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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Happy Birthday, Mark Wahlberg!

Today, we're celebrating the 41st birthday of actor Mark Wahlberg. A Boston native and the youngest of nine children, Mark had plenty of ups and downs during his adolescence and youth. He got his first big start as a member of his brother Donnie's musical group New Kids on the Block, but he soon branched out on his own and created Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch. From there, Wahlberg channeled his impressive physique into modeling for Calvin Klein. At the same time, however, Mark had quite a few run-ins with the law after some rather serious offenses. Ultimately, he managed to keep his fury at bay, and he transitioned to the acting scene and has slowly grown into one of the more popular men to grace the silver screen. In 2009, Wahlberg married long-time girlfriend Rhea Durham, with whom he has four children. Wahlberg has also started to take seat in the producer's chair, most prominently with his producing role for the television show "Entourage." Here's a look at some of the fun facts and accolades associated with Wahlberg's acting career:

First Film: Renaissance Man (1994)
Last Film: Contraband (2012)
Next Film: Ted (2012)

Academy Awards
Nominated: Best Supporting Actor, The Departed (2006)
Nominated: Best Picture, The Fighter (2010)

Over the years, I've managed to see twelve of Wahlberg's films, and on average, his films have received a 'B-' grade. From these twelve, I have created the following list of my five favorite of his performances:

5. Micky Ward
The Fighter (2010)


4. Mickey
The Basketball Diaries (1995)


3. Eddie Adams / Dirk Diggler
Boogie Nights (1997)


2. Dignam
The Departed (2006)


1. Tommy Corn
I Heart Huckabees (2004)

Once again, I would like to wish Mark Wahlberg a happy 41st birthday!

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