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Real Name: Mark Wahlberg
Birthday: June 5, 1971
Place of Birth: Boston, Massachusetts


Biography And Filmography:

Mark Wahlberg received his first acting role as the ruthless porn star Dirk Diggler in “Boogie Nights” (1997), the story of a young man's adventures in the Californian porn industry of the 1970s and 1980s. He then took outstanding roles in “Three Kings” (1999), “Four Brothers” (2004) and “The Departed” (2006), where he won an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. The newcomer also did well as co-creator and producer of HBO’s television comedy show “Entourage” beginning in 2004, which also pulled in a number Golden Globe and Emmy nominations.

The youngest of nine children, Mark was born on June 5, 1971, in the working class Boston district of Dorchester. His father was a union driver, and his mother was a nurse who took custody of the children after her divorce from their father in 1982. Mark and his younger brother Donnie had already started their career in music, first by singing on the streets and then as members of the hot young teen boy band, "New Kids on the Block". He joined the band when he was just twelve years old, and while he enjoyed the attention, he wasn't into the voice and dance routine lessons the band’s administration ordered; or their clean-living musician image. 

The singer left Copley Square High School in 9th grade and worked full time as a rabble-rouser. He sold drugs and was jailed for burglary and other minor crimes. In 1986, he was arrested and charged with harassing African American students, and after burglarizing a liquor store was convicted of assault and attempted murder. He served jail time at the Plymouth County House of Corrections, but being behind bars as an adult at the Deer Island Correctional Facility was a reality check for the young man who was confronted by former gang members twice his age. 

After his release from jail, hid brother brother Donnie helped keep his brother out of danger. He showed him around the music industry, and they realized there was money to be made off this sexy bad boy with the jail work out room muscles. He wrote a couple of songs he knew his brother’s narrow vocal talents could match, and they created an incredibly energetic stage show of dancers and musicians who performed as the opening act for the New Kids. In 1991, the hip-hop musician “Marky Mark” let loose his first album "Music for the People", which went platinum on the success of the songs "Good Vibrations" and "Wildside."

Marky became known for his wild concerts and going naked while on stage, dropping his pants and showing his muscle and nude body as well as his underwear. Calvin Klein could not help but notice his style, and signed the singer to a  contract as a model. His picture soon appeared on a Times Square poster in the designer's signature boxer shorts underwear, which left little to the imagination, making the new model appear nude.

Trying to reinvent himself, he began to audition for movie roles and television work. He soon landed a role in  "Renaissance Man” (1994). He then dropped the “Marky” name, feeling like he had found a true career. 

The following year he stole the show from Leonardo DiCaprio in "The Basketball Diaries” (1995), playing the role of Mickey, the young teen boyhood friend of DiCaprio's Jim Carroll. In 1996, he gave an amazingly performance in "Fear", as an amiable but mystifying young man who dates a privileged young girl (Reese Witherspoon) and shows his true nature as a volatile and brutal stalker.

"Boogie Nights" (1997), made it tough to dispute with the fact that Wahlberg could carry a movie on his own. The flick told the story of an oddly built restaurant worker turned porn star, and his rise and collapse in the adult video business. In 1998, he cashed in on his new celebrity in the action adventure flick "The Big Hit” (1988), starring with Christina Applegate, Antonio Sabato Jr., Lou Diamond Phillips and Bokeem Woodbine, as one of a team of polished and sexy, but somewhat inept killers. 

In 1999, Mark starred with George Clooney and Ice Cube in "Three Kings” (1999), a funny story of the Gulf War, playing a soldier fed up with the war and wanting to get home. He again joined with Clooney, in 2000 for "The Perfect Storm," a fascinating true account of a downed fishing vessel off the coast of Massachusetts. The movie was a smash summer hit and further cemented the rising star as a veteran actor. 

Once bad movie choice was “Rock Star” (2001) starring Jennifer Aniston, with the singer turned actor playing the poor to rich story of its hero, but the hair extensions and heavy metal tricks were hard to take seriously for a young audience not quite ready to revisit the rock bands of the late 1980s.

He then appeared in a monkey suite in Tim Burton’s "Planet of the Apes". It was a fun summer project and pulled in a massive amount of cash, even if he found it hard to fill Charlton Heston's old role. He then appeared in the remake of "The Italian Job" (2003) with Edward Norton, and based on a 1969 Michael Caine film, where thieves plan to pull of the biggest heist of their careers by creating Los Angeles largest traffic jam ever.

In 2004 he became executive producer and creator of the HBO television series “Entourage” (2004- ). The stylish show drew upon the events of his real life Hollywood friends, to expose the plot of rising star Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier), and his part hoarding cast. “Entourage” went on to earn Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for Best Comedy Series. 

Wahlberg then appeared in the role of a fireman involved in the search for answers to profound events in a retail superstore in the comedy "I Heart Huckabees" (2004). Next for new star was the football movie “Invincible” (2006), based on the story of Vince Papale, a 30-year-old bartender from South Philadelphia who overcame adversity to play for the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles in 1976. 

Mark then received a once in a lifetime role in Martin Scorsese’s “The Departed” (2006). Teaming with an all star cast including DiCaprio, Matt Damon and Jack Nicholson, he played a cop who was one of two people inside the South Boston police department that knows one of their own is deep undercover inside a crime syndicate, while the mob has its own mole on the inside. He earned both Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for Best Supporting Actor.

In 2007, he released two successful action adventures. Fist was “Shooter” (2007), an action murder mystery about a sniper brought back to his old ways to help stop a murder.  In “We Own the Night” (2008), starring Eva Mendes, he again acted as cop in the story of family loyalties in the middle of the Russian mob, the police, and a nightclub owner in 1980's Brooklyn New York. 

The following year he appeared in the sci-fi drama "The Happening" (2008), about a family on the run from a natural crisis that presents a large-scale threat to humanity. Next was the crime drama "Max Payne" (2008), a story about coming together to solve a series of murders in New York City , and a DEA agent whose family was killed as part of a conspiracy, and an assassin out to avenge her sister's death. He then was hired and cast in the horror film "The Lovely Bones" (2009) starring Susan Sarandon, about a young girl who is brutally raped and murdered, who then watches the effects of her death on her family from Heaven.

Next was the drama "The Fighter" (2009) starring Brad Pitt, which is a look at the early years of boxer "Irish" Micky Ward, and his brother who helped train him before going pro in the mid '80s. Ending the year will be the action adventure film "The Brazilian Job" (2009), where Charlie Croker and his fellow crew of expert thieves head to Rio de Janeiro to pull off another heist in this follow up to "The Italian Job."

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