Mark Wahlberg is an American actor, former rapper and producer of films and television. He was known as 'Marky Mark' in his earlier years and became famous for his 1991 debut as a rap musician with the band 'Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch'. He was named #1 on VH1's '40 Hottest Hotties of the 90's'. His big screen debut came with the Danny DeVito feature 'Renaissance Man'. A basketball fanatic, he caught the attention of critics after appearing in 'The Basketball Diaries' in 1995, playing the role of Mickey alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, in a film adaptation of the Jim Carroll book of the same name.
He is well known for his roles in films such as 'Boogie Nights' (1997), 'Three Kings' (1999), 'The Perfect Storm' (2000), 'Planet of the Apes' (2001), 'The Italian Job' (2003), 'I Heart Huckabees' (2004), 'Four Brothers' (2005), 'The Departed' (2006), 'Invincible' (2006), 'Shooter' (2007) and 'The Fighter' (2010). He has also served as the executive producer of the TV series 'Entourage' and 'Boardwalk Empire'.
Wahlberg first came to fame as the younger brother of Donnie Wahlberg of the successful 1980's and 1990's boy band 'New Kids on the Block'. Wahlberg began recording as Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch, earning a hit with "Good Vibrations" from the album Music for the People. The record was produced by brother Donnie and later hit #1 on The Billboard Hot 100, later becoming certified as a Platinum single.
Wahlberg and model Rhea Durham have been together since 2001 and got married on August 1, 2009 at the Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Beverly Hills. The couple have four children, Ella Rae (born September 2, 2003), Michael Robert (born March 21, 2006), Brendan Joseph (born September 16, 2008) and Grace Margaret (born January 11, 2010).
Actively involved in charity, Wahlberg established the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation in May 2001, for the purpose of raising and distributing funds to youth service and enrichment programs.