South Boston or ‘Southie’ first gained prominence in popular culture after the release of Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s 1998s Good Will Hunting.
Though Damon and Affleck are proud of their South Boston heritage, there is another actor from ‘Southie’ who has made it to the big leagues now: Mark Wahlberg.
Wahlberg is a teenage popstar ‘Marky Mark’ who has successfully transitioned to the career of acting. He first gained prominence in the 1997 Paul Thomas Anderson directed dramedy Boogie Nights, where he played the role of a pornographic actor.
The devout Irish Catholic is now one of the highest paid actors in Hollywood after a slew of successes like The Italian Job (2003), the Transformers franchise that he joined later, The Fighter and Ted and its sequel.
Wahlberg first transitioned from his days as a musician to becoming the face of Calvin Klein underwears. His willingness to shed his clothes and show-off his chiseled body got him featured in People magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People list.
Wahlberg, who has been a frequent collaborator of Michael Bay, Sean Anders and David O. Russell, has been a successful producer since 2004.
He has been the executive producer for four HBO television series Entourage, Boardwalk Empire, How to make it in America and Ballers, which needless to say, have changed the face of television in the past few decades.
Wahlberg has developed a nice working relationship with HBO and has also encouraged many of his friends in Hollywood, like Martin Scorsese, to join him in becoming an executive producer under HBO’s banner.
Some of his series, like Entourage, is loosely based on his own experiences on life and times in Hollywood. He has also made appearances in the series and was so taken aback by the series’ success, that he even executive produced a movie based on the series.
He was a producer for the 2014 series Breaking Boston which did debut but was quickly pulled off the air.
He is also part owner of the fast-food chain Wahlburgers that he co-owns with his brothers Donnie and Paul, and is also a part of the reality television series by the same name, that he occasionally executive-produces, for the publicity of the restaurant chain.
Wahlberg is a huge football fan and is a staunch supporter of the Patriots. He has gone on the record and apologised for his absence from their Super Bowl appearances in the past as well.
Wahlberg is also an equity shareholder of the cricketing team, Barbados Tridents, that are a part of the Limacol Caribbean Premier League. Though he was not a cricketing fan before, he now claims to have become a huge cricketing fan.
Besides this, Wahlberg and business partner Jay Feldman bought the Bobby Layman Chevrolet dealership in Columbus, Ohio in 2018. The dealership has now been renamed as the Mark Wahlberg dealership.
Wahlberg is a frequent collaborator of Shark Tank member and entrepreneur Mark Cuban, though they do not own any business together. They both claim that they love to bounce ideas off of each other and have helped each other multiple times.
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