American actor Mark Wahlberg is one of a handful of respected entertainers who successfully made the transition from teen pop idol to the acclaimed actor but Mark Wahlberg was a violent racist bully in the '80s.

When Mark Wahlberg 15 years old in 1986, Wahlberg and three friends chased after three black children while yelling "Kill the nigger, kill the nigger" and throwing rocks at them. The next day, Wahlberg and others followed a group of mostly black fourth-graders (including one of the victims from the previous day) taking a field trip on a beach, yelled racial epithets at them, threw rocks at them, and "summoned other white males who joined" in the harassment.

In August 1986, a civil action was filed against Wahlberg for violating the civil rights of his victims, and the case was settled the next month.

Another racially charged incident occurred in April 1988. Wahlberg attacked two Vietnamese men while high on the drug PCP. 17-year-old Wahlberg assaulted a middle-aged Vietnamese man on the street, calling him a "Vietnam fucking shit" and knocking him unconscious with a large wooden stick, and on the same day, Wahlberg attacked a second Vietnamese man punching him in the eye.

For attacking the two Vietnamese men, Wahlberg was charged with attempted murder, pleaded guilty to felony assault, and was sentenced to two years in jail, but served only 45 days of his sentence.

In 2014, Wahlberg requested a pardon. He wrote, "I am deeply sorry for the actions that I took on the night of April 8, 1988, as well as for any lasting damage that I may have caused the victim. Since that time, I have dedicated myself to becoming a better person and citizen so that I can be a role model for my children and others."

In 2016, Wahlberg said that he regretted his attempt to obtain a pardon, and his petition was closed after he failed to answer a request from the pardon board as to whether he wanted it to remain open.