Mark Wahlberg
Academy Award-nominated American actor, television producer and rap musician
Mark Wahlberg
Mark Robert Michael Wahlberg is an American actor, film and television producer, and former rapper. He was known as Marky Mark in his earlier years, and became famous for his 1991 debut as frontman with the band Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch. He was named No. 1 on VH1's 40 Hottest Hotties of the 90's.
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PHOTOS: Mark Wahlberg Takes in the Super Bowl With Family
ABC News - 15 days
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Fake Vigils Honor Victims Of Kellyanne Conway's Made-Up Bowling Green Massacre
Huffington Post - 18 days
Protesters held fake vigils on Friday night to honor the victims of the “Bowling Green Massacre” that never actually happened. They gathered outside the Bowling Green subway station in New York City, waving signs and chanting slogans including “Never remember, always forget” and “What do we want? Alternative facts. When do we want them? Right now.” Other demonstrators assembled in the Kentucky town of Bowling Green with placards reading “Victims of BG Massacre” and “#NeverRemember.” Protesters at both events were roundly mocking the since rolled-back claims of Kellyanne Conway, President Donald Trump’s trusted adviser who on Thursday cited the nonexistent 2011 attack by Iraqi refugees in an attempt justify the president’s controversial Muslim travel ban. Spotted at the Bowling Green subway station. A group chanting: "we all are Bowling Green, never remember, always forget" #BowlingGreen pic.twitter.com/OmgMPZTwfp — Frank Posillico (@FrankPosillico) Februa ...
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Kellyanne Conway Literally Fabricated A Massacre To Justify Trump's Immigration Ban
Huffington Post - 19 days
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3 Reasons Mark Wahlberg Should Shut Up (And 1 Reason I'm Just Kidding)
Huffington Post - 26 days
Last December, Mark Wahlberg spoke out against celebrities speaking out regarding politics. He believes that Hollywood shouldn't use their public platforms for the political causes held nearest and dearest to their heart because...wait for it...Hollywood lives in a bubble and is out of touch with the people! Of course, Wahlberg comes from such humble beginnings being from a large family of nine children and a former high school dropout, he gets a free pass to speak his mind about how celebrities should not speak their mind - at least according to him. He's one of the few that have managed to stay grounded and in touch with the American people and their concerns in life. I'm not exactly sure the reason he's been able to remain outside "the bubble." I saw a 60 Minutes interview from 2013 where he proclaimed he was a daily churchgoer and avid basketball player amongst the common man. He also donated money to charity - like pretty much everybody else in Hollywood. Nevermind, Wahlbe ...
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Why Bieber sent Wahlberg underwear pictures
CNN - about 1 month
Mark Wahlberg tells Conan why Justin Bieber sent a picture of himself in his underwear.
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Review: 'Patriots Day' Is a Profound and Moving Film
ABC News - about 1 month
Why this Mark Wahlberg film is "terrific."
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'Patriots Day': A Painful, Painstaking Depiction Of The Boston Marathon Bombing
NPR - about 1 month
The third collaboration between director Peter Berg and actor Mark Wahlberg offers a detail-rich and nuanced examination of the 2013 bombing and its chaotic aftermath. (Image credit: Karen Ballard/CBS Films)
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Joe Jonas Strips Down To His Skivvies For New Guess Campaign
Huffington Post - about 1 month
Joe Jonas has stripped down to his skivvies for a steamy new Guess campaign.  Guess tapped the DNCE singer to serve as the face of its new underwear line, “Hero.” And judging by his rock-hard abs, Jonas has definitely not been eating cake by the ocean. Though Jonas may be an unnatural shade of bronze in every shot, his torso is impressively chiseled. In order to prepare for the photo shoot, Jonas did rigorous cardio and boxing. “[My trainer] put me through the [w]ringer,” Jonas told E! News. Jonas appears in the campaign with Guess Girl Charlotte McKinney. “It’s been a fun shoot, and my first time doing [an ad] in underwear, so it’s pretty exciting,” Jonas told E! News.  Jonas is the latest in a line of musicians to star in their own underwear campaigns. Mark Wahlberg famously modeled for Calvin Klein in 1992, during his Marky Mark heyday. Justin Bieber followed in Wahlberg’s footsteps with his own Calvin Klein campaigns in 2015 and 2016.   Check out more photo ...
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Mark Wahlberg on 'Patriots Day,' blue lives, and his own past with the police
Yahoo News - about 2 months
April 15 will mark the fourth anniversary of the Boston Marathon double bombings that killed four people and injured more than 260 near the finish line. The new film “Patriots Day” chronicles the race against time to hunt down the perpetrators, the Tsarnaev brothers, before they could strike again. Mark Wahlberg, an actor and co-producer of the film, as well as a native Bostonian, stopped by to speak with Yahoo News and Finance Anchor Bianna Golodryga about his character and the process of getting the story accurate.
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The Ten Best Movies of 2016
Huffington Post - about 2 months
Ten Best Movies of 2016 Well I have finally seen each and every movie I needed to see in order to make my determination of what I considered to be the ten best movies of 2016. It is not a list like most of the other critics' lists you have seen. There is no inclusion of "Moonlight," "La La Land," "Fences," "Manchester By the Sea" or "Arrival" Those movies did not appeal to my sense of entertainment. I go to the movies to be entertained. I want to feel some emotion, learn something I didn't know, be inspired or be caught up in some magic. 2016 was a year sadly lacking in those aspects of entertainment product. Still there were good movies to watch, and there were more than 10. "Mr. Church," "The Hollars," "Rogue One," "Bleed For This" and "Sing" were close competitors. But when it came down to it these ten rose above the crop. Here they are: #10 Jackie - Natalie Portman gave the female performance of the year as Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy. The film focuses on the assassinat ...
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'Rogue One' Dominates The Holiday Box Office
Huffington Post - about 2 months
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'Patriots Day' brings spare authenticity to Boston Marathon bombing
CNN - 2 months
'Patriots Day' review Mark Wahlberg, Peter Berg team on spare reenactment of Boston Marathon bombing
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Mark Wahlberg: 'I want people to feel hopeful' after watching 'Patriots Day'
CNN - 2 months
Mark Wahlberg's new movie, "Patriots Day," is about a tragedy, the Boston Marathon bombing. But he's hoping people will leave the theater encouraged.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Mark Wahlberg
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Age 44
    In September 2016 Wahlberg's pardon petition was closed after he failed to answer a request from the pardon board if he wanted it to remain open.
    More Details Hide Details Wahlberg first came to fame as the younger brother of Donnie Wahlberg of the successful boy band New Kids on the Block. Mark, at the age of 13, was one of the group's original members, along with Donnie, Danny Wood, Jordan Knight, and Jonathan Knight. However, he soon quit after staying three months in the group. His departure eventually allowed Joey McIntyre to take his place as the fifth member of the group.
  • 2015
    Age 43
    A committed Roman Catholic and daily Mass attendee, Wahlberg openly supports same-sex marriage despite the church's opposition. On September 27, 2015, he apologized to Pope Francis about jokes he made regarding his movie Ted.
    More Details Hide Details He said he had his personal rosary blessed by the pontiff.
    In 2015 he starred opposite Will Ferrell in the comedy Daddy's Home.
    More Details Hide Details In July 2013, Wahlberg became an equity interest of the Barbados Tridents cricket franchise. A team within the Limacol Caribbean Premier League, Wahlberg became involved with them through colleague and personal connection Ajmal Khan, the founder of Limacol CPL. Following the announcement, Wahlberg stated, "I am a huge cricket fan now. I'm excited to be a part of the Limacol Caribbean Premier League because I know cricket is huge in the Caribbean and a rich part of the region's heritage. Sports and entertainment are a powerful combination, and the LCPL will appeal to a huge audience worldwide." He co-owns Wahlburgers with his brothers Donnie and Paul. It was Mark's idea to expand Paul's restaurant in Hingham, Massachusetts, into a full-fledged chain with a reality show to promote it. Rick Vanzura, formerly of Panera Bread, is the CEO. In 2014, Wahlberg was the producer of the reality show Breaking Boston, which was pulled off the air after its premiere had 311,000 viewers. He executive-produced one episode of Wahlburgers, while co-starring in it.
  • 2012
    Age 40
    Wahlberg is a supporter of the Democratic Party, having donated all of his campaign contribution money to Democratic presidential candidates. He voiced support for Barack Obama on the 2012 presidential re-election campaign.
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    In 2012, Wahlberg was quoted in a magazine interview regarding what would have happened if he had flown aboard American Airlines Flight 11 on September 11, 2001.
    More Details Hide Details He had been booked on Flight 11, but his plans changed the day before the scheduled flight and he cancelled his reservation. Wahlberg received public criticism for stating, "If I was on that plane with my kids, it wouldn't have went down like it did", and "There would have been a lot of blood in that first-class cabin and then me saying, 'OK, we're going to land somewhere safely, don't worry. Wahlberg issued a public apology after family members of those killed on the flight expressed outrage about his statements.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2008
    Age 36
    Wahlberg's father, a US Army veteran of the Korean War, died on February 14, 2008.
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  • 2007
    Age 35
    Wahlberg later starred as Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell in the war film Lone Survivor (2013), based on Luttrell's 2007 book of the same name.
    More Details Hide Details The film received commercial success and mostly positive reviews, and Wahlberg's performance was highly praised. In 2014, Wahlberg starred in the remake of The Gambler, the 1974 James Caan film that was loosely inspired by the Dostoyevsky novella.
    In a February 2007 interview with Empire, updated in 2010, Wahlberg stated that there might be a sequel to The Departed, focusing on his character, Dignam, with Robert De Niro potentially playing a corrupt senator.
    More Details Hide Details He also stated that William Monahan was writing the script. The film is said to be on hold, because producer Brad Grey is now the head of Paramount Pictures and the film is a Warner Bros. project. In June 2010, Wahlberg and Monahan continued to express interest in a sequel, then said to be projected for 2012. Nothing further has been announced.
    In 2007, he starred opposite Joaquin Phoenix in We Own the Night, a movie about a family of police officers in New York City.
    More Details Hide Details He starred in M. Night Shyamalan's The Happening as Eliot Moore, which premiered in movie theatres on June 13, 2008. The same year, he played the title role in Max Payne, based on a video game of the same name. While promoting Max Payne, Wahlberg became involved in a playful feud with The Lonely Island's Andy Samberg and threatened to "crack that big fucking nose of his". Samberg had done an impression of Wahlberg in a Saturday Night Live sketch titled "Mark Wahlberg Talks to Animals". Wahlberg later appeared in a follow-up sketch parodying the original one, Samberg's impression of Wahlberg, and his own threats to Samberg.
    However, in early 2007 he indicated that the latter was no longer the plan as "his golf game is horrible".
    More Details Hide Details He played Jack Salmon, a leading role in Peter Jackson's film of The Lovely Bones.
  • 2006
    Age 34
    In 2006, he appeared as a foul-mouthed Massachusetts State Police detective in Martin Scorsese's critically acclaimed thriller, The Departed, which netted him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor, a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture, and an National Society of Film Critics Best Supporting Actor award.
    More Details Hide Details Wahlberg has confirmed that he was approached to star in a sequel to The Departed, but it is still early in development. The sequel would reportedly revolve around the staff sergeant played by Wahlberg. To prepare for his role in Shooter, Wahlberg attended long-range shooting training at Front Sight Firearms Training Institute near Pahrump, Nevada, and was able to hit a target at 1100 yards on his second day, a feat which usually takes weeks to achieve. He had said in a number of interviews that he would retire at the age of 40 to concentrate on parenthood and professional golf.
  • 2004
    Age 32
    His performance in I ♥ Huckabees was voted best supporting performance of the year in the 2004 Village Voice Critics Poll.
    More Details Hide Details Wahlberg was originally cast as Linus Caldwell in Ocean's Eleven; Matt Damon played the role instead. The two later worked together in The Departed. Wahlberg was also considered for a role in the film Brokeback Mountain. It was originally intended to star Wahlberg and Joaquin Phoenix (with whom he appeared in the 2000 film The Yards) as Ennis Del Mar and Jack Twist, respectively, but both actors were uncomfortable with the film's sex scenes. The roles ultimately went to Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal, both of whom were nominated for Academy Awards for their performances. Wahlberg starred in the American football drama Invincible, based on the true story of bartender Vince Papale. He was also the executive producer of the HBO series Entourage (2004-2011), which was loosely based on his experiences in Hollywood.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1996
    Age 24
    He had his first starring role in the 1996 James Foley thriller Fear.
    More Details Hide Details He earned positive reviews after films such as Boogie Nights (as Dirk Diggler), Three Kings, The Perfect Storm, and Four Brothers. During the early 2000s, Wahlberg appeared in remakes of 1960s films such as Planet of the Apes, The Truth About Charlie (remake of Charade), and The Italian Job.
  • 1995
    Age 23
    A basketball fanatic, he caught the attention of critics after appearing in The Basketball Diaries in 1995, playing the role of Mickey alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, in a film adaptation of the Jim Carroll book of the same name.
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    Wahlberg and Ital Joe released another album in 1995 for Ultraphonic Records.
    More Details Hide Details Titled The Remix Album, it featured remixes from the duo's previous album, Life in the Streets, as well as the Mark's solo track, "No Mercy". In 1996, Wahlberg released a solo single titled "Hey DJ". This was followed by the release of another solo song titled "Feel the Vibe" in 1997. Another solo track titled "Best of my Love" was released the same year. All the solo tracks, along with another song titled "Here With Me", were released on an album titled All Around the World in 1997 that also included the remixed versions of the songs. In 2000, he was also featured in the Black Label Society music video for "Counterfeit God", as a stand-in for the band's bassist. Wahlberg first displayed his physique in the "Good Vibrations" music video and most prominently in a series of underwear ads for Calvin Klein (1992) shot by Herb Ritts, following it with Calvin Klein television advertisements. Magazine and television promotions would sometimes feature Mark exclusively or accompanied by model Kate Moss. Annie Leibovitz also shot a famous session of Mark Wahlberg in underwear for Vanity Fair's annual Hall of Fame issue. He also made a workout video titled The Marky Mark Workout: Form... Focus... Fitness (ISBN 1-55510-910-1).
    In 1995, he released a single titled "No Mercy" in support of his friend Dariusz Michalczewski, whom he had befriended earlier in the 1990s.
    More Details Hide Details Dariusz also appears in the music video of the song.
  • 1993
    Age 21
    In 1993, Wahlberg made his acting debut in the TV film The Substitute.
    More Details Hide Details After this appearance, he dropped the "Marky Mark" name. His big screen début came the next year, with the Danny DeVito feature Renaissance Man.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1990
    Age 18
    In 1990, Wahlberg began recording with dancers/rappers Scott Ross (Scottie Gee), Hector Barros (Hector the Booty Inspector), Anthony Thomas (Ashley Ace), and Terry Yancey (DJ-T) as Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch, earning a hit with "Good Vibrations" from their debut album Music for the People.
    More Details Hide Details The record, produced by brother Donnie, hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100, later becoming certified as a platinum single. The second single, "Wildside", peaked at number five on Billboard's Hot Singles Sales chart and at number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was certified as a gold single. Marky Mark opened for the New Kids on the Block during their last tour. Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch also had their own video game, titled Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch: Make My Video, which despite the band's success, was a huge flop. The second Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch LP, You Gotta Believe, was not as successful as the first, yielding only a minor hit single in the title track. Wahlberg later collaborated with the late reggae/ragga singer Prince Ital Joe on the album Life in the Streets. The project combined rap vocals, electronic-infused ragga, and "European dancefloor" music, delivering the singles "Happy People", German number one hit "United", "Life in the Streets", and "Babylon", with Frank Peterson and Alex Christensen as producers.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1982
    Age 10
    His parents divorced in 1982, and afterwards, he divided his time between them.
    More Details Hide Details His father was of Swedish and Irish descent, and his mother is of Irish, English, and French Canadian ancestry. Maternally, Wahlberg is distantly related to author Nathaniel Hawthorne. Wahlberg had a Roman Catholic upbringing and attended Copley Square High School on Newbury Street in Boston. He never graduated, and so did not receive his high school diploma until June 2013. By age 13, Wahlberg had developed an addiction to cocaine and other substances. At 15, civil action was filed against him for his involvement in two separate incidents of harassing African-American children (the first were siblings of each other, and the second incident was a group of black school children on a field trip), by throwing rocks and shouting racial epithets. At 16, Wahlberg approached a middle-aged Vietnamese man named Thanh Lam on the street, and using a large wooden stick, knocked him unconscious while calling him a "Vietnam fucking shit". That same day, Wahlberg also attacked a second Vietnamese man named Hoa "Johnny" Trinh, punching him in the face. He believed he had left his victim permanently blind in one eye. Trinh was interviewed in December 2014 by the Daily Mail; he revealed that he had already lost that eye during the Vietnam War, and did not know the identity of his assailant prior to being contacted by the media. According to court documents regarding these crimes, when Wahlberg was arrested later that night and returned to the scene of the first assault, he stated to police officers: "You don't have to let him identify me, I'll tell you now that's the motherfucker who's head I split open."
  • 1971
    Born
    Born on June 5, 1971.
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