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Mark Wahlberg’s 8 siblings: from famous brothers to sister’s tragic death

The Me Time star is part of a legacy

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - NOVEMBER 14: Mark Wahlberg attends The Netflix Cup, a live Netflix Sports event, at Wynn Las Vegas Golf on November 14, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Greg Doherty/Getty Images for Netflix © 2023)© Greg Doherty
Ahad Sanwari
Ahad Sanwari - New York
Senior WriterNew York
Updated: April 30, 2024
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Mark Wahlberg is one of the most established and well-known actors in Hollywood, consistently producing big box office draws and even being a two-time Oscar nominee.

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While many of his fans are aware of his early troubles and incidents as well as his break into the industry with Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch.

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However, many often forget that he comes from a big family that includes several other famous stars as well.

The actor was born the youngest of nine siblings, having three older sisters and five older brothers, with the latter mostly entering show business as well.

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Mark's sisters: Debbie, Michelle and Tracey.

Mark's oldest sister Debbie sadly passed away on September 2, 2003 - the same day his daughter Ella Rae was born. Debbie died of a heart attack at 43-years-old. He called Debbie "Ella's Guardian angel" in a birthday tribute to his daughter on her 18th birthday, remarking on the "bittersweet day".

His other sisters, Michelle and Tracey, have stayed away from the spotlight.

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Arthur Wahlberg

Mark's brother Arthur has also dabbled in acting, playing Archie in Spenser Confidential and Uncle Archie in Patriots Day.

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Robert Wahlberg

Meanwhile, Robert's had roles in a number of successful films, such as Southie, Orphan, Mystic River, and The Departed.

Jim Wahlberg

Jim Wahlberg during DETNY By Shane & Shawn Launch Party at Capitale in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)© Johnny Nunez
Jim Wahlberg, 2003

Jim has similiarly followed his brother into the film industry, helping create Wahl St. Productions. He's spoken about a history of addiction issues and his films reflect that - he's written and produced the likes of The Circle of Addiction: A Different Kind of Tears (2018), If Only (2015), and What About the Kids? (2020).

Paul Wahlberg

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - JUNE 28:  Paul Wahlberg and Mark Wahlberg attend the Ocean Resort Casino opening weekend ribbon cutting ceremony on June 28, 2018 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Ocean Resort Casino )© Dimitrios Kambouris
Paul and Mark at the Ocean Resort Casino opening weekend

Paul entered the restaurant industry and opened his own casual dining restaurant, Wahlburgers.

The establishment, in fact, was the scene for a 10-season-long reality show of the same name that featured his siblings, particularly his partners in the business, Mark and Donnie.

Donnie Wahlberg

Donnie Wahlberg, Paul Wahlberg and Mark Wahlberg attend the Wahlburgers Coney Island VIP Preview Party at Wahlburgers Coney Island on June 23, 2015 in New York City© Getty
Donnie Wahlberg, Paul Wahlberg and Mark Wahlberg attend the Wahlburgers Coney Island VIP Preview Party at Wahlburgers Coney Island on June 23, 2015 in New York City

Donnie, the closest to Mark in age, has enjoyed a significant amount of fame rivaling that of his brother's, having acted in several prominent projects as well.

However, his main claim to fame comes as one of the founding members of New Kids on the Block, one of the most prominent boy bands of the late 80s and 90s, which Mark was briefly also a part of when it was in its early stages.

The siblings share a close relationship, not only sharing their love for each other on social media but especially through their professional work, often collaborating on a variety of projects together, especially when it comes to film and music.

Donnie is nowadays best known for his role in Blue Bloods, and marriage to Jenny McCarthy.

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