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Mark Wahlberg
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Birth Name: Mark Robert Michael Wahlberg
aka: Marky Mark
Birthdate: June 5, 1971
Birthplace: Dorchester, Massachusettes
Occupations: Actor, Musician, Model
Quote: "I wanted to do something totally different, prove to people that, in the right situation, I CAN act. I've gotta play different parts or I might as well just get on a TV show" - Movieline, June 1997
Mark Wahlberg Photo

Claim to Fame: Well-endowed porn star Dirk Diggler in Boogie Nights (1997)

Significant Other(s):
Jordanna Brewster, actress; dating as of late 1998; relationship ended 2001
China Chow, actress, model; met during filming of The Big Hit

Family:
Father: Donald E. Wahlberg, deliveryman; divorced from Wahlberg's mother in 1982; reportedly has suffered several strokes
Mother: Alma Wahlberg, remarried
Brother: Paul, older
Brother: Arthur Wahlberg, older
Brother: Donald; born August 17, 1969; former member of pop group New Kids on the Block
Sister: Tracey Wahlberg
Sister: Michelle Wahlberg, older
Sister: Debbie Wahlberg, older

Biography
This Boston-born rapper's remarkably cut physique and camera-happy gyrations helped catapult him to stardom in 1991 with the release of his debut album "Music for the People". After literally and figuratively overexposing himself as the Calvin Klein underwear model, Wahlberg, who became famous under the name Marky Mark, tried his hand at acting. 5With his boxer-like looks and rude, cocksure persona, Wahlberg's first dramatic role was as a pumped-up punk in the TV-movie "The Substitute" (USA Network, 1993). He went further in casting off his early self-styled persona playing a bumpkin army recruit in his feature acting debut, Penny Marshall's "Renaissance Man" (1994). He began to earn respectful notices with his supporting role as Leonardo DiCaprio's tough friend in in "The Basketball Diaries" (1995), and delivered a powerful turn as a stalker obsessed with Reese Witherspoon in the thriller "Fear" (1996). Wahlberg next portrayed a would-be con artist who finds a mentor in Bill Paxton in "Traveller" (1997) and won his best reviews to date as a porn star in "Boogie Nights" (also 1997). Wahlberg next tried to fashion himself into an ction hero with "The Big Hit" (1998) and a reaming with Hong Kong star Chow-Yun Fat in "The Corruptor" (1999), but in both cases, he seemed miscast.

Filmography
Planet of the Apes (2001)
Rock Star (2001)
The Concert For New York City (2001)
The Yards (2000)
The Perfect Storm (2000)
The Corruptor (1999)
Three Kings (1999)
The Big Hit (1998)
Boogie Nights (1997)
Traveller (1996)
Fear (1996)
The Basketball Diaries (1995)
No Fear (1995)
The Substitute (1993)

Factoids:
Was part of New Kids on the Block, but quit and did not appear on any released recordings
Signed a two-year contract as the crotch-grabbing Calvin Klein underwear model

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