Oscar Actors: Wahlberg, Mark

Mark Wahlberg plays the lead role, Mike Williams, in the real-life action-adventure, Deepwater Horizon.

Wahlberg earned both Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for his standout work in the family boxing film The Fighter and Martin Scorsese’s acclaimed drama The Departed .  Wahlberg has played diverse characters for visionary filmmakers such as David O. Russell, Tim Burton and Paul Thomas Anderson.  His breakout role in Boogie Nights established Wahlberg as one of Hollywood’s most sought-after talents.

Wahlberg’s remarkable film career began with Renaissance Man , directed by Penny Marshall, and The Basketball Diaries, with Leonardo DiCaprio, followed by a star turn opposite Reese Witherspoon in the thriller Fear .  He later headlined Three Kings and The Perfect Storm , with George Clooney, and The Italian Job , with Charlize Theron.  Wahlberg then starred in the football biopic Invincible , with Greg Kinnear, and Shooter , based on Stephen Hunter’s best-selling novel, “Point of Impact.”


Wahlberg reunited with The Yards director James Gray and co-star Joaquin Phoenix for We Own the Night . Wahlberg’s additional credits include 2 Guns , with Denzel Washington, Lone Survivor , The Lovely Bones , The Other Guys , Pain & Gain , Contraband , Ted , Transformers: Age of Extinction , Ted 2 and The Gambler . Most recently, Wahlberg starred in the hit comedy Daddy’s Home opposite Will Ferrell. Upcoming is Patriots Day , about the 2013 Boston marathon bombing.

An accomplished film and television producer, Wahlberg produced Patriots Day , Deepwater Horizon , The Gambler , Lone Survivor , Broken City, Contraband , The Fighter (for which Wahlberg was nominated for an Oscar® for Best Picture) and We Own the Night .  For television, Wahlberg is executive producer of HBO’s “Ballers” and A&E’s “Wahlburgers”. He executive produced “Entourage” through its impressive eight-season run as well as “Boardwalk Empire,” “How To Make It In America” and “In Treatment”.

A committed philanthropist, Wahlberg founded The Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation in 2001 to benefit inner-city children and teens.