b. Mark Wahlberg, 5 June 1971, Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA. The younger brother of New Kids On The Blockâ€™s Donnie Wahlberg, Marky Mark was once proclaimed as the â€˜thinking rapperâ€™s Madonnaâ€™ upon his entrance into the music industry in the early 90s. Also employed as an underwear model for Calvin Klein, his two albums did little to dispel his image as a clothes horse for white rap, even though all of his Funky Bunch (who included DJ Terry Yancey and five mixed gender dancers) were black. Mark enjoyed almost instant success when â€˜Good Vibrationsâ€™, featuring a sample of Loleatta Hollowayâ€™s disco hit â€˜Love Sensationâ€™, topped the US charts in July 1991 and broke into the UK Top 20. It was followed by the Top 10 single â€˜Wildsideâ€™, a revision of Lou Reedâ€™s urban mantra, â€˜Walk On The Wild Sideâ€™. The attendant debut album, Music For The People, achieved platinum sales in 1991. He was subsequently widely attacked in the UK by gay activists for what they described as a conspiratorial silence during Shabba Ranksâ€™ homophobic outbursts on the Channel 4 series, The Word. His second album failed to provide significant sales and like New Kids On The Block, Marky Markâ€™s association with the Billboard charts had ended by the mid-90s. After appearing in 1994â€™s Renaissance Man, alongside Danny DeVito and Wesley Snipes, Wahlberg established a new career as a talented actor. He received excellent reviews for his starring role in Paul Thomas Andersonâ€™s acclaimed Boogie Nights, a 1997 homage to the 70s porn industry, and alongside George Clooney and Ice Cube in the Gulf War movie Three Kings.Portions of Content Provided by Rovi Corporation.
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