Mark Feuerstein is a diverse, incredible actor whose recent role as Dr. Henry ‘Hank’ Lawson on the USA Network television show Royal Pains has brought him a new found fame. Royal Pains is filmed at various locations throughout Long Island including the world famous Oheka Castle and Huntington Hospital in Huntington, Audrey Avenue in Oyster Bay, South Freeport and other prominent areas of Long Island.
Mark married Dana Klein, a television writer and producer, in 2005, in California. They have three beautiful children – Lila, Frisco and Adelaide. For seven months out of the year, Mark leaves his home in Los Angeles to take up temporary residence on Long Island to film Royal Pains. Dana reunites their family by bringing their three children to New York during the summer months to be with Mark while he is filming and they have been known to enjoy their time here in Bridgehampton’s golden sand beaches.
What is your favorite place to eat in Oyster Bay?
“There is a great fish restaurant that sits right on the harbor where all the boats are. We sit as the sun sets on the dock of Oyster Bay and see the boats bobbing in the breeze and the surf. Watching the sun set over Long Island is truly a great moment.”
Mark, what are your favorite parental moments?
“My favorite parental moments are on Sunday mornings when I am home in LA… I let my wife sleep in and I get up at 5:30 am with our three children. I make breakfast then we head to the Farmer’s Market. I buy all the fresh produce and then we go on the pony rides.”
Dana and Mark’s youngest daughter Addie, who is now two and a half years old, was diagnosed with ALCAPA, an unimaginable and potentially fatal heart defect. Mark talks about this:
“Until then [diagnosis], my only knowledge personally had only been casts or band aids. And suddenly I was thrown into the deep end of medial uncertainties and it was my daughter. When you see the care, the brilliance, the calm under pressure of the nurses in a children’s ICU hospital, they were geniuses. They remain steady and took her coronary artery off of her pulmonary artery and placed it on her aorta the first time around. The second time around they had to repair her mitral valve. We just went to the cardiologist two days ago and she has as close to a clean bill of health as you can get. She still has a slight regurgitation but she is two and a half years old, running around bossing everyone around: Adelaide Feuerstein! You just sit back and appreciate the miracle of modern science and medicine and the saviors that are doctors and nurses.”
Who taught you the importance of giving back? Who is your charitable influence in your life?
“My father has always been a pillar of the community at our synagogue. He has given us his time. As a lawyer he has given thousands of hours to help local organizations from the synagogues, to the schools I’ve attended, to the families involved in all. To a fault he has given whatever he can to those people. Having that as an example and watching that showing his light, as my mother has all her life too, being just very open, very giving people…they are a great example. That’s what I would have to say from a charitable approach. My father is always talking about Mitzvah (Mitzvah is the act of kindness performed by or to a Jewish person. It is also a Jewish religious duty or obligation) and about my grandmother who raised 6 children on the lower east side of Manhattan. She too was a very generous soul. People were always welcomed into her house. As far as Mitzvah…repairing the world one person at a time is very important to me and I try to show this to my children. It was represented beautifully to me by my father.”
Mark will be emceeing the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund’s Honor at the Castle Gala on April 24th, 2012 at the Oheka Castle in honor of all the fallen officers who have lost their lives serving others. You can find out more information about the gala by visiting the Honor at the Castle Gala on Facebook.
The article was written by Alysia Stern. Alysia is a published children’s book author, lyricist, freelance writer, and a copy writer for media groups. Alysia is an Editorial Staff for BounceBack.com, a relationship expert for Your Tango Magazine and is a celebrity interviewer for SpotonLongIsland Magazine. She has been recognized and published by Yahoo Shine. While sharing her love for writing with her fans, she is also sharing her love for life with her two beautiful children, who are eight year old twins. Alysia resides on Long Island and is very active with several businesses, local organizations and charities.