Mark Wahlberg

Biography

Date of Birth 5 June 1971, Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA Birth Name Mark Robert Michael Wahlberg Height 5' 9" (1.75 m) Wahlberg was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts, to Catholic parents Donald Edward Wahlberg and Alma Elaine Donnelly. His paternal grandfather, Axel Simon Wahlberg, was of Swedish descent, while the remainder of his ancestry is mostly Irish and some English and French Canadian. He attended Copley Square High School (but never graduated) on Newbury Street in Boston. As a teenager and a young man, Wahlberg participated in several acts of violence for which he was arrested. At 15, he harassed a group of African American school children on a field trip by throwing rocks (causing injuries) and shouting racist epithets. When he was 16, again using racist language, he knocked a middle-aged Vietnamese man unconscious with a wooden stick and left another Vietnamese man permanently blinded in one eye. For these crimes, Wahlberg was arrested for attempted murder, pled guilty to assault, and spent 45 days in jail. In yet another incident, when he was 21, Wahlberg fractured the jaw of a neighbor in an unprovoked attack. Wahlberg first came to fame as the younger brother of Donnie Wahlberg of the successful boy band New Kids on the Block. Mark began recording as Marky Mark & the Funky Bunch, earning a hit with "Good Vibrations" from the album Music for the People. The record was produced by his brother Donnie. Marky Mark opened for the New Kids during their last sell-out tour. The second Marky Mark LP, You Gotta Believe, was a relative failure. He briefly became embroiled in controversy when he appeared to endorse the homophobic comments made by Shabba Ranks when they appeared as guests on the British chat show The Word. He later publicly dissociated himself from Ranks' comments, but only after widespread media coverage. Wahlberg was also known for his impressive physique. He first displayed it in the Good Vibrations music video and most prominently in a series of underwear ads for Calvin Klein shot by Herb Ritts. During concert performances, he was known for stripping to his briefs and grabbing his crotch. He also made a workout video entitled The Marky Mark Workout: Fitness, Form, Focus. Afterwards he had a few hits in the European dance scene with Prince Ital Joe, which abruptly ended when the latter died in a car accident. He then began an acting career, making his debut in the 1993 TV movie The Substitute. He has earned positive reviews and appeared in a number of successful movies like Boogie Nights, Three Kings, The Perfect Storm, Four Brothers, and The Italian Job. His performance in I love Huckabees was voted best supporting performance of the year in the 2004 Village Voice Critics Poll. Wahlberg recently starred in the football drama, Invincible, based on the true story of Vince Papale. He is also the executive producer of the HBO series Entourage which is loosely based on his experiences in Hollywood. He also appeared as a Massachusetts State Police detective in Martin Scorsese's critically acclaimed thriller, The Departed in 2006, which netted him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor, a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture, an NSFC Best Supporting Actor award, to mention a few. Wahlberg has confirmed that he was approached to star in a sequel to The Departed, but it's still early in development. The sequel would reportedly revolve around the detective played by Wahlberg. He has said in a number of interviews that he will retire at the age of 40. He will concentrate on parenthood and professional golf. Wahlberg has two children with Rhea Durham: daughter Ella Rae born on September 2, 2003; and son Michael, born on March 22, 2006.

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Birth Name

Mark Robert Michael Wahlberg

Birth Place

Dorchester, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Birth Date

6/5/1971
Known For
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Shooter

Bob Lee Swagger

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The Italian Job

Charlie Croker

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Planet of the Apes

Captain Leo Davidson

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Deepwater Horizon

Mike Williams

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Lone Survivor

Marcus Luttrell

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The Fighter

Micky Ward

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Ted 2

John

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Four Brothers

Bobby Mercer

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Three Kings

Troy Barlow

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Uncharted

Victor Sullivan

Starring In
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Arthur the King

Mikael Lindnord

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The Family Plan

Dan Morgan

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Me Time

Huck Dembo

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Father Stu

Stuart Long

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Uncharted

Victor Sullivan

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WrestleMania 38

Self

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Infinite

Evan McCauley

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Joe Bell

Joe Bell

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Scoob

Blue Falcon (voice)

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Spenser Confidential

Spenser

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Instant Family

Pete

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Mile 22

James Silva

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Unbanned: The Legend of AJ1

Self

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Porndemic

Himself (archive footage)

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All The Money In The World

Fletcher Chase

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Daddy's Home 2

Dusty

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Transformers: The Last Knight

Cade Yeager

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Boston

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Super Bowl LI

Himself

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Patriots Day

Sgt. Tommy Saunders

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Deepwater Horizon

Mike Williams

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Daddy's Home

Dusty Mayron

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Ted 2

John

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Entourage

Mark Wahlberg

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Mojave

Norman

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Super Bowl XLIX

Himself - Audience Member

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WWE Hell in a Cell

Self

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Manny

Himself

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Transformers: Age of Extinction

Cade Yeager

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The Gambler

Jim Bennett

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Champs

Himself

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Lone Survivor

Marcus Luttrell

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2 Guns

Stig

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Pain & Gain

Daniel Lugo

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Broken City

Billy Taggart

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Ted

John Bennett

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Contraband

Chris Farraday

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The Fighter

Micky Ward

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The Other Guys

Terry Hoitz

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Date Night

Holbrooke Grant

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The Lovely Bones

Jack Salmon

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Max Payne

Max Payne

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The Happening

Elliot Moore

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We Own The Night

Joseph Grusinsky

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Shooter

Bob Lee Swagger

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The Departed

Dignam

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Invincible

Vince Papale

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Four Brothers

Bobby Mercer

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I Heart Huckabees

Tommy Corn

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The Italian Job

Charlie Croker

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Overnight

Himself

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The Truth About Charlie

Lewis Bartholamew

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Rock Star

Chris 'Izzy' Cole

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Planet of the Apes

Captain Leo Davidson

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America: A Tribute To Heroes

Himself

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The Perfect Storm

Bobby Shatford

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The Yards

Leo Handler

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Three Kings

Troy Barlow

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The Corruptor

Danny Wallace

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The Big Hit

Melvin Smiley

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Boogie Nights

Eddie Adams / Dirk Diggler

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Traveller

Pat O'Hara

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Fear

David McCall

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The Basketball Diaries

Mickey

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Renaissance Man

Pvt. Tommy Lee Haywood

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