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Mark Wahlberg Timeline
June 5, 1971
Born as Mark Robert Wahlberg in Dorchester, Massachusetts to Alma and Donald Wahlberg.
Booted out of a local Boys & Girls Club.
Along with his brother Donnie, he joins New Kinds on the Block
Three months after joining, he is either kicked out, or quits, New Kids on the Block
. The singing act says it's because he can't sing. Mark reminds them that they are lip-synching, which is the reason why he left. He feels he can sing and moving his mouth without saying a word just doesn't cut it.
Gets involved in the drug scene and drops out of high school. Also steals cars during this period.
Works blue collar jobs as a bricklayer, hospital worker, and a trainee mechanic.
Charged with harassing black students.
Robs a Vietnamese man of his beer and gouges his eye out with a meathook. Is sentenced to 90 days in jail but only serves half of that.
Lives with his aunt's father, a drill sergeant in the Marines, who does his best to bring order to Mark's life. Even goes as far as taking him down to the Marine Recruiting Office, but discovers that Mark cannot join because he doesn't have a high school diploma.
Works with his brother, Donnie, to form the act Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch
1991 Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch
opens for New Kids on the Block
Returns to that Boys & Girls Club he was kicked out of back in 1983 and becomes part of the board of directors.
July 1991 Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch
release the single "Good Vibrations". It becomes their number one single.
Late 1991 Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch
release their first album Music For The People
. It goes platinum.
1992 Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch
release second album You Gotta Believe
Calvin Klein signs him as a model for a one year stint, worth a reported $100,000.
Makes an appearance on The Word
and offends the gay community who feel he is defending homophobic celebrities.
March 1992 Rolling Stone
readers vote him worst male singer of the year.
Charged with verbal assault.
Is sued for physical assault.
He and photographer Lynn Goldsmith publish Marky Mark
. In the book he reveals he has a third nipple.
Calvin Klein advertisements featuring Mark Wahlberg begin popping up. One of the most famous photos appears on a billboard in New York's Times Square where he is holding his crotch.
Releases his fitness video Form...Focus...Fitness, The Marky Mark Workout
. The video offends the gay community.
Stars, and makes his movie debut, in The Substitute
. He plays Ryan Westerberg.
His troubled history is leaked to the public causing demonstrations in New York.
The charges for his physical assault back in Nov. 1992 are dropped by alleged victim.
June 3, 1994
Plays Private Tommy Lee Haywood in The Renaissance Man
with Danny Devito.
Dumps the stage name Marky Mark.
April 21, 1995
Plays Mickey in The Basketball Diaries
with Leonardo DiCaprio.
April 12, 1996
In his first lead role, he plays David McCall in Fear
, with Alyssa Milano.
Oct. 10, 1997
Plays porn star Dirk Diggler in Boogie Nights
with Julianne Moore, Heather Graham, and Burt Reynolds.
Oct. 20, 1998
Plays Melvin Smiley in The Big Hit
with Christina Applegate.
Oct. 1, 1999
Plays Troy Barlow in Three Kings
with George Clooney and Ice Cube.
Dec. 31, 1999
Marries Jordana Brewster.
June 30, 2000
Plays Bobby Shatford in The Perfect Storm
with George Clooney.
He and Jordana split up.
Begins dating Revlon
model Rhea Durham.
Uses the $1,000,000 he receives for Planet of the Apes
and launches the Mark Wahlberg Foundation, a group dedicated to helping struggling kids.
Former bodyguard sues him for beating him up outside of New York's Serafina restaurant.
July 21, 2001
Plays the lead role of Captain Leo Davidson in Planet of the Apes
Sept. 7, 2001
Plays Chris "Izzy" Cole in Rock Star
with Jennifer Aniston.
Oct. 25, 2002
Plays Joshua Peters in The Truth About Charlie
May 30, 2003
Plays Charlie Crooker in The Italian Job
with Edward Norton.
Sept. 2, 2003
His long-time girlfriend, Rhea Durham, gives birth to their first child, Ella Rae. On the same day, his sister Debbie dies.
Jan. 3, 2004
Begins dating Jessica Alba
In an interview with Rolling Stone
, he says of his third nipple: "I've come to embrace it. That thing's my prized possession."