Mark Wahlberg | Biography

Quick Information

  • Full Name Mark Robert Michael Wahlberg
  • Occupation Actor, Producer, Singer, Rapper
  • Nationality American
  • Birthplace Boston, Massachusetts
  • Birth Date Jun 05, 1971
  • Age 50 Years, 3 Months
  • Did You Know? Mark Wahlberg has an estimated net worth of $350 million as of September 2021.
American Actor and Producer

Mark Wahlberg | Biography

Actor Known For Movies Like 'The Perfect Storm,' 'Planet of the Apes,' and 'The Italian Job'

Wahlberg made his debut in the movie industry, with a minor role in a comedy movie, 'Renaissance Man,' in 1994. 'The Basketball Diaries,' which was released in 1995, gave him critical notice. It was after this movie; he made his acting profession more steady. Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Boogie Nights,' released in 1997, could be marked as his much-needed breakthrough. In this film, he played the central role of Eddie Adams, who was a porn star. 

Mark Wahlberg is an American actor well known for his roles in The Basketball Diaries (1995), The Departed (2006), Ted (2012), Lone Survivor (2014), Deepwater Horizon (2016), and Patriots Day (2017)

Who is Mark Wahlberg?

Mark Wahlberg is an American actor, producer, and rapper. Wahlberg was a member of Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch in the 1990s, with whom he recorded the albums Music for the People (1991) and You Gotta Believe (1992). Wahlberg made a move from music to acting with his cinematic debut in Renaissance Man (1994) and his first leading part in Fear (1996). 

Early Life

Born on 5 June 1971, Mark Robert Michael Wahlberg was the youngest among his eight other siblings. He was born to Donald Edmond Wahlberg and Alma Elaine. Donald was a U.S. Army veteran who was a part of the Korean War. He also became a delivery driver later. Elaine, on the other hand, was a bank clerk. 

Wahlberg grew up in a working-class family, and he had to deal with the divorce of his parents at 11. Although he attended Copley Square High School in Newbury Street, Boston, he dropped out of high school at 14. He then made a living on the streets by selling drugs, hustling, and stealing. Life was hard on him, both emotionally and physically; it became tougher when he was in prison for his role in beating up a Vietnamese man savagely. He was 16 years old at that time. During his 45 days in jail, he realized that his life needed a change from all this crime. He also vowed to dedicate his time to bodybuilding and shape his body into something impressive.       

Elaine, Wahlberg's mother, later blamed herself for not being there for him emotionally, and she assumed that was the reason her son indulged in juvenile crime as he was growing up. Unfortunately, on 15 April 2021, Wahlberg's mother passed away at 78 after struggling with an illness.

Change Of Lifestyle Through Music

After being released from prison, Wahlberg wanted to get rid of life as a criminal. He wanted a drastic change in his career path. Donnie Wahlberg, his older brother, assisted him in making this change. Donnie, who then was a member of the successful band New Kids on the Block, took him into the band and made him explore the music within him. In 1990, Wahlberg formed the band Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch. In the band, he styled himself as Marky Mark. With the release of their debut album, Music for the People, in 1991, he established himself as a rapper. The album was co-written and arranged by his brother Donnie, and it made two hit singles, 'Good Vibrations' and 'Wildside.' 

Brand Endorsements

During the performances and in the supporting videos, Wahlberg used to take off his shirt. After seeing his physique, many people also admired his well-built body. Wahlberg was then hired by Calvin Klein, a fashion design company, as an underwear model under the contract of two years. He realized that all the billboards, television, and print photo campaigns as a model brought him the fame that his music career as a rapper could never. His 'bad-boy' image added some push to become a celebrity after the disappointing sales of his second album, You Gotta Believe, in 1992.

A New Chapter Of Life: Actor 

Wahlberg made his debut in the movie industry, with a minor role in a comedy movie, Renaissance Man, in 1994. The Basketball Diaries, which was released in 1995, gave him critical notice. It was after this movie; he made his acting profession more steady. Paul Thomas Anderson's Boogie Nights, released in 1997, could be marked as his much-needed breakthrough. In this film, he played the central role of Eddie Adams, who was a porn star. 

Wahlberg then indulged in various genres of films, like comedy, action, and drama. His standout performances could be seen in the movies like Three Kings (1999), The Perfect Storm (2000), Planet of the Apes (2001), and The Italian Job (2003). Martin Scorsese's The Departed, released in 2006, earned Wahlberg a nomination for the Best Supporting Actor in 'Academy Awards.' He portrayed the role of a tough Boston police officer. The film bagged 79th 'Academy Awards' for the Best Picture and three other 'Academy Awards.'

David Owen Russell's The Fighter, released in 2010. Wahlberg played the role of Micky Ward in a critically acclaimed documentary drama about a boxer and his family. This movie was not his first time working with Russell as he had worked with him in his previous film, Three Kings, in 1999. After this movie, he appeared in a lighter tone and comedy movie Ted in 2012. Directed by Seth MacFarlane, the popular comedy movie was about a teddy bear who could talk. Wahlberg was also a part of its sequel, Ted 2, which was released in 2015. 

Wahlberg played a role of a Navy SEAL in an American biographical war film Lone Survivor (2013) which Peter Berg directed. He was also part of Michael Bay's Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) and its sequel, Transformers: The Last Knight (2017). The actor got back to the comedy genre with Daddy's Home in 2015, directed by Sean Anders. He also became a part of its sequel, which got released in 2017. 

In 2016, Wahlberg starred in Deepwater Horizon, which was directed by Peter Berg. The action movie was based on the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. He then became a part of another Peter Berg film, Patriots Day, released in the same year. In this film, he portrayed the character of a police officer, and the movie plot is about multiple bomb explosions during the Boston Marathon. Wahlberg appeared in All the Money in the world in 2017. The movie was a biopic on the 1973 kidnapping of the billionaire J. Paul Getty's grandson, John Paul Getty III. 

After the movie, he faced some criticism regarding his pay being far more significant than that of his female co-star, Michelle Williams. He responded to this problem by stating that he supported equal pay. He went further ahead and donated his reshoot salary to the Time's Up Legal Defence Fund to support the legal expenses of women who experienced workplace sexual harassment. His most recent work is Spenser Confidential, which aired on Netflix in 2020. He portrayed the role of a former police officer who turned into a private investigator.

Wahlberg As a Producer

Wahlberg also undertook the career of a producer when he produced the cult hit HBO series, Entourage. The series aired from 2004 to 2011. He also produced the acclaimed morality tale Boardwalk Empire, which aired on HBO from 2010 to 2014. He also appeared as himself and became the executive producer for another television series, Wahlburgers. The series aired from 2014 to 2019 for ten seasons. The reality television series incorporated the hamburger restaurant business of his brother, Paul Wahlberg. 

Wife & Children

In 2009, Wahlberg married Rhea Durham, an American model. Durham has featured in multiple major fashion magazines like French Vogue and Marie Claire. The couple share four kids. Before their marriage, they had three children, a daughter Ella and two sons, Michael and Brendan. After their marriage, they welcomed their fourth child, another daughter, Grace Margaret, in 2010. 

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