Below is a compiled list of the most interesting facts about Mark Wahlberg. Check it out!
American actor Mark Wahlberg is one of a handful of respected entertainers who successfully made the transition from teen pop idol to acclaimed actor. A Best Supporting Actor Oscar nominee for The Departed (2006) who went on to receive positive critical reviews for his performance in The Fighter (2010), Wahlberg also is a solid comedy actor, proven by his starring role in Ted (2012).
Interesting Facts about Mark Wahlberg
- Was born in St. Margaret’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.
- On August 1, 2009, he married longtime partner, Rhea Durham, at a private Catholic ceremony in Beverly Hills, California.
- Became a father for the third time at age 37 when his girlfriend [now wife] Rhea Durham gave birth to their son Brendan Joseph Wahlberg on September 16, 2008.
- His father was of half Swedish and half Irish descent, and his mother’s ancestry is 11/16ths Irish, one eighth French-Canadian, one eighth English, and one sixteenth Scottish. Mark’s paternal grandfather, Axel Simon Wahlberg, was the son of Swedish immigrants, Axel Gustaf Wahlberg and Ida Albertina Nordstrom.
- Paid $8.25 million to purchase a 6.14-acre, vacant lot in Beverly Hills, California’s Beverly Park neighborhood where he plans to custom-build a mansion on the property (2009).
- His older siblings are: Arthur Wahlberg, James Wahlberg, Debbie Wahlberg, Michelle Wahlberg, Paul Wahlberg, Tracey Wahlberg, Robert Wahlberg and Donnie Wahlberg. Robert, Donnie and Mark are from their mother’s third marriage with Donald Wahlberg. Half-siblings from his father’s side of the family are Scott Wahlberg, Buddy Wahlberg and Donna Wahlberg.
- Petitioned for a pardon as a convicted Felon in 2014 as he desired to become a law enforcement officer in Los Angeles. Felons are prohibited from becoming police officers, so his conviction would prevent him from doing so. He dropped the petition request in 2016, so his status as a Felon from the 1988 assault in Boston remains unchanged.
- One of the ingredients of the cheeseburgers served at his family restaurant is “government cheese”, which was provided to welfare recipients when he was a child. Wahlberg has said he wanted the burgers to honestly and accurately reflect the working-class meals he and his siblings were raised on.
- Brother-in-law of Jenny McCarthy and cousin-in-law of Melissa McCarthy.
- Narrated the documentary Juvies (2004) along with The Italian Job (2003) co-star Yasiin Bey (Mos Def supplied poetry).
- Was considered & lobbied hard for the role of Neo in The Matrix but Keanu Reeves was chosen over him.
- Is a fan of all the four major Boston sports teams, The New England Patriots, Boston Celtics, Boston Bruins and the Boston Red Sox.
Personal Quotes by Mark Wahlberg
For me, family always comes first; I would do anything to protect them.- Mark Wahlberg
The world is very different today than it was in 1968.- Mark Wahlberg
There’s nothing like seeing the smile on my kids’ faces. Laughing together. Playing. It’s the best.- Mark Wahlberg
Growing up, I think I was arrested 20-odd times by the Boston police. The good news is that I’ve been able to use those experiences in a lot of my roles, and that has been a blessing.- Mark Wahlberg
I pray to be a good servant to God, a father, a husband, a son, a friend, a brother, an uncle, a good neighbor, a good leader to those who look up to me, a good follower to those who are serving God and doing the right thing.- Mark Wahlberg