June 5, 1971 —
Just because your name ends with "berg" doesn't make you a Jew. Sure, we have cartoonist Rube Goldberg, sports agent Leigh Steinberg, baseball player turned spy Moe Berg, and actor Steve Guttenberg. And yet, Mark Wahlberg does not join the latter on the list of berg-ending Jewish thespians.
No, Wahlberg comes from Irish stock. The "berg" trickled in from Swedish roots, but we are not gonna dwell on the ending to claim Mark as one of us. Sure, he has acted in some choice roles, but we are not exactly talking about Dustin Hoffman here.
And then there was that underwear ad. And the funky bunch. And before all that, a stint in the early version of the New Kids on the Block. No, we're not gonna dwell on this one.
Verdict: Not a Jew.
October 8, 2006