Mark Robert Michael Wahlberg (born June 5, 1971), former stage name Marky Mark, is an American actor, producer, and former rapper. Wahlberg was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1971. In his youth, he committed multiple racially charged assaults. In the 1990s, Wahlberg was a member of the music group Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch, with whom he released the albums Music for the People (1991) and You Gotta Believe (1992).
Wahlberg transitioned from music to acting, with his screen debut in Renaissance Man (1994) and his first starring role in Fear (1996). He received critical praise for his performance as porn actor Dirk Diggler in Boogie Nights (1997).
In the early 2000s, he ventured into big-budget action-oriented movies, such as The Perfect Storm (2000), Planet of the Apes (2001), and The Italian Job (2003). He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for playing a police officer in the crime drama The Departed (2006). He was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for the sports drama biopic The Fighter (2010), in which he starred as Micky Ward. In the 2010s, he landed successful comedy roles with The Other Guys (2010), Ted (2012), Ted 2 (2015), Daddy’s Home (2015), and Daddy’s Home 2 (2017). He also became the protagonist in two films in the Transformers live-action film franchise, Transformers: Age of Extinction and Transformers: The Last Knight. He was the world’s highest-paid actor in 2017.
Wahlberg also served as executive producer of five HBO series: the comedy-drama Entourage (2004–2011), the period crime drama Boardwalk Empire (2010–2014), the comedy-dramas How to Make It in America (2010–2011), and Ballers (2015–2019), and the documentary McMillions (2020). He is co-owner of the Wahlburgers chain and co-starred in the reality TV series about it. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2010.
Top 35 Mark Wahlberg Quotes on Success
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“There’s nothing like seeing the smile on my kids’ faces. Laughing together. Playing. It’s the best.”—Mark Wahlberg
“For me, family always comes first; I would do anything to protect them.”—Mark Wahlberg
“Wanting and the doing aren’t quite the same thing.”—Mark Wahlberg
“Being fit is almost as important to me as my face.”—Mark Wahlberg Quotes
“Being fit is about being able to perform at your best, not necessarily just looking your best.”—Mark Wahlberg
“I try to make acting as real as possible.”—Mark Wahlberg
“I try to encourage people to live a healthy lifestyle.”—Mark Wahlberg quotes
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“I want people to be at their best creatively.”—Mark Wahlberg
“I’m always friendly and encouraging on set.”—Mark Wahlberg
“I did a lot of things that I regretted and I certainly paid for my mistakes.”—Mark Wahlberg
“Some don’t know when to walk away, but the smart ones do.”—Mark Wahlberg
“I don’t want to let my guard down and feel too comfortable.”—Mark Wahlberg
“If you become complacent, you start feeling entitled.”—Mark Wahlberg
“I like to sit down face-to-face and have a conversation with you.”—Mark Wahlberg
“I’m not political.”—Mark Wahlberg
“I have more money now than I know what to do with.”—Mark Wahlberg
“I’m ready to dig ditches if I have to.”—Mark Wahlberg
“The hardest thing about changing yourself is changing how other people see you.”—Mark Wahlberg
“If I succeed in business but fail as a father, then I’ve failed.”—Mark Wahlberg
“I have a lot of real life experience with hustling.”—Mark Wahlberg
“You got to have faith. Look at all the junk and see the treasure.”—Mark Wahlberg
“You know you have two choices in life, basically, to succeed or to fail.”—Mark Wahlberg
“I got a pretty good life, and I’m very fortunate, and I have my blessings.”—Mark Wahlberg Quotes
“For me, family always comes first; I would do anything to protect them.”—Mark Wahlberg Quotes
“I can always see something of myself in the characters I play.”—Mark Wahlberg
“I like to do projects I feel some connection to.”—Mark Wahlberg
“There’s nothing better than meeting somebody with a great soul, and a great spirit and a good heart.”—Mark Wahlberg
“It’s all about love and how we are all connected.”—Mark Wahlberg
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