The Wahlberg family is one of the most famous and successful families in Hollywood. They have produced stars in music, film and television, as well as entrepreneurs, philanthropists and activists. But who are the Wahlbergs, and how did they achieve their fame and fortune? In this blog post, we will explore the history, careers and personal lives of the Wahlberg clan, focusing on the two most prominent members: Mark Wahlberg and Donnie Wahlberg.
Mark Wahlberg: From Teen Idol to Oscar Nominee
Mark Wahlberg is arguably the most famous and successful member of the Wahlberg family. He is an actor, producer, businessman and former rapper who has starred in blockbuster movies such as The Departed, The Fighter, Ted, Transformers and many more.
But Mark’s journey to stardom was not easy. He was born on June 5, 1971, in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. He is the youngest of nine children of Alma Elaine (Donnelly), a nurse’s aide and clerk, and Donald Edward Wahlberg Sr., a delivery driver. His parents divorced when he was eleven, and he dropped out of high school at age fourteen to pursue a life of petty crime and drugs.
While in jail, Mark decided to turn his life around and began working out to improve his physique. He also got help from his older brother Donnie Wahlberg, who was already a teen idol as a member of the boy band New Kids on the Block. Donnie helped Mark secure a recording contract, and soon he was introduced to the world as Marky Mark, a bad-boy rapper who danced in his boxers. Along with his backup group, the Funky Bunch, Mark released two albums: Music for the People (1991) and You Gotta Believe (1992).
However, Mark’s rap career was short-lived, as he faced criticism for his lyrics, image and behavior. He was accused of racism, homophobia and misogyny by various groups and individuals. He also had a feud with fellow rapper Eminem, who dissed him in several songs. Mark decided to quit music and pursue acting instead. He made his screen debut in Renaissance Man (1994) and had his first starring role in Fear (1996).
In the early 2000s, Mark ventured into big-budget action movies, such as The Perfect Storm (2000), Planet of the Apes (2001), and The Italian Job (2003). He also showed his versatility by starring in dramas such as The Basketball Diaries (1995), Three Kings (1999), The Yards (2000), Rock Star (2001), I Heart Huckabees (2004) and Four Brothers (2005). He achieved his breakthrough role as a police officer in the crime drama The Departed (2006), directed by Martin Scorsese.
Mark continued to impress audiences and critics with his roles in films such as Shooter (2007), We Own the Night (2007), The Lovely Bones (2009), The Other Guys (2010), The Fighter (2010), Contraband (2012), Ted (2012), Lone Survivor (2013), Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014), Transformers: The Last Knight (2017), Daddy’s Home (2015), Daddy’s Home 2 (2017), Instant Family (2018) and Spenser Confidential (2020). He also became a successful producer of several TV shows such as Entourage (2004-2011), Boardwalk Empire (2010-2014), How to Make It in America (2010-2011), Ballers (2015-2019) and McMillions (2020).
Mark has been married to model Rhea Durham since 2009, and they have four children: Ella, Michael, Brendan and Grace. He is a devout Catholic and a philanthropist who supports various causes such as education, health, youth and veterans. He has also apologized for his past crimes and sought forgiveness from his victims. He has said that he regrets his rap persona and wishes he could take back some of the things he said and did.
Donnie Wahlberg: From Boy Band to Blue Bloods
Donnie Wahlberg is the second most famous and successful member of the Wahlberg family. He is a singer, songwriter, actor, record producer and film producer who is best known as a founding member of the boy band New Kids on the Block and as a star of the TV series Blue Bloods.
Donnie was born on August 17, 1969, in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. He is the eighth of nine children of Alma Elaine (Donnelly), a nurse’s aide and clerk, and Donald Edward Wahlberg Sr., a delivery driver. He grew up in a poor and troubled family, with his parents divorcing when he was eleven and his brother Mark dropping out of school and getting into trouble with the law. Donnie was interested in music from an early age and joined a local choir when he was eight.
When he was fifteen, Donnie auditioned for a music producer named Maurice Starr, who was looking for talented teenagers to form a pop group. Donnie impressed Starr with his singing and rapping skills, and became the first member of what would become New Kids on the Block. He also recruited his friends Danny Wood, Jordan Knight, Jonathan Knight and Joey McIntyre to join the group. The band released their self-titled debut album in 1986, but it was not until their second album Hangin’ Tough (1988) that they achieved massive success. The album spawned five top ten hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, including “You Got It (The Right Stuff)”, “I’ll Be Loving You (Forever)”, “Hangin’ Tough”, “Cover Girl” and “Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time)”
However, the band’s popularity declined in the mid-1990s, as they faced competition from other boy bands such as Backstreet Boys and NSYNC. They also faced criticism for their image, music and fans, who were mostly young girls. The band disbanded in 1994 after releasing their fourth album Face the Music (1994), which was a commercial failure. Donnie then focused on his acting career, making his film debut in Bullet (1996) alongside Mickey Rourke and Tupac Shakur. He gained recognition for his role as Vincent Grey in The Sixth Sense (1999), directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The film was a huge success both critically and commercially, earning six Oscar nominations including Best Picture. Donnie also appeared in films such as Ransom (1996), Southie (1998), The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009) and Zookeeper (2011). 008) and a world tour. The album debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 chart and sold over one million copies worldwide. The band continued to release new music and tour throughout the 2010s, collaborating with other artists such as Backstreet Boys, Boyz II Men, TLC, Nelly and Naughty by Nature.