Mark Wahlberg’s BiographyMark Robert Michael Wahlberg is an American actor, producer, musician, and model. He made a name for himself by appearing in a biographical disaster drama film «The Perfect Storm», a science fiction film «Planet of the Apes» and a crime drama film «The Departed». During the course of his career, he received numerous prestigious awards and nominations, including two Academy Award nominations and three Golden Globes nominations. Net worth: $350 million.
Childhood and youthMark Wahlberg was born on June 5, 1971, in the neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts, USA. His father, Donald E. Wahlberg, Sr. was demobilized from the army after the Korean war and became a delivery driver and his mother, Alma Elaine (Donnelly) was a bank clerk and a nurse's aide. Mark’s mother had six children from her previous marriage and together with Donald, they had three more, of which Mark was the youngest one. His parents divorced in 1982 and received joint custody of the kids, so Mark split his time between them.
When Mark ended up in prison, he realized that he wanted to get out of there as soon as possible without ever going back, and in order to do so, he had to come to his senses and clean up his act. At first, he heavily relied on the guidance of his parish priest and a bit later had to tell his street gang that he was leaving them. According to the actor himself, he had some serious fights and was beaten up before they let him go.
Music career and modelingMark fell in love with music when he was 13 and, together with his elder brother, Donnie Wahlberg (who was 15 at the time), they formed a very successful boy band «New Kids on the Block». However, Mark wasn’t too happy about the sappy and sentimental image the band portrayed, so he quit after a couple of months.
Acting careerAfter making a name for himself in the music industry, Mark started exploring his other creative talents. He decided to try his hand at acting and made his debut in a television film «The Substitute» in 1993, where he’s got a supporting role. This venture has paid off, and a year later he was cast in a larger scale comedy film «Renaissance Man», starring the amazing Danny DeVito. Around that time the aspiring actor gave up his stage name – Marky Mark and continued his acting career under his real name.
One of Mark’s most controversial projects up to date, is his leading role in «Max Payne» (2008), a neo-noir action thriller film based on the video game series of the same name. The film was a box office success, but the critics gave it mostly negative reviews due to the excessive use of video effects, overload of fight scenes and the absence of logical turn of events. «Mark Wahlberg is terrific in hard-bitten roles...yet this doesn’t help much». Mila Kunis, Mark’s co-star, was criticized just as badly. Mark was eventually nominated for the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actor.
In 2013 Mark co-produced and starred in a neo-noir crime drama film «Broken City», opposite Russell Crowe and Catherine Zeta-Jones. However, the box office returns fell short of expectations making this film the only one in Mark’s career, where the earnings failed to recoup the budget.
In 2014 Mark replaced Shia LaBeouf in his leading role in «Transformers: Age of Extinction» – a fourth installment of the live-action Transformers film series. Despite receiving overwhelmingly negative reviews from critics – «the longer the movie goes on, the less interesting it becomes» – the film was a huge commercial success, grossing over $1 billion worldwide!
Mark Wahlberg successfully continues his acting career. He topped the Forbes list of the world's highest-paid actors in 2017 (earning $68 million), however, he was also dubbed to be one of the Hollywood’s most overrated celebrities, as his latest (at the time of the report) films «Patriots Day» and «Deepwater Horizon» made a very modest box office.
Mark Wahlberg’s personal lifeMark dated an American actress and model Jordana Brewster from 1998 to 2001. The main reason for their split, according to Mark, was a difference in opinions and social background (Jordana comes from a very wealthy family):
There’s nothing wrong with being privileged, but it reminds me of how hard I’ve had to work to get where I haveIn 2001 after a couple of short relationships with his co-stars, including Reese Witherspoon and China Chow, he met a model Rhea Durham (b. 1978) and fell in love at first sight. They had three children together: daughter Ella Rae Wahlberg (b. 02.09.2003), son Michael Wahlberg (b. 21.03.2006), and Brendan Joseph Wahlberg (b. 16.09.2008) before they finally decided to tie the knot. Wahlberg and Durham married on August 1, 2009, in a private Catholic ceremony in Beverly Hills, and had another daughter, Grace Margaret Wahlberg on 11 January 2011.
Mark Wahlberg todayRecently, Mark Wahlberg is removed less often and is engaged in producing activities, but he has big plans for the future. So, in 2020 there are five projects with his participation. In the cartoon Scooby-Doo, he will voice a hero named Blue Falcon. In the science-fiction film "Infinity" will play the main role of Evan Michaels, a man who remembers his past lives and enters into a secret society of the same people who, as he finds out, rule the world.
The role of private detective Spencer went to the actor in the film "Wonderland". Given that this is an adaptation of one of Ace Atkins' novels, and about four dozen books have been written about, if the project succeeds, Wahlberg will sign a contract for several films.