Mark Robert Michael Wahlberg (born June 5, 1971) is an American actor, producer, restaurateur and former rapper. He is also known by his former stage name Marky Mark from his career with the 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 Penny Marshall’s Renaissance Man (1994), with Danny DeVito, Gregory Hines, James Remar and Cliff Robertson; followed by The Basketball Diaries (1995), with Leonardo DiCaprio, Bruno Kirby, Lorraine Bracco, Ernie Hudson, Patrick McGaw, James Madio, and Michael Imperioli; his first starring role in James Foley’s Fear (1996), with Reese Witherspoon, William Petersen, Alyssa Milano, and Amy Brenneman; and Traveller (1997), with Bill Paxton and Julianna Margulies.
He received critical praise for his breakout performance as porn actor Dirk Diggler in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights (1997), with Julianne Moore, Burt Reynolds, Don Cheadle, John C. Reilly, William H. Macy, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Heather Graham. Other films in the late 1990s include The Big Hit (1998), with Lou Diamond Phillips, Christina Applegate, Bokeem Woodbine, Antonio Sabàto Jr., China Chow, Avery Brooks, Lainie Kazan, Elliott Gould, Sab Shimono, and Lela Rochon; The Corruptor (1999), with Chow Yun-fat, Ric Young, Paul Ben-Victor, Byron Mann, and Brian Cox; and David O. Russell’s Three Kings (1999), with George Clooney, Ice Cube, Spike Jonze, Nora Dunn, Jamie Kennedy, Mykelti Williamson, Cliff Curtis, and Saïd Taghmaoui.
Films in the 2000s include James Gray’s The Yards (2000), with Joaquin Phoenix, Charlize Theron, Faye Dunaway, Ellen Burstyn, and James Caan; Wolfgang Peterson’s The Perfect Storm (2000), with Clooney, Diane Lane, John Hawkes, William Fichtner, Michael Ironside, Reilly, Karen Allen, and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio; Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes (2001), with Tim Roth, Helena Bonham Carter, Michael Clarke Duncan, Paul Giamatti, and Estella Warren; Stephen Herek’s Rock Star (2001), with Jennifer Aniston, Jason Flemyng, Timothy Olyphant, Timothy Spall, and Dominic West; Jonathan Demme’s The Truth About Charlie (2002), with Thandiee Newton, Tim Robbins, Joong-Hoon Park, Ted Levine, and Lisa Gay Hamilton; F. Gary Gray’s The Italian Job (2003), with Theron, Edward Norton, Jason Statham, Seth Green, Mos Def, and Donald Sutherland; I ♥ Huckabees (2004), with Dustin Hoffman, Isabelle Huppert, Jude Law, Jason Schwartzman, Lily Tomlin, and Naomi Watts; and John Singleton’s Four Brothers (2005), with Tyrese Gibson, André Benjamin, Garrett Hedlund, Terrence Howard, Josh Charles, Sofía Vergara, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Taraji P. Henson, and Fionnula Flanagan.
Wahlberg was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Martin Scorsese’s The Departed (2006), with DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Martin Sheen, Ray Winstone, Vera Farmiga, and Alec Baldwin. Other films in the mid to late 2000s include Invincible (2006), with Greg Kinnear, Elizabeth Banks, and Michael Rispoli; Antoine Fuqua’s Shooter (2007), with Michael Peña, Danny Glover, Kate Mara, Elias Koteas, Rhona Mitra, Rade Šerbedžija, and Ned Beatty; We Own the Night (2007), with Phoenix, Eva Mendes, and Robert Duvall; M. Night Shyamalan’s The Happening (2008), with Zooey Deschanel, John Leguizamo, and Betty Buckley; Max Payne (2008), with Mila Kunis, Beau Bridges, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, and Olga Kurylenko; and Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones (2009), with Rachel Weisz, Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci, Michael Imperioli, and Saoirse Ronan.
Films in the 2010s include Date Night (2010), with Steve Carell, Tina Fey, Henson, Common, James Franco, Kunis, Jimmi Simpson, William Fichtner, and Ray Liotta (uncredited); Adam McKay’s The Other Guys (2010), with Will Ferrell, Michael Keaton, Mendes, Steve Coogan, Ray Stevenson, Samuel L. Jackson, and Dwayne Johnson; The Fighter (2010), with Christian Bale, Amy Adams, and Melissa Leo; Contraband (2012), with Kate Beckinsale, Ben Foster, Caleb Landry Jones, Giovanni Ribisi, Lukas Haas, Diego Luna and J.K. Simmons; and Ted (2012), with Kunis,
Seth MacFarlane (who also directed), Joel McHale, and Ribisi.
More films in the 2010s include Allen Hughes’s Broken City (2013), with Russell Crowe,
Catherine Zeta-Jones, Barry Pepper, Kyle Chandler, Natalie Martinez, and Jeffrey Wright; Michael Bay’s Pain & Gain (2013), with Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub, Ed Harris, and Rebel Wilson; 2 Guns (2013), with Denzel Washington, Paula Patton, Paxton, James Marsden, Fred Ward, and Edward James Olmos; Lone Survivor (2013), with Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Foster, and Eric Bana; Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014), with Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Sophia Myles, Bingbing Li, Titus Welliver, and T.J. Miller; and The Gambler (2014), with John Goodman, Brie Larson, Michael K. Williams, Jessica Lange, and George Kennedy.
Films in the mid to late 2010s include Ted 2 (2015), with MacFarlane (who also directed),
Amanda Seyfried, Ribisi, Jessica Barth, John Slattery, and Morgan Freeman; Daddy’s Home (2015), with Farrell and Linda Cardellini; Mojave (2016), with Oscar Isaac, Hedlund, Louise Bourgoin, and Walton Goggins; Deepwater Horizon (2016), with Kurt Russell, John Malkovich, Gina Rodriguez, Dylan O’Brien, and Kate Hudson; Patriots Day (2016), with Goodman, Simmons, Michelle Monaghan, and Alex Wolff; Transformers: The Last Knight (2017), with Josh Duhamel, John Turturro, and Glenn Morshower, Laura Haddock, Isabela Merced, Jerrod Carmichael, Santiago Cabrera, and Anthony Hopkins; Daddy’s Home 2 (2017), with Farrell, Cardellini, John Cena, John Lithgow, and Mel Gibson; Ridley Scott’s All the Money in the World (2017), with Michelle Williams, Christopher Plummer, Romain Duris, Timothy Hutton, and Charlie Plummer; Mile 22 (2018), with Iko Uwais, Malkovich, Lauren Cohan, Ronda Rousey, and Nikolai Nikolaeff; and Instant Family (2018), with Rose Byrne, Isabela Merced, Gustavo Quiroz, Julianna Gamiz, Margo Martindale, Julie Hagerty, Tig Notaro, and Octavia Spencer.
Films in the 2020s include Spenser Confidential (2020), with Winston Duke, Alan Arkin, Iliza Shlesinger, Bokeem Woodbine, Donald Cerrone, Marc Maron, and Post Malone; voicing in Scoob! (2020), with Frank Welker, Will Forte, Jason Isaacs, Gina Rodriguez, Zac Efron, Seyfried, Kiersey Clemons, Ken Jeong, and Tracy Morgan.
Each review will be linked to the title below.
(*seen originally in theaters)
(**seen rereleased in theaters)
- The Substitute (1993) – directed by Martin Donovan – TV movie
- Renaissance Man (1994) – directed by Penny Marshall
- The Basketball Diaries (1995) – directed by Scott Kalvert
- Fear (1996) – directed by James Foley
- Traveller (1997) – directed by Jack N. Green
- Boogie Nights (1997) – directed by Paul Thomas Anderson
- The Big Hit (1998) – directed by Che-Kirk Wong
- The Corruptor (1999) – directed by James Foley
- Three Kings (1999) – directed by David O. Russell
- The Yards (2000) – directed by James Gray
- The Perfect Storm (2000) – directed by Wolfgang Peterson
- Planet of the Apes (2001)* – directed by Tim Burton
- Rock Star (2001) – directed by Stephen Herek
- The Truth About Charlie (2002) – directed by Jonathan Demme
- The Italian Job (2003)* – directed by F. Gary Gray
- Overnight (2003) – directed by Tony Montana & Mark Brian Smith – himself documentary
- Juvies (2004) – directed by Leslie Neale – narrator – documentary – also executive producer
- I ♥ Huckabees (2004) – directed by David O. Russell
- Four Brothers (2005) – directed by John Singleton
- Invincible (2006) – directed by Ericson Core
- The Departed (2006) – directed by Martin Scorsese
- Shooter (2007) – directed by Antoine Fuqua
- We Own the Night (2007) – directed by James Gray – also producer
- The Happening (2008) – directed by M. Night Shyamalan
- Max Payne (2008) – directed by John Moore
- The Lovely Bones (2009) – directed by Peter Jackson
- Date Night (2010)* – directed by Shawn Levy
- The Other Guys (2010)* – directed by Adam McKay
- The Fighter (2010) – directed by David O. Russell – also producer
- Contraband (2012) – directed by Baltasar Kormákur
- Ted (2012)* – directed by Seth MacFarlane
- Broken City (2013) – directed by Allen Hughes – also producer
- Prisoners (2013) – directed by Denis Villeneuve – executive producer only
- Pain & Gain (2013) – directed by Michael Bay
- 2 Guns (2013) – directed by Baltasar Kormákur
- Lone Survivor (2013) – directed by Peter Berg – also producer
- Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) – directed by Michael Bay
- The Gambler (2014) – directed by Rupert Wyatt – also producer
- Entourage (2015) – directed by Doug Ellin – – cameo as himself – also producer
- Ted 2 (2015)* – directed by Seth MacFarlane
- Daddy’s Home (2015) – directed by Sean Anders
- Mojave (2016) – directed by William Monahan
- Deepwater Horizon (2016) – directed by Peter Berg – also producer
- Patriots Day (2016) – directed by Peter Berg – also producer
- Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) – directed by Michael Bay
- Daddy’s Home 2 (2017) – directed by Sean Anders – also executive producer
- All the Money in the World (2017) – directed by Ridley Scott
- Mile 22 (2018) – directed by Peter Berg – also producer
- Instant Family (2018) – directed by Sean Anders – also producer
- Spenser Confidential (2020) – directed by Peter Berg – also producer
- Scoob! (2020) – directed by Tony Cervone
- Infinite (2021) – directed by Antoine Fuqua – also producer
- Joe Bell (2021) – directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green – also producer
- Uncharted (2022) – directed by Ruben Fleischer