You nailed it! The Boston-born Wahlberg brothers got their start in the biz singing—Mark as Marky Mark (of the Funky Bunch) and older brother Donnie as a member of New Kids on the Block. But the golfing buddies have taken on darker, meatier roles through the years: Donnie landed a lead on CBS’ Blue Bloods, and Mark earned an Oscar nomination for The Departed and a Golden Globe nomination for his performance in The Fighter.
“I spent the last 10 years or so working hard to build respectability as an actor,” says Donnie, 41, who has taken on film and TV in Band of Brothers, Righteous Kill, Boomtown and The Kill Point, while Mark, 39, executive-produced HBO’s Entourage and appeared in The Italian Job and Max Payne. “The irony is the Wahlberg boys are always playing cops,” Donnie jokes. “Nobody confused us for cops when we were kids.”
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