Wahlberg's mother, Alma Elaine (née Donnelly), was a bank clerk and nurse's aide, and Wahlberg's father, Donald Edward Wahlberg, was a Teamster who worked as a delivery driver.
is distantly related to author Nathaniel Hawthorne.
Wahlberg had a Roman Catholic upbringing and attended Copley Square High School (but never graduated) on Newbury Street in Boston.
Assaults & Convictions
had been in trouble 20-25 times with the Boston Police Department
By age 13, Wahlberg
had developed an addiction to cocaine and other substances.
At fifteen, he
harassed a group of black school children on a field trip by throwing rocks and shouting racial epithets.
At 16, Wahlberg
approached a middle-aged Vietnamese man on the street and, using a large wooden stick, knocked him unconscious (while calling him "Vietnam fucking shit").
also attacked another Vietnamese man, leaving him permanently blind in one eye.
For these crimes, Wahlberg
was charged with attempted murder, pleaded guilty to assault, and was sentenced to two years in state prison at Boston's Deer Island House of Correction, of which he
served 45 days.
In another incident, the 21-year-old Wahlberg
fractured the jaw of a neighbor in an unprovoked attack.
Commenting in 2006 on his
past crimes, Wahlberg
has stated: "I did a lot of things that I regret, and I have certainly paid for my mistakes.
said the right thing to do would be to try to find the blinded man and make amends, and admitted he
has not done so, but added that he
was no longer burdened by guilt: "You have to go and ask for forgiveness and it wasn't until I really started doing good and doing right by other people, as well as myself, that I really started to feel that guilt go away.
So I don't have a problem going to sleep at night.
I feel good when I wake up in the morning."
After going to prison for assault, he
decided to improve his
According to Wahlberg
, "As soon as I began that life of crime, there was always a voice in my head telling me I was going to end up in jail.
first relied on the guidance of his
parish priest to turn his
back on crime.
first came to fame as the younger brother of Donnie Wahlberg of the successful 1980s and 1990s boy band New Kids on the Block.