Mark Robert Michael Wahlberg is an oscar nominated actor, film and television producer, and philanthropist. Wahlberg established the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation with his brother James Wahlberg in May 2001, for the purpose of raising and distributing funds to youth service and enrichment programs specifically for at risk inner city youth.
Wahlberg was born in the working class Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts, the youngest of nine children, with siblings Arthur, Jim, Paul, Robert, Tracey, Michelle, Debbie (died in 2003 at age 44), and Donnie. His father was of half Swedish and half Irish ancestry, and his mother is of Irish, English, and French Canadian descent. Wahlberg’s mother, Alma Elaine (née Donnelly), was a bank clerk and nurse’s aide, and Wahlberg’s father, Donald Edward Wahlberg, was a Teamster who worked as a delivery driver.
Wahlberg is well known for his roles in films such as Boogie Nights (1997), Three Kings (1999), The Perfect Storm (2000), Planet of the Apes (2001), The Italian Job (2003), I Heart Huckabees (2004), Four Brothers (2005), The Departed (2006),Invincible (2006), Shooter (2007), and The Fighter (2010). He has also served as the executive producer of the TV series Entourage, Boardwalk Empire and How to Make It in America.
TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE – MARK WAHLBERG