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Also Known As: Mark Robert Michael Wahlberg, Marky Mark Died:
Born: June 5, 1971 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA Profession: actor, musician, model, truck driver, bricklayer

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By his own admission, actor Mark Wahlberg went from a jailed Boston street thug to a respected, legitimate actor in less than a decade, with attention-grabbing stops as a rapper and underwear model along the way. He received his first acting kudos for his starring role as ambitious porn star Dirk Diggler in "Boogie Nights" (1997), but proving he was no one-hit-wonder, went on to deliver memorable performances in "Three Kings" (1999), "Four Brothers" (2005) and "The Departed" (2006), for which he received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Wahlberg also made his mark as co-creator and executive producer of HBO's comedy series "Entourage" (2004-2011), with its loosely-based portrayal of his life as a young star suddenly flush with cash, power and women. While reaping the critical success of that show, Wahlberg moved on to more adult roles, playing a reluctant Marine sniper in "Shooter" (2007) and a father grieving the tragic murder of his daughter in "The Lovely Bones" (2009). By the time he tackled the Oscar-baiting role of real-life underdog boxer Micky Ward in "The Fighter" (2010), Wahlberg was firmly established as one of Hollywood's more versatile performers. ...

By his own admission, actor Mark Wahlberg went from a jailed Boston street thug to a respected, legitimate actor in less than a decade, with attention-grabbing stops as a rapper and underwear model along the way. He received his first acting kudos for his starring role as ambitious porn star Dirk Diggler in "Boogie Nights" (1997), but proving he was no one-hit-wonder, went on to deliver memorable performances in "Three Kings" (1999), "Four Brothers" (2005) and "The Departed" (2006), for which he received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Wahlberg also made his mark as co-creator and executive producer of HBO's comedy series "Entourage" (2004-2011), with its loosely-based portrayal of his life as a young star suddenly flush with cash, power and women. While reaping the critical success of that show, Wahlberg moved on to more adult roles, playing a reluctant Marine sniper in "Shooter" (2007) and a father grieving the tragic murder of his daughter in "The Lovely Bones" (2009). By the time he tackled the Oscar-baiting role of real-life underdog boxer Micky Ward in "The Fighter" (2010), Wahlberg was firmly established as one of Hollywood's more versatile performers.

Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Ted 2 (2015)
2.
 Gambler, The (2015)
3.
 Daddy's Home (2014)
4.
 Champs (2014)
5.
 Transformers 4 (2014)
6.
 Two Guns (2013)
7.
 Broken City (2013)
8.
 Lone Survivor (2013)
9.
 Pain & Gain (2013)
10.
 Contraband (2012)
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Milestones close milestones

1984:
Started breakdancing on Boston streets
1985:
He and brother Donnie became the first two members of the teen vocal group New Kids on the Block
1986:
Unwilling to take singing lessons, quit New Kids on the Block after six months
1988:
Arrested for assault and jailed for 45 days
1991:
Released debut rap album <i>Music for the People</i>, recorded with his band The Funky Bunch; album went platinum
1992:
Signed a two-year contract as Calvin Klein underwear model
1993:
Made guest appearance on "The Ben Stiller Show" (Fox)
1993:
TV-movie acting debut, "The Substitute" (USA Network)
1994:
Made film debut with a featured acting role in "Renaissance Man"
1995:
Breakthrough role as the hot-tempered best friend of Leonardo DiCaprio's Jim Carroll in "The Basketball Diaries"
1996:
Starred in the teen thriller "Fear" as the violently obsessive boyfriend of Reese Witherspoon
1997:
Landed a starring role of an Irish con man in the little-seen independent "Traveller"
1997:
Earned positive reviews as 1970s porn star 'Dirk Diggler' in Paul Thomas Anderson's "Boogie Nights"
1999:
Played an idealistic NYPD recruit opposite Chow Yun Fat's veteran cop in the crime thriller "The Corruptor"
1999:
Teamed with George Clooney and Ice Cube in David O Russell's acclaimed Gulf War chronicle "Three Kings"
2000:
Reunited with Clooney as co-stars of Wolfgang Petersen's gripping fact-based sea thriller "The Perfect Storm"
2000:
Starred in the New York City-set crime drama feature "The Yards"
2001:
Played a salesman who becomes a heavy metal singer in "Rock Star"; Clooney was one of the film's producers
2001:
Starred in Tim Burton's remake of "Planet of the Apes"
2002:
Co-starred in Jonathan Demme's remake of "Charade" titled "The Truth About Charlie"
2003:
Co-starred with Charlize Theron in F. Gary Gray's remake of the heist film "The Italian Job"
2004:
Starred opposite Jude Law and Naomi Watts in "I Heart Huckabees"; re-teamed with director, David O. Russell
2004:
Executive produced the HBO series "Entourage" which followed young Hollywood star Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier) and his close circle of friends; earned Emmy (2004, 2005) nominations for Best Comedy series
2005:
Starred in John Singleton's "Four Brothers" as one of four brothers out to avenge his mother's murder
2006:
Cast in Martin Scorsese's mob drama "The Departed", a remake of the popular Hong Kong crime thriller "Infernal Affairs"; received Golden Globe and Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actor
2007:
Co-starred with Joaquin Phoenix and Robert Duvall in "We Own the Night"
2008:
Co-starred in M. Night Shyamalan's "The Happening"
2008:
Played the titular role in the film version of the video game "Max Payne"
2009:
Played the father of a murdered young girl in the film adaptation of Alice Sebold's bestseller "The Lovely Bones"
2010:
Co-starred with Steve Carell and Tina Fey in the comedy "Date Night"
2010:
Co-starred with Will Ferrell in the action comedy "The Other Guys," about two mismatched New York City detectives
2010:
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
2010:
Executive produced the HBO series "Boardwalk Empire" and "How to Make It in America"
2010:
Portrayed professional boxer 'Irish' Micky Ward in David O. Russell's "The Fighter"
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture ¿ Drama ("The Fighter")
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture ¿ Drama
2012:
Starred as a former criminal who gets forced back into a life of crime after his family is threatened in the action thriller "Contraband"; also produced film
2012:
Starred in the comedy "Ted," directed by Seth MacFarlane
2013:
Played former NYPD cop opposite Russell Crowe and Catherine Zeta-Jones in crime drama "Broken City"
2013:
Co-starred with Denzel Washington in "2 Guns"
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Education

Copley Square High School: Boston , Massachusetts -

Notes

Wahlberg has a third nipple that was air-brushed out of his underwear ads.

Mark Wahlberg on dealing with the fallout that accompanied the press attacks on his violent, racist past, his defense of a fellow talk show guest's vicious homophobic comment as "free speech" and barbs he threw at Madonna: "It was like people never heard my music and what I stood for and just saw me standing there in my underwear. I really thought that was an injust. But s---, what goes around, comes around. I did a lot of bad things to a lot of people... "

"I've done it and gotten away from it, but only because I chose to. I chose to make a life for myself. I'm not blaming it on anybody, I'm blaming it on myself. I took it upon myself to change, and all I want is respect for doing that."---Wahlberg quoted in US, April 1995.

"In a lot of ways, I wish I had lived differently, that I'd grown up in a different environment and stuff. There's nobody where I come from that has too much faith. But I wouldn't be the person that I am today, or have the outlook on life that I have. All my experiences, for better or for worse, have helped me. Someday I'm going to make the baddest movie ever made. It'll be hard. Because it'll be from the stuff I've seen. But honestly, I've grown out of that shit."---Mark Wahlberg quoted in Details, April 1996.

"When I look in the mirror, I see the same kid I always saw. It doesn't really matter. If it helps me meet the woman of my dreams, then great. The people that do look at me that was [as a fantasy figure], well I'm not that person."---Wahlberg in Detour, May 1997.

"It's cool to be a wild child in music, but film people, while more hedonistic, are much more controlled. I think there is a lot more going on, but they just hide it. You hear stories that they're out doing everything in the book. It would be great if that was what I was into, but I'm just not... "---Wahlberg on his image change from tough-talking bad boy to pious actor, told Empire, February 1998.

"I have it, so I use it. I think my body helped my career only because there's a lot on the inside, there's a lot upstairs."---Wahlberg on his often-showcased physique, to Daily News, April 12, 1998.

"In my home it was 'Yes sir, no sir, yes ma'am,' and outside it was 'Fuck you, dickhead, fuck you, punk.' There were a few times I got it confused. I got a smack upside the head one morning from my mom. I was sitting at the table when I said, 'What the fuck is this bull...' Smack! I didn't even get the rest of the words out."---Wahlberg quoted in Time Out, New York, March 4-11, 1999.

"I don't wear, won't wear, anything made by Calvin Klein. The stuff is cheap. It sucks."---Wahlberg on his former employer, quoted in New York's Daily News, September 27, 1999.

"Mark is every bit as serious as Robert De Niro in his acting ambitions. He's willing to do anything. He brings an odd combination of street toughness and vulnerability, which I think is his particular gift."---David O Russell, Mark's "Three Kings" director as quoted in USA Weekend, October 8-10, 1999.

"Well, I just figured I'd been bulls---ing my way through life and lying, and I believed it, and that's pretty much what they told me acting was about. You know, I'd always gotten over on the judges and the lawyers and my mother, so I figured I could do it."---Wahlberg on what motivated him to try acting as quoted in US, November 1999.

"We don't spend time together at all, I mean at all. But I'm astonished by him. I grew up in a show-business family so I was always around it. Mark was around hoodlums, and trying to stay out of jail, which he sometimes didn't succeed in doing. His friends were guys that, when things go bad with them, they end up killing somebody or going to jail. And to see him, not just become a good actor, but also to see him grow up as a man, I'm in awe of that. Truly in awe. Everybody I know was surrounded by talent, by a society that makes it easier, and he isn't like that."---George Clooney on frequent collaborator Wahlberg, quoted in Premiere, June 2000.

"I enjoy life. Not so much because of my career, but just because of the place that I'm at in my head and my heart. I'm starting to figure s**t out, you know, and I was like this is great, I'm really enjoying myself. You kind of have to be able to accept things for the way they are, and once you do that I think you can really be comfortable."---Wahlberg to FilmForce, May 29, 2003.

"It depends on where I'm at and what day it is. I've got my Boston crew, New York and L.A.," he says. "There used to be six guys living in my apartment. Every one of my friends, after they got out of jail, would come. I'd try to give them a hand, give them a job. You might as well have people around that you like, as long as they're qualified to do the job."---Wahlberg on the HBO show "Entourage," and how it is similar to his own life, quoted to USA TODAY, July 16, 2004.

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Reese Witherspoon. Actor. Co-starred with Wahlberg in "Fear"; no longer together.
companion:
China Chow. Actor, model. Met during filming of "The Big Hit"; no longer together.
companion:
Jordana Brewster. Actor. Began dating in late 1998; Brewster confirmed they were no longer a couple in June 2001.
companion:
Rhea Durham. Model. Reportedly dated in summer 2001; later reunited; expecting Wahlberg's child as of Spring 2003; engaged briefly; no longer together.
companion:
Frida Andersson. Swedish model. Dating August 2001; no longer together.
companion:
Sofia Vergara. Host. Dated circa September 2002, no longer together.
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Family close complete family listing

father:
Donald E Wahlberg. Deliveryman. Divorced from Wahlberg's mother c. 1982; reportedly has suffered several strokes.
mother:
Alma Wahlberg. Divorced from Wahlberg's father c. 1982; re-married.
brother:
Jim Wahlberg. Drug counselor. Older; served time for attempted robbery.
brother:
Robert Wahlberg. Actor. Older.
sister:
Tracey Wahlberg. Older.
brother:
Paul Wahlberg. Older.
brother:
Arthur Wahlberg. Older.
brother:
Donald Wahlberg. Singer actor. Former member of the pop group New Kids On the Block; born on August 17, 1969.
sister:
Michelle Wahlberg. Older.
sister:
Debbie Wahlberg. Older; died on September 2, 2003, the same day Wahlberg's daughter was born, from septic infection.
daughter:
Ella Rae. Born September 2, 2003; mother Rhea Durham.
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