Donnie Wahlberg Biography
Donnie Wahlberg born Donald Edmond Wahlberg Jr., is an American singer, songwriter, actor, record producer and film producer. He was born on August 17, 1969 to Alma Elaine and Donald Edmond Wahlberg, Sr. in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston.
Wahlberg’s first film acting role was in the 1996 film Bullet with Mickey Rourke and Tupac Shakur. Also in 1996, he appeared as a kidnapper in Ransom with Mel Gibson. He has had roles in the Saw films, The Sixth Sense, Dreamcatcher, and Righteous Kill, also appearing in the World War II miniseries Band of Brothers as First Lieutenant Carwood Lipton. From 2002 to 2003, he starred in the crime drama Boomtown. He has been starring in the drama series Blue Bloods as Danny Reagan with Tom Selleck and Bridget Moynahan since 2010, and since 2014 is an executive producer of the TNT reality television show Boston’s Finest.
He was nominated for Choice Scream at the 2008 Teen Choice Awards for his work in the Saw films. He has also produced and starred in Rock this Boat, Donnie Loves Jenny and Return of the Mac on Pop TV. He also produces and stars in Wahlburgers on A&E TV.
He supports ‘Boys and Girls Club of America’ which works for the risked / disadvantaged youths and children and ‘Habitat for Humanity’ organisation which builds homes for homeless people across the world. He is associated with a non-profit organisation ‘KaBoom’ which is dedicated to creating great playspaces for children. He is part of ‘Entertainment Industry Foundation’ which works in raising awareness and funds for causes such as childhood hunger, cancer research, creative arts, education, cardiovascular research etc.
Donnie Wahlberg Acting Career
In 1984, at the age of 15 Donnie was auditioned by music producer Maurice Starr. Murice was amazed by his talent for singing, dancing and rapping and immediately enlisted him to form the centerpiece of ‘New Kids on the Block’. Donnie recruited younger brother Mark, old friend Danny Wood, Jorden Knight and Knight’s older brother Jonathan.
First album released by this group, ‘Be My Girl’, was a failure. Two years later they released another album ‘Hanging Tough’ and it became a huge hit.
In 1994, the group parted ways with Maurice Starr. Then they independently released an album ‘Face the Music’. This album was well received by the critics. However, commercially it did not do very good. After this album, the group broke later that year.
After parting away from the group, Donnie decided to try acting like his younger brother Mark. In 1996-97, he landed up with small roles as a tough / bad guy in the films like ‘Bullet’, ‘Ransom’ and ‘Black Circle Boys’.
In 1998, he got a starring role in the film ‘Southie’ along with his brother Robert.
Donnie got his first major break in 1999 in the film ‘Sixth Sense’. This film was a huge hit and his acting received critical reviews.
In 2001, he repeated his power pack performance as a World War II paratrooper in critically hailed ten part serial named ‘Band of Brothers’. Later he also acted in drama series ‘Boom Town’ and ‘Dream Catcher’.
In 2005, he appeared in commercially hit films like ‘Saw’ series. In 2006, he acted in boxing drama ‘Annapolis’ and ‘Runaway’.
In 2008, the ‘New Kid on the Block’ group reunited and released the album ‘The Block’. This album captured the number one position. Hence, the band backed this album with a world tour. This tour helped them to reconnect with their fans.
In 2010, he became a part of the CBS Police drama ‘Blue Bloods’.
In 2013, Donnie performed with the group on a package tour to support their new album ‘Ten’. This tour also featured fellow boy bands ‘98 Degrees’ and ‘Boyz II Men’.
In 2014, along with youngest brother Mark and eldest brother Paul, he launched a reality show ‘Wahlburgers’ which focused on siblings’ relationship and personalities. This show received great response from fans as well as the critics.
Donnie Wahlberg Major Works
In 1988, ‘New Kid on the Block’s second album was released. This album’s lead single ‘Please don’t go girl’ created hysteria among fans. By late 1989, this album was rated number one album in the U.S.
In 1990 this group released two more albums ‘Step by Step’ and Tonight’. These albums were also a hit. By this time, this group was the most popular music group in America.
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Donnie really gained notice as an actor in 1999 with an astonishing performance as the deranged ex-patient who threatens Bruce Willis in the acclaimed film ‘The Sixth Sense’. Though his performance in this movie was short yet it was power packed. He lost 43 pounds for the role, and audience was surprised to discover that the emaciated, hysterical figure was the same Donnie from ‘New Kids on the Block’.
Donnie Wahlberg Awards And Achievements
The 2001 released ‘Band of Brothers’ received six Emmy Awards.
His reality show ‘Wahlburgers’ was nominated for ‘Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program’ in ‘Prime Time Emmy Awards’ during 2014 and 2015.
Donnie Wahlberg Age
He was born on August 17, 1969.
Donnie Wahlberg Siblings
He is the eighth of nine children, with older siblings, Arthur, Jim, Paul, Robert, Tracey, Michelle, and Debbie (died in 2003), and younger brother, Mark. He also has three half-siblings from his father’s first marriage: Donna, Scott, and Buddy.
Donnie Wahlberg Wife – Donnie Wahlberg Kids
Wahlberg married Kimberly Fey on August 20, 1999. They filed for divorce on August 13, 2008, citing “irreconcilable differences”. They have two sons, Xavier Alexander Wahlberg who was born March 4, 1993 and Elijah Hendrix Wahlberg who was born August 20, 2001.
In July 2013, it was reported by UsWeekly that he was dating actress and comedian Jenny McCarthy after meeting on Watch What Happens Live in March. They announced their engagement on The View on April 16, 2014. They wed on August 31, 2014, at the Hotel Baker in St. Charles, Illinois.
Donnie Wahlberg Net Worth
He has an estimated net worth of $20 million.
Donnie Wahlberg Movies and TV Shows
Donnie Wahlberg Movies
- Black Circle Boys
- Body Count
- The Sixth Sense
- Diamond Men
- Saw II
- Marilyn Hotchkiss’ Ballroom Dancing & Charm School
- Saw III
- Dead Silence
- Saw IV
- Saw V
- Righteous Kill
- What Doesn’t Kill You
- 1998 – The Taking of Pelham One Two Three
- 1999 – Purgatory
- 2000 – The Practice
- 2001 – UC: Undercover
- 2001 – Band of Brothers
- 2001 – Big Apple
- 2002–2003 – Boomtown
- 2005 – N.Y.-70
- 2006–2008 – Runaway
- 2006 – The Path to 9/11
- 2007 – The Kill Point
- 2007 – Kings of South Beach
- 2009 – Bunker Hill
- 2010 – In Plain Sight
- 2010 – Rizzoli & Isles
- 2010–present – Blue Bloods
- 2013 – Boston’s Finest
- 2014–present – Wahlburgers
- 2015–present – Donnie Loves Jenny
- 2016 – Fuller House
- 2017 – Return of the Mac