Who Is Mark Wahlberg?
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Mark Robert Michael Wahlberg is an actor and former rapper. His story is a great example of ‘rags to riches’ tale, as he started off as a homeless drug addict and was a petty thief. Now, he is one of the highest paid actors in Hollywood today. Before acting, Wahlberg also went by the rap name ‘Marky Mark’. He had a rap career with several hits.
Career Focus: Acting, rapping, entrepreneurship, model, producing
Popular Works: [Music] Music for the People (1991), You Gotta Believe (1992) [Television] Entourage (2004-2011, HBO), Wahlburgers (2014-Present, A&E), [Film] Renaissance Man (1994, Penny Marshall), The Basketball Diaries (1995, Scott Kalvert), Fear (1996, James Foley), Boogie Nights (1997, Paul Thomas Anderson), The Perfect Storm (2000, Wolfgang Petersen), Planet of the Apes (2001, Tim Burton), Rock Star (2001, Stephen Herek), The Italian Job (2003, F. Gary Gray), I Love Huckabees (2004, David O. Russell), The Departed (2006, Martin Scorsese), Shooter (2007, Antoine Fuqua), We Own The Night (2007, James Gray), The Happening (2008, M. Night Shyamalan), Max Payne (2008, John Moore), The Lovely Bones (2009, Peter Jackson), Date Night (2010, Shawn Levy), The Other Guys (2010, Adam McKay), The Fighter (2010, David O. Russell), Ted (2012, Seth MacFarlane), Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014, Michael Bay), Entourage (2015, Doug Ellin), Ted 2 (2015, Seth MacFarlane), Daddy’s Home (2015, Sean Anders), Deepwater Horizon (2016, Peter Berg), Patriots Day (2016, Peter Berg), Transformers: The Last Knight (2017, Michael Bay), Daddy’s Home 2 (2017, Sean Anders), All the Money in the World (2017, Ridley Scott)
Date Of Birth: 05-06-1971
Weight: 171 lbs.
Current State & Country: Los Angeles, California, USA
Home State & Country: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Net Worth Income: $68,000,000
Educational Credentials: Muriel S. Snowden International School, Copley Square High School. Wahlberg is a high school dropout.
Wahlberg was initially meant to be a member of New Kids on the Block, which his brother Donnie is a part of – Wahlberg left as he didn’t like the band’s squeaky-clean image.
Despite being Catholic, Wahlberg has expressed his support for same-sex marriage and LGBTQ rights. He received a high school diploma in 2014, to set an example for his children.
Career History Of Mark Wahlberg
Wahlberg started out as a rapper before making it big as an actor. Under the name Marky Mark, he released two albums with his group The Funky Bunch: Music for the People, and You Gotta Believe. His most famous hit is ‘Good Vibrations’.
Wahlberg made his official acting debut in 1993 with the made-for-TV film The Substitute. He has played starring roles in several films including Boogie Nights, Ted, The Fighter, Lone Survivor, and Daddy’s Home. In 2006, Wahlberg became a part of the film The Departed, alongside fellow A-list actors Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, and Matt Damon. The film went on to win Best Picture at the 2006 Oscar Awards. The same film also earned Wahlberg a Best Supporting Actor nomination. In 2014, he became a part of the Transformers franchise, by playing Cade Yeager in Transformers: Age of Extinction. He reprised the role in 2017 in Transformers: The Last Knight.
Wahlberg is set to star in three upcoming films: Wonderland (coming out later in 2019), Good Joe Bell, and Scoob, which is based after the classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon, Scooby Doo. The latter two will hit theaters in 2020.
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Wahlberg is the youngest of nine children. He’s not the only one who’s famous among all of them – His elder brother, Donnie, is a singer-actor, most popular as a member of the late 80s boyband the New Kids on the Block. He also has an actor brother named Robert, and an entrepreneur brother named Paul. Wahlberg’s other siblings are Arthur, Jim, Tracey, Debbie, and Michelle. His mother, Alma Donnelly, worked as a nurse’s aide and a bank clerk. His father was a delivery driver named Donald Wahlberg. Despite his parents divorcing in 1982, Wahlberg remained close to his mother and father.
Wahlberg is married to model Rhea Durham. They started dating in 2001, and married in 2009. Wahlberg met Durham when she was a model for Victoria’s Secret. They have four children together – Two daughters, and two sons. Past relationships included actress Traci Bingham and Reese Witherspoon. He was also romantically linked to 90s model and style icon Kate Moss.
Net Worth Of Mark Wahlberg
As of 2018, Wahlberg reportedly has a net worth of over $68M. He is actually one of the highest-paid actors in Hollywood today. But he has actually been around for so many decades now, just taking on different sort of professions – From modeling for brands like Calvin Klein during the 90s, to his rap career as Marky Mark, and now, as an actor. Apart from acting, he currently runs a burger chain with his brothers called Wahlburgers.
As mentioned, Wahlberg was the highest-paid actor in Hollywood back in 2017. This is all thanks to his work in so many blockbuster films, which includes the Transformers franchise. But his movies have also been lambasted by critics, and have dubbed him one of the most overpaid actors in the industry.
But even if his acting career fails, Wahlberg still has so many things to fall back on – He currently owns a chain of burger restaurants called Wahlburgers, which he owns with two of his brothers. He also has a sports nutrition line. In 2013, Wahlberg purchased a part-time ownership for a Barbadian cricket team. There’s also his previous modeling gigs from back in the day, and the cash that he acquired as a rapper.
Controversial News On The Life & Career Of Mark Wahlberg
Wahlberg’s drug addiction started when he was only 13 – His main drug of choice was cocaine. When he was in his teens, him and his friends got themselves involved in several hate crimes. One of these involved yelling racial slurs at a group of three black children in 1986. Two months, later, civil action was filed against him and his group of friends.
Then in 1988, Wahlberg attacked two Vietnamese men named Thanh Lam and Johnny Hoa Trinh by striking them on the forehead with a huge wooden stick while screaming racial slurs at them. He was also arrested and charged with attempted murder. He was found guilty, and stayed in prison for two years.In 2006, Wahlberg, now making waves as an actor, spoke about his past crimes, and apologized. He has also requested a pardon for his assault on Trinh and Lam. He has also claimed to have met with the two men and made a formal apology. In 2015, Kristyn Atwood, one of the black children that Wahlberg attacked back in 1986 has rejected his apology, stating that “a racist will always be a racist”.
Rumors And Frequently Asked Questions About Mark Wahlberg
Wahlberg has denied that he started a feud with A-list actor Leonardo DiCaprio when they filmed The Basketball Diaries back in the 90s. This was the first time that he had worked with DiCaprio – The two of them would reunite in the Oscar-winning film The Departed several years later.