Mark Wahlberg : Biography, Filmography, Discography Awards

Mark Wahlberg : Biography, Filmography, Discography Awards


Mark Robert Michael Wahlberg, known as Mark Wahlberg, is an American actor, film producer and singer, born June 5, 1971 in Boston, Massachusetts.

He began a young musical career alongside his brother Donnie Wahlberg, one of the members of the group New Kids on the Block. Under the pseudonym Marky Mark, he rapped in the group Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch, from 1991 to 1993. Subsequently, he embarked on an acting career, his first film was Operation Shakespeare released in 1994.

Revealed in 1997 by the first role of Boogie Nights, by Paul Thomas Anderson, he imposed himself alongside other stars with the satire Les Rois du Désert (1999), by David O. Russell, the thriller The Yards (2000) , by James Gray and En plein tempête (2000), by Wolfgang Petersen.

As headliner, he first suffered from the critical failures of the remake Planet of the Apes (2001), by Tim Burton and La Vérité sur Charlie (2002), by Jonathan Demme. But in 2003 and 2004, The Italian-style Heist, where he was notably surrounded by rising talent Charlize Theron, as well as the choral comedy drama J’adore Huckabees, by David O. Russell, put him back in the saddle.

He is then the headliner of the sports drama Invincible (2006), the action film Shooter, sniper (2007), the science fiction film Phenomena (2008), or the game adaptation video Max Payne (2008). These feature films perform variably at the box office, but are critical failures.

On the other hand, he received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for the multi-award winning thriller The Departed (2006), by Martin Scorsese. He also reunites with director James Gray and actor Joaquin Phoenix for a new critically acclaimed twilight thriller, The Night Belongs to Us (2007). Then he leads the impressive cast of the fantastic film Lovely Bones (2009), under the direction of Peter Jackson. Finally, his portrayal of boxer Micky Ward in the drama Fighter, which marks his third collaboration with David O. Russell, earned him an Oscar nomination for best actor.

Subsequently, he is the headliner of buddy movies – Very Bad Cops (2010), Ted (2012), No Pain No Gain (2013), 2 Guns (2013), Ted 2 (2015) and thrillers at mixed reception: Contraband (2012), Broken City (2013) and The Gambler.

It was with the sci-fi blockbusters Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) and Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) that he remained at the top of the box office. At the same time, he began a critically acclaimed collaboration with director Peter Berg. Together, they shoot Blood and Tears (2013), Deepwater Horizon (2016), Stalking in Boston (2016) and Mile 22 (2018).

He also reformed his comic tandem of The Very Bad Cops with Will Ferrell for The Very Bad Dads (2015) and The Very Bad Dads 2 (2017).

In 2017, he became the highest paid actor in the world (according to Forbes magazine) with $ 68 million pocketed in the last twelve months

Mark Wahlberg Biography

Childhood and training

Born June 5, 1971 in Dorchester, a working-class district of Boston2, Mark Robert Michael Wahlberg is the youngest of nine children (five brothers and three sisters) of Alma and Donald Wahlberg. He grew up in a Catholic family. He was marked by the divorce of his parents at the age of eleven and left school three years later.

He then leads the life of a delinquent (thefts, drug trafficking, fights, etc.) 3.

At seventeen, he was sentenced to two years in prison – but spent only forty-five days in Deer Island jail – following an attempted robbery with violence and racist slurs on people of Vietnamese origin 4. In 1986, he and friends participated in a humiliating assault when they harassed a group of black students on the streets of Boston. They throw stones at them to hurt them. Caught up in his past, Mark Wahlberg will apologize. One of his victims of racial abuse and throwing stones Kristen Atwood, injured still having a scar, said: “I don’t care who he is, there is no exception for him (…). I don’t think we should forgive him ”.


Debut in music

On his release from prison, Mark Wahlberg decides to leave his thug existence behind him and receives help from his brother Donnie Wahlberg, member of the boy band New Kids on the Block. The latter allows him to develop his musical talent. Mark became a singer in a hip-hop group Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch which released two albums with some success in the United States. He also appears in the music video Good Vibrations. In the 1990s, he also sang as a rapper in Prince Ital Joe’s eurodance album Life in the Streets, notably in the hits United and Rastaman Vibration.

Featured mannequin [ref. necessary] in 1992 for the stylist Calvin Klein, his bad boy image and his perfect body shape appeal to American teenagers [ref. desired]. He made a quick stint in a TV movie but it was in the cinema that he distinguished himself in 1994 in the film Operation Shakespeare.

Beginning in the cinema

Mark Wahlberg played in the film Fear alongside Reese Witherspoon in 1995. It was not until 1997, however, with his role as Dirk Diggler, porn star in Boogie Nights, the second feature film by acclaimed filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson , which it achieves a wide critical acclaim. However, in 2017, he confessed to having made a “bad choice” in this role, arousing a certain remorse in him5.

He continued to play the thugs, in 1998, with the action comedy Big Hit, then, in 1999, with the thriller The Corruptor, by James Foley. But this year, it is The Kings of the Desert, satire by David O. Russell, where he is partnered with George Clooney, who confirms his progress.

In 2000, he reunited with Clooney for the adventure film En plein tempête, by Wolfgang Petersen; then was given his first major dramatic role, that of convict Leo Handler, in the family thriller The Yards by James Gray.

In 2001, he was given the opportunity to confirm his star status with the blockbuster Planet of the Apes by Tim Burton. But this reboot attempt was a critical failure and the studio canceled the sequel projects. As for the musical drama Rock Star by Stephen Herek, which he co-stars with Jennifer Aniston; it goes unnoticed.

In 2002, he suffered a new critical and commercial failure with the thriller La Vérité sur Charlie, however directed by Jonathan Demme, and in which he had Thandie Newton as a partner.

Critical recognition and consecutive failures

In 2003, Mark Wahlberg then returned to collective distributions: the acclaimed and popular action film Italian-style robbery, remake of F. Gary Gray, for which he found Charlize Theron, but also rubbed shoulders with Edward Norton and the debutant Jason Statham (at the time).

In 2004, he was part of the cast of the choral comedy drama J’adore Huckabees, starring Dustin Hoffman and Isabelle Huppert. This second collaboration with David O. Russell allows him to reconnect with criticism.

In 2005, he played one of the Four Brothers, an urban action film by John Singleton.

In 2006, he was part of the impressive cast assembled by Martin Scorsese for his acclaimed Boston thriller, The Departed. His comical and offbeat interpretation of Sergeant Dignam, in a yet dark story, earned him a handful of awards, and nominations, including one for the Oscar for best actor in a supporting role. At the same time, he also tries to establish himself as the sole headliner with the sports drama Invincible, which is hailed by critics but goes unnoticed.

In 2007, he persevered by wearing Antoine Fuqua’s action film Shooter, Sharpshooter, which performed moderately at the box office. However, he finds James Gray and Joaquin Phoenix for an independent film, the thriller The night belongs to us. This is his first film as a producer, after a television test with the Entourage series, which draws on his experience as a young actor in Hollywood and in which he appears on a recurring basis. The series was a popular success and spawned eight seasons aired between 2004 and 2011.

In 2008, he followed the two biggest critical failures of his career: first as a hero of the fantastic blockbuster Phenomena of M. Night Shyamalan, then by lending his features to Max Payne in the film adaptation signed John Moore.

In 2009, he headlined Peter Jackson’s fantasy drama Lovely Bones, the film performed moderately at the box office and met with mixed critical reviews.

Passage to comedies and critical confirmation

In 2010, Mark Wahlberg ventured into the comedy register by turning in quick succession in two works worn by two members of the Frat Pack: first by rubbing shoulders with Steve Carell for the action comedy Crazy Night, where he played the supporting roles of luxury, then by sharing the poster of the parody Very Bad Cops with Will Ferrell, where they form a tandem of cops losers. This essay was successful (in the United States but not in France where, after a very good start, he saw his attendance drop sharply) and widely hailed by critics, especially for his performance as a down-to-earth and nervous police officer. .

In 2011, he once again owed a peak in his career to David O. Russell, for whom he produced and directed the sports drama Fighter, alongside Christian Bale and Amy Adams. His performance earned him a Golden Globe nomination for best actor in a dramatic film.

In 2012, he returned as the sole headliner of the action thriller Contrebande, by Baltasar Kormakur, for which he played an ex-thug. But this film, which he produced, goes unnoticed, unlike the fantastic comedy Ted, by Seth MacFarlane, which was a huge surprise commercial success of the year. He plays a belated and bewildered forty-something, best friend of a talkative teddy bear, and politically incorrect.

Similarly if his performance as an ex-cop in the crime thriller Broken City, with Russell Crowe, goes unnoticed, he stands out in two action comedies: first 2 Guns, alongside Denzel Washington, then the satire comedy No Pain No Gain, starring Dwayne Johnson, directed by Michael Bay.

The same year, he also served as executive producer of Prisoners, acclaimed first American feature film by Canadian filmmaker Denis Villeneuve. He returns to drama for the war film Blood and Tears by Peter Berg, where he lends his features to the critically acclaimed Private Marcus Luttrell.

In 2014, he reunited with Michael Bay for the fantastic blockbuster Transformers: Age of Extinction, a huge global commercial success, but exhausted by critics. The same year, his new attempt at a dramatic headliner went unnoticed again: Rupert Wyatt’s The Gambler divided the critics and disappointed commercially.

In 2015, the sequel to Ted: Ted 2 by Seth MacFarlane, disappointed critics and failed to repeat the box office of the first opus. A third opus is nevertheless announced6.

According to Forbes magazine, Mark Wahlberg is the tenth highest paid actor in 2014 with $ 32 million7.

In 2017, he reincarnated Cade Yeager in Transformers: The Last Knight and reworked with Michael Bay as director in the fifth installment of the saga.

Private life

From 1998 to 2002, he was in a relationship with the actress China Chow (in), met on the set of Big Hit.

Mark Wahlberg married on August 1, 2009 to Rhea Durham8, the mother of his four children (a girl born 2003, a boy born in 2006, a second born in 2008 and again a girl born in 20109,10).

He is a practicing Catholic [relevance disputed] 11.

He is also a big fan of American football and, in particular, of the New England Patriots and is often present at Gillette Stadium, the home of the team, domiciled near Boston12.

He has his star on the prestigious Walk of Fame sidewalk located on Hollywood Boulevard.

In 2011, Mark and his brothers Donnie and Paul opened their first Wahlburgers: an American restaurant that sells burgers, in Hingham, Massachusetts. Three years later, the brothers open their second Wahlburgers in Toronto, Canada


As an actor

Feature films


  • 1994: Operation Shakespeare (Renaissance Man) by Penny Marshall: Tommy Lee Haywood
  • 1995: Basketball Diaries (The Basketball Diaries) by Scott Kalvert: Mickey
  • 1996: Fear of James Foley: David McCall
  • 1997: Les Truands (Traveler) by Jack N. Green: Pat O’Hara
  • 1997: Boogie Nights by Paul Thomas Anderson: Eddie Adams / Dirk Diggler
  • 1998: Big Hit (The Big Hit) by Kirk Wong: Melvin Smiley
  • 1999: The Corruptor by James Foley: Danny Wallace
  • 1999: Three Kings by David O. Russell: Troy Barlow


  • 2000: The Yards by James Gray: Leo Handler
  • 2000: In the middle of a storm (The Perfect Storm) by Wolfgang Petersen: Bobby Shatford
  • 2001: Planet of the Apes by Tim Burton: Captain Leo Davidson
  • 2001: Trevor Rabin’s Rock Star: Chris “Izzy” Cole
  • 2002: La Vérité sur Charlie (The Truth About Charlie) by Jonathan Demme: Lewis Bartholamew
  • 2003: The Italian Job by F. Gary Gray: Charlie Croker
  • 2004: J’adore Huckabees (I Heart Huckabees) by David O. Russell: Tommy Corn
  • 2005: Four Brothers by John Singleton: Bobby Mercer
  • 2006: Ericson Core Invincible: Vince Papale
  • 2006: The Departed by Martin Scorsese: sergeant Sean Dignam
  • 2007: Shooter, sniper (Shooter) by Antoine Fuqua: Sergeant Bob Lee Swagger, sniper
  • 2007: We Own the Night by James Gray: Joseph Grusinsky
  • 2008: Phenomena (The Happening) by M. Night Shyamalan: Elliot Moore
  • 2008: Max Payne by John Moore: Max Payne
  • 2009: Lovely Bones (The Lovely Bones) by Peter Jackson: Jack Salmon


  • 2010: Crazy Night (Date Night) by Shawn Levy: Holbrooke
  • 2010: Very Bad Cops (The Other Guys) by Adam McKay: Detective Terry Hoitz
  • 2010: Fighter by David O. Russell: Micky Ward
  • 2012: Contraband by Baltasar Kormákur: Chris Farraday
  • 2012: Ted by Seth MacFarlane: John Bennett
  • 2013: Broken City by Allen Hughes: Billy Taggart
  • 2013: No Pain No Gain (Pain and Gain) by Michael Bay: Daniel Lugo
  • 2013: 2 Guns by Baltasar Kormákur: Marcus “Stig” Stigman
  • 2013: Blood and Tears (Lone Survivor) by Peter Berg: Marcus Luttrell
  • 2014: Transformers: Age of Extinction by Michael Bay: Cade Yeager
  • 2014: The Gambler by Rupert Wyatt: Jim Bennett
  • 2015: Mojave by William Monahan: Norman
  • 2015: Entourage of Doug Ellin: himself
  • 2015: Ted 2 by Seth MacFarlane: John Bennett
  • 2015: Very Bad Dads (Daddy’s Home) by Sean Anders: Dusty Mayron
  • 2016: Deepwater (Deepwater Horizon) by Peter Berg: Mike Williams
  • 2016: Hunt in Boston (Patriots Day) by Peter Berg: Tommy Saunders
  • 2017: Transformers: The Last Knight by Michael Bay: Cade Yeager
  • 2017: Very Bad Dads 2 (Daddy’s Home 2) by Sean Anders: Dusty Mayron
  • 2017: All the Money in the World by Ridley Scott: Fletcher Chace
  • 2018: 22 Miles (Mile 22) from Peter Berg: James Silva
  • 2019: Apprentis Parents (Instant Family) of Sean Anders: Pete


  • 2020: Spenser Confidential by Peter Berg: Spenser
  • 2020: Scooby! (Scoob!) By Tony Cervone: Brian / Blue Falcon (voice)
  • 2020: Infinite by Antoine Fuqua: Evan Michaels
  • 2020: Good Joe Bell by Reinaldo Marcus Green: Joe Bell
  • 2022: Uncharted by Ruben Fleischer: Sully

TV movie

  • 1993: The Substitute (en) by Martin Donovan: Ryan Westerberg

TV shows

  • 1993: The Ben Stiller Show: Marky Mark (season 1, episode 12)
  • 1993: Out All Night: Marky Mark (season 1, episode 17)
  • 2004-2010: Entourage: himself (4 episodes)

As a producer

Feature films

  • 2007: We own the night by James Gray
  • 2010: Fighter by David O. Russell
  • 2012: Contraband by Baltasar Kormakur
  • 2013: Broken City by Allen Hughes
  • 2013: Prisoners by Denis Villeneuve (executive producer)
  • 2013: Blood and Tears (Lone Survivor) by Peter Berg
  • 2014: The Gambler by Rupert Wyatt
  • 2015: Stealing Cars by Bradley Kaplan
  • 2015: Entourage of Doug Ellin
  • 2016: Deepwater by Peter Berg
  • 2016: Hunt in Boston (Patriots Day) by Peter Berg
  • 2018: 22 Miles (Mile 22) from Peter Berg
  • 2018: Apprentis Parents (Instant Family) of Sean Anders
  • 2020: Spenser Confidential by Peter Berg
  • 2020: Infinite by Antoine Fuqua

TV shows

  • 2004-2011: Entourage (executive producer of seasons 1 to 8)
  • 2008-2010: In Treatment (executive producer of seasons 1 to 3)
  • 2010-2011: How to Make It in America (executive producer seasons 1 and 2)
  • 2010-2012: Boardwalk Empire (executive producer seasons 1 to 3)
  • 2015: Ballers (executive producer of season 1)
  • 2016-2018: Shooter (executive producer)


Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch

1991: Music for the People (Platinum record in the United States)

  • Good Vibrations
  • Wildside
  • I Need Money
  • Peace

1992: You Gotta Believe (Gold Record in the United States)

  • You Gotta Believe
  • Gonna Have A Good Time


Critics’ Choice Movie Awards 2014: Best Actor in an Action Feature for Blood and Tears


  – Academy Awards

  • 2011: Oscar for best film for Fighter
  • 2007: Oscar for best actor in a supporting role for The Departed

   – Golden globes

  • 2011: Golden Globe for Best Dramatic Film for Fighter
  • 2011: Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Drama for Fighter
  • 2007: Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor for The Departed

  – People’s Choice Awards

  • 2017: 43rd People’s Choice Awards for Favorite Dramatic Actor

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