Mark Wahlberg was born on June 5, 1971 in Dorchester, Boston’s largest suburb. Father – Donald Edward, was a truck driver who delivered school lunches. Mother – Elma Elaine (nee Donnelly), worked as a bank clerk and nurse. In 1982, the parents of the future actor divorced.
Wahlberg has siblings: Arthur, Jim, Debbie, Michelle, Paul, Tracy, Robert and Donnie. Mark is the youngest of nine children of his mother, he has a common father only with Donnie and Robert.
Mark received a Catholic education and attended Copley Square High School in Boston, but dropped out in ninth grade. Wahlberg received his school diploma a quarter of a century later.
Mark Wahlberg: “Yes, finally, at 42, I finished school, and I have a diploma hanging in the frame – like all normal people! (Laughs.) And all because I dropped out of school in the ninth grade. Of course, there was no need to do this – but the past cannot be returned. ”
The quote is taken from “Moviesda”
As a teenager, Wahlberg tried to commit robbery and severely beat two people, for which he spent 45 days at the age of sixteen in an “adult” penal colony, where he took up bodybuilding.
Mark Wahlberg: “Every day I had to prove how tough and strong I am in order to survive. So I ended up in bad companies, became a racist, tried drugs, offended innocent people, stole – and as a result, I ended up in prison at the age of 16. The fool was .
At the age of 20, the future actor was part of the popular teenage group “New Kids on the Block”, but he soon left it. Then Mark joined the hip-hop group “Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch”, where, under the name of Mark, Mark recorded the albums “Music for the People” and “You Gotta Believe”.
In 1992, Mark released an autobiography, shot his training video, and also tried himself as a model, starring in commercials for “Calvin Klein” and participating in photo shoots on television and for glossy magazines.
In 1993, Wahlberg made his film debut, starring in the TV movie “Substitution Teacher.” In 1994, Mark played in the film “The Renaissance Man”. Critics first started talking about the actor after his role in the movie “The Basketball Diary” (1995). He then starred in the thriller Fear (1996).
1997 was a turning point in Wahlberg’s career. Mark played in the drama “Boogie Nights”, which brought him success and American fame.
Then Mark played in the films: “Oacian” (1999), “Perfect Storm” (2000), “Planet of the Apes” (2001), “Italian Robbery” (2003) and “Blood for Blood” (2005), which finally secured the status of a Hollywood star for the actor.
In 2001, Mark founded the Mark Wahlberg’s Youth Foundation, which supports talented youth from poor neighborhoods.
In 2004, Wahlberg went into production with the production of Handsome Men (2004-2011), which became incredibly popular in the United States and won many prestigious awards.
In 2006, the drama thriller The Departed, directed by Martin Scorsese, was released. Mark Wahlberg’s performance in it won the National Film Critics Association’s Best Supporting Actor award.
On October 17, 2008, the action movie Max Payne was released worldwide, in which Wahlberg played a detective from the New York City Police Department. The tape became an adaptation of a popular computer game, but it was very coolly received by viewers and critics.
On August 1, 2009, Mark Wahlberg married model Ria Dyurham, whom he had met for eight years before. At the time of marriage, the actors had already raised three children: Ella Rae (2003), Michael (2006) and Brendan Joseph (2008). In 2010, Mark and Ria had a daughter, Grace Margaret.
Mark Wahlberg: “… when we met her, I lived in an apartment with six friends. Soon after we met, I realized that Ria and I could have a serious relationship and that I wanted to be with her. And he decided to move out of the bachelor’s apartment, and then bought his first house.
Mark Wahlberg played in such popular films as: “Lovely Bones” (2009), “Cops in the Deep Stock” (2010), “The Third One” (2012) , “Makitah” (2013), “Survivor (2013),” Blood and Sweat: Anabolics “(2013),” Two Trunks “(2013), etc.
On June 26, 2014 the world premiere of the blockbuster directed by Michael Bay” Transformers: The Age of Extermination “, in which Mark Wahlberg played the main role.
Mark Wahlberg: “I play Cade, a young single father. By profession, my hero is a budding inventor. I have access to classified information. And it’s my passion for new technologies that leads me to different adventures. In the end I find myself in the world of Transformers.
▪ Blockbuster Entertainment Awards for Best Action Team for Three Kings (with George Clooney and Ice Cube, 2000)
▪ Monte Carlo Festival Prize for Best Foreign Producer (Comedy) for TV series Handsome Men (2006)
▪ Satellite Awards for Best Ensemble for The Departed (2006)
▪ National Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor for The Departed (2006)
▪ BAFTA Awards for Best Foreign Series for the TV series Handsome (2007)
▪ Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (29.07.2010)
▪ MTV Movie Awards for Best Screen Duo for The Third extra “(2013)
▪ Special MTV: Recognition of the Generations / MTV Generation Award (2014)
Wife – Ria Dyurham, model (married on 08/01/2009)
Daughter – Ella Rae (09/02/2003)
Son – Michael (03/21/2006)
Son – Brendan Joseph (09/16/2008)
Daughter – Grace Margaret (01/11/2010)
Jordana Brewster, actress
Reese Witherspoon, actress
China Chow, actress