Mark Robert Michael Wahlberg (born June 5, 1971) is an American, actor and producer. He starred in the films The Basketball Diaries (1995), Boogie Nights (1997), Three Kings (1999), The Perfect Storm (2000), Planet of the Apes (2001), The Italian Job (2003), I Heart Huckabees (2004), Four Brothers (2005), The Departed (2006), Shooter (2007), Max Payne (2008), The Other Guys (2010), The Fighter (2010), Contraband (2012), Ted (2012), Pain & Gain (2013) and 2 Guns (2013).
He is an executive producer for the HBO crime drama series Boardwalk Empire. Wahlberg had a long working relationship with HBO prior to Boardwalk Empire as an executive producer for Entourage.
Biography[edit | edit source]
Early life[edit | edit source]
Wahlberg was born in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts, the youngest of nine children, with siblings Arthur, Jim, Paul, Robert, Tracey, Michelle, Debbie, and Donnie. His mother, Alma Elaine (née Donnelly), was a bank clerk and nurse's aide, and his father, Donald Edward Wahlberg, was a Teamster who worked as a delivery driver. His parents divorced in 1982. Wahlberg had a Roman Catholic upbringing and attended Copley Square High School (but never graduated) on Newbury Street in Boston.
He spent his teenage years as the member of a criminal gang. He was addicted to cocaine and was involved in multiple assaults. For these crimes, Wahlberg was charged with attempted murder, pleaded guilty to assault, and was sentenced to two years in jail at Boston's Deer Island House of Correction, of which he served 45 days in 1987.
He was involved in the music industry at an early age. He was recruited as a member of pop group New Kids on the Block aged 13 by his brother Donnie. Mark left the group before their success.
Earlier career[edit | edit source]
He was a successful musician performing with a backing group as Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch. He had a number one single and produced two albums. He toured nationwide with New Kids on the Block. He went on to work as a model. He became a film actor in mid-1990s and went on to star in film projects including The Departed for Martin Scorsese.
He began his television production career with the series Entourage for HBO which was partly based on his own life. He worked with business partner Stephen Levinson on the project. In 2008 Wahlberg and Levinson became executive producers for HBO drama In Treatment, based on the Israeli series Be Tipul.
Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson were executive producers of Boardwalk Empire from its inception. They brought Terence Winter aboard to adapt the book, Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City. Winter serves as the show runner and head writer for the series. Martin Scorsese joined the project as a director for the pilot episode and an executive producer.
Selected Filmography[edit | edit source]
|1993||The Substitute||Ryan Westerberg|
|1994||Renaissance Man||Pvt. Tommy Lee Haywood|
|1995||The Basketball Diaries||Mickey|
|Boogie Nights||Eddie Adams/Dirk Diggler|
|1998||The Big Hit||Melvin Smiley|
|1999||The Corruptor||Detective Danny Wallace|
|Three Kings||Troy Barlow|
|2000||The Yards||Leo Handler|
|The Perfect Storm||Robert "Bobby" Shatford|
|2001||Planet of the Apes||Captain Leo Davidson|
|Rock Star||Chris "Izzy" Cole|
|2002||The Truth About Charlie||Joshua Peters|
|2003||The Italian Job||Charlie Croker|
|2004||I Heart Huckabees||Tommy Corn|
|2005||Four Brothers||Robert "Bobby" Mercer|
|2006||Invincible||Vincent "Vince" Francis Papale|
|The Departed||SSgt. Sean Dignam|
|2007||Shooter||GySgt. Bob Lee Swagger|
|We Own the Night||Captain Joseph "Joe" Grusinsky|
|2008||The Happening||Elliot Moore|
|Max Payne||Max Payne|
|2009||The Lovely Bones||Jack Salmon|
|2010||Date Night||Holbrooke Grant|
|The Other Guys||Detective Terry Hoitz|
|The Fighter||"Irish" Micky Ward|
|2013||Broken City||Billy Taggart|
|Pain & Gain|
|2014||Transformers: Age of Extinction||Cade Yeager|
|2017||Transformers: The Last Knight||Cade Yeager||filming|
Producer[edit | edit source]
|2007||We Own the Night||Producer|
|2008–10||In Treatment||Executive producer|
|2010–11||How to Make It in America||Executive producer|
|2010–present||Boardwalk Empire||Executive producer|