Mark Robert Michael Wahlberg (born June
5, 1971) is an American actor, producer, model, and former
rapper. He was known as Marky Mark in his earlier years, and
became famous for his 1991 debut as frontman with the band Marky
Mark and the Funky Bunch. He later transitioned to acting, and
is now known for his roles in films including Boogie Nights
(1997), Three Kings (1999), Planet of the Apes (2001), The
Italian Job (2003), I Heart Huckabees (2004), The Departed
(2006), Shooter (2007), Max Payne (2008), The Other Guys (2010),
The Fighter (2010), Ted (2012), and Pain & Gain (2013). He has
also served as the executive producer of the TV series
Entourage, Boardwalk Empire, and How to Make It in America.
Wahlberg dropped the "Marky Mark" name
and began an acting career, making his debut in the 1993 TV
movie The Substitute. His big screen debut came the next year,
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 also starred in the 1996 James
Foley thriller Fear.
Wahlberg first displayed his physique in
the Good Vibrations music video and most prominently in a series
of underwear ads for Calvin Klein shot by Herb Ritts, following
it with Calvin Klein television advertisements. Magazine
and television promotions would sometimes feature Mark
exclusively or accompanied by model Kate Moss. Annie Leibovitz
also shot a famous session of Mark Wahlberg in underwear for
Vanity Fair's annual Hall of Fame issue. He also made a
workout video titled The Marky Mark Workout: Form... Focus...
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