Mark Wahlberg is a famous American, director, and businessman.
He gained popularity with a career in rapping by being the lead singer of “Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch” and was able to have hit songs like “Good Vibrations” which was able to reach the top of “Billboard Hot 100”.
Though the actor gained massive success in his career, he also had a troubled childhood as he was exposed to a lot of drugs and violence while growing up. When Mark turned 16, he even got arrested for attempted murder.
He managed to escape this life through music and forged a career out of it. This then created a path for him to rise to stardom as an actor.
If you want to know more about him then keep reading as we’ll show you his career, net worth, personal life, and more.
Early Life and Troubled Childhood
Mark Robert Michael Wahlberg was born on June 5, 1971. He was the youngest of nine siblings to Elaine and Donald Wahlberg. His parents filed for divorce while he was still 11.
He had his education in Copley Square High School but later dropped out just before graduation. Mark most spent his teenage years being involved in drugs and street violence which eventually lead him to beat up a Vietnamese man and sent to jail for attempted murder.
The entire time while he was in state prison, Mark realized that he was wasting away his life. This led him to change himself and make a fresh start by finding a proper career.
Early Career as a Hip-hop Artist
When Mark was 13, he was involved with a boy band that his elder brother had created called “New Kids on the Block. He was one of the original members of the group until he left to make his own hip-hop group.
The artist formed a group with his friends named “Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch” and released a debut album in 1991 called “Music of the People”. Their song “Good Vibrations” became a popular hit and even got the number one spot in the “Billboard Hot 100”.
However, the group didn’t last very long due to how unsuccessful their second album “You Gotta Believe” was. This led Mark to venture out to other career paths and eventually led him to acting.
Mark Wahlberg’s Rise to Stardom
Mark started his acting career by being in the 1993 television movie “The Substitute”. He then had a part in the 1994 comedy film “Renaissance Man” where he played the role of “Pvt. Tommy Lee Haywood”.
The actor was then able to get a breakthrough in his career when he got cast in the 1995 acclaimed film “Basketball Diaries”.
Wahlberg then gained more popularity when he starred in the 1997 commercial hit film “Boogie Nights” where he starred as “Eddie Adams”, a dishwasher who pursued a career in the Adult Film Industry”. He then proceeded to have a starring role in the 2001 remake of “Planet of the Apes”.
By 2003, the actor became a co-star in the crime-heist film “The Italian Job” and was then followed by the 2006 award-winning crime-drama film “The Departed” where Wahlberg manages to show off his acting skill and even help him get nominated for an Oscar.
With already a lot of successful films that the actor was managed to play in, he was able to star in a lot of popular mainstream films like the 2010 boxing film “The Fighter”, the 2012 comedy film “Ted” with Seth McFarlane”, and in the 2013 military drama “Lone Survivor” which was based on a true story.
Mark Wahlberg’s Awards and Achievements
As Mark Wahlberg has an astounding amount of films starred, directed, and produced. He has managed to get almost 40 nominations from different awards and was also able to win in a few of them.
His role in the 2007 film “The Departed managed to win him “Best Supporting Actor” in the Boston Society of Film Critics, “Best Cast” in the National Board of Review, and “Best Ensemble Cast” in the Satellite Awards.
In 2007, he also was able to win the “Best International Programme” in the British Academy Television Awards for the HBO television series “Entourage” where he was one of the producers of the show.
Mark Whalberg’s Total Net Worth
Mark Whalberg currently has a net worth of about $350 million dollars. This amount is due to all the movies, sponsorships, and other business ventures that the actor has made.
He was also able to become one of the highest-paid actors in the movie industry when he was able to make $88 million for his roles in “Transformers: The Last Knight” and “Daddy Home 2”.
The total amount of money that his films made has reached moreover $5.2 billion in worldwide sales.
Some of his income is from endorsement deals on brands like AT&T where he earned an astonishing $10 million and also from his restaurant franchise “Wahlburgers”.
With the amount of money the actor was able to make, he also did a lot of charity work throughout his career.
Back in 2001, Wahlberg created the “Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation” where its main goal was to raise funds and then distribute them to multiple youth service programs.
Mark Wahlberg’s Personal Life and Relationships
The actor is currently married to the American model Rhea Durham. They were wedded in 2009 and had two daughters Ella and Grace, and also had 2 sons Michael and Brendan.
Mark is a dedicated Roman Catholic while also being a supporter of same-sex marriage. Due to the jokes that he made during the 2012 comedy movie “Ted”, he had to apologize to
Pope Francis in 2015. He even asked repentance from god due to his portrayal as an adult film star in “Boogie Nights”.
Mark is also a known supporter of the democratic political party and also made a few controversial statements during the 2016 presidential elections.