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Donnie Wahlberg

Wahlberg, photo taken before the NKOTB concert on September 30, 2008.
Born Donald Edmond Wahlberg, Jr.
August 17, 1969 (age 40)
Dorchester, Massachusetts, U.S.
Other name(s) Donnie, Ddub
Spouse(s) Kim Fey (1999 - 2008) (divorced) 2 children
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Donald Edmond "Donnie" Wahlberg, Jr. (born August 17, 1969) is an American singer, actor and film producer. He is a member of the popular 1980s and 1990s boy band New Kids on the Block . His background includes music, feature films, and television. Donnie has had featured roles in the Saw films, Boomtown and Righteous Kill, additionally acting in the award-winning World War II miniseries Band of Brothers.

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Early life

He was born in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts, as the eighth of nine children, with older siblings Arthur, Jim, Paul, Robert, Tracey, Michelle, Debbie and younger sibling Mark. 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 aid, and his father, Donald Edmond Wahlberg, Sr. was a teamster who worked as a delivery driver; the two divorced in 1982.[1][2] He has mostly Irish, and some Swedish and French Canadian ancestry.[3]

Career

New Kids on the Block

At age fifteen, Wahlberg joined New Kids on the Block and in a few years they went from playing at high school(snowden International) parties to becoming a pop music sensation. Donnie was known as the "bad boy" of the group and was known to curse during live performances on awards shows.

After New Kids on the Block broke up in 1994, Wahlberg focused on writing and producing for his younger brother, Mark Wahlberg who at the time was best known as the leader of the hiphop band "Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch." Both Wahlberg brothers soon began successful careers as actors.

In the spring of 2008, New Kids on the Block reunited. The band released The Block in September 2008 and toured the world with the tour "The Block". They recently wrapped up their second tour "Full Service".

Acting career

Wahlberg's first film appearance as an actor 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. 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 First Sergeant 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 also the year that Wahlberg starred alongside Timothy Olyphant and Jason Lee 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 flashback footage from the previous films.[4]

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 alongside Jason Gedrick, Ricardo Chaivera, and Nadine Velazquez in the television movie Kings of South Beach on A&E. Also in 2007, he starred opposite John Leguizamo on the TV series The Kill Point.

In 2008, he appeared in Righteous Kill co-starring Robert De Niro and Al Pacino. He also co-starred in What Doesn't Kill You with Ethan Hawke, Mark Ruffalo and Amanda Peet.

Personal life

Wahlberg is one of the "famous faces"[5] due to being a regular player on the online poker website Hollywood Poker which is run in conjunction with Ongame Network.

Filmography

Future Projects

Bunker Hill: Bridget Moynahan (Six Degrees) has joined the cast of the drama pilot, about a cop (Donnie Wahlberg) who returns to the Boston, MA neighborhood he grew up in. She'll play Erin, the sister-in-law of Wahlberg's character, who has a love-hate relationship with him stemming from the death of her cop husband. Walon Green (Head Writer/Showrunner) is behind the Warner Horizon Television-based hour, which Jon Avnet is attached to direct. [1], [2], [3], [4]

In July 2009 it was announced that he will be in the new movie produced and starring Adam Sandler called Zookeeper slated for an October 2010 release..In late 2009 Donnie released 2 solo singles,"Rise and Grind" and " I Got It" with former Danity Kane member Aubrey O'Day.

Recently Donnie has been hosting an internet radio show on Friday nights called "DDUB's R&B Back Rub"

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