Donnie Wahlberg is an American actor, singer, songwriter, and producer. He is a member of the boy band New Kids on the Block. He has also starred in the Saw films, The Sixth Sense, Dreamcatcher, and Righteous Kill. He is the executive producer and star of the A&E reality series Wahlburgers.
Wahlberg was born on August 17, 1969, in Boston, Massachusetts, the youngest of nine children. His mother, Alma Elaine (née Donnelly), was a bank clerk and a nurse’s aide, and his father, Donald Edward Wahlberg, Sr., was a delivery driver. He has eight older siblings: brothers Arthur, Jim, Paul, Robert, and Mark, and sisters Debbie, Michelle, and Donna. His mother is of Irish descent and his father is of Swedish descent. His paternal grandfather was from Gävle.
Wahlberg was raised Catholic. He attended Copley Square High School on Newbury Street in Boston. He never graduated, and so did not receive his high school diploma until June 2013, when he was 38 years old.
Wahlberg’s interest in acting began at an early age. When he was just 11 years old, he auditioned for a role in the film Explorers but was not cast. He then began acting in local theater productions.
Wahlberg’s film debut was in the 1986 film Bullet with a lead role. He followed this with roles in The Sixth Sense and Dreamcatcher. In 2004, he starred in the horror film Saw and its sequels Saw II and Saw III. He also starred in the crime drama Righteous Kill with Al Pacino and Robert De Niro.
Wahlberg has also produced several films, including The Fighter and Entourage. He is the executive producer of the A&E reality series Wahlburgers, which follows the lives of him and his brothers as they run their burger restaurant business.
Wahlberg has been married to actress Jenny McCarthy since 2014. They have two children together: son Evan Joseph Asher (born May 5, 2014) and daughter Vivienne Margaret (born November 2, 2016).
Wahlberg has a net worth of $20 million. He has earned his wealth through his acting roles, producing films, and his reality TV show.
Date Of Birth
August 17, 1969
Record producer, Television producer, Singer-songwriter, Film producer, Actor, Music Arranger, Songwriter, Radio personality
Jenny McCarthy, Kimberly Fey
Xavier Alexander Wahlberg, Elijah Hendrix Wahlberg
Alma Wahlberg, Donald Wahlberg
Mark Wahlberg, Robert Wahlberg, Paul Wahlberg, Arthur Wahlberg, Jim Wahlberg, Scott Wahlberg, Tracey Wahlberg, Michelle Wahlberg, Debbie Wahlberg, Buddy Wahlberg, Donna Wahlberg
New Kids On The Block, NKOTBSB, Step by Step, Please Don't Go Girl, I'll Be Loving You
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program, People's Choice Award for Favorite Crime Drama TV Actor, Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie: Scream Scene
The Sixth Sense, Saw II, Dead Silence, Saw IV, Zookeeper, Saw III, Ransom, Righteous Kill, Dreamcatcher, Diamond Men, What Doesn't Kill You, Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School, Black Circle Boys, Southie, Kings of South Beach, Triggermen, Annapolis, Magnificent Desolation: Walking ...
Blue Bloods, Band of Brothers, Donnie Loves Jenny, Boomtown, The Kill Point, Rizzoli & Isles, Boston's Finest, New Kids on the Block, Runaway, Big Apple, Wahlburgers
[following the Boston Marathon bombings] In the past few months I've discovered something different about Boston. Everyone can celebrate in times of glory, but when something horrific happens, when something unspeakable happens, that's not when cities come together, that's when families come together. And I think we've shown the world that we are just not one of the greatest cities on earth, we are one of the greatest families on the face of this Earth.
His father was of half Swedish and half Irish ancestry. On his mother's side, he has Irish, French-Canadian, and English ancestry. His paternal grandfather, Axel Simon Wahlberg, was the son of Swedish immigrants. Through his French-Canadian ancestry, he is a distant relative of singers Madonna and Céline Dion.
His first movie Bullet (1996) with Mickey Rourke and late rap artist Tupac Shakur was deemed too bad to release, but was eventually given life after the surging rise of interest following Tupac's shooting death in September of 1996.
Wahlberg is current developing a TV project that would tell the teen band's story from his own point of view.
In 1999, during the teen pop revival, MTV tried to reunite the group and get them to perform on that years VMA's. All members were on board, except Jonathan - and so the performance didn't happen. In 2003, another attempt to coerce each of the boys to reunite was made for a one-night performance for the show "VH1's Bands Reunited." Jonathan this time agreed, as did Jordan - but Donnie, Joe and Danny all declined.
Donnie produced, arranged, mixed and co-wrote "Music for the People" and "You Gotta Believe" the 1991 and 1992 hit albums from brother Mark's group Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch - which included a #1 hit with "Good Vibrations" and a multi-platinum album for the former. He also worked on the successful 1999 solo releases for NKOTB's Joey McIntyre and Jordan Knight.
Originally called "Nynuk", the boy group eventually settled on the name New Kids On The Block after a rap song that Donnie had written for their debut album, which flopped upon initial release. However, the album would eventually sell over four million in response to the group's later popularity.
Was arrested on charges of first-degree arson for setting fire in a hallway with a bottle of alcohol at The Seelbach Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky (Which is also featured in the movie The Insider (1999) with Al Pacino). On April 10, 1991 he agreed to a reduced charge of second-degree criminal mischief and made public service ads about fire safety, drugs and drunk driving in return for an eventual dismissal of the charge. [March 1991]