Marc Price is an American actor and comedian. He is best known for his role as “Skippy” Handelman on the popular 1980s sitcom “Family Ties.”
Price was born on February 23, 1968, in New Jersey, United States. He began his career in the entertainment industry at a young age. His father, Al Bernie, was also a comedian, and his mother was a singer.
Price mentioned in an interview that as a child, he had the experience of meeting and interacting with comedy legends like George Burns and Milton Berle.
Price moved to Hollywood when he was around 11-13 years old and started auditioning and acting. He got his breakthrough role on “Family Ties” after performing as a stand-up comedian on the Merv Griffin Show at the age of 13.
Marc Price played the character Irwin “Skippy” Handelman on the television series “Family Ties.” Skippy is a nerdy and lovable character who is the next-door neighbor of the Keaton family and is best friends with Alex P. Keaton, played by Michael J. Fox. Skippy is often portrayed as well-meaning but socially awkward, and he has an unrequited crush on the Keaton’s daughter, Mallory, played by Justine Bateman.
Skippy was introduced in the “Family Ties” series during the first season. His first appearance was in the episode titled “Death of a Grocer,” which aired on Dec 1, 1982. He appeared in a total of 52 episodes of the show and throughout 7 seasons.
What did he do after Family Ties?
Marc Price continued his acting career in various capacities. He starred as Eddie ‘Ragman’ Weinbauer in the 1986 horror film “Trick or Treat” and appeared with Kevin Dillon in the 1988 action-adventure film “The Rescue.”
Marc Price expanded his career into the realm of television hosting, taking the lead on the Disney Channel’s game show “Teen Win, Lose or Draw” from 1989 to 1992. Concurrently, he portrayed a young American tourist in the 1991 film “Killer Tomatoes Eat France.”
Transitioning from acting, Price delved into stand-up comedy, drawing inspiration from his Hollywood upbringing. He showcased his comedic talent on “Last Comic Standing” and maintained a regular performance slot at Harrah’s Las Vegas for over a decade and a half.
In the 2000s, Price shifted his focus to behind-the-scenes roles, primarily working as a writer and producer for various cable television networks, including Disney Channel, Food Network, Animal Planet, GSN, and Showtime. He also took on the role of producer for the TBS game show “Midnight Money Madness.”
In September 2013, Price began making occasional appearances on “Fox Sports Live with Jay and Dan.”
Price was a member of the Sitcom Legends Tour with Marsha Warfield of “Night Court” and Jimmie Walker from “Good Times.”
What is Marc Price doing now?
Marc Price is still active as a stand-up comedian, often billed as Marc “Skippy” Price and recently performed at the Barrel Proof Lounge in Santa Rosa on June 16. He tours throughout the year, performing stand-up comedy, and describes his style as a mix of everything – topical, silly, physical, sharp, and stupid. He believes that stand-up comedy allows for a wide range of expression and feels people limit themselves unnecessarily.
Price is also dedicated to supporting his former co-star, Michael J. Fox, in his battle with Parkinson’s disease. He actively raises funds for Fox’s foundation, acknowledging that without Fox’s charm and talent, he wouldn’t be able to make a difference.
Although he is best known for his role as Skippy, he has embraced his career trajectory and continues to enjoy working in the entertainment industry.
In an interview, Marc mentions Angela Jones as his girlfriend, who is an actress known for her role in “Pulp Fiction.” She played the cab driver, Esmeralda Villalobos, who picks up Bruce Willis’ character after the fight. Price refers to her as the love of his life.