Donnie Wahlberg

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Donnie Wahlberg
Donnie Wahlberg 2010.jpg
Wahlberg in 2010
Born Donald Edmond Wahlberg, Jr.
(1969-08-17) August 17, 1969 (age 45)
Dorchester, Massachusetts, United States
Occupation Singer-songwriter, record producer, actor
Years active 1984–94, 2008–present (with NKOTB)
1995–present (solo and acting career)
Spouse(s) Kim Fey (m. 1999–2008)
Partner(s) Jenny McCarthy (2013–present; engaged)
Children 2
Relatives Mark Wahlberg (brother)
Robert Wahlberg (brother)
Paul Wahlberg (brother)
Musical career
Genres Pop
Associated acts New Kids on the Block, NKOTBSB

Donald Edmond "Donnie" Wahlberg, Jr.[1] (born August 17, 1969) is an American singer, actor and film producer. He is a member of the popular boy band New Kids on the Block. Donnie's work background includes music, feature films, and television. Wahlberg has had featured roles in the Saw films, The Sixth Sense, Dreamcatcher, and Righteous Kill, also appearing in the award-winning World War II miniseries Band of Brothers. From 2002–2003 he starred in the critically acclaimed but short lived crime drama Boomtown. Currently, he is starring in the critically acclaimed drama series Blue Bloods with Tom Selleck and Bridget Moynahan and is an executive producer of the TNT reality television show "Boston's Finest".[2] Wahlberg was nominated for Choice Scream at the 2008 Teen Choice Awards for his work in the Saw films.

Early life[edit]

Wahlberg was born in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. He is the eighth of nine children, with older siblings Arthur, Jim, Paul, Robert, Tracey, Michelle, Debbie (died 2003), and younger brother Mark. He also has three half-siblings from his father's first marriage: Donna, Scott, and Buddy. His mother, Alma Elaine (née Donnelly), was a bank clerk and nurse's aide, and his father, Donald Edmond Wahlberg, Sr. (May 8, 1930 – February 14, 2008) was a teamster who worked as a delivery driver; the couple divorced in 1982.[3][4] He is of Swedish, Irish, English, and French Canadian ancestry.[5]

Career[edit]

New Kids on the Block[edit]

Main article: New Kids on the Block
Wahlberg in 1990

As a recording artist, Wahlberg is known as an original member of boy band New Kids on the Block.

Acting career[edit]

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 went back to his home town for a starring role in the South Boston-based film Southie. Wahlberg received attention for his role in the 1999 film The Sixth Sense, playing the patient of Bruce Willis's character in the opening sequence. This role was originally intended for a 13-year-old boy until Wahlberg met with writer and director M. Night Shyamalan to inquire about obtaining the rights for a theatre production, and ended up getting the role.

In 2001, Wahlberg co-starred as Second Lieutenant C. Carwood Lipton in the television miniseries Band of Brothers. Wahlberg also starred in the 2002–2003 NBC drama series Boomtown as Joel Stevens, a Los Angeles police detective. Graham Yost, executive producer and writer of Boomtown, had worked with Wahlberg in Band of Brothers and was so impressed by his performance that he wrote the role of Joel Stevens specifically for him.

2003 was the year that 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 2005, Wahlberg starred as Detective Eric Matthews in the second installment of the Saw series. He reprised the role in Saw III in 2006 and Saw IV in 2007, also appearing in Saw V in 2008 via archive footage from the previous films.[6]

In 2006, Wahlberg also 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. The show was cancelled in October 2006 due to poor ratings. In 2007, he starred alongside Jason Gedrick, Ricardo Chavira, and Nadine Velazquez in the television film Kings of South Beach on A&E. Also in 2007, he starred opposite John Leguizamo on the TV series The Kill Point.

In 2008, he appeared in Righteous Kill co-starring Robert De Niro and Al Pacino. He also co-starred in What Doesn't Kill You with Ethan Hawke, Mark Ruffalo and Amanda Peet.

Wahlberg currently stars as a detective on CBS's Blue Bloods, a police drama set in New York City. The show, which also stars Tom Selleck and Bridget Moynahan, airs Fridays at 10 pm EST.[7]

Currently, Wahlberg is the host of an internet radio show on Friday nights at 8 pm PST called "DDUB's R&B Back Rub" on Cherry Tree Radio.[8] Wahlberg also appeared in the 2011 comedy Zookeeper.

Personal life[edit]

Wahlberg married Kim Fey on August 20, 1999. He and Fey have two children, Xavier Alexander Wahlberg (born March 4, 1993) and Elijah Hendrix Wahlberg (born August 20, 2001). Wahlberg and Fey filed for divorce on August 13, 2008, citing "irreconcilable differences".[9] As of July 2013 it was reported by UsWeekly that Wahlberg is dating actress and comedienne Jenny McCarthy after meeting on her radio show in March.[10] The couple announced their engagement on The View on April 16, 2014. [11]

He is a regular player on the online poker website Hollywood Poker,[12] which is run in conjunction with Ongame Network.

Wahlberg is a passionate fan of the Boston Celtics and has been seen attending many of their games. He narrated a documentary called "The Association: Boston Celtics" about the team's 2010–11 season, which aired on ESPN between 2010 and 2011.[13]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1996 Bullet "Big Balls" (street name) Shelby Horne
1996 Ransom Cubby Barnes
1996 Black Circle Boys Greggo
1998 Body Count Booker
1998 Butter Rick Damon
1998 Southie Danny Quinn
1999 The Sixth Sense Vincent Grey
2000 Bullfighter Chollo
2000 Diamond Men Bobby Walker
2002 Triggermen Hitman Terry Mulloy
2003 Dreamcatcher Douglas "Duddits" Cavell
2005 Saw II Detective Eric Matthews
2005 Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School Randall Ipswitch
2006 Annapolis Burton
2006 Saw III Detective Eric Matthews
2007 Dead Silence Detective Jim Lipton
2007 Saw IV Detective Eric Matthews
2008 Saw V Detective Eric Matthews archive footage
2008 Righteous Kill Detective Ted Reily
2008 What Doesn't Kill You Detective Moran
2011 Zookeeper Shane
2012 Contraband Uncredited

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1998 The Taking of Pelham One Two Three Mr. Grey TV Movie
1999 Purgatory Deputy Glen/Billy The Kid TV Movie
2000 The Practice Patrick Rooney Episode 4x16, "Settling"
2001 UC: Undercover Bobby Episode 1x7, "City on Fire"
2001 Band of Brothers 101st Airborne second lieutenant Carwood Lipton miniseries
2001 Big Apple Chris Scott 7 episodes
2002–2003 Boomtown Detective Joel Stevens Main cast
2005 N.Y.-70 Det. Mike Ryan TV Movie
2006 Runaway Paul Rader Main cast
2006 The Path to 9/11 Detective Kirk miniseries
2007 Kings of South Beach Detective Andy TV Movie
2007 The Kill Point Detective Horst Cali Main cast, miniseries
2009 Bunker Hill Detective Mike Moriarty TV Movie
2010 In Plain Sight Jimmy McCabe / Jimmy Porter Episode 3x01, "Father Goes West"
2010 Rizzoli & Isles Lt. Joey Grant Episodes 1x02 & 1x03
2010–present Blue Bloods Detective Danny Reagan Main cast
2014–present Wahlburgers Donnie Wahlberg Main cast

Other[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2008 Turok (video game) Shepherd

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Brophy, Ed (November 27, 2012). "First Look: Donnie Wahlberg's New TNT Reality Show "Boston's Finest"". tvfishbowl.com. Retrieved February 27, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Donnie Wahlberg Biography (1969–)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved February 19, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Donnie Wahlberg Biography – Yahoo! Movies". Movies.yahoo.com. Retrieved February 19, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Ancestry of Mark Wahlberg". Wargs.com. Retrieved February 19, 2011. 
  6. ^ Saw V Full Cast list http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1132626/fullcredits#cast
  7. ^ Posted by jrkm (March 22, 2010). "popgoesthenews.com: Tom Selleck and Donnie Wahlberg play cops in Toronto". Popgoesthenews.blogspot.com. Retrieved February 19, 2011. 
  8. ^ "DDUB'S R&B Back Rub on Cherrytree Radio". Cherrytree Records. October 8, 2009. Retrieved February 19, 2011. 
  9. ^ Lee, Ken (August 18, 2008). "Donnie Wahlberg and His Wife File for Divorce – Breakups, Donnie Wahlberg". People.com. Retrieved February 19, 2011. 
  10. ^ http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/jenny-mccarthy-donnie-wahlberg-are-dating-pair-spends-fourth-of-july-together-2013127
  11. ^ http://www.boston.com/entertainment/celebrity/2014/04/16/donnie-wahlberg-and-jenny-mccarthy-announce-engagement/d84mSIExqNg4gEoSbDTY2I/story.html
  12. ^ "Donnie Wahlberg Biography". Retrieved July 19, 2007. 
  13. ^ "Donnie Wahlberg to narrate TV series on Boston Celtics – ESPN Boston". Sports.espn.go.com. December 1, 2010. Retrieved February 19, 2011. 

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