Mark Wahlberg

Actor, Musician, Model
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 ... Read more »
Born: 06/04/1971 in Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA

Filmography

Actor (85)

Daddy's Home 2015 (Movie)

Dusty Kay (Actor)

Manny 2015 (Movie)

(Himself)

Ted 2 2015 (Movie)

John (Actor)

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

Wahlburgers 2013 - 2015 (TV Show)

Himself

2014 MTV Movie Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Conan 2010, 2012, 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Guys Choice 2014 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Juvies 2014 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Gambler 2014 (Movie)

Jim Bennett (Actor)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Transformers: Age of Extinction 2014 (Movie)

Cade Yeager (Actor)

2 Guns 2013 (Movie)

Mark "Stig" Stigman (Actor)

Broken City 2013 (Movie)

Billy Taggart (Actor)

Champs 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lone Survivor 2013 (Movie)

Marcus Luttrell (Actor)

Pain & Gain 2013 (Movie)

Daniel Lugo (Actor)

Spike Guys Choice 2013 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

The 85th Annual Academy Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

2012 MTV Movie Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

Contraband 2012 (Movie)

Chris Farraday (Actor)

Entourage 1992 - 1993, 2004 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Guys Choice 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Scream Awards 2011 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Ted 2012 (Movie)

John Bennett (Actor)

The 69th Annual Golden Globes Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Graham Norton Show 1992 - 1993, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

Guys Choice 2011 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Date Night 2010 (Movie)

Holbrooke Grant (Actor)

The 2010 Scripps National Spelling Bee 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The Fighter 2010 (Movie)

Mickey Ward (Actor)

The Other Guys 2010 (Movie)

Terry Hoitz (Actor)

2009 Golden Globe Awards Red Carpet Special 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The Lovely Bones 2009 (Movie)

Jack Salmon (Actor)

Max Payne 2008 (Movie)

Max Payne (Actor)

The 2008 MTV Movie Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The Happening 2008 (Movie)

Elliot Moore (Actor)

Shooter 2007 (Movie)

Bob Lee Swagger (Actor)

The 2007 Screen Actors Guild Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

We Own the Night 2007 (Movie)

Joseph Grusinsky (Actor)

Invincible 2006 (Movie)

Vince Papale (Actor)

The Departed 2006 (Movie)

Sergeant Dignam (Actor)

Four Brothers 2005 (Movie)

Bobby Mercer (Actor)

The 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

I Heart Huckabees 2004 (Movie)

Tommy Corn (Actor)

Inside the Actors Studio 2004 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Making the Movie: The Italian Job 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2003 MTV Movie Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The Italian Job 2003 (Movie)

Charlie Croker (Actor)

The 2001 MTV Video Music Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Concert For New York City 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Truth About Charlie 2002 (Movie)

Joshua Peters (Actor)

Planet of the Apes 2001 (Movie)

Captain Leo Davidson (Actor)

Planet of the Apes: Rule the Planet 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Rock Star 2001 (Movie)

Chris Cole (Actor)

The 2000 MTV Video Music Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2000 MTV Movie Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Perfect Storm 2000 (Movie)

Bobby Shatford (Actor)

The Yards 2000 (Movie)

Leo Handler (Actor)

The 1998 MTV Video Music Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Corruptor 1999 (Movie)

Danny Wallace (Actor)

Three Kings 1999 (Movie)

Sargeant Troy Barlow (Actor)

The Big Hit 1998 (Movie)

Melvin Smiley (Actor)

VH1 97 Fashion Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Boogie Nights 1997 (Movie)

Dirk Diggler (Actor)

Traveller 1997 (Movie)

Pat (Actor)

Fear 1996 (Movie)

David McCall (Actor)

The Basketball Diaries 1995 (Movie)

Mickey (Actor)

Movie News Hot Summer Sneak Preview 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Renaissance Man 1994 (Movie)

Tommy Lee Haywood (Actor)

The 1992 MTV Video Music Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The 35th Annual Grammy Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Ben Stiller Show 1992 - 1993 (Tv Show)

Actor

Fox/MTV Guide to Summer '92 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Idols 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The American Music Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Substitute (TV Show)

Actor

Three Mississippi (Movie)

(Actor)
Producer (14)

Ballers 2014 - 2016 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Boardwalk Empire 2010 - 2015 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Breaking Boston 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Juvies 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Gambler 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Broken City 2013 (Movie)

(Producer)

Lone Survivor 2013 (Movie)

(Producer)

Prisoners 2013 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Contraband 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

How to Make it in America 2009 - 2012 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

In Treatment 1992 - 1993, 2006 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

The Fighter 2010 (Movie)

(Producer)

We Own the Night 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

Three Mississippi (Movie)

(Producer)
Music (11)

Fun Size 2012 (Movie)

("Good Vibrations") (Song)

Blades of Glory 2007 (Movie)

("Good Vibrations") (Song)

Spring Breakdown 2007 (Movie)

("Good Vibrations") (Song)

Analyze This 1999 (Movie)

("Good Vibrations") (Song)

The Big Hit 1998 (Movie)

("Don't Sleep") (Song Performer)

The Big Hit 1998 (Movie)

(Song)

Renaissance Man 1994 (Movie)

("Achy Breaky Heart" "Life in the Streets" "In Love" "United") (Song Performer)

Renaissance Man 1994 (Movie)

songs("Hamlet Rap (To Be or Not to Be)" "Life in the Streets" "In Love" "United") (Song)

Super Mario Brothers 1993 (Movie)

("I Want You") (Song Performer)

Surf Ninjas 1993 (Movie)

featured performer("You Know How We Do It") (Performer)

The Mighty Ducks 1992 (Movie)

("Good Vibrations") (Song)

Biography

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.

Relationships

Frida Andersson

Companion
Dated in 2001 No longer together

Jordana Brewster Actor

Companion
Began dating late 1998 Brewster confirmed they were no longer a couple June 2001

China Chow Actor

Companion
Met during filming of "The Big Hit" (1998) No longer together

Rhea Durham Actor

Wife
Began dating in summer 2001 Had an on-again, off-again relationship Married Aug. 1, 2009 at the Good Shephard Catholic Church in Beverly Hills, CA

Sofia Vergara Actor

Companion
Dated c. 2002 No longer together

Donnie Wahlberg Actor

Brother
Born Aug. 17, 1969; member of the popular boy band New Kids on the Block; also acted in "The Sixth Sense" (1999) and HBO's award-winning World War II miniseries "Band of Brothers" (2001)

Donald Wahlberg

Father
Divorced from Wahlberg's mother c. 1982 Reportedly suffered several strokes Died February 14, 2008

Robert Wahlberg Actor

Brother
Born Dec. 18, 1967; acted with brother Mark in "The Departed" (2006)

Alma Wahlberg

Mother
Divorced from Wahlberg's father c. 1982

Ella Wahlberg

Daughter
Born Sept. 2, 2003; mother Rhea Durham

Margaret Wahlberg

Daughter
Born Jan. 11, 2010; mother Rhea Durham

Brendan Wahlberg

Son
Born Sept. 16, 2008; mother Rhea Durham

Michael Wahlberg

Son
Born March 22, 2006; mother Rhea Durham

Arthur Wahlberg

Brother
Older

Jim Wahlberg

Brother
Served time in prison for armed robbery

Paul Wahlberg

Brother
Older; founded and co-owned the restaurants Alma Nove and Wahlburgers (opened in Hingham, MA in 2011)

Debbie Wahlberg

Sister
Older Died Sept. 2, 2003, the same day Wahlberg's daughter was born, from a septic infection

Michelle Wahlberg

Sister
Older

Tracey Wahlberg

Sister
Older

Reese Witherspoon Actor

Companion
Co-starred in 1996's "Fear" No longer together

EDUCATION

Copley Square High School

Boston , Massachusetts
Dropped out in the ninth grade

Milestones

2013

Co-starred with Denzel Washington in "2 Guns"

2013

Played former NYPD cop opposite Russell Crowe and Catherine Zeta-Jones in crime drama "Broken City"

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

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama ("The Fighter")

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"

2010

Co-starred with Will Ferrell in the action comedy "The Other Guys," about two mismatched New York City detectives

2010

Co-starred with Steve Carell and Tina Fey in the comedy "Date Night"

2010

Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

2009

Played the father of a murdered young girl in the film adaptation of Alice Sebold's bestseller "The Lovely Bones"

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"

2007

Co-starred with Joaquin Phoenix and Robert Duvall in "We Own the Night"

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

2005

Starred in John Singleton's "Four Brothers" as one of four brothers out to avenge his mother's murder

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

2004

Starred opposite Jude Law and Naomi Watts in "I Heart Huckabees"; re-teamed with director, David O. Russell

2003

Co-starred with Charlize Theron in F. Gary Gray's remake of the heist film "The Italian Job"

2002

Co-starred in Jonathan Demme's remake of "Charade" titled "The Truth About Charlie"

2001

Starred in Tim Burton's remake of "Planet of the Apes"

2001

Played a salesman who becomes a heavy metal singer in "Rock Star"; Clooney was one of the film's producers

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"

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"

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"

1996

Starred in the teen thriller "Fear" as the violently obsessive boyfriend of Reese Witherspoon

1995

Breakthrough role as the hot-tempered best friend of Leonardo DiCaprio's Jim Carroll in "The Basketball Diaries"

1994

Made film debut with a featured acting role in "Renaissance Man"

1993

TV-movie acting debut, "The Substitute" (USA Network)

1993

Made guest appearance on "The Ben Stiller Show" (Fox)

1992

Signed a two-year contract as Calvin Klein underwear model

1991

Released debut rap album Music for the People, recorded with his band The Funky Bunch; album went platinum

1988

Arrested for assault and jailed for 45 days

1986

Unwilling to take singing lessons, quit New Kids on the Block after six months

1985

He and brother Donnie became the first two members of the teen vocal group New Kids on the Block

1984

Started breakdancing on Boston streets

Bonus Trivia

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

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"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 unjust. But sh*t, 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 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, quoted in Us magazine, April 1995

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"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 sh*t." – Wahlberg quoted to Details, April 1996

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"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 to Detour, May 1997

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"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, Empire, February 1998

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"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

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"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, Wahlberg's "Three Kings" director, quoted in USA Weekend, Oct. 8-10, 1999

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"Well, I just figured I'd been bullsh*ting 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, Us magazine, November 1999

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"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 to Premiere, June 2000

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In 2001, Wahlberg established the Mark Wahlberg Foundation, a Boston-area organization that raised funds for youth programs such as the Boys & Girls Clubs. Wahlberg sat on the board of directors of his old neighborhood clubs – even though he had been kicked out at the age of 13 – and was an outspoken supporter of youth arts programs as a powerful force in urban communities.

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"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 sh*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

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"It depends on where I'm at and what day it is. I've got my Boston crew, New York and L.A. 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 was similar to his own life, quoted in USA Today, July 16, 2004

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