Mark Wahlberg's life has been a crazy ride. There have been many ups and downs in his career, but he has managed to become one of the respected actors in Hollywood industry. He has acted among some critically acclaimed stars like Leonardo DiCaprio, Christian Bale, and Amy Adams. Wahlberg's on-screen presence shows that the actor has been through a lot in his life and it is better not to mess with him in any way.
Many people did not believe that he will be able to make a career in Hollywood, but he has proved everybody wrong and is delivering hits from the past 15 years. He is one of the few actors who made a transition from a pop-sensation to an actor, and he is still lighting up the industry. But what makes him more fascinating is not just his fame but his life story.
So, to give you some insights about his life we have gathered some interesting and lesser known facts about Mark Wahlberg.
Mark Wahlberg dropped out of school at the age of 13 due to some problems in his family. Later, at the age of 42, he completed his high school education and became an inspiration for all the teens and other adults who want to complete their studies.
He is the youngest of the nine children in his family. One of his brother Robert Wahlberg is also an actor.
By the age of 13, Mark developed an addiction towards cocaine, other drugs and substances.
At the age of 15, a civil eviction case was filed against him for two separate crimes. One was the incident of harassing African-American children and second was beating black students on a field trip.
At the age of 16, he knocked a Vietnamese man on the street with a wooden stick and called him, "Vietnam fucking shit." On the same day, he attacked another man named, Hoa "Johnny" Trinh.
According to the court's documents on these crimes, he was taken back to that place where he hit the Vietnamese but, he continued to give racial comments on the person.
For these crimes, Mark was charged with attempt to murder, harming an innocent person and was sentenced to two years in 'Deer Island House of Correction Prison' (existed up to 1991). Though he only served 45 days of the sentence but still, he carries a permanent felony record.
He even gave comments on his past crimes after becoming a famous star in 2006. He said, "I did a lot of things that I regret, and I have certainly paid for my mistakes."
Before becoming an actor, Mark was the lead singer of the bands 'Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch' in the early 90s. But in 1992, the fans of Rolling Stone magazine voted him as the worst male singer of the year.
His second album, 'Good Vibrations' was a commercial success but, still, he left the music industry to pursue acting.
It is a scientific fact that one out of 18 men has a third nipple, and Mark is one of them. In some of the movies, it was digitally brushed off but in the film, Shooter it can be seen.
For some reasons, many people confuse him with Matt Damon. They both have agreed on this fact. They also said that they both try to be in an excellent mood when this happens so that they don't ruin the reputation of the other.
Mark Wahlberg dropped two iconic roles from two critically acclaimed movies. One was the role of Ennis del Mar in Brokeback Mountain (later portrayed by Heath Ledger), and the another was the role of Linus in Ocean's Trilogy (later portrayed by Matt Damon).
He even co-owns a cricket team in the Caribbean Premier League, Barbados Tridents.
He and his friends were scheduled to fly to Los Angeles from Boston on flight 11 on 9/11, but they changed their plans and decided to attend a film festival in Canada. The plane 11 hit the North Tower of the World Trade Center.
Mark is also a brilliant producer. Producing is something which takes a lot of courage, belief in someone else and also a power of decision making, Wahlberg has all these things with perfection. He has produced many television shows like Entourage, How to Make it in America, Ballers and Boardwalk Empire. He has also produced films like Prisoners, Lone Survivor, and The Gambler.
Mark also owns a $8 million mansion in Beverly Hills. He bought it in 2009 and then spent five years for rebuilding it. His mansion has a water park, gym, theatre, and a plus size basketball court.
Mark Wahlberg married Rhea Durham in 2009 after dating her since 2001. They two have four children, Ella Rae Wahlberg, Michael Wahlberg, Brendan Joseph Wahlberg, and Grace Margaret Wahlberg. Their first three children were born before their marriage and one after it.
He made the movie, 'The Fighter' possible because there were endless rewrites of the story, multiple actors and directors walked in and out of the film. He even worked with Manny Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach to bring perfection to his role, and finally, he convinced Christian Bale to play the role of his brother which got him an Oscar.
He doesn't do drugs anymore. He has changed a lot from his early days of a teenager to a respected and humble man in Hollywood.