Wahlberg in 2010
|Born||Donald Edmond Wahlberg, Jr.
August 17, 1969
Dorchester, Massachusetts, United States
|Occupation||Singer, producer, actor|
|Spouse(s)||Kim Fey (m. 1999–2008)
Jenny McCarthy (m. 2014)
|Relatives||Mark Wahlberg (brother)
Robert Wahlberg (brother)
|Genres||Pop, hip hop, blue-eyed soul|
|Associated acts||New Kids on the Block, NKOTBSB|
Donald Edmond "Donnie" Wahlberg, Jr. (born August 17, 1969) is an American singer, actor, and film producer. He is a founding member of the boy band New Kids on the Block. Outside of music, Wahlberg has had featured roles in the Saw films, The Sixth Sense, Dreamcatcher, and Righteous Kill, also appearing in the World War II miniseries Band of Brothers. From 2002–2003, he starred in the well-received but short-lived crime drama Boomtown. He has been starring in the drama series Blue Bloods with Tom Selleck and Bridget Moynahan since 2010, and since 2014 is an executive producer of the TNT reality television show Boston's Finest. Wahlberg was nominated for Choice Scream at the 2008 Teen Choice Awards for his work in the Saw films.
Donald Edmond Wahlberg, Jr. 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, the actor who began his entertainment career in the former rap group Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch. 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, 1938 – February 14, 2008) was a teamster who worked as a delivery driver; the couple divorced in 1982. His father was of Swedish and Irish descent, and his mother is of Irish, English, and French Canadian descent. Maternally, Wahlberg is distantly related to author Nathaniel Hawthorne.
New Kids on the Block
As a recording artist, Wahlberg is known as an original member of boy band New Kids on the Block. He was a member of the Funky Bunch with his younger brother Mark.
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.
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 in the television film Kings of South Beach on A&E. Also in 2007, he starred on the TV series The Kill Point.
As of 2011, 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.
Wahlberg married Kim Fey on August 20, 1999. Wahlberg and Fey filed for divorce on August 13, 2008, citing "irreconcilable differences". The couple have two sons together named Xavier Alexander Wahlberg (born March 4, 1993) and Elijah Hendrix Wahlberg (born August 20, 2001). As of July 2013, it was reported by UsWeekly that Wahlberg was dating actress and comedian Jenny McCarthy after meeting on Watch What Happens Live in March. The couple announced their engagement on The View on April 16, 2014. The two wed on August 31, 2014, at the Hotel Baker in St. Charles, Illinois.
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. Also Wahlberg owns a restaurant in Boston named Wahlburgers with brothers Paul (the restaurant's head chef) and Mark.
|1996||Bullet||Shelby "Big Balls" Horne|
|1996||Black Circle Boys||Greggo|
|1998||The Taking of Pelham One Two Three||Mr. Grey||Television film|
|1999||The Sixth Sense||Vincent Grey|
|1999||Purgatory||Deputy Glen/Billy the Kid||Television film|
|2000||Diamond Men||Bobby Walker|
|2002||Triggermen||Hitman Terry Mulloy|
|2003||Dreamcatcher||Douglas "Duddits" Cavell|
|2005||N.Y.-70||Det. Mike Ryan||Television film|
|2005||Saw II||Detective Eric Matthews||Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Scream|
|2005||Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School||Randall Ipswitch|
|2006||Saw III||Detective Eric Matthews|
|2007||Dead Silence||Detective Jim Lipton|
|2007||Saw IV||Detective Eric Matthews|
|2007||Kings of South Beach||Detective Andy||Television film|
|2008||Saw V||Detective Eric Matthews|
|2008||Righteous Kill||Detective Ted Reily|
|2008||What Doesn't Kill You||Detective Moran|
|2009||Bunker Hill||Detective Mike Moriarty||Television film|
|2000||The Practice||Patrick Rooney||Episode: "Settling"|
|2001||UC: Undercover||Bobby||Episode: "City on Fire"|
|2001||Band of Brothers||Carwood Lipton||10 episodes|
|2001||Big Apple||Chris Scott||7 episodes|
|2002–2003||Boomtown||Detective Joel Stevens||24 episodes|
|2006–2008||Runaway||Paul Rader||10 episodes|
|2006||The Path to 9/11||Detective Kirk||2 episodes|
|2007||The Kill Point||Detective Horst Cali||8 episodes|
|2010||In Plain Sight||Jimmy McCabe / Jimmy Porter||Episode: "Father Goes West"|
|2010||Rizzoli & Isles||Lt. Joey Grant||2 episodes|
|2010–present||Blue Bloods||Detective Danny Reagan||94 episodes|
|2013||Boston's Finest||Narrator||8 episodes|
|2015–present||Donnie Loves Jenny||Himself||10 episodes|
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