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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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ake seriously for a generation not quite ready to revisit the hair bands of the late 1980s. Wahlberg in an ape suit, however did not score with critics either. Tim Burton's ambitious and highly anticipated adaptation of 1968's "Planet of the Apes" was a fun summer blockbuster and made an enormous amount of money, even if Wahlberg found it hard to fill Charlton Heston's sandals. It was even more difficult for him to step into the designer loafers of suave Hollywood legend Cary Grant for the 2002 remake of Stanley Donen's 1963 classic, "Charade" ¿ so hard, in fact, that the studio wisely attempted to avoid comparison by calling the new version "The Truth About Charlie." Even Jonathan Demme could not mold Wahlberg into the strong, confident mysterious espionage agent that made the original story work so well. Wahlberg made yet another misstep into the remake ring with an update of "The Italian Job" (2003) this time unwisely taking on a role made famous by Michael Caine. Though the film itself was a modest success.Wahlberg began to shake off his unfortunate run of duds in 2004, when he became executive producer and creator of the HBO series "Entourage" (HBO, 2004-2011). The instantly popular show drew...

ake seriously for a generation not quite ready to revisit the hair bands of the late 1980s. Wahlberg in an ape suit, however did not score with critics either. Tim Burton's ambitious and highly anticipated adaptation of 1968's "Planet of the Apes" was a fun summer blockbuster and made an enormous amount of money, even if Wahlberg found it hard to fill Charlton Heston's sandals. It was even more difficult for him to step into the designer loafers of suave Hollywood legend Cary Grant for the 2002 remake of Stanley Donen's 1963 classic, "Charade" ¿ so hard, in fact, that the studio wisely attempted to avoid comparison by calling the new version "The Truth About Charlie." Even Jonathan Demme could not mold Wahlberg into the strong, confident mysterious espionage agent that made the original story work so well. Wahlberg made yet another misstep into the remake ring with an update of "The Italian Job" (2003) this time unwisely taking on a role made famous by Michael Caine. Though the film itself was a modest success.

Wahlberg began to shake off his unfortunate run of duds in 2004, when he became executive producer and creator of the HBO series "Entourage" (HBO, 2004-2011). The instantly popular show drew upon the exploits of Wahlberg and his real-life Hollywood hangers-on, to tell the story of fictional rising star Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier) and his club-hopping crew. "Entourage" went on to earn Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for Best Comedy numerous times. Wahlberg somehow found time to shoot a film the same year he launched his TV show, playing a fireman drawn into the search for answers to deep philosophical conundrums in a retail superstore in the "existential comedy" "I [Heart] Huckabees" (2004). Most critics and fans were of the same mind that the rapper-turned-actor stole the picture from his more seasoned co-stars, including Dustin Hoffman, Lily Tomlin and Jude Law. Wahlberg then took on a role that was close to the tough, troubled man he used to be when he played one of four troubled foster sons seeking to avenge the murder of their mother, in John Singleton's hard-edged revenge drama "Four Brothers" (2005). For the football film "Invincible" (2006) Wahlberg received strong reviews from critics, many of whom were pleased with the authenticity and heart of the real-life story, despite rampant sports film clichés. Still part street-tough, Wahlberg rejected the use of stunt doubles and took all his own hits on the field in order to portray improbable NFL player Vince Papale, a former part-time bartender-turned-special teams star on the Philadelphia Eagles.

What came next for the actor was truly special and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Wahlberg headed back to Boston and the scene of his own improbable rise to fame to shoot Martin Scorsese's "The Departed" (2006). Joining an all-star cast including Leonardo DiCaprio, fellow Bostonian Matt Damon and Jack Nicholson, he played a rough-and-tumble cop who was one of two people inside the South Boston police department that knows one of their own (DiCaprio) is deep undercover inside a crime syndicate, while the mob has its own mole (Damon) on the force. For his strong and often humorous performance ¿ particularly his give-and-take with Alec Baldwin ¿ Wahlberg earned both Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for Best Supporting Actor.

In 2007, Wahlberg released a pair of moderately successful action films that failed to live up to the quality of his big success the previous year. "Shooter" (2007) was an action thriller about an ex-marksman brought back to the job by his old associates to prevent an assassination, only to be double-crossed and framed for killing the President. In "We Own the Night," Wahlberg again played a cop in the implausible tale of family loyalties amongst the Russian mob, police, and a nightclub owner in 1980s Brooklyn. Wahlberg seemed poised to try a new direction in 2008 with the anticipated release of "The Happening," an M. Night Shyamalan thriller. Following a low-key co-starring turn opposite Joaquin Phoenix and Robert Duvall in the crime drama "We Own the Night" (2007), Wahlberg starred in the video game feature film adaptation, "Max Payne" (2008), playing the titular maverick cop hell-bent on avenging the brutal murders of his family and his partner, which leads him into a nightmarish journey into the dark underworld. In "The Lovely Bones" (2009), he was a father whose grief over the tragic murder of his young daughter (Saoirse Ronan) leads to an obsessive search for her killer (Stanley Tucci) that tears the rest of his family apart. He next courted critical acclaim for his performance in "The Fighter" (2010), playing "Irish" Micky Ward, a real-life junior welterweight boxer who endured a difficult life while becoming a working-class hero in his native Massachusetts. Arguably one of the better performances of his career, Wahlberg earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in December 2010.

Remaining active as a producer, Wahlberg stepped away from the spotlight briefly, resurfacing for the crime thriller "Contraband" (2012), which met with muted reception. Later in the year, however, he starred in "Ted," an irreverent comedy that found him working with fellow New England native Seth MacFarlane to offer up a tale of an amiable Bostonian man-child and his foul-mouthed talking teddy bear. The movie, co-starring Mila Kunis, took in a massive haul, with rumors of a sequel abounding. Meanwhile, Wahlberg returned to more straight-faced territory with the underperforming crime drama "Broken City" (2013), featuring Russell Crowe, and "Pain & Gain," a bodybuilder-centric action movie directed by Michael Bay, who also enlisted the star for his upcoming fourth installment in the "Transformers" franchise. Before that project got underway, however, Wahlberg teamed up with Denzel Washington for the firearms-heavy caper "2 Guns" (2013).ng public was 10 times more reluctant. "Boogie Nights" (1997), however made it hard to argue with the fact that Wahlberg could carry a movie. Helmed by relative newcomer Paul Thomas Anderson, "Boogie Nights" told the story of an unusually endowed busboy-turned-porn star and his rise and fall in the adult industry during the late 1970s to early 1980s. Roundly acclaimed if a little disjointed and long-winded, "Boogie Nights" was an enjoyable and oddly old-fashioned fable. But there was no denying even to hardcore critics, that the relative newbie actor's mix of boyish innocence and brute sexuality made him a perfect Eddie Adams/Dirk Diggler. In 1998, Wahlberg cashed in on his renewed popularity in the action comedy "The Big Hit," co-starring with Antonio Sabato Jr., Lou Diamond Phillips and Bokeem Woodbine as one of a group of suave and sexy, but somewhat bumbling hit men. The following year saw him take on a role opposite Chow Yun Fat in the Asian gang urban crime drama "The Corruptor." While both efforts were solid, the roles did not ring true, as both were two-dimensional characterizations and Wahlberg's capable work failed to add much. He would generally fare better with work that utilized his winning combination of youthful charm and worldly hardness; as well as roles where his looks belied his actions.

In 1999, Wahlberg co-starred with George Clooney and Ice Cube in David O Russell's "Three Kings," a hard-hitting but comedic chronicle of the Gulf War. Here, he shone as a man both terrified and tough; a young father and soldier desperate to get back home. He reunited with his new best offscreen buddy Clooney in 2000 with "The Perfect Storm," a gripping fact-based account of a downed fishing boat off the coast of Massachusetts. A harrowing film with a grueling shoot, it was a summer hit and further established Wahlberg as a performer to be reckoned with. A low point, however was "Rock Star" (2001), with Wahlberg portraying the rags-to-riches tale of its musician protagonist, but the hair extensions and heavy metal antics were hard to t

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Patriots Day (2017)
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 Transformers 5 (2017)
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 Entourage (2015)
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 Daddy's Home (2015)
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 Ted 2 (2015)
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 Mojave (2015)
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 Champs (2014)
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 Manny (2014)
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 Champs (2014)
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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.

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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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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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