Graham Yost, executive producer and writer of Boomtown, had worked with him in Band of Brothers and was so impressed by his performance that he wrote the role of Joel Stevens specifically for him.
In 2003, Wahlberg starred alongside Timothy Olyphant, Jason Lee, and his Band of Brothers co-star Damian Lewis as the mentally challenged Duddits in William Goldman and Lawrence Kasdan's adaptation of the Stephen King alien-invasion thriller, Dreamcatcher.
In 2006, Wahlberg played Lieutenant Commander Burton in the military/boxing drama Annapolis.
In September 2006, he played the lead role in the short-lived television drama Runaway on The CW.
Also in 1996, he appeared as a kidnapper in Ransom with Mel Gibson.