His mother, Alma Elaine (née Donnelly), was a bank clerk and nurse's aid, and his father, Donald Edward Wahlberg, was a Teamster who worked as a delivery driver; the two divorced in 1982.
Wahlberg had a Catholic upbringing and attended Copley Square High School (but never graduated) on Newbury Street in Copley Square in Boston.
The campus now houses Muriel Snowden International School
As a young teenager, Wahlberg
participated in several violent acts for which he
was charged, later claiming to have been in trouble 20-25 times with the Boston Police Department
as a youth.
At 15 he
harassed a group of African American school children on a field trip by throwing rocks (causing injuries) and shouting epithets.
was sixteen (again using racist language), Wahlberg
knocked one middle aged Vietnamese man unconscious with a wooden stick, and left another Vietnamese man permanently blinded in one eye.
has said that he
has no recollection of the incident because he
passed out just before the police caught him.
For these crimes, Wahlberg
was charged for attempted murder, pled guilty to assault, and was sentenced to 2 years in jail at Boston's Deer Island House of Correction, of which he
served 45 days.
In yet another incident when he
was 21 Wahlberg
fractured the jaw of a neighbor in an unprovoked attack.
first came to fame as the younger brother of Donnie Wahlberg of the successful 1980s boy band New Kids on the Block.