Donald Edmond Wahlberg Jr. is an American singer, actor, and producer known by his nickname ‘Donnie.’ Despite coming from an ordinary background, he has carved a niche for himself in entertainment.
Donnie Wahlberg Wiki
|Real Name||Donald Edmond Wahlberg Jr.|
|Date Of Birth||17-Aug-69|
|Donnie Wahlberg Age||50 Years old as of 2020|
|Profession||Songwriter, Film Actor, Television Actor, Film Producer|
|Donnie Wahlberg’s Height||in centimeters- 178 cm|
|Weight||in Kilograms- 78 kg(171.96 lbs)|
|Spouses||Jenny McCarthy (m. 2014), Kimberly Fey (m. 1999–2010)|
|Childrens||Son 1.Xavier Alexander Wahlberg|
2. Elijah Hendrix Wahlberg
He is a founding member of the band ‘New Kids on the Block.’ The band spawned many hit singles like ‘Please Don’t Go Girl’ and ‘The Right Stuff.’ This was the hottest singing/dancing group in the late-80s and early-90s. They sold more than 80 million albums worldwide.
Apart from music, he has given memorable performances in movies like ‘The Sixth Sense.’ He has also starred in many TV series which have been loved by the viewers. He has also produced several reality television shows. Though his brother Mark is a bigger film star, Donnie has managed to step out of his shadow and stamp his authority in the music and film industry.
Who Is Donnie Wahlberg?
Donnie Wahlberg was born on August 17, 1969, in Boston, Massachusetts. In 1984, he auditioned for music producer Maurice Starr, who immediately registered Wahlberg to form the centerpiece of New Kids on the Block. In 1994 the group parted ways. Wahlberg then decided to try acting.
He first gained notice as an actor with his role in the 1999 movie The Sixth Sense. In 2008 New Kids on the Block, now known as NKOTB, as they were reunited. The group went on tour with Boyz II Men and 98 Degrees in 2013.
Wife and Kids
Wahlberg married Kim Fey in 1999. After being together for nine years, the couple divorced in 2008. They have two sons, Xavier and Elijah. In 2013 Wahlberg began dating TV personality, Jenny McCarthy.
McCarthy announced their engagement on The View in April 2014, and the couple got married in August.
Early Life and Siblings
Famous singer and actor Donnie Wahlberg was born as Donald Edmond Wahlberg Jr. on August 17, 1969, in Boston, Massachusetts, and grew up in a predominantly Irish-American neighborhood.
Donnie is the eighth child of his parents; his younger sibling, Mark Wahlberg, is also a famous entertainer. Wahlberg’s mother, Alma Wahlberg, worked as a nurse’s assistant at nearby St. Margaret Hospital.
His father, Donald Wahlberg, was a truck driver and active member of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters labor union.
In the 1970s, when Donnie Wahlberg began elementary school, Boston was embroiled in fierce controversy over the mandatory busing of choolchildren to enforce public schools’ desegregation. But busing put Wahlberg’s life on a course toward fame and success.
Wahlberg was bused over half an hour each way to William Monroe Trotter School, a mostly black elementary school in Roxbury. On those long bus rides, and at Trotter School, Wahlberg developed a deep affection for the soul and rap music popular among his black friends.
Wahlberg’s parents got divorced when he was 12 years old, and he and Mark went to live with their mother while the rest of their siblings either moved in with their father or were already out on their own as young adults.
Donnie and his friend Danny Wood advanced together to Copley High School, where they formed a rap group named the Kool-Aid Bunch. They kept up rapping, Wahlberg says, “not because we thought we’d be rap or dance stars someday, but just because it was enjoyable and we loved the girls screaming for us at parties.”
At ‘Copley High School,’ he started performing in school plays and got entangled in theater, such as acting, singing, writing, and directing. At the age of 15, he became a member of a teen vocal group called ‘NYNUK.’
Donnie Wahlberg Career
In 1984, at the age of 15, Donnie was auditioned by music producer Maurice Starr. Maurice was amazed by his singing, dancing, and rapping skills. Finally, he committed to him the efficiency of forming ‘New Kids on the Block.’ Donnie recruited Mark, Danny Wood, Jordan Knight, and Knight’s older brother Jonathan.
The group’s first album, which was a self-titled album, was a failure. Two years later, they released another album titled ‘Hangin’ Tough’ which became a huge hit.
In 1993, the group parted ways with Maurice Starr. They independently released an album titled ‘Face the Music’ in 1994. This album was well-received by the critics. However, it did not do well commercially. ‘New Kids on the Block’ disbanded later that year.
After the group’s disbandment, Donnie decided to try his hand at acting like his younger brother Mark. In 1996-97, he landed small roles in films like ‘Bullet,’ ‘Ransom,’ and ‘Black Circle Boys.’
In 1998, he landed a starring role in the film ‘Southie’ and his brother Robert. Donnie received his first significant break in 1999 when he appeared in the movie ‘Sixth Sense.’ This film was a huge hit, and the critics praised his acting.
In 2001, he delivered a fantastic performance as a ‘World War II’ paratrooper in the critically acclaimed ten-part series ‘Band of Brothers.’ Later, he acted in the drama series ‘Boom Town’ (2002-2003) and appeared in the movie ‘Dream Catcher’ (2003).
In 2005, he appeared in commercially hit films like the ‘Saw’ series. In 2006, he acted in the boxing drama film ‘Annapolis’ and appeared in the drama series ‘Runaway.’ In 2008, ‘New Kid on the Block’ reunited and released the album ‘The Block.’ This album peaked at number one on ‘US Billboard Top Internet Albums.’ Subsequently, the band went on a world tour to promote the album.
This tour helped them to reconnect with their fans. In 2010, he became part of the ‘CBS’ police drama ‘Blue Bloods.’ In 2013, ‘New Kid on the Block’ went on a tour to support their new album ’10.’ This tour also featured fellow boy bands, ’98 Degrees’ and ‘Boyz II Men.’
In 2014, along with his youngest brother Mark and eldest brother Paul, he launched a reality show titled ‘Wahlburgers’ which focused on the relationship between siblings. This show received a great response from fans as well as from critics.
In 2017, the band released their first EP ‘Thankful’ which received positive reviews. In October 2018, they announced their ‘MixTape Tour’ and collaborated with stars like ‘Salt-N-Pepa,’ Debbie Gibson, Tiffany, ‘Naughty By Nature.’ The tour was commenced in May 2019.
Donnie Wahlberg’s Awards and Achievements
The 2001-released’ Band of Brothers’ received six ‘Emmy Awards.’ His reality show ‘Wahlburgers’ was nominated for the ‘Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program’ at ‘Primetime Emmy Awards’ in 2014 and 2015.
Donnie Wahlberg’s Net Worth
Donnie Wahlberg, the American actor, has a net worth of around $20 million.
Body Measurements of Donnie Wahlberg
If we talk about Donnie’s body measurements, he has a height of 5 feet 10 inches, and he weighs around 82 kg. Additionally, his hair color is light brown, and his eye color is dark brown. Moreover, his birth sign is Leo.
How old is Donnie Wahlberg?
As Donnie Wahlberg celebrates his birthday on August 17 of every year, then by 2020, he will be 50 years.