Mark Wahlberg was born in Boston, Massachusetts.

Wahlberg’s childhood was rough. He was doing time by 16 years of age for assault and battery.1

However, Wahlberg escaped the streets and turned his life around to become an incredibly famous and successful entertainer–as we know–and much of that he credits to his faith. Wahlberg is a devout Catholic, who literally goes to church every day.2 He has said:

Being a Catholic is the most important aspect of my life. The first thing I do when I start my day is, I get down on my hands and knees and give thanks to God. Whenever I go outside of my house, the first thing I do is stop at the church.3

What could a millionaire actor have to pray about? Wahlberg says:

I pray to be a good servant to God, a father, a husband, a son, a friend, a brother and uncle, a good neighbor, a good leader to those who look up to me and a good follower to those that are serving God and doing the right thing.4

It seems that religion has humbled Wahlberg where many in his position would not feel the need for restraint or humility. Kudos.

Politics

Wahlberg knows what it’s like to be the underdog–as a young hoodlum on the streets of Boston and as a human in a world governed by apes, where humans were second-class citizens at best. This experience has colored Wahlberg’s political views. Look how he gets you with this quote:

My politics are about kids who grew up in places like me. I am concerned with the environment, but I’m a lot more concerned about the environment in the inner city that doesn’t have any trees or marshes to save.5

Wahlberg backs it up with his charity work, which includes charities for the homeless6 as well as a foundation for helping underprivileged youth.7

But at the end of the day, Wahlberg is a Democrat, having donated all of his campaign contribution money so far to Democratic presidential candidates, including Obama in 2008.8 He seems to be a supporter for Obama’s 2012 campaign as well.9

  1. Mark Wahlberg Biographay – Facts, Birthday, Life Story. Biography. []
  2. Mark Wahlberg: Catholic, Servant of God. Freedom Eden. []
  3. Mark Wahlberg: ‘The first thing I do each day is pray.’ Catholic Online. []
  4. Mark Wahlberg Discusses Faith, Church, Prayer & More With Piers Morgan. The Blaze. []
  5. Political Theater. The Arizonan. []
  6. Mark Wahlberg on How He Helps the Homeless and His New Movie Directed by Seth McFarlane. YouTube. []
  7. The Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation: Celebrity Supporters. Look to the Stars. []
  8. Mark Wahlberg’s Federal Campaign Contribution Report. Newsmeat. []
  9. Mark Wahlberg Hopes For Obama’s Change. YouTube. []