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 Wayne's World: Yeah, I thought Mark Wahlberg was super-sexy in this, especially with his shirt off.

Garth: What?

Wayne: I'm sorry, that was an inside thought.


Mark Wahlberg (born 1971) is an American actor and former musician. After a troubled youth that saw numerous brushes with Johnny Law, Wahlberg's older brother Donnie (of the New Kids on the Block) arranged an entry-point into the music business (though personal agreements made him decide against permanently joining the New Kids). Now styling himself as Marky Mark (accompanied by the Funky Bunch), Wahlberg became a rap star. Their most successful single was "Good Vibrations" (not to be confused with The Beach Boys song). This period in his career is often regarded as being rather Narmy, even by fans and Wahlberg himself. By the mid-1990s, he began to make the transition into acting, and became an even bigger success than before, both commercially and, with his role in Boogie Nights, critically. He even earned an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role in The Departed. He was most recently seen starring as "Irish" Micky Ward in The Fighter.

He has also served as the executive producer of Entourage which is loosely based on his experiences as an up-and-coming actor.

The films of Mark Wahlberg include:

Tropes related to Mark Wahlberg:

  • Dark and Troubled Past: Wahlberg claims to have been in trouble 20–25 times with the Boston Police Department as a youth. By the age of 13, he had developed an addiction to cocaine and other substances. He also committed racist hate crimes in his teens; at 15, he threw rocks shouted racial epithets at a group of black schoolkids, and at 16, he knocked a middle-aged Vietnamese man unconscious and left another Vietnamese man permanently blind in one eye.
  • Doing It for the Art: He went far out of his way to get The Fighter made. His career in general contains a much higher percentage of serious drama than one might reasonably expect from a former rapper.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: He trained every day for four years waiting for The Fighter (where he played a boxer) to escape Development Hell.
  • Hollywood New England: Averted. A native Bostonian, he is one of the relatively few major stars who can credibly do an accent from there (others including the aforementioned Damon and Ben Affleck).
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: He's the youngest of nine children.
  • Motor Mouth: One of his favorite acting moves. Watch his movies, you'll see it.
  • Mr. Fanservice: He made great use of his terrific physique to get his career off the ground, most famously in ads for Calvin Klein.
  • Not Even Bothering with the Accent: Possibly wisely, Wahlberg makes no attempt to alter his native accent, and just talks like the Southie he is, even when his characters are supposed to be from Chicago or Wyoming, for instance.
  • Old Shame: His music, to a great extent.
    • Some of his earlier films as well, such as Fear.
  • Rags to Riches
  • Shirtless Scene: Not infrequently.
  • Triple Nipple: He has three nipples. No, really, he actually has three nipples. He calls his smaller third nipple his "prized possession".