Date of Birth: June 5th 1971
Mark Robert Michael Wahlberg (born June 5, 1971) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor and television producer. He was known as Marky Mark in his earlier days and became famous in his 1991 debut as a rap musician with the band Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch.
As a young teenager, Wahlberg participated in several violent acts for which he was charged, later claiming to have been in trouble 20-25 times with the Boston Police Department as a youth. At 15 he harassed a group of African American school children on a field trip by throwing rocks (causing injuries) and shouting epithets. When he was sixteen (again using racist language), Wahlberg knocked one middle aged Vietnamese man unconscious with a wooden stick, and left another Vietnamese man permanently blinded in one eye. Wahlberg has said that he has no recollection of the incident because he passed out just before the police caught him. For these crimes, Wahlberg was charged for attempted murder, pled guilty to assault, and was sentenced to 2 years in jail at Boston's Deer Island House of Correction, of which he served 45 days. In yet another incident when he was 21 Wahlberg fractured the jaw of a neighbor in an unprovoked attack.
To prepare for his role in Shooter, Wahlberg attended long-range shooting training at Front Sight Firearms Training Institute near Pahrump, Nevada, and was able to hit a target at 2000 yards. He has said in a number of interviews that he will retire at the age of 40 to concentrate on parenthood and professional golf. However, in early 2007 he indicated that this was no longer the plan as "his golf game is horrible". He is now to star as Jack Salmon in Peter Jackson's film of The Lovely Bones.
Wahlberg is a practicing Catholic. He dated actress Jordana Brewster, his Fear co-star Reese Witherspoon (during and after the production of the movie), and his co-star in the film The Big Hit, China Chow. Mark currently has two children, Ella Rae and Michael, born Sept. 2nd, 2003, and March 22nd, 2006, respectively, with long-time girlfriend Victoria's Secret model, Rhea Durham.