What Are Some Interesting Facts About the Wahlberg Family?

An interesting fact about the Wahlberg family is that Mark Wahlberg served 45 days in jail when he was 16 years old. Mark Wahlberg was an original member of the musical group New Kids on the Block, but he quit the group because he did not like the group's image.

Alma Wahlberg has nine children, and Mark Wahlberg is one of her children. Mark's brother, Donnie, continued in the group New Kids on the Block after Mark's departure. Donnie Wahlberg acted in "The Sixth Sense" and in CBS' drama "Blue Bloods." Donnie enjoys bass fishing and playing chess. Alma divorced her husband, Donald Edmond Wahlberg, Sr., in 1982. Donald Wahlberg, Sr. was a delivery driver.

The Wahlbergs are distant relatives of Nathaniel Hawthorne, Madonna, Celine Dion and Halle Berry, according to Celeb Zen. The Wahlberg family owns a restaurant in Boston called Wahlburgers. Operation of the restaurant is the subject of a reality series that premiered on A & E network in 2014. Alma Wahlberg is a host and is heavily involved in restaurant operations. Another of Alma's sons, Paul, is also very involved in the restaurant business.

Mark Wahlberg booked a flight on one of the planes that terrorists hijacked and crashed on Sept. 11, 2001. Wahlberg changed his travel plans at the last minute and never boarded the ill-fated flight. Law enforcement arrested Mark Wahlberg more than 20 times when he was a teen. Mark Wahlberg married Rhea Durham in 2009, and the couple has four children as of November 2015.