documentary on the films that include Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy. Patton is also known for his roles in Freddy vs. Jason, Amityville: Evil Never Dies, Family Possessions, and Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street, and 1 Dead Dog.
Besides, Patton is also an interior designer as he worked as one in New York after quitting acting. And, after leaving New York, he moved to Florida where he grew interested in architecture.
Additionally, Patton also makes a few earnings from a side business, aka a website called the Retrograph through which he sells merch and accessories. The site also updates on Patton's tour whereabouts.
The former actor's net worth might not be calculated in millions, but the actor-turned-businessman is fully content with his financial status as he donates most of his earnings to HIV & LGBTQ charities. Patton's net worth is estimated to be $300,000 as per a reputed online site.
Quick Facts Of Mark Patton
- Born and bred in Riverside, where he felt like an outsider.
- Made guest appearances on Hotel and CBS Schoolbreak Special.
- Patton's brown eye color matches his hair color.
- Wrote a novel called Jesse’s Lost Journals on his character Jesse Walsh.
- Owns two dogs named Hema and Mopa.
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