Mark Wahlberg biography 2022

Actor Mark Wahlberg

Mark Wahlberg biography

Mark Wahlberg was born June 5, 1971, a prominent family member living in Dorchester, Massachusetts.

In 1984, Mark was recruited by Maurice Starr, the founder of New Edition, to form a white version of the group with his brother Donnie. New Kids On The Block enjoyed success worldwide but did so without the rebellious Mark. While Donnie was enthusiastic about joining the group, Mark preferred being a teenager rather than spending his time on tour or in the studio.

After a brief stint with the group, Mark quit and veered into a life of crime. When the young Wahlberg went to jail on an assault charge, Donnie promised to work with him on a rap album after his release. Under the guidance of his brother, Mark formed the band Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch and recorded the album Music For The People, with Donnie as producer.

It achieved platinum status thanks to the first single, "Good Vibrations," which was a number one hit on both sides of the Atlantic in 1991. Mark Wahlberg was now a celebrity. "Good Vibrations" would be used as the theme for the film The Mighty Ducks and for a series of Calvin Klein commercials featuring Wahlberg in designer underwear.

In 1993, Wahlberg accepted a small role in the film The Substitute. Although it went straight to video, his performance did not go unnoticed. He scored parts in Renaissance Man starring Danny DeVito and The Basketball Diaries with Leonardo DiCaprio. Wahlberg's dramatic turn as a tough, troubled hood in the latter earned him praise from critics.

In 1996, he gained his first starring role in the thriller Fear, where he played a psychopathic boyfriend stalking Reese Witherspoon.

In 1997, however, Wahlberg became a bona fide star as Dirk Diggler in the film Boogie Nights. The film garnered attention for its frank depiction of the adult movie industry and for the honest performances of Wahlberg, Burt Reynolds, Don Cheadle, and Julianne Moore. In the wake of the success of Boogie Nights, Mark has been able to write his own ticket to Hollywood.

He has since starred in acclaimed features such as Three Kings and The Perfect Storm and blockbusters such as Planet of the Apes and Rock Star. Wahlberg is on the shortlist of every casting director and has had the luxury of turning down projects to pursue other commitments.

Although he's known for keeping his life private, his relationship with actress Jordana Brewster was revealed, and there were even rumors that the two were married. 

Wahlberg can be seen in The Truth About Charlie, co-starring Thandie Newton. In the future, he has expressed an interest in directing and starting his own recording label.


last updated October 2022

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