Thanks to number one singles like “Hangin’ Tough,” New Kids on the Block became one of America’s hottest pop bands. And 30 years after their first chart-topper, “I’ll Be Loving You (Forever),” the group are still going strong. But pop stardom wasn’t enough for Wahlberg, and the singer quickly began reaching for new horizons.
In 1996, Wahlberg made his film debut in Bullet before appearing in Ransom, alongside Mel Gibson. Three years later, he would make an even bigger mark as an emotionally damaged psychiatric patient in The Sixth Sense. His acting chops proved so formidable that he even received his own tailor-written role in NBC’s Boomtown in 2002.