Mark Robert Michael Wahlberg (born June 5, 1971) is an American actor, producer, model, and former rapper.
He was known as Marky Mark in his earlier years, becoming famous for his 1991 debut as front-man with the band Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch. He later transitioned to acting, and is now known for his roles in films. Three important roles in the 1990's were the psychological thriller Fear (1996) the drama Boogie Nights (1997) and the satirical war-comedy Three Kings (1999). In the 2000's, he starred in the biographical disaster drama The Perfect Storm (2000), the science fiction film Planet of the Apes (2001), the musical comedy-drama Rock Star (2001), the heist film The Italian Job (2003), and the Martin Scorsese-directed crime drama The Departed (2006) for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. In the 2010's, he starred in the action comedy The Other Guys (2010), the biographical sports drama The Fighter (2010), the comedy Ted (2012), the war film Lone Survivor (2013), and the crime-comedy-drama Pain & Gain (2013).
He has also served as executive producer of three HBO series: the comedy-drama Entourage (2004–2011), the period crime drama Boardwalk Empire (2009–2014), and the comedy-drama How to Make It in America (2010–2011).
His very first claim to fame was as a singer and rapper: he was a founding member of the boy band New Kids on the Block alongside his older brother Donnie, but left the group three months in; subsequently, he was the frontman for Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch, followed by a collaboration with reggae/ragga singer Prince Ital Joe, which proved successful mainly in Europe.
He is not to be confused with Mark L. Wahlberg, the first announcer of Shop Til You Drop, the host of Free 4 All and Russian Roulette, and the current host/narrator of Antiques Roadshow.
- Cade Yeager