Mark Robert Michael Wahlberg was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on June 5, 1971. He is a singer and actor from the United States who rose to prominence as a member of the rap group Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch and was a Calvin Klein model before embarking on a successful film career.
Mark Robert Michael Wahlberg
June 5, 1971
Mark Robert Michael Wahlberg was born on June 5, 1971, in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood. He is the youngest of nine children, two of whom are actors Robert and Donnie. His mother, Alma Elaine, worked as a bank clerk and nurse aide, and his father, Donald Edmond Wahlberg Sr., was a delivery driver and Korean War veteran. After his parents divorced in 1982, he divided his time between them. Wahlberg is of Swedish ancestry through his father and Irish ancestry through his paternal grandmother; his mother is of Irish, English, and French-Canadian descent. Wahlberg was raised a Catholic and went to Copley Square High School on Newbury Street in Boston.
A member of the 1990s boy band Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch at age 13, Wahlberg was also one of the original members of New Kids on the Block. ‘Good Vibrations,’ from their debut album “Music, For the People,” hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100. The second single, ‘Wildside,’ peaked at number five on Billboard’s Hot Singles Sales chart. He later collaborated with the late reggae/ragga singer Prince Ital Joe on the album “Life in the Streets.” Wahlberg first displayed his physique in the ‘Good Vibrations’ music video, and most prominently in a series of Calvin Klein underwear ads shot by Herb Ritts in 1992, followed by Calvin Klein television advertisements. Wahlberg was sometimes the sole focus of magazine and television advertisements, where he was accompanied by model Kate Moss. Annie Leibovitz also photographed Wahlberg in his underwear for “Vanity Fair’s” annual Hall of Fame issue.
In 1993, Wahlberg made his acting debut in the television film “The Substitute.” He dropped the Marky Mark nickname after this appearance. The following year, he made his big-screen debut in the Danny DeVito film “Renaissance Man.” As a basketball fan, he drew the attention of critics after co-starring as Mickey alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, in “The Basketball Diaries” in 1995, a film adaptation of Jim Carroll’s book of the same name. He made his feature film debut in James Foley’s thriller “Fear” in 1996. He received positive feedback for his roles in “Boogie Nights,” “Three Kings,” “The Perfect Storm,” and “Four Brothers.” In the early 2000s, Wahlberg appeared in remakes of 1960s films such as “Planet of the Apes,” “The Truth About Charlie,” a remake of the 1963 film “Charade,” and “The Italian Job.” In 2006 Wahlberg starred in “Invincible,” an American football drama based on the true story of bartender Vince Papale.
From 2004 to 2011, he was also the executive producer of the H.B.O. series “Entourage,” which was loosely based on his experiences in Hollywood. In 2006, he played an unpleasant, foul-mouthed Massachusetts State Police detective in Martin Scorsese’s critically acclaimed thriller “The Departed,” for which he received nominations for an Academy Award for “Best Supporting Actor,” a Golden Globe for “Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture,” and a National Society of Film Critics award for “Best Supporting Actor.” In 2017, Wahlberg topped the list of the world’s highest-paid actors. His salary of $1.5 million for “All the Money in the World” reshoots in 2018 sparked a gender pay gap controversy, as his co-star Michelle Williams received less than $1,000 for the same reshoots. The money was donated by Wahlberg to the Time’s Up movement, which was co-founded by Williams.
Wahlberg produced and starred in the 2018 espionage film “Mile 22” and appeared in the Netflix film “Spenser Confidential” and the animated film “Scoob!” in 2020. Wahlberg played Victor Sullivan in the “Uncharted” film in 2022, after being cast as Nathan Drake years before.
At 13, Wahlberg becomes a founding member of the music group New Kids on the Block, and the single ‘Good Vibrations’ from their debut album, “Music for the People," peaks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100.
Wahlberg collaborates with Prince Ital Joe to release the album "Life in the Streets," in 1994, for Ultraphonic Records, which blends Joe's reggae with Wahlberg's hip hop; although "Life in the Streets" was not released in the United States, it was a big hit in Germany, where the album was mostly produced in the Eurodance style.
Wahlberg plays the role of Mickey, the friend of the main character Jim Carroll, in the American biographical crime drama film “The Basketball Diaries,” directed by Scott Kalvert and based on an autobiographical novel by the same name written by Jim Carroll.
Wahlberg plays the role of David McCall in the psychological thriller film "Fear," which is about a wealthy family whose seemingly perfect life is jeopardized when their teenage daughter starts dating an attractive and mysterious young man.
Wahlberg portrays the role of Staff Sergeant Sean Dignam in “The Departed,” a 2006 American epic crime thriller film directed by Martin Scorsese and written by William Monahan.
Wahlberg has risen to prominence as a good actor in a variety of film genres, but his first appearance as a voice actor comes in the film "Scoob!" where he voices the character Brian.
Wahlberg is cast as Victor Sullivan in the 2022 American action-adventure film "Uncharted" — a movie based on the video game franchise of the same name, created by Naughty Dog and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment.
Why We Love Mark Wahlberg
He founded the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation
Wahlberg established the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation to improve the quality of life for inner-city youth through collaboration with other youth organizations. It also provides financial and community support to help make inner-city youth's dreams and ultimate potential a reality.
He got his G.E.D. Diploma at 42
Wahlberg earned his G.E.D. in 2013. After all, as a father, he felt he couldn't tell his children to stay in school because he had dropped out when he was 14 years old.
He is a good role model
Wahlberg had a difficult childhood. Yet he stayed strong and turned his life from bleak to that of a multi-millionaire actor and a loving husband and father.
5 Surprising Facts
He owns the restaurant company Wahlburgers
Wahlberg and two of his brothers founded Wahlburgers, a nationwide chain of trendy bars and casual-dining burger restaurants, primarily serving hamburgers, hot dogs, salads, sandwiches, desserts, and cocktails — the company currently operates 31 restaurants in 20 states, ranging from Alabama to Texas.
Turned down a role in “Ocean’s Eleven”
Wahlberg had a shot at the role of the second-generation thief Linus Caldwell in "Ocean's Eleven," long before Matt Damon took it.
The show “Entourage” was based on him
"Entourage" is an eight-season American comedy-drama television series that premiered on H.B.O. on July 18, 2004, and ended on September 11, 2011, and it was loosely based on Wahlberg’s Hollywood experiences and his real-life friends, and Wahlberg was one of the executive producers of the show.
Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
On July 29, Wahlberg was awarded a star in the motion picture category, the ceremony coincides with the release of Sony Pictures' action-comedy "The Other Guys," in which Wahlberg co-stars with Will Ferrell.
He has a full-sized boxing ring
Wahlberg owns a Mediterranean-style mansion in Beverly Hills, and the estate has many interesting features, the most interesting of which is the 2,500-square-foot detached gym, complete with a full-size boxing ring.
Mark Wahlberg FAQs
Who's Mark Wahlberg's wife?
Mark Wahlberg is married to the American Model Rhea Durham, and they have four lovely children.
Why did Mark Wahlberg remove all of his tattoos?
Mark Wahlberg has decided to set a good example for his children by having his tattoos removed. Even though his tattoos all have meaning and significance for him, he has concluded that if he does not want his children to get them, he must get rid of his own.
Is Mark Wahlberg left-handed?
Yes, Mark Wahlberg is left-handed, as are his siblings Paul, Alma, and Donnie.
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