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Mark Wahlberg



Before he started acting, Mark Wahlberg was best known as Marky Mark, the pants-dropping rapper who attained fame and notoriety with his group the Funky Bunch. In the tradition of Will Smith and Ice Cube, Wahlberg has made a successful transition from music to film, garnering particular early praise for his role in Boogie Nights.



Born June 5, 1971, in Dorchester, MA, Wahlberg had a troubled early life. One of nine children, he dropped out of school at 16 (he would later earn his GED) and committed a number of minor felonies. After working various odd jobs, Wahlberg briefly joined brother Donnie and his group New Kids on the Block before forming his own, Marky Mark & the Funky Bunch. The group had widespread popularity for a time, most notably with its 1992 hit single "Good Vibrations." However, it was Wahlberg himself who received the lion's share of attention, whether it was for the homophobia controversy that surrounded him for a time, or for the 1992 Calvin Klein ad campaign featuring him wearing nothing more than his underwear, Kate Moss, and an attitude. In 1993, Wahlberg turned his attentions to acting with a role in The Substitute. The film, co-starring a then-unknown Natasha Gregson Wagner, was a critical and commercial failure, but Wahlberg's next project, 1994's Renaissance Man, with Danny De Vito, gave him the positive notices that would increase with the release of his next film, The Basketball Diaries (1995). Although the film received mixed reviews, many critics praised Wahlberg's performance as Mickey, Leonardo Di Caprio's friend and fellow junkie. Following Diaries, Wahlberg appeared in Fear (1996) in the role of Reese Witherspoon's psychotic boyfriend.



It was with the release of Paul Thomas Anderson's Boogie Nights in 1997 that Wahlberg finally received across-the-board respect for his commanding yet unassuming performance as busboy-turned-porn-star Eddie Adams/Dirk Diggler. The film was nominated for three Oscars and a slew of other awards by associations ranging from the British Academy to the New York Film Critics Circle to MTV. The positive attention landed Wahlberg on a wide range of magazine covers and gave him greater Hollywood pulling power. He had, as they say, arrived. Wahlberg's follow-up to Boogie Nights was 1998's The Big Hit, an action comedy that, particularly in the wake of Boogie Night's acclaim, proved to be a disappointment. This disappointment was hardly lessened by the relative critical and commercial shortcomings of Wahlberg's next film, The Corruptor (1999). An action flick that co-starred Chow Yun-Fat, The Corruptor showcased Wahlberg's familiar macho side and indicated that success in Hollywood is a strange and unpredictable thing. Though he gained positive notice for his role in David O. Russell' s unconventional war film Three Kings the same year, the film was only a moderate success, paving the way for an even more dramatic turn in the downbeat true story of the ill-fated Andrea Gail, The Perfect Storm, in 2000.



The following year found Wahlberg filling some big shoes -- and receiving some hefty criticism as a result -- with his lead role in Tim Burton's much-anticipated remake of Planet of the Apes. Taking over the role that Charlton Heston made famous, Wahlberg found himself pursued onscreen by sinister simians, as well as offscreen by critics who decried the lack of depth that the actor brought to the role. Late that summer, Wahlberg came back down to Earth -- specifically to the everyday-Joe-rises-to-fame territory of Boogie Nights -- with Rock Star, the story of a tribute-band singer who gets a chance to sing for the band he idolizes. Though his noble attempt to fill the considerable shoes of Hollywood legend Cary Grant in the 2002 Charade remake The Truth About Charlie would be only slightly exceeded by his assumption of the role originally played by Michael Caine in the following year's remake of The Italian Job, Wahlberg would

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Six Billion Dollar Man
  • Producer
  • Steve Austin
2017
No Score Yet Transformers: The Last Knight
  • Cade Yeager
2017
78% Patriots Day
  • Producer
  • Sgt. Tommy Saunders
2017
83% Deepwater Horizon
  • Mike Williams
2016
31% Mojave
  • Norman
2016
No Score Yet Mile 22
  • Actor
2016
31% Daddy's Home
  • Dusty
2015
46% Ted 2
  • John Bennett
2015
No Score Yet Stealing Cars
  • Executive Producer
2015
32% Entourage
  • Himself
  • Producer
2015
53% Champs
  • Actor
2015
25% Manny
  • Actor
2015
46% The Gambler
  • Producer
  • Jim Bennett
2014
18% Transformers: Age of Extinction
  • Cade Yeager
2014
75% Lone Survivor
  • Marcus Luttrell
  • Producer
2014
81% Prisoners
  • Executive Producer
2013
64% 2 Guns
  • Marcus "Stig" Stigman
2013
49% Pain & Gain
  • Daniel Lugo
2013
28% Broken City
  • Billy Taggart
  • Producer
2013
No Score Yet Mojave
  • Actor
2013
67% Ted
  • John Bennett
2012
51% Contraband
  • Producer
  • Chris Farraday
2012
90% The Fighter
  • Micky Ward
  • Producer
2010
78% The Other Guys
  • Det. Terry Hoitz
2010
67% Date Night
  • Holbrooke
2010
31% The Lovely Bones
  • Jack Salmon
2009
16% Max Payne
  • Max Payne
2008
18% The Happening
  • Elliot Moore
2008
56% We Own the Night
  • Producer
  • Joseph Grusinsky
2007
48% Shooter
  • Bob Lee Swagger
2007
91% The Departed
  • Dignam
2006
71% Invincible
  • Vince Papale
2006
53% Four Brothers
  • Bobby Mercer
2005
62% I Heart Huckabees
  • Tommy Corn
2004
No Score Yet Juvies
  • Executive Producer
  • Narrator
2004
73% The Italian Job
  • Charlie Croker
2003
33% The Truth About Charlie
  • Joshua Peters
2002
52% Rock Star
  • Chris `Izzy' Cole
2001
45% Planet of the Apes
  • Capt. Leo Davidson
2001
64% The Yards
  • Leo Handler
2000
47% The Perfect Storm
  • Bobby Shatford
2000
94% Three Kings
  • Troy
1999
49% The Corruptor
  • Danny Wallace
1998
41% The Big Hit
  • Melvin Smiley
1998
92% Boogie Nights
  • Eddie Adams/Dirk Diggler
1997
79% Traveller
  • Pat
1997
39% Fear
  • David McCall
1996
46% The Basketball Diaries
  • Mickey
1995
17% Renaissance Man
  • Tommy Lee Haywood
1994
No Score Yet La Sustituta
  • Westerburg
1993
No Score Yet Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch: Music for the People
  • Actor
1991

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Show With Vinny
2013
  • Guest
No Score Yet Top Gear
2002
  • Guest
  • Actor
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
2005-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
2014
  • Guest
68% Ballers
2015-2016
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
44% Shooter
2016
  • Executive Producer
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
65% How to Make It in America
2010-2011
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
67% Entourage
2004-2011
  • Guest
  • Executive Producer
  • Creator
  • Producer
  • Himself
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet Wahlburgers
2014
  • Executive Producer
  • Reality cast member
  • Producer
84% In Treatment
2008-2010
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
91% Boardwalk Empire
2010-2014
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013
  • Guest
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
55% Tyrant
2014
  • Producer
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Appearing

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