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Mark Wahlberg is an actor and singer who rose to fame from a life of childhood crime and drug abuse

InformationDetail
BirthdayJune 5, 1971
NationalityAmerican
FamousSchool Dropouts, Film & Theater Personalities, Actors, Singers
City/StateBoston, Massachusetts
SpousesRhea Durham
SiblingsDonnie Wahlberg, Paul Wahlberg, Robert Wahlberg
Known asMark Robert Michael Wahlberg
Childrens Brendan Joseph, Ella Rae, Grace Margaret, Michael Robert
Universities
  • Copley Square High School
Birth PlaceBoston, Massachusetts, U.S
ReligionRoman Catholic
Height173cm
GenderMale
FatherDonald Edward Wahlberg
MotherAlma Elaine (née Donnelly)
Net Worth$225 million
Sun SignGemini
Born inBoston, Massachusetts, U.S
Famous asActor, Singer

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Who is Mark Wahlberg?

Mark Robert Michael Wahlberg is an actor and singer who first entered the world of show business as the lead singer of the band Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch. His band released the song ‘Good Vibrations’ which became a No.1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. Their debut album ‘Music for the People’ was also a big hit. Growing up as the youngest of nine children in a broken home, he was exposed to drugs and violence from a young age. He was in serious trouble with the law by the time he was 16; he was charged with attempted murder at such a young age and jailed for his involvement in a savage assault. Sensing that he had hit rock bottom he vowed to rise above a life of crime and become a respectable individual. His brother Donnie who had a successful boy band called ‘New Kids on the Block’ introduced him to music. Music literally rescued the young Mark from a life of drugs and violence and gave him a new purpose in life. Motivated by his success as a musician he forayed into acting and made his debut in the 1993 TV movie ‘The Substitute’. He also launched a line of sports nutrition supplements called ‘Marked’ before entering the world of films.

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Childhood & Early Life

He was born as the youngest of nine siblings to Alma Elaine, a bank clerk, and Donald Wahlberg, a delivery driver. His parents divorced when he was 11.

He attended Copley Square High School but dropped out long before graduation. He started doing drugs while he was still very young and became involved in street violence even before he turned 13. His violence increased with time and he brutally attacked a Vietnamese man with a wooden stick when he was 16 and was charged with attempted murder.

He was jailed and as he spent time in state prison at Boston’s Deer Island House of Correction he realized that he was wasting his life. He decided to break free from his criminal past and make a fresh start as a respectable citizen of the society.

Career

His elder brother Donnie had a successful boy band called New Kids on the Block. Mark was one of the original members but he soon quit to form his own band. He formed the hip hop group Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch along with his friends Scott, Hector, Terry and Anthony.

The group released their debut album ‘Music for the People’ in 1991. The album contained the song ‘Good Vibrations’ which peaked at No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album was produced by his brother Donnie.

Boosted by the success of their debut, the band quickly released its next album ‘You Gotta Believe’ in 1992. However, this album was not successful and the band broke up.

He made a transition to acting with the 1993 television movie ‘The Substitute’. In 1994, he appeared as Private Tommy Lee Haywood with Danny DeVito in the comedy film ‘Renaissance Man’. He played a villain David McCall in the thriller ‘Fear’ in 1996.

In the 1997 movie ‘Boogie Nights’, he portrayed Eddie Adams, a popular adult film star who rises to fame during the Golden Age of adult films and then falls from glory later on. The film was a big critical as well as commercial hit.

He starred along with Tim Roth, Helena Bonham Carter, and Estella Warren in the 2001 science fiction ‘Planet of the Apes’ which was based on Pierre Boulle’s novel of the same name.

He played the main character in the sports drama ‘Invincible’ in 2006 which was based on the true story of Vince Papale who once played for the Philadelphia Eagles.

He played the supporting role of Sgt. Sean Dignam in the Leonardo DiCaprio starred ‘The Departed’ in 2006. The crime thriller revolves around the story of a mole who is planted within the Massachusetts State Police. The movie won several Academy Awards.

He portrayed Micky Ward, a professional boxer in the biographical sports drama ‘The Fighter’ in 2010. One of the reasons he was chosen to play the character was his real life friendship with the boxer, and the similarities they actually shared.

He is the co-producer of the HBO period drama series ‘Boardwalk Empire’ which first premiered on September 2010. The award winning show is inspired by the book ‘Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City’ by Nelson Johnson.

Major Works

He was part of the supporting cast of the highly acclaimed crime thriller ‘The Departed’ in which he played the role of a staff sergeant. He won an Academy award nomination for the Best Supporting Actor for this role.

His portrayal of the welterweight boxer Micky Ward in the biographical sports drama ‘The Fighter’ was critically appreciated. He won several awards and accolades for his convincing depiction of the boxer and for bringing the character alive on screen.

Awards & Achievements

He won several awards for his role of Sgt. Sean Dignam in the thriller ‘Departed’ (2006) including the Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor and National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor.

He won the African-American Film Critics Association for Best Actor for his portrayal of Micky Ward in ‘The Fighter’ in 2010.

Personal Life & Legacy

He has been in a relationship with model Rhea Durham since 2001 and married her in 2009. The couple has four children.

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Mark Wahlberg awards

YearNameAward

BAFTA Awards

2007Best InternationalEntourage (2004)

MTV Movie & TV Awards

2013Best On-Screen DuoTed (2012)

Mark Wahlberg biography timelines

  • // 5th Jun 1971
    He was born as the youngest of nine siblings to Alma Elaine, a bank clerk, and Donald Wahlberg, a delivery driver. His parents divorced when he was 11.
  • // 1991
    The group released their debut album ‘Music for the People’ in 1991. The album contained the song ‘Good Vibrations’ which peaked at No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album was produced by his brother Donnie.
  • // 1992
    Boosted by the success of their debut, the band quickly released its next album ‘You Gotta Believe’ in 1992. However, this album was not successful and the band broke up.
  • // 1993 To 1996
    He made a transition to acting with the 1993 television movie ‘The Substitute’. In 1994, he appeared as Private Tommy Lee Haywood with Danny DeVito in the comedy film ‘Renaissance Man’. He played a villain David McCall in the thriller ‘Fear’ in 1996.
  • // 1997
    In the 1997 movie ‘Boogie Nights’, he portrayed Eddie Adams, a popular adult film star who rises to fame during the Golden Age of adult films and then falls from glory later on. The film was a big critical as well as commercial hit.
  • // 2001
    He starred along with Tim Roth, Helena Bonham Carter, and Estella Warren in the 2001 science fiction ‘Planet of the Apes’ which was based on Pierre Boulle’s novel of the same name.
  • // 2006
    He played the main character in the sports drama ‘Invincible’ in 2006 which was based on the true story of Vince Papale who once played for the Philadelphia Eagles.
  • // 2006
    He played the supporting role of Sgt. Sean Dignam in the Leonardo DiCaprio starred ‘The Departed’ in 2006. The crime thriller revolves around the story of a mole who is planted within the Massachusetts State Police. The movie won several Academy Awards.
  • // 2009
    He has been in a relationship with model Rhea Durham since 2001 and married her in 2009. The couple has four children.
  • // 2010
    He portrayed Micky Ward, a professional boxer in the biographical sports drama ‘The Fighter’ in 2010. One of the reasons he was chosen to play the character was his real life friendship with the boxer, and the similarities they actually shared.
  • // 2010
    He won the African-American Film Critics Association for Best Actor for his portrayal of Micky Ward in ‘The Fighter’ in 2010.

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Mark Wahlberg's FAQ

  • What is Mark Wahlberg birthday?

    Mark Wahlberg was born at 1971-06-05

  • Where is Mark Wahlberg's birth place?

    Mark Wahlberg was born in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S

  • What is Mark Wahlberg nationalities?

    Mark Wahlberg's nationalities is American

  • Who is Mark Wahlberg spouses?

    Mark Wahlberg's spouses is Rhea Durham

  • Who is Mark Wahlberg siblings?

    Mark Wahlberg's siblings is Donnie Wahlberg, Paul Wahlberg, Robert Wahlberg

  • Who is Mark Wahlberg childrens?

    Mark Wahlberg's childrens is Brendan Joseph, Ella Rae, Grace Margaret, Michael Robert

  • What was Mark Wahlberg universities?

    Mark Wahlberg studied at Copley Square High School

  • What is Mark Wahlberg's religion?

    Mark Wahlberg's religion is Roman Catholic

  • How tall is Mark Wahlberg?

    Mark Wahlberg's height is 173

  • Who is Mark Wahlberg's father?

    Mark Wahlberg's father is Donald Edward Wahlberg

  • Who is Mark Wahlberg's mother?

    Mark Wahlberg's mother is Alma Elaine (née Donnelly)

  • What is Mark Wahlberg's sun sign?

    Mark Wahlberg is Gemini

  • How famous is Mark Wahlberg?

    Mark Wahlberg is famouse as Actor, Singer