There was Donnie (of New Kids On The Block fame) and then there is his brother Mark Wahlberg, youngest of nine siblings from Dorchester, suburb of Boston, Massachusetts, a.k.a. Marky Mark.
Apart from being an (ex-)Rapper, Mark is also Actor, as well as TV and Film Producer. He was known as Marky Mark in his earlier years, and became famous for his 1991 debut as a rap musician with the band Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch. He was named #1 on VH1's 40 Hottest Hotties of the 90's.
Mark's family is of Irish, English, Swedish and French Canadian ancestry and had a Roman Catholic upbringing.
He later collaborated with the Prince Ital Joe on the album Life in the Streets. The project combined Rap and Ragga vocals with strong Eurodance music (as in the singles Happy People and United, courtesy of Frank Peterson and Alex Christensen as producers.
Mark is known for his impressive physique. He first displayed it in the Good Vibrations music video and most prominently in a series of underwear ads for Calvin Klein shot by Herb Ritts, following it with Calvin Klein TV ads, which would sometimes feature Mark exclusively or accompanied by model Kate Moss. Annie Leibovitz also shot a famous session of Mark Wahlberg in underwear for Vanity Fair's annual Hall of Fame issue.
He has earned many positive reviews after successful movies like Boogie Nights as Dirk Diggler, Three Kings, The Perfect Storm, The Italian Job, and Four Brothers. Mark was originally cast as Linus Caldwell in Ocean's Eleven; Matt Damon played the role instead. The two later worked together in The Departed. While he was also considered for a role in the film Brokeback Mountain and it being originally intended to star him and Joaquin Phoenix, he was uncomfortable with the film's sex scenes and his role ultimately went to Jake Gyllenhaal.
Marky Mark & The Funky Bunch - Good Vibrations
US#1, SWE#1, CH#1, NOR#2, DE#3, AUS#4, NZ#8, NL#10, UK#14, AT#15, IRL#16, FR#35
Marky Mark feat. Prince Ital Joe - United
Marky Mark feat. Prince Ital Joe - Happy People