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Mark Wahlberg


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Mark Robert Michael Wahlberg (born June 5, 1971 in Dorchester, Boston, Massachusetts) is a Golden Globe-nominated American entertainer formerly known as a rapper and male fashion model, he is now an actor and television producer.


Early life

Wahlberg was born in Dorchester, Boston, Massachusetts to Catholic parents Donald Edward Wahlberg and Alma Elaine Donnelly. His paternal grandfather, Axel Simon Wahlberg, was of Swedish descent, while the remainder of his ancestry is Irish. He graduated from Copley Square High School on Newbury Street in Boston.

According to ABC News, as a teen Wahlberg had a history of “petty crime, drug dealing and racism.”

“He harassed a group of African American school kids with racist epithets, and when he was 16, again using racist language, he attacked a middle-aged Vietnamese man and left the man blind in one eye. Wahlberg was arrested for attempted murder, plead guilty to assault, and spent 45 days in jail.”


Wahlberg first came to fame as the younger brother of Donnie Wahlberg of the successful bubblegum pop group New Kids on the Block. Mark had been hired as an original member of the group but quit before it became a success.

SKY Magazine cover from November 1993 featuring Wahlberg in his Marky Mark persona.When the New Kids’ success finally ended, Mark began recording as Marky Mark & the Funky Bunch, earning a hit with Good Vibrations from the album Music for the People. The record was produced by his brother Donnie. The second Marky Mark LP, You Gotta Believe, was a relative failure.


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