The world can never have enough of Mark Wahlberg who rose from being the lead vocalist of the famous hip-hop band group called Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch to an acclaimed actor. In addition to his acting prowess, Mark is also a songwriter, rapper, producer, as well as a businessman. He came into the limelight following his remarkable roles in movies including Ted, The Fighter and The Departed just to mention a few.
Mark started his career as a member of the hip-hop band group that reigned during the ‘90s Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch. Later on, he ventured into acting making his first film appearance in the 1993 movie Renaissance Man. His wonderful body size and measurements have earned him several roles in blockbuster action movies. Additionally, the brilliant actor has received several accolades for his wonderful performances since the inception of his career. Learn more about his bio, family, siblings, wife, kids, body size and other interesting facts below.
Mark Wahlberg Bio
The legendary actor Mark Wahlberg was born in Dorchester, Boston, Massachusetts on June 5, 1971. He was raised by a Swedish-Irish father who was a US Army veteran and an English, Irish, French-Canadian mother. He has eight older siblings and they were brought up in a Catholic family. Mark graduated from Copley Square High School located in Boston and didn’t receive his high school diploma until June 2013.
Wahlberg is considered a bully while he was growing up; he committed several crimes for which he was convicted and jailed. Upon release from jail, in a bid to change his life, Mark joined his older brother’s band group called Boy Band New Kids on the Block. Along with a DJ and a few backup dancers, Mark released his first album titled Music for the People in 1991. The following year, along with Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch, he released his second album titled You Gotta Believe.
Soon after the release of his second album, he made his first film appearance in the television film titled The Substitute in 1993 followed by a feature film Renaissance Man. During the early 2000s, he appeared in movies such as Boogie Nights, Four Brothers, Three Kings, and The Perfect Storm. In 2004, he starred in the movie titled I love Huckabees after which he was named the best supporting actor of the year by the village voice critics. He was a cast in the 2006 American crime drama The Departed starring alongside Jack Nicholson and Leanoardo DiCaprio.
Following his outstanding performance in the movie, The Departed, Mark won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and also earned a Golden Globe nomination as well as a Film Critics Award. His other movies include Invincible, Entourage, Shooter, The Lovely Bones, The Happening, We Own the Night, Max Payne, Ted, The Gambler, and Lone Survivor.
Family: Siblings, Wife (Rhea Durham), and Kids
Mark Wahlberg is the youngest of nine children born to Alma Elaine and Donald E. Wahlberg. His eight older siblings include five brothers – Donnie, Paul, Robert, Arthur, Jim, and three sisters – Michelle, Debbie, and Tracey. His parents got separated in 1982, he also has three-half siblings named Buddy, Scott, and Donna from their father’s re-marriage. Just like Mark, some of his siblings are also successful in the entertainment biz. Donnie is a successful songwriter, record producer as well as an actor. He has featured in a number of blockbuster movies such as The Sixth Sense, Blue Bloods, and Dreamcatcher. Robert, Arthur, and James also trailed the same career path as Mark and Donnie while the others are also successful in their chosen career paths.
As they always say, behind every successful man lies a caring and supportive wife; for Mark, his wife isn’t only supportive but also a highly successful woman. She is no other than the gorgeous American model Rhea Durham. Rhea was born in Lakeland, Florida on July 1, 1978. She has worked with notable magazines such as the British and American ELLE, as well as, French Vogue and Maria Claire. In addition to that, she has modeled for Victoria’s Secret and also guest-starred in the series titled Spin City in 2001.
Mark met his wife in 2001 and they had a relationship for about eight years before they tied the knot. The amazing couple got hitched in a lavish wedding held at Good Shepherd Catholic Church located in Beverly Hills. Their wedding was well attended by close friends and family members. Mark and his wife were blessed with four children two sons – Michael, born in 2006 and Brendan Joseph, born in 2008. His two daughters – Ella was born in 2003 while Grace was born in 2010. The amazing couple has been experiencing a blissful married life and there is no sign of divorce yet.
Body Size and Measurements
Mark Wahlberg has spent a great deal of his time working out and his body size is a testimony to that. He has cited physical discipline and eating as the secret to his muscular and well-shaped body. Mark is not so tall; he has an average height of 5 feet 8 inches (1.73m) and a body weight of 78 kg (172 pounds). In addition to his muscular and athletic bodybuild, the movie star has body measurements (chest-waist-biceps) of 46-35-16 inches. He wears a shoe size of 9 (US).