Mark Wahlberg
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Mark Robert Michael Wahlberg
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Birth date
June 5, 1971 (1971-06-05) (age 50)
Actor, producer
Active Years
1993–present (as an actor)

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.


Early life

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

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.

Boardwalk Empire

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

Year Title Role
1993 The Substitute Ryan Westerberg
1994 Renaissance Man Pvt. Tommy Lee Haywood
1995 The Basketball Diaries Mickey
1996 Fear David McCall
1997 Traveller Pat O'Hara
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
2012 Contraband Chris Farraday
Ted John
2013 Broken City Billy Taggart
Pain & Gain
2014 Transformers: Age of Extinction Cade Yeager
2017 Transformers: The Last Knight Cade Yeager filming


Year Title Role
2004–11 Entourage Executive producer
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
2010 The Fighter Producer
2012 Contraband Producer