Mark Wahlberg celebrates his 49th birthday on June 5, 2020. The Dorchester, Massachusetts native has brought to life, in the past two decades, a wide variety of characters that have gone far beyond fighting CG robots in the “Transformers” movies.
Wahlberg got his start as a rapper, as the frontman for the group Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch, but it was his good looks rather than musical ability that brought him notoriety as the premier Calvin Klein underwear model in the 1990s. From there it was a quick jump to movies, with the young actor getting his big break as the lead in Paul Thomas Anderson‘s “Boogie Nights” in 1997.
Since then Wahlberg has been working steadily with such A-list directors as Martin Scorsese (“The Departed,” which earned him an Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actor), Peter Jackson (“The Lovely Bones”), Tim Burton (“Planet of the Apes”), Ridley Scott (“All the Money in the World”) and David O. Russell (“Three Kings,” “I ♥ Huckabees ” and “The Fighter,” for which Wahlberg received a second Oscar nomination for producing the Best Picture nominee).
Take a tour in our photo gallery of Wahlberg’s 12 greatest film performances, ranked from worst to best.