Although most of America knows Mark Wahlberg the actor, they forget that he is a man of many talents. To name a few, Wahlberg was a rapper, dancer, and model in the early ’90s. As his stock and celebrity began to rise, Wahlberg turned to acting, where he has been a staple for over 20 years. Wahlberg has been in blockbusters such as Ted and Transformers and has been in critical hits such as Boogie Nights and The Fighter, picking up a Golden Globe nomination for the latter. Because of his long and illustrious career, Wahlberg’s success has turned into dollar signs, but how much is Wahlberg actually worth?
Mark Wahlberg Current Net Worth 2016: $225 Million
Let’s take a look at how Marky Mark went from a Boston rapper to multimillion dollar actor.
1984 – 1994
Before he became one of Hollywood’s leading men, 13-year-old Wahlberg was actually an original member of the boy band New Kids on the Block, which also included Mark’s older brother, Donnie. Before the band started to record, Mark Wahlberg quit the band after three months in order to pursue other interests.
In 1990, Mark traded in boy band harmonies for rap anthems and started Marky Mark and The Funky Bunch. The single “Good Vibrations,” became a number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart and the single went Gold. On stage, Marky Mark was known for his flashy dancing and ripped physique, which led to a series of underwear ads with Calvin Klein in 1992.
In 2013, when asked if he would ever reunite with the Funky Bunch, Wahlberg told Heat Magazine that “I’ve just got to find the right time. We might, though…”
1995 – 2000
In the mid-’90s, Wahlberg ditched the Marky Mark persona in favor of an acting career. Although Wahlberg began acting in 1993, it was not until 1995 when he got his big break, starring alongside Leonardo Dicaprio in The Basketball Diaries. This is when Wahlberg caught critics attention and showed that he could have a career in acting.
Wahlberg followed The Basketball Diaries with the 1996 thriller, Fear, playing the deranged and psychotic boyfriend of Nicole Walker, played by Reese Witherspoon. Wahlberg played the role of porn star Dirk Diggler in 1997’s Boogie Nights, which was nominated for three Academy awards. Other movies that Wahlberg starred in were The Big Hit (1998), Three Kings (1999), and The Perfect Storm (2000), with the latter grossing over $320 million at the box office.
2001 – 2009
Wahlberg was starting to become a star and landed a number of leading roles in the early 2000s. A few of the movies Wahlberg starred in were Planet of the Apes (2001), The Italian Job (2003), Four Brothers (2005), and Invincible (2006). Up until this point, Wahlberg never received any major acting nominations, but that all changed with his role as the hotheaded Sgt. Sean Dignam in Martin Scorsese’s The Departed. The film won the title of Best Picture at the 79th Academy Awards, but Wahlberg picked up a supporting acting nomination at the ceremony, his first to date.
Wahlberg continued to gain starring roles in Shooter (2007), We Own The Night (2007), and The Lovely Bones (2009).
Mark’s work soared not only on the screen but off it as well. Wahlberg served as an executive producer on the HBO hit show Entourage, which spanned eight seasons from 2004-2011. The series was loosely based on Wahlberg’s start in the business and his journey as an up-and-coming star. The series spawned a movie in 2015, Entourage.
2010 – 2015
If you still were unsure if Mark Wahlberg was a good and successful actor, 2010’s The Fighter put all of the so-called “haters” to rest. Wahlberg played Micky Ward, a down-and-out boxer who persevered and eventually won the welterweight title. Wahlberg’s performance was critically acclaimed, receiving a Best Acting nomination at the Golden Globes as well as a Best Picture nomination at The Academy Awards.
Throughout his career, Wahlberg has been known for his action roles, but it wasn’t until 2010’s The Other Guys where he showed off his comedic chops alongside Will Ferrell. The movie grossed over $170 million at the box office. Wahlberg starred in Seth MacFarlane’s Ted (2010), which huge success spawned a sequel, Ted 2 (2015).
Other movies that Wahlberg starred in were Lone Survivor (2013), Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014), and Daddy’s Home (2015). All of the movies grossed over $150 million with Transformers being the highest at over $1 billion.
2016 – present
Wahlberg has not shown any sides of slowing down in 2016. On September 30, 2016, Wahlberg starred in the disaster film Deepwater Horizon, which is based on the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Future films that have Wahlberg’s name tied to them are the Boston marathon bombing film, Patriots Day (2017), and Transformers: The Last Night (2017), a sequel to 2014’s Transformers.
Wahlberg currently has four shows in development at HBO and is an executive producer of the HBO comedy show Ballers, which stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Ballers was recently renewed for a third season on HBO.
Besides his impressive acting credits, Wahlberg is an avid entrepreneur. Wahlberg teamed up with P. Diddy to launch AQUAhydrate, an electrolyte-enhanced fitness water that focuses on rehydration and recovery. Along with his family, Mark is one of the owners of Wahlburgers, which according to CEO Rick Vanzura, has franchise deals to open 40 new stores across the country and looks to add more than 110 stores over the next seven years.
Mark Wahlberg is truly a man of many talents. Between a rapping, acting, and business career, Wahlberg has a net worth of $225 million and will only increase if Wahlberg’s success continues.