By Margie Anne Clark
Born Mark Robert Michael Wahlberg, the actor was the youngest of Alma & Donald Wahlberg’s nine children, was born June 5, 1971 in Dorchester, a neighborhood in Boston, Massachusetts.
Wahlberg’s remarkable film career began with Penny Marshall’s Renaissance Man and The Basketball Diaries with Leonardo DiCaprio, followed by a star turn opposite Reese Witherspoon in the thriller Fear. He has enjoyed playing diverse characters for visionary filmmakers such as David O. Russell, Tim Burton and Paul Thomas Anderson. His breakout role in Boogie Nights established Wahlberg as one of Hollywood’s most sought-after talents. He later headlined Three Kings and The Perfect Storm with George Clooney and The Italian Job with Charlize Theron. He then starred in the football biography Invincible with Greg Kinnear, and in Shooter, based on the best-selling novel Point of Impact. He reunited with The Yards director James Gray and co-star Joaquin Phoenix in We Own the Night, which he also produced. In 2008, he starred in M. Night Shyamalan’s The Happening and also in Max Payne.
Wahlberg earned Academy Award® and Golden Globe nominations for his standout performance in Martin Scorsese’s acclaimed drama The Departed.
He appeared recently in director Peter Jackson’s adaptation of The Lovely Bones and in a cameo role in the comedy Date Night. Later this year, he will star in The Fighter for director David O. Russell.
Wahlberg is also executive producer of the HBO series “Entourage,” “In Treatment,” and “How to Make It in America,” for which he has received six Golden Globe and three Emmy nominations. “Boardwalk Empire,” his next producing project with Martin Scorsese, will premiere on HBO this fall.
A committed philanthropist, in 2001 he founded the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation which benefits inner-city youth.