Saturday, February 25, 2012

Mark Brendanawicz

Mark Brendanawicz (brɛnˈdænəwɪts/) is a fictional character in the NBC comedy Parks and Recreation. He is the city planner for Pawnee, Indiana, one of Ann Perkins's ex-boyfriends, and Leslie Knope's colleague. He is portrayed by Paul Schneider. Schneider left Parks and Recreation at the end of the second season, although the door has been left open for the character of Mark Brendanawicz to make guest appearances in future episodes.

Mark Brendanawicz was a city planner with the Pawnee municipal government. When he studied city planning in college, Mark was optimistic about the field and dreamed of designing huge and impressive cities. However, since graduation, Mark learned most of the career largely involved mundane technical issues, such as regulating the sizes of garages and proposed construction additions to houses. As a result, Mark grew jaded and disillusioned with the career, and became critical of government processes in general.

Mark has a self-absorbed personality and engages in romantic flings with multiple women without any sign of seeking a commitment. Mark and Leslie had sex on one occasion and Leslie harbored romantic feelings for the next six years, although Mark does not return the feelings. In season two, he enters a committed relationship with Ann and even considers marriage before the breakup.

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