10 Things You Didn’t Know About Mark Wahlberg
Mark Wahlberg has been in Hollywood for over two decades. From rapping to modeling to acting, it sometimes feels like he’s done it all. He went from being wild and out of control to being the ultimate family man, winning all of our hearts in the process. Since his birthday is coming up, here are 10 things you didn’t know about the hot movie star:
Born and raised in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, he is the youngest of nine children and was raised as Roman Catholic. His mother Alma, who was a bank clerk, had three children out of wedlock before meeting Mark’s dad Donald, who was a delivery driver/teamster, and then had six children with him.
9. Out of Control
When the Boogie Nights actor was 10, his parents divorced and it hit him pretty hard. He grew increasingly out of control as a result. “I was climbing out the window and staying out all night when I was 12 or 13, and by the time I was 13 or 14, I stopped going to school,” he told Vanity Fair. “My older brothers taught me how to get high when I was 10, and gave me a couple of beers. They thought it was funny to see me stumbling around. A lot of my family is now in A.A. But I don’t blame anybody. I took it upon myself to take it to the next level. I was getting fucked up every day and committing violent acts. When I was 13, 14, 15, I had a pretty serious cocaine problem. I was sniffing and freebasing, but I never tried heroin—never saw it, thank god. If the cool guys in my neighborhood were doing it, I would have. Being the youngest and the smallest and the most eager, I was always trying to impress the older guys. And I wasn’t scared of much at all.”