Whether or not you knew him best as Ethan Randall -- the name he acted under at the start of his career -- if you were a girl growing up in the '90s you probably sighed more than a few times over then-teenage actor Ethan Embry. Adept at playing mop-topped snooty juveniles in early '90s flicks like Dutch and A Far Off Place, once Embry hit 1995 he moved beyond the kid flicks into teen idol territory, even if he tended to play the sweet-natured sidekick while others nabbed the spotlight. Then again, it was one of Embry's most endearing, adorable roles that sealed his place in my movie crush catalogue for all time -- his turn as the happy-go-lucky, Gwar-loving, Empire Records employee Mark.

As the hyperactive and slightly off-kilter store employee with a mane of curly golden ringlets and dreams of rock 'n' roll stardom, Embry's Mark was arguably the one Empire Records character designed purely to be loved by the audience. Everyone else had their issues: Lucas (Rory Cochrane) was pretentious, Gina (Renee Zellweger) was a slut, AJ (Johnny Whitworth) couldn't muster the courage to tell Corey (Liv Tyler) he loved her, closet speed addiction and all... but Mark was eternally smiley, even when that batch of pot brownies made the Gwar music video come to life and threaten to kill him.

Gwar meets Mark after the jump...
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