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Mark Cuban credits “Entourage” creator Doug Ellin for helping kick-start his TV career.
The billionaire appeared on Ellin’s podcast, “Victor with Doug Ellin and Kevin Dillon” and thanked him for the amount of screen time he got on the HBO smash hit.
The Dallas Mavericks owner appeared eight times, either on the show or the 2015 movie, making him — by Ellin’s estimation — one of its most frequent recurring characters.
When Ellin asked if “Entourage” had helped him snag the “Shark Tank” gig, Cuban said, “Yes! 100%. Are you kidding me?”
Cuban said that the first time he was on camera, “I get there thinking I’m going to do my little spiel, typical cameo, and I all of a sudden Doug’s like, ‘We’ve got this storyline …’”
He said that the exposure helped him land ABC’s reality competition “Shark Tank,” which he’s now been starring on for ten seasons.
Cuban also said “Entourage” is the work he’s best known for abroad.
“If I travel outside the United States, no one knows ‘Shark Tank,’ no one knows know the Mavericks; every time, it’s ‘Entourage,’” he said.
“It’s ‘Oh my God, I’ve seen you on ‘Entourage.’ That’s my favorite show.’ Australia, you name it, anywhere, that’s all they talk about.”
In his first-ever scene, Cuban played himself while Bob Odenkirk played his business partner in a company trying to do a deal with a venerable Mexican tequila company. Miguel Sandoval plays the owner of the tequila company, who tangles with Cuban when he feels insulted by Cuban’s ideas for marketing the liquor in the U.S.
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