He is an American actor, model, singer, and television producer. He was a member of the rap group Marky Mark & the Funky Bunch. He was nominated for an Oscar in 2006 for Best Supporting Actor for the film The Departed.
Encouraged by his brother's success with the group New Kids on the Block, Wahlberg began recording as Marky Mark & the Funky Bunch, a rap group he led and that achieved successes with "Good Vibrations" and "Wild Side", from the album Music for the People. He made his film debut in 1994 in Renaissance Man, starring Danny DeVito, and the following year, he shot with Leonardo DiCaprio in The Basketball Diaries. Starting with Boogie Nights, he left critics in awe of his wide assortment of performances and skills.
He produced the HBO series Entourage for eight seasons, loosely based on events from his own life. He appeared in the first and second episodes of the fifth season and in the sessions in which he interviewed the cast and production team. He is also an executive producer on the Boardwalk Empire series, and stated that after reading the book the series is based on, he convinced Martin Scorsese to make it.
He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on July 29, 2010.
He has a history of controversial violent incidents.