Mark Wahlberg

Mark Wahlberg


6/5/1971, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Birth Name

Mark Robert Michael Wahlberg



Also Known As

Monk D, Marky Mark
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Mark Wahlberg, born Mark Robert Michael Wahlberg on June 5, 1971 in Boston, Massachusetts, is an American actor, producer and rapper. Wahlberg spent much of his childhood in trouble with the law, once serving time in a youth correctional facility for attempted murder. After straightening out his life,…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Mark was nominated for a SAG Award in 2008 for his work in the movie Boogie Nights. The category was Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Theatrical Motion Picture.

    • Mark is 5'7" (1.70 m).

    • For their first date in 2001, Mark and Rhea Durham went to mass together at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York.

    • Along with daughter Ella Rae, Mark and Rhea Durham also have a son together named Michael, born March 21, 2006. The couple is expecting their third child in September 2008.

    • It's unconfirmed that Mark was a scheduled passenger on United Airlines Flight 93 on September 11, 2001. He reportedly cancelled his place on this flight at the last minute to visit a childhood friend in Toronto.

    • Mark is nominated for a 2007 Oscar for Best Performance by an actor in a supporting role, for his role in The Departed.

    • Mark Wahlberg proposed to Rhea Durham immediately following the birth of their daughter Ella Rae. However, Mark got cold feet and they broke up for four months but are still together as of February 2004.

    • A 17 year old Mark served 45 days of a two-year prison sentence at Deer Island, an adult prison, after he assaulted a Vietnamese refugee during a robbery attempt.

    • Mark Wahlberg was born in 1971 to a working class family in Dochester, Boston. He is the youngest of nine children.

    • Mark Wahleberg's daughter Ella Rae was born on the 1st Septmeber 2003, sadly this was also the day Mark's older sister Debbie passed away.

    • Leonard DiCarprio was originally offered the lead role in Boogie Nights, he turn it down to star in James Cameron's Titanic.
      Leonard recommended Wahlberg for the lead, after he costarred with Wahlberg in The Basketball Diaries.

    • It was Mark's childhood mentor, the Rev. Flavin, who persuaded him to go back to school and earn his high school equivalency.

    • In 1992, People Magazine voted Mark Wahlberg one of the "50 Most Beautiful People in the World"

    • Wahlberg earned $10 million for his role in Planet of the Apes. He used his earnings from this movie to start the Mark Wahlberg Foundation, a group that helps struggling kids.

    • In June 1991, Mark returned to his old Boys & Girls Club and became a member of the board of directors.

    • Mark Wahlberg had a one-year modeling contract with Calvin Klein. This earned him $100,000. During this time he worked with Kate Moss.

    • The Wahlberg parents divorced when Mark was 11, this is when Mark's problems with the law began. At age 12, he was also kicked out of the local Boys & Girls Club.

    • Mark failed his freshman year of high school, got into drugs and dropped out of high school at 15. He later returned to obtain his GED.

    • Mark Wahlberg has a tattoo of Bob Marley on his left shoulder.

    • Mark Wahlberg is mentioned in the opening words of Eminem's song "Drug Ballad" ("Back when Mark Wahlberg was Marky Mark...").

    • Mark Wahlberg is the younger brother of Donnie Wahlberg of New Kids on the Block fame.

    • Mark Wahlberg formed the band "Marky Mark & Funky Bunch." The Funky Bunch consisted of local dancers/rappers Scott Ross (aka Scottie Gee), Hector Barros (aka Hector the Booty Inspector), Anthony Thomas (aka Ashley Ace), and Terry Yancey (aka DJ-T).
      Their major hit was "Good Vibrations."

    • Dated actress Jordana Brewster from 2000-June 2001.

    • Mark says, "Fatherhood is amazing! It's the best thing that ever happened to me. My daughter's an angel."

    • Mark Wahlberg and Rhea Durham are currently engaged.

    • Mark is left-handed.

  • Quotes

    • Mark:(on his career) I've always looked at my career as an athlete would look at his: I won't play forever. Some don't know when to walk away, but the smart ones do.

    • Mark: (on what he misses from the days when he was a music star) I miss the ability to say, "F**k it, I'm not coming to this interview".

    • Mark: (asked who his mentor is) I would have to say Robert Duvall - he reminds me so much of my dad and he has always been a guy's guy. He's never really sold out that bad. I think we've all sold out a little bit, but he hasn't gone completely bananas.

    • Mark: (on playing a science teacher in "The Happening") It was tough because eighth grade was the last grade I graduated. I was like, "S**t!". I wasn't a good student, so I didn't know if I was going to be able to act like I was a good teacher. If I taught a subject I was comfortable in, maybe. But science? I don't think I even saw the inside of a science classroom.

    • Mark: (on if he'd met David after the Beckhams joined his neighbourhood) No, but that f***er lives down the road from me, man! He has to go back to the UK, because he has the paparazzi all over my house. I was in the UK for the last week and they don't want him back there.

    • Mark: I've got two kids - I'm in bed by nine o'clock.

    • Mark: When I was a rapper, the groupies didn't have to try too hard with me. Just show up at the hotel.

    • Mark: (on how life changed for him after the birth of his daughter) I learnt to appreciate, respect and love women the way you're supposed to. I don't have a problem showing a sensitive side. I have feelings, and I care about things and people, but I also like to see guys kick ass when it's necessary. I am still a guy's guy!

    • Mark: It's ridiculous that people call me a sex symbol. I don't feel like that at all. My daughter would get a kick out of it - she'd find it very funny. I'll take it though. I'm very humble. But it's certainly not the way I feel.

    • Mark Wahlberg: (on his foundation for kids) It's the first real achievement for me in my career, something that really means something, something that will last longer than the evening or carry through tomorrow, this will last a lifetime.

    • Mark Wahlberg: I never lie. I believe everything I say, so it's not a lie.

    • Mark Wahlberg: All that running around in my underwear put money in my pockets. I can focus on working in interesting movies without having to worry about supporting myself. (referring to his days as a Calvin Klein model)

    • Mark Wahlberg: He's a legend and I respect his work, so I went down and paid my respects when Charlton was on the set. He was nice but I think he lied a little. He said it was an honour to be in a movie with me, but I don't believe it. Planet of the Apes

    • Mark Wahlberg: I had had a troubled past, but like most rappers they go out and talk about it to kind of help their career.

    • Mark Wahlberg: I have a lot of real life experience with hustling and doing stupid stuff.