Donnie Wahlberg

Actor, Singer, Record producer
A teen idol in the late 1980s and early 1990s as one-fifth of the boy band, New Kids on the Block, Donnie Wahlberg successfully reinvented himself as an actor years later with gritty and demanding turns in "The Sixth ... Read more »
Born: 08/17/1969 in Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA

Filmography

Actor (55)

The Joey Mac Project 2016 - 2017 (TV Show)

Actor

Wahlburgers 2013 - 2017 (TV Show)

Himself

2015 American Music Awards 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Presenter

Donnie Loves Jenny 2014 - 2016 (TV Show)

Himself

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert 2016 (Tv Show)

Guest

Blue Bloods 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Boston's Finest 2012 - 2014 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Daily Show 2013 (Tv Show)

Guest

The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Zookeeper 2011 (Movie)

Shane (Actor)

In Plain Sight 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Rizzoli & Isles 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

New Kids on the Block Live from Boston 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Righteous Kill 2008 (Movie)

Det. Ted Riley (Actor)

Saw V 2008 (Movie)

Eric Mathews (Actor)

What Doesn't Kill You 2008 (Movie)

Detective Moran (Actor)

Dead Silence 2007 (Movie)

Detective Jim Lipton (Actor)

Guys Choice 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Guys Choice 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Runaway 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Saw IV 2007 (Movie)

Eric Mathews (Actor)

The Kill Point 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The Path to 9/11 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Annapolis 2006 (Movie)

Lt. Burton (Actor)

Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School 2006 (Movie)

Randall Ipswitch (Actor)

Saw III 2006 (Movie)

Eric Matthews (Actor)

Saw 2 2005 (Movie)

Detective Eric Matthews (Actor)

Boomtown 2002 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Bullfighter 2004 (Movie)

Chollo (Actor)

Dreamcatcher 2003 (Movie)

Duddits (Actor)

The 9th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Triggermen 2003 (Movie)

Terry (Actor)

Band of Brothers 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

UC: Undercover 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Big Apple 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Diamond Men 2001 (Movie)

Bobby Walker (Actor)

E! Rack-n-Roll: Behind the Scenes 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Practice 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Southie 1999 (Movie)

Danny Quinn (Actor)

The Sixth Sense 1999 (Movie)

Vincent Gray (Actor)

Black Circle Boys 1998 (Movie)

Greggo (Actor)

The Taking of Pelham 123 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Bullet 1997 (Movie)

Big Balls (Actor)

Ransom 1996 (Movie)

Cubby Barnes (Actor)

Idols 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Dance Party New Year's Eve Blast 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

New Kids on the Block at Walt Disney World 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The New Kids on the Block 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Body Count (TV Show)

Actor

Butter (TV Show)

Actor

Kings of South Beach (TV Show)

Actor

Purgatory (TV Show)

Actor
Music (5)

Fun Size 2012 (Movie)

("Good Vibrations") (Song)

Blades of Glory 2007 (Movie)

("Good Vibrations") (Song)

Spring Breakdown 2007 (Movie)

("Good Vibrations") (Song)

Analyze This 1999 (Movie)

("Good Vibrations") (Song)

The Mighty Ducks 1992 (Movie)

("Good Vibrations") (Song)
Writer (1)

What Doesn't Kill You 2008 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

A teen idol in the late 1980s and early 1990s as one-fifth of the boy band, New Kids on the Block, Donnie Wahlberg successfully reinvented himself as an actor years later with gritty and demanding turns in "The Sixth Sense" (1999), "Ransom" (1996), "Band of Brothers" (HBO, 1998) and "Saw II" (2005). The pop group topped the charts for an enormously successful but brief run; after their demise in 1994, he followed his brother Mark Wahlberg's lead and moved into acting, where he quickly defined himself as the screen version of his "bad boy" persona from his New Kids tenure. But an astonishing turn as an unhinged mental patient in "Sixth Sense" showed that Wahlberg was more than just another pop star flirting with acting, and he was soon an in-demand character actor in numerous projects in which he frequently played cops and other tough types who suffered in silence. A surprise reunion of the New Kids proved a hit in 2008, but Wahlberg kept his feet firmly planted in acting, predominately in television. In doing so, he joined the short but substantive list of former musicians whose talent carried over to other mediums.

Relationships

Kim Fey

Wife
Worked with Wahlberg on two of his brother Mark's albums Married Aug. 21, 1999 Divorced Aug. 18, 2008

Jenny McCarthy Actor

Wife
Announced engagement on an episode of "The View" Married in New York.

Donald Wahlberg

Father
Divorced from Wahlberg's mother c. 1982 Reportedly suffered several strokes Died Feb. 14, 2008

Mark Wahlberg Actor

Brother
Born June 5, 1971; formerly a rap musician with the band Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch; breakthrough performance in "Boogie Nights" (1997) and acted in "The Departed" (2006); co-executive produced the HBO series "Entourage"

Robert Wahlberg Producer

Brother
Born Dec. 18, 1967; acted in "Mystic River" (2003) and "The Departed" (2006) with brother Mark

Alma Wahlberg

Mother
Divorced from Wahlberg's father c. 1982

Elijah Wahlberg

Son
Born Aug. 20, 2001; mother Kim Fey

Xavier Wahlberg

Son
Born March 4, 1993; mother, Kim Fey

Arthur Wahlberg

Brother

Jim Wahlberg

Brother
Served time in prison for armed robbery

Paul Wahlberg

Brother
Founded and co-owned the restaurants Alma Nove and Wahlburgers (opened in 2011) with brothers Donnie and Mark

Debbie Wahlberg

Sister
Older Died Sept. 2, 2003 from a septic infection

Michelle Wahlberg

Sister

Tracey Wahlberg

Sister

EDUCATION

Attended high school in Boston; acted in school plays

Milestones

2010

Cast as a detective (and former soldier) on CBS's "Blue Bloods"

2008

Appeared in "Righteous Kill" co-starring Robert De Niro and Al Pacino

2007

Cast as Capt. Horst Cali on "The Kill Point" (Spike)

2007

Starred in the television movie "Kings of South Beach" on A&E

2006

Returned for the third installment of the Saw horror series, "Saw III"

2006

Starred in the Disney drama "Annapolis," directed by Justin Lin

2005

Co-starred in the horror sequal "Saw II"

2003

Cast as the mentally challenged Duddits in Goldman and Kasdan's adaptation of the Stephen King alien-invasion thriller, "Dreamcatcher"

2002

Cast as Joel Stevens, an intense Los Angeles police detective in the NBC series "Boomtown"

2001

Appeared in the HBO miniseries "Band of Brothers"

2001

Starred opposite Robert Forster in the independent feature "Diamond Men"

2001

Had regular role on the CBS police drama "Big Apple"

2000

Acted in "Bullfighter"

1999

Had a small but memorable role as a patient of Bruce Willis's character in the opening sequence of M. Night Shyamalan's "The Sixth Sense"

1999

Co-starred in the TNT Western "Purgatory"

1998

Played Mr. Grey in the ABC remake of the classic hostage film "The Taking of Pelham One Two Three"

1998

Starred in the music-industry set mystery thriller "Butter" on HBO

1998

Played the leading role in John Shea's directorial debut "Southie"; film received a limited release

1997

Appeared in "Black Circle Boys"

1996

Had supporting role as one of the kidnappers in "Ransom"

1995

Made feature acting debut in "Bullet" with Mickey Rourke and Tupac Shakur; released direct-to-video in 1997

1994

New Kids on the Block made failed comeback attempt with Face the Music

1991

Co-produced and co-wrote tracks on his brother's hit album, Music for the People

1990

Released the New Kids on the Block album, Step by Step

1989

New Kids on the Block released the holiday album, Merry, Merry Christmas, with proceeds from the single "This One's For the Children" donated to children's charities

1988

New Kids on the Block undertook extensive promotional world tours, winning millions of rabid fans

1986

Released debut album, New Kids on the Block

1985

Along with brother Mark, joined the singing group New Kids on the Block (Mark departed from the group within six months and did not appear on any released recordings)

Raised in Dorchester, Massachusetts

Bonus Trivia

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Wahlberg is a regular player on the online poker website Hollywood Poker which is run in conjunction with Ongame Network.

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