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Mark Robert Michael Wahlberg (born June 5, 1971 in Dorchester, Massachusetts) is an American actor, model and singer.

He is from a family of 9 children and is of Swedish and Irish heritage. He first came to fame as the younger brother of Donnie Wahlberg of the New Kids on the Block. Mark had run afoul of the law as a teenager– in 1986 he was charged with racial harassment of a group of African-American students, and two years later he spent 45 days in prison after attacking and severely injuring a Vietnamese man.

After Mark was released from jail, Donnie agreed to help his troubled sibling restart his music career if he cleaned up his act, and after adopting the stage name Marky Mark, in 1990 Wahlberg formed the Funky Bunch with dancers/rappers Scott Ross (aka Scottie Gee), Hector Barros (Hector the Booty Inspector), Anthony Thomas (Ashley Ace), and Terry Yancey (DJ-T) , earning hits with “Good Vibrations” and “Wild Side” from Music for the People (where he poses with a Saab 9000).

His second LP, You Gotta Believe, was a relative failure, in large part due to the controversy surrounding him regarding racism and homophobia. When the story of his arrest for assault – and the allegations of racism – broke in the press, things took on a decidedly darker note. People were not amused. Soon after, while on a British talk show along with rapper Shabba Ranks, he got into even more trouble.

After Ranks made the statement that gays should be crucified, Wahlberg was accused of condoning the comments by his silence. Marky Mark was suddenly surrounded by charges of brutality, homophobia and racial hatred. “You Gotta Believe” had not been faring well – and, after the charges surface, it plummeted off the charts. Adding to the hoopla, Wahlberg was brought to court for allegedly assaulting a security guard. He was ordered to make amends by appearing in a series of anti-bias advertisements. Humbled and humiliated by his fall from grace in the music world, Wahlberg decided to pursue another angle – acting. He had had modeling experience, seen most prominently in a series of underwear ads from Calvin Klein, and would drop his pants as part of musical show.

When he turned to acting, he dropped the Marky Mark moniker and became known simply as Mark Wahlberg. His first big screen role came in Penny Marshall’s Renaissance Man (1994). Despite the name change, many people snickered at the idea of the has-been rapper thinking he could make it as an actor. From the get-go, he proved them wrong.

Earning mostly positive reviews, his filmography includes his breakout role as Dirk Diggler in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights, the lead in Tim Burton’s remake of Planet of the Apes, and Tommy the firefighter who is facing an existential crisis in David O. Russell’s I ♥ Huckabees . Wahlberg will next appear in Martin Scorsese’s The Departed as one of Leonardo DiCaprio’s police superiors. He is currently producing the series Entourage on HBO which is loosely based on incidents from his own life.

He has claimed to have had a reservation to fly from his hometown of Boston back to Los Angeles on September 11, 2001, on either United Airlines Flight 175 or American Airlines Flight 11. He decided on the previous day to go instead to Toronto to meet with friends. Mark Wahlberg has a third nipple underneath his left breast. He has recently decided not to have it removed, Mark’s sister, Debbie Wahlberg, died the same day his daughter Ella was born.

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