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Biography for Mark WahlbergMark Robert Michael Wahlberg (born Jun. 5, 1971 (46 years ago)) is an American actor, rapper and producer of movie and TV. He was known as Marky Mark in his earlier years and became famous in his 1991 (26 years ago) debut as a rap musician with the band Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch. He was named #1 on VH1's 40 Hottest Hotties of the 90's.
Early lifeBorn in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts, he is the youngest of nine children, with siblings Arthur, Jim, Paul, Robert, Tracey, Michelle, Debbie (died in 2003 (14 years ago) at age 44), and Donnie born to Alma Elaine (née McPeck), a bank clerk and nurse's aide, and Donald E. Wahlberg, a Teamster who worked as a delivery driver. His parents divorced in 1982 (35 years ago). Wahlberg had a Catholic upbringing and attended Copley Square High School (but never graduated) on Newbury Street in Copley Square in Boston. The campus now houses Muriel Snowden International School.
As a teenager, Wahlberg was implicated in several acts of violence and vandalism. At fifteen, he was amongst a group who threw rocks at a group of African American school children on a field trip while shouting racial epithets; the rocks hit their targets and caused several injuries. The following year, Wahlberg robbed a pharmacy while he was under the influence of PCP. During the commission of the crime, he again used racial epithets. He knocked one middle aged Vietnamese man unconscious and permanently blinded another in one eye before he was arrested by the police. Wahlberg was tried as an adult and charged for attempted murder. Pleading guilty to the lesser charge of assault, he was sentenced to two years in jail at Boston's Deer Island House of Correction, of which he served 45 days. In yet another incident, the 21-year-old Wahlberg fractured the jaw of a neighbor in an unprovoked attack.
Personal lifeWahlberg is a practicing Roman Catholic. He dated actresses Jordana Brewster (31 walls) and China Chow, his co-star in the movie The Big Hit. Wahlberg and model Rhea Durham have been together since 2001 (16 years ago), and have three children, Ella Rae (born sep. 2, 2003 (14 years ago)), Michael (born Mar. 21, 2006 (11 years ago)) and Brendan Joseph (born sep. 16, 2008 (9 years ago)). Wahlberg and Durham married on Aug. 1, 2009 (8 years ago) in a private Catholic ceremony in Beverly Hills, California.
Actively involved in charity, Wahlberg established the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation in May 2001 (16 years ago) for the purpose of raising and distributing funds to youth service and enrichment programs.
Wahlberg has four tattoos done by various artists including Paul Timman. The tattoos include Sylvester the cat with Tweety in his mouth on his ankle, a tattoo of his initials MW with Wahlberg through them on his upper right arm, and a Bob Marley (4 walls) tattoo with "One Love" on his upper left arm. The final tattoo, which Wahlberg holds as his most meaningful, is the rosary tattoed around his neck, with a crucifix and the words "In God I Trust" resting over his heart.
His father, a US Army veteran of the Korean War, died on Feb. 14, 2008 (9 years ago).
Music careerWahlberg first came to fame as the younger brother of Donnie Wahlberg of the successful 1980 (37 years ago) and 1990 (27 years ago) boy band New Kids on the Block. Mark, at age thirteen, had been one of the group's original members, along with Donnie, Danny Wood, Jordan Knight, and Jonathan Knight. Uninterested in the group's bubblegum pop and squeaky-clean image, however, he soon quit. It was his departure that eventually allowed Joe McIntyre to take his place as the fifth member of the group.
Wahlberg began recording as Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch, earning a hit with "Good Vibrations" from the album Music for the People. The record was produced by brother Donnie and later hit #1 on The Billboard Hot 100, later becoming certified as a Platinum single. In the video, widely broadcast on music video channels, Mark was shown boxing, lifting weights and showing off his bare, well-muscled torso.[dead link] The second single, "Wildside," peaked at #5 on Billboards Hot Singles Sales chart and at #10 on The Billboard Hot 100. It was certified as a Gold single. Marky Mark opened for the New Kids on the Block during their last tour. The second Marky Mark LP, You Gotta Believe, wasn't as successful as the prior, yielding only a minor hit single in the title track. Wahlberg later collaborated with reggae / ragga singer Prince Ital Joe. The project combined rap and ragga vocals with strong eurodance music (as in the singles Happy People, United, Life in the Streets, and Babylon) courtesy of Frank Peterson and Alex Christensen as producers.
He briefly became embroiled in controversy when he appeared to endorse the homophobic comments made by ShABBA (4 walls) Ranks when they appeared as guests on the British chat show The Word.
Mark's cocky, street-wise persona contributed to his fame. During concert performances, he was known for stripping to a pair of white briefs, gyrating his hips and rubbing his crotch. In the dedication of his 1992 (25 years ago) book Marky Mark, co-authored with photographer Lynn Goldsmith, Wahlberg says in the preface that "I wanna dedicate this book to my cock".
Advertising careerWahlberg is known for his impressive physique. He first displayed it in the Good Vibrations music video and most prominently in a series of underwear ads for Calvin Klein shot by Herb Ritts, following it with Calvin Klein TV ads. In 1992 (25 years ago) the Calvin Klein billboard in New York's Times Square featured Wahlberg exclusively. Magazine and TV promotions would sometimes feature him exclusively or accompanied by model Kate Moss. Annie Leibovitz shot a famous session of Mark Wahlberg in underwear for Vanity Fair's annual Hall of Fame issue. He made a workout video titled The Marky Mark Workout: Form... Focus... Fitness (ISBN 1-55510-910-1). Although Wahlberg made several sexual references in the video, it was passed as exempt from classification because he was able to disguise them with hip hop slang. Notably, he says to a female participant before doing an exercise, "If I get diesel (muscular), maybe I'll get some skins".
Film careerWahlberg then began an acting career, making his debut in the 1993 (24 years ago) TV movie The Substitute. His big screen debut came the next year, with the Danny DeVito feature Renaissance Man. A basketball fanatic, he caught the attention of critics after appearing in The Basketball Diaries in 1995 (22 years ago), playing the role of Mickey alongside Leonardo DiCaprio (7 walls), in a movie adaptation of the Jim Carroll book of the same name. He also starred in the 1996 (21 years ago) James Foley thriller Fear.
He earned many positive reviews after successful movies like Boogie Nights as Dirk Diggler, Three Kings, The Perfect Storm, The Italian Job, and Four Brothers. His performance in I ♥ Huckabees was voted best supporting performance of the year in the 2004 (13 years ago) Village Voice Critics Poll. Wahlberg was originally cast as Linus Caldwell in Ocean's Eleven; Matt Damon (4 walls) played the role. The two later worked together in The Departed. Wahlberg was also considered for a role in the movie Brokeback Mountain. It was originally intended to star him and Joaquin Phoenix, but Wahlberg was uncomfortable with the film's sex scenes and his role ultimately went to Jake Gyllenhaal.
Wahlberg starred in the American football drama Invincible, based on the true story of bartender-turned-Philadelphia Eagle Vince Papale. He is also the executive producer of the HBO series Entourage, which is loosely based on his experiences in Hollywood. He also appeared as a foul-mouthed Massachusetts State Police detective in Martin Scorsese's critically acclaimed thriller The Departed in 2006 (11 years ago), for which he won the National Society of movie Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor and netted him nominations for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture.
Wahlberg has confirmed that he was approached to star in a sequel to The Departed, but it is still early in development. The sequel would reportedly revolve around Staff Sergeant Dignam played by Wahlberg.
To prepare for his role in Shooter, Wahlberg attended long-range shooting training at Front Sight Firearms Training Institute near Pahrump, Nevada, and was able to hit a target at 2000 (17 years ago) yards on his first day, a feat which took his instructor about six months to achieve. He has said in a number of interviews that he will retire at the age of 40 to concentrate on parenthood and professional golf. However, in early 2007 (10 years ago) he indicated that the latter was no longer the plan as "his golf game is horrible". He stars as Jack Salmon in Peter Jackson's movie of The Lovely Bones. In 2007 (10 years ago) he starred opposite Joaquin Phoenix in We Own the Night, a movie about a family of police officers in New York City. The movie also stars Robert Duvall and Eva Mendes.
Wahlberg will play drug kingpin Jon Roberts in the remake of the 2006 (11 years ago) documentary Cocaine Cowboys, which chronicles the story of the largest cocaine trafficker in Miami in the 1970 (47 years ago) and 1980s, and has persuaded Leonardo DiCaprio (7 walls) to play the supporting role.
He starred in M. Night Shyamalan's The Happening as Eliot Moore, which opened in movie theatres on Jun. 13, 2008 (9 years ago). The same year, he played the title role in Max Payne (4 walls), based on a video game of the same name. While promoting Max Payne (4 walls), Wahlberg became involved in a staged feud with Saturday Night Live's Andy Samberg and threatened to "crack that big (bleep)ing nose of his." Samberg had done an impression of Wahlberg in a Saturday Night Live skit titled "Mark Wahlberg Talks To Animals." However, Wahlberg later appeared in a follow-up skit parodying both the original skit, Samberg's impression of Wahlberg, and his own threats to Samberg.
Video game careerMarky Mark and the Funky Bunch had their own video game in the Marky Mark: Make My Video game series on the Sega Mega-CD. Using various effects, the player is supposed to produce new versions of the videos to Marky Mark songs like "Good Vibrations" and "I Need Money". PC World.ca listed it as the eighth worst video game of all time. Recently, Wahlberg played the titular character in the Max Payne (4 walls) movie based on the popular video games. Even though he played the character in the film, he has stated that he is not going to play the games.
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