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Joey Fatone
Fatone at the 81st Academy Awards in February 2009.
Background information
Birth nameJoseph Anthony Fatone Jr.
Born (1977-01-28) January 28, 1977 (age 41)
Brooklyn, New York City
OriginOrlando, Florida, United States
Occupation(s)Singer, actor, television personality
InstrumentsVocals, drums, percussion
Years active1993–present
Associated actsNSYNC

Joseph Anthony Fatone Jr. (born January 28, 1977), is an American singer, dancer, actor and television personality. He is best known as a member of the boyband NSYNC, in which he sang baritone. In 2007, he came in second place on the ABC reality show Dancing with the Stars. He was also the host of the U.S. and Australian versions of The Singing Bee which aired on NBC in the U.S. Fatone was also the announcer for the game show Family Feud from 2010–2015. Fatone previously hosted of Food Network's Rewrapped, Live Well Network's My Family Recipe Rocks and The Price Is Right Live! at Bally's Las Vegas.

Early life and education

Fatone was born in Brooklyn, New York City, to an Italian-American family, and was raised in Bensonhurst. He attended Joseph B. Cavallaro J.H.S. (I.S. 281) located at 8787 24th Avenue, Brooklyn. He is the son of Phyllis and Joseph Anthony Fatone Sr., an actor and musician.[1] He has two older siblings, Janine and Steven. When he was thirteen years old, Fatone's family moved to Orlando, Florida. There, Fatone attended and graduated from Dr. Phillips High School. He sang the "Star Spangled Banner" before an Orlando Magic game with "The Big Guys", a group he was in during high school, which also featured Puerto Rican singer, Luis Fonsi. He also performed in many plays and musicals.


After high school, Fatone worked as a performer at Universal Studios in Orlando, where he played "Wolfie" in Beetlejuice's Rock and Roll Graveyard Revue.


In the summer of 1995, after befriending fellow Universal Studios stage performer, Chris Kirkpatrick, who was singing in a doo-wop group, he became the fourth member of NSYNC, along with Justin Timberlake and JC Chasez. Then Lance Bass was added to the group that would become NSYNC. In 2001, Fatone co-starred with *NSYNC bandmate Lance Bass in the Miramax film On the Line, he guest starred with NSYNC on a 2001 episode of The Simpsons episode New Kids on the Blecch and also did voice work with Bass on the same episodes of Disney's Kim Possible and Adult Swim's Robot Chicken.

Post-NSYNC career

Fatone co-starred in the 2002 dramatic comedy motion picture My Big Fat Greek Wedding as Toula's cousin Angelo, appeared in the show My Big Fat Greek Life, and reprised the role again in the 2016 sequel My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2. He acted in the critically acclaimed movie The Cooler. He has had minor roles in both the experimental film Red Riding Hood and Homie Spumoni, the latter alongside Jamie-Lynn Sigler. Fatone has also been on Broadway performing leads in Rent and in a revival of Little Shop Of Horrors.

Fatone hosted NBC's The Singing Bee as well as the Australian version of the show on Nine Network. On August 21, 2007, it was announced that Fatone, along with Lisa Rinna, would replace Joan Rivers and Melissa Rivers as hosts of TV Guide's red carpet pre-shows for the 2007–2008 season. His hosting duties with TV Guide continued for the 2008–2009 season.

Fatone was also in an episode of Hannah Montana as a restaurant owner named Joey Vitolo who used to be a baseball player and forces Hannah to sing in order to get a replacement signed ball for her brother. He was also the "ringmaster" for the NBC celebrity reality series Celebrity Circus (which was based on the Australian version).

On November 30, 2007, he participated in the taping of the 2007 Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade inside the Magic Kingdom at Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

On May 22, 2010, Fatone starred as a baseball player in an episode of Imagination Movers on the Disney Channel.

From July 6–18, 2010, Fatone played Franz Liebkind, the comedic Nazi soldier, in the musical "The Producers" at the Pittsburgh Benedum Center.

He has appeared as a voice actor in several episodes of Robot Chicken, starring as himself in a kung fu skit called "Enter The Fat One" and then in the show's Star Wars episode.

In the twelfth season of Family Feud in 2010, Fatone became the announcer with Steve Harvey as the host for that season.

In 2011, he started hosting the Live Well Network series My Family Recipe Rocks. In the same year he was in a horror film called "Inkubus."

In January 2012, he was one of eight celebrities participating in the Food Network reality series Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off.[2] In 6 weeks he was eliminated, but he won $5000 for his charity, the Fatone Family Foundation.[3] He also hosted the Las Vegas show The Price Is Right Live! at Bally's Las Vegas, as a celebrity guest host.

Fatone has made a special guest appearance in Adult Swim's The Eric Andre Show.

Joey Fatone can be seen regularly on stage singing with Steel Panther at West Hollywood House of Blues. From May to June 2013, he played Bert in the Pittsburgh CLO production of 42nd Street.[4]

In February 2014, he made a guest appearance on the hidden camera show Impractical Jokers, standing in for one of the show's stars, Brian Quinn, during a challenge.

In April 2014, Fatone began hosting the Food Network cooking competition Rewrapped, where chefs must try to recreate classic snack foods, then create new dishes using said snack food.

In August 2014 Fatone hosted the family reality series, Parents Just Don't Understand, seen on the Hub Network, which was later re-branded as Discovery Family.

In 2015, Fatone made a couple of appearances as himself in The Jack and Triumph Show.

In 2016, Fatone appeared in the Progressive commercial, "The Dizzcounts."

In 2016, Fatone performed the voice of Carl in the animated feature film, "Izzie's Way Home."

In November 2016, Fatone made another appearance on Impractical Jokers for the Nitro Circus Spectacular episode.

Dancing with the Stars

On February 1, 2007, the ABC television network announced that Fatone would participate in season 4 of the American version of Dancing with the Stars, which debuted March 19, 2007. He ended up placing second, losing the mirror ball to Apolo Anton Ohno and Julianne Hough.[5] He competed with professional partner Kym Johnson. Fatone participated in the 15th season of Dancing with the Stars for a second chance to win a mirror ball trophy,[6] again dancing with Kym Johnson. They were the second couple eliminated. He later returned in season 27 during Trio Week as a trio partner to John Schneider and Emma Slater.

Dancing with the Stars at Sea

In February 2013, Fatone appeared on Holland America Line's "Dancing with the Stars at Sea", aboard the MS Eurodam. He returned to Dancing with the Stars at Sea on Holland America Line's MS Nieuw Amsterdam in January 2014 alongside co-star [7] He was paired with Lacey Schwimmer and appeared alongside Mark Ballas, Sabrina Bryan, and a dance ensemble. Unlike the TV show, however, this was not a competition and there were no eliminations.

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling

On October 18, 2009, Fatone attended the TNA Wrestling's biggest annual pay-per-view event TNA Bound for Glory and co-hosted the live pre-show alongside Jeremy Borash. This was not the first time Fatone has been linked to TNA as he has been spotted at Universal Orlando where TNA tapes their weekly television program.[8]

*NSYNC Performance

On August 25, 2013, the members of NSYNC regrouped for a one-off performance at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards.[9] They performed a medley of "Girlfriend" and "Bye Bye Bye". After the performance, Lance Bass said that the group does not have plans at the moment for a reunion tour or new music.[10]

Business Interests

In 2017, Joey Fatone opened up his own hot dog stand, Fat One's Hot Dogs & Italian Ice, at a mall in Orlando, Florida. Fat One's quickly became a popular joint, appearing on live television on Impractical Jokers in the episode Crickets. After 2017, the stand in the mall shut down, and Fat One's became a food truck instead.

Personal life

On September 9, 2004, Fatone married his on-and-off girlfriend of 10 years, Kelly Baldwin.[11] The ceremony took place in Oheka Castle on Long Island, New York and was attended by all of Fatone's bandmates.[12] Fatone and his wife have two daughters, Briahna born March 21, 2001 and Kloey Alexandria born January 11, 2010.[13] Fatone's best friend, Lance Bass, is their godfather.[14]



Stage work



Year Title Role Notes
2000 Longshot Pizza Chef
2001 On The Line Rod
2002 My Big Fat Greek Wedding Angelo
2003 The Cooler Johnny Cappella
2006 Homie Spumoni Buddy
2016 My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 Angelo
2016 Dead 7 Whiskey Joe
2016 Izzie's Way Home Carl


Year Title Role Notes
2003 My Big Fat Greek Life Angelo Episode: "The Empire Strikes Back"
2006 Shorty McShorts' Shorts Ricky 3 episodes
2008 Hannah Montana Joey Vitolo Episode: "Bye Bye Ball"
2014, 2016, 2017 Impractical Jokers Himself 3 episodes
2017 Celebrity Family Feud Himself Episode: "Boy Band vs. Girl Group"
2017–present Impractical Jokers: After Party Himself (host)

Dancing with the Stars season 4 performances

Week# Dance / Song Judge's scores Result Ref
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Cha-Cha-Cha / "You Should Be Dancing" 8 8 8 [15]
2 Quickstep / "Tell Her About It" 8 8 8
3 Tango / "Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band" 8 8 8
4 Paso doble / "Collecting the Ballots" 10 9 9
5 Rumba / "Besame Mucho" 8 8 9
6 Samba / "A Little Respect" 9 9 9
7 Foxtrot / "The Way You Make Me Feel"
Jive / "Slippin' and Slidin' "
8 Waltz / "Always"
Mambo / "Pump It"
Foxtrot / "My Guy"
Jive / "Jump, Jive, and Wail!"
Cha-Cha-Cha / "Groove Is in the Heart"
Freestyle / "Last Dance"
Tango / "Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band"

Dancing with the Stars season 15 performances

Week# Dance / Song Judge's scores Result Ref
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Cha-Cha-Cha / "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)" 6.5 7 7 Safe [16]
2 Quickstep / "Creep" 7.5 7.5 7.5 Eliminated


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  2. ^ Rachael vs. Guy Celebrity Cook-Off: New Show Premieres This Winter. (July 29, 2011). Retrieved on 2016-02-27.
  3. ^ "Fatone Family Foundation – About". Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  4. ^ Pittsburgh CLO Summer Season Features 42nd Street, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Phantom and The Little Mermaid Archived May 6, 2013, at the Wayback Machine. Playbill, Retrieved January 29, 2014
  5. ^ ABC News (February 21, 2007). "Meet the New Cast of 'Dancing with the Stars". Retrieved August 5, 2017.
  6. ^ Shira, Dahvi. (July 27, 2012) Dancing with the Stars All-Star Cast Revealed. Retrieved on 2016-02-27.
  7. ^ "Holland America Dancing with the Stars at Sea 2013–2014". Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  8. ^ "TNA Bound for Glory Pre-Show w/ JB and Joey Fatone".
  9. ^ "*NSYNC VMA Performance: Justin Timberlake's Boy Band Reunites For MTV Onstage Reunion". The Huffington Post. August 25, 2013. Retrieved January 29, 2014.
  10. ^ "Lance Bass Says No *NSYNC Reunion Planned After VMAs Performance". The Huffington Post. August 27, 2013. Retrieved January 29, 2014.
  11. ^ Silverman, Stephen M. "Joey Fatone to Wed High School Sweetheart – Marriage, Joey Fatone". Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  12. ^ "Fatone 'N Sync with Bride". E! News. September 10, 2004.[permanent dead link]
  13. ^ Helling, Steve (January 14, 2013). "Joey Fatone Welcomes a Daughter – Babies, Joey Fatone". Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  14. ^ Bass, Lance (2007). Out of Sync. New York, Los Angeles: Simon Spotlight Entertainment. p. 50. ISBN 978-1-4169-4788-2.
  15. ^ "Dancing with the Stars (U.S. season 4)", Wikipedia, 2018-08-21, retrieved 2018-08-26
  16. ^ "Dancing with the Stars (U.S. season 15)", Wikipedia, 2018-08-27, retrieved 2018-08-28

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Mario Lopez & Karina Smirnoff
Dancing with the Stars (US) runner up
Season 4 (Spring 2007 with Kym Johnson)
Succeeded by
Mel B & Maksim Chmerkovskiy