49 years old, Donnie Wahlberg is an American actor, singer, songwriter, record producer, and film producer. Donnie rose to fame as a member of the 1980s band “New Kids on the Block” and brother of actor and rapper Mark Wahlberg. He starred in movies and television like The Sixth Sense, Dreamcatcher, Blue Bloods, and Band of Brothers. Wahlberg was nominated for Choice Scream at the 2006 Teen Choice Awards for his work in the movie “Saw.” He also produced and starred in Rock this Boat, Donnie Loves Jenny and return of the Mac on Pop TV.
How Much Does Donnie Wahlberg Earn?
Donnie Wahlberg has an estimated net worth of $20 million.
Donnie is a multi-talented person. By profession, he is an actor and singer. The actor makes enormous money through his music sales and acting. He has played numerous movies and television series throughout his career. Donnie also earns extra income through his tour and concert. The celebrity couple has owned a house in St. Charles in 2016.
Donnie Wahlberg’s Career
Hit Albums and Songs
By age 15, Donnie was auditioned by music producer, Maurice Sta. Maurice Starr was amazed by his singing, rapping, and dancing and immediately enlisted him to form the centerpiece of the new band “New Kids on the Block.” He along with his brother Mark became the member of the band. The group released their first self-titled album ‘New Kids on the Block’ including lead single ‘Be My Girl’ but was not successful. Then two years later, the group released their second album ‘Hanging Tough.’ The album debuted at number one on Billboard 200. The album’s lead single, Please Don’t Go Girl peaked at No. 10 on the Billboard Singles chart.
The band followed up with two more successful singles, You Got It, and I’ll Be Loving You. After a successful album, New Kids on the Block released the third studio album Step by Step which topped on the Billboard Charts. The hit singles, Tonight, Baby I Believe In You and Let’s Try It Again. The album was certified triple platinum and sold over 20 million copies worldwide.
In 1994, The band shortened their name to NKOTB after Maurice Starr split from the group and released their fourth album Face the Music which reached at No. 37 on Billboard 200. However, the album received positive reviews from the critics. Afterward, the group broke in 1995.
After several years, Donnie rejoined the band NKOTB and released a reunion album The Block which topped on the Billboard charts. Thus, the band backed the record with a world tour. The tour helped to reconnect with their fans. Though, they weren’t as popular as they had been in the 1990s. In December 2017, the band released their EP titled Thankful. In October 2018, New Kids on the Block announced plans to tour along with 90s stars such as Naughty, Debbie Gibson and Tiffany for their Mixtape Tour.
Movies and Television Appearances
After splitting from New Kids on the Block, he tried his hand at acting. Donnie Wahlberg debuted his first movie Bullet in 1996 and later appeared as a kidnapper in Ransom. Donnie gained the attention for his role in 1999 movie The Sixth Sense and received positive critical reviews.
In 2001, Wahlberg co-starred as Second Lieutenant C. Carwood Lipton in the miniseries Band of Brothers. Later he starred in many television and movies such as Boom Town, Dream Catcher, Saw II, Blue Bloods, Righteous Kill, and The Kill Point.
Donnie Wahlberg also hosted an internet radio show called DDUB’s R&B Back Rub on Cherry Tree Radio in 2011.
Donnie Wahlberg Married Jenny McCarthy
Donnie Wahlberg tied the knot with Jenny McCarthy on 31st August 2014 at the Hotel Baker in St. Charles, Illinois. His wife is an actress as well as a comedian.
Reportedly, the two started dating in July 2013. Donnie proposed Jenny with the helped of her teenage son, Evan who has autism. Jenny announced their engagement on “The View” in April 2014 saying that she feels like the luckiest girl in the world.
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Wahlberg said, “In the first meeting with McCarthy, they were instantly smitten with each other.”
In September 2018, Wahlberg and McCarthy celebrated their fourth anniversary, and both of them shared the adorable pictures on Instagram.
Donnie shared a picture with a captioned. He wrote,
“Dear #MrsWahlberg, My partner. My lover. My soulmate. My wife. My life. #HappyAnniversaryJenny. Four years down. Forever to go. ❤️”
His wife, McCarthy shared a photo with the caption,
“Pinch me. It’s not an episode of The Bachelor. It’s my romantic husband @donniewahlberg surprising me on our Anniversary. You are proof fairy tales do come true. I love you. Happy Anniversary, my love.❤️❤️.”
Donnie Wahlberg’s Ex-wife, Kimberly Fey
Prior to Jenny, Donnie was married to Kimberly Fey on August 20, 1999. Donnie and Kimberly met when she worked for Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch. The duo dated each other since 1991. The couple was only 22 years of age when they first met. Wahlberg and Fey dated around eight years and seven months.
Donnie and Kimberly were the Hollywood couple goals until they divorced. They filed for divorce on 13 August 2008 citing irreconcilable differences. Donnie and Kimberly officially separated in September 2008.
Donnie Wahlberg’s Children
Wahlberg married twice in his life. He has two children from his first marriage, Xavier Alexander Wahlberg, born on 4 March 1993 and second son, Elijah Hendrix Wahlberg was born on 20 August 2001.
Donnie and Jenny have not any kids together. Jenny has a son named Evan who is 15 years old as of 2018. Jenny said that they did not want kids and they both enjoyed each other company so much, and they had three kids. So, they want to be able to give all their energy to them and still enjoying their golden years.
Donnie Wahlberg was born as Donald Edmond Wahlberg Jr on August 17, 1969, to Donald Wahlberg and Alma Wahlberg in Boston, Massachusetts. His father was a truck driver, and mother was a nurse and worked at St. Margarate Hospital. He is eighth of nine children. Donald has eight siblings, Arthur, Jim, Paul, Robert, Tracey, Michelle, Debbie, and Mark. His older brother, Debbie died in 2003 and his younger brother, Mark is an actor and rapper. Wahlberg also has three half-siblings from his father’s previous marriage, Donna, Scott, and Buddy.
His parents divorced in 1982. After his parent’s divorce, he and his younger lived with his mother. Donnie attended Copley Square High School in Boston. During his school, he involved in various field such as singing, writing and directing. By age 15, he became a member of the teen vocal group called NYNUK.