Last updated on November 27th, 2018 at 06:20 am
From singer to actor, writers, and producer, it seems to never run out of the entertainers. Donnie Wahlberg is one of the famous pop stars and actor.
Donnie Wahlberg is popularly known as a brother of famous Hollywood actor, Mark Wahlberg and also second the wealthiest Wahlberg brother.
Donnie is a member of the boy band, New Kids on the Block and also a producer of Wahlburgers. He has had roles in the hit movies like Dreamcatcher, The Sixth Sense, and more
You are about to find out, Donnie Wahlberg’s early life, wife, children, profession, salary. To know everything about him, keep reading the articles.
Who is Donnie Wahlberg?
Donnie Wahlberg is an American actor, producer, and a singer. Originally, his name is Donald Edmond Wahlberg Jr., however, he is best known by his nickname Donnie Wahlberg. He belongs to a normal family, although, he paved his way to success out of all the odds.
Donnie is also a founding member of the ‘New Kids on the Block’, a group of six teenage brothers, Jordan Knight, Jonathan Knight, Danny Wood, Donnie Wahlberg, Joey McIntyre, and Maurice Starr.
Some of the biggest hit albums of the band are ‘The Right Stuff’ and ‘Please Don’t Go Girl’.
The group of six ‘New Kids on the Block’ was also popular as the hottest singing/dancing group of the late 80s and early 90s. The band has already sold over 70 million albums, globally.
However, he has established himself as a successful musician and now he is also into the game of production of a reality television show.
Donnie Wahlberg Early Life
Donnie Wahlberg was born in Boston, Massachusetts on 17th August 1969. He was the eighth of nine children in his family. His older brother, Debbie died in 2003.
His father Donald Wahlberg was a truck driver and his mother worked at St. Margarate Hospital as a nurse’s assistant.
He began his schooling with William Monroe Totter school located in Roxbury. His love for rap music begun since his school days, where he also met his future band member Danny wood. Soon, the two kids started writing rap lyrics.
Later, unfortunately, his parents divorced and he started living with his mother.
Donnie Wahlberg age is 49 years old as of 2018.
After graduating from William Monroe Totter school he attended Copley High School. Along with him, Danny joined the school. Then, they found their first rap group called ‘Kool-Aid Bunch’.
In high school, he discovered his interest in theatre and performed singing, acting, writing and directing in the much deeper level. Then, he became a member of ‘NYNUK’ at the age of 15.
Donnie Wahlberg’s Siblings
Donnie Wahlberg is the brother of Arthur, Jim, Paul, Tracey, Robert, Michelle, Debbie, and Mark Wahlberg. He also has three half-siblings from his father’s previous marriage: Donna, Scott, and Buddy.
Arthur is the oldest brother of Donnie. By profession, he is a carpenter who specializes in remodeling. He has also played in some movies like Villanelle, The Test, The Target and The Rude, the Mad and the Funny.
His another brother, Jim is currently partnered up with his younger brother Mark Wahlberg and works as Executive Director of the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation.
Donnie’s brother, Paul is a professional chef. He is the head chef of the family’s restaurant called The Wahlburgers also the owner of another restaurant Alma Nove.
Coming to the next number, Robert Wahlberg is an actor who appeared along with Donnie in the movie Southie. He has appeared in such movies as Orphan, The Equalizer, Scenes of the Crime, Moonlight Mile, Mystic River, The Departed, and Don McKay.
The family isn’t complete without its fair share of drama. His sister Debbie died in 2003 while treating the kidney stones on the same day Mark was having his first child.
Michelle and Trace kept themselves out of the limelight. Further, there is no any information regarding his sister. However, we can guess that they are married.
Donnie’s youngest brother, Mark Wahlberg is a well-known actor of Hollywood industry. He is also a rapper, businessman, songwriter, and producer. He starred in movies like Renaissance Man, Planet of the Apes and The Italian Job.
His half-brother, Scott is a singer and entertainer but Buddy’s detail is not known. Just like Wahlberg female siblings, Donna Wahlberg’s detail is unknown.
Donnie Wahlberg’s Career
Hit Albums and Songs
Donnie Wahlberg gave an audition at the age of 15 in 1984. Donnie amazed Maurice Starr, an American musician, songwriter, and record producer with his singing, rapping, and dancing talent.
Maurice Starr left speechless, he got immediately enlisted in the band ‘New Kids on the Block’, a group of five teenagers.
Donnie was the one who recruited his younger brother Mark, the longtime friends Jorden Knight, Danny Wood, and an older brother Jonathan.
New kids on the block band
But, the first band released the album ‘Be My Girl’ collapsed. But, after two years the band bounced back with their next album ‘Hanging Tough’ which turned out to be a big hit.
But, the band parted ways in 1994 with Maurice Starr, they were independently continuing and later they released a critically acclaimed album called ‘Face the Music’.
Despite receiving good reviews from the critics, the album could not do well in the market. And a year later, the band broke up.
Movies and Television Appearances
Soon like his younger brother Mark, he tried acting. In the years between 1996-97, he bagged himself some small role playing the character of a bad/tough guy in the movies like ‘Black Circle Boys’, ‘Ransom’ and ‘Bullet’.
And In the year 1998, Donnie shared the screen with his brother in the movie ‘Southie’.
Although, Donnie landed a big break in 1999 to work in the movie ‘Sixth Sense’. The movie was a major success and he collected a lot of praise for his acting abilities. In 2001, Donnie came with another power pack performance with the serial ‘Band of Brothers’.
He was seen playing the role of a World War II paratrooper. Similarly, the other television series he worked in are ‘Dream Catcher’ and ‘Boom Town’.
Donnie started getting more involved in the television and movies. He is also a lead star of 2005 commercially hit movie ‘Saw’ series. Followed by boxing dramas like ‘Runaway’ and ‘Annapolis’.
But again, things suddenly changed, the chapter of his music career once again begin after the ‘New Kid on the Block’ reunited.
After coming all together, they released their comeback album ‘The Block’. The album topped the charts. Thus, the band did a world tour and reconnect with their loyal leftover fans.
But, Donnie simultaneously continued his acting career as well. In 2010, he was seen on the television with the CBS Police drama called ‘Blue Bloods’.
In 2013, Donnie and his band performed in the tour package sharing the stage with other bands like ‘Boyz II Men’ and ‘98 Degrees’ to support their new album ‘Ten’.
And the next year in 2014, Donnie with his youngest brother and older brother, Mark and Paul launched a television reality show named ‘Wahlburgers’.
The show was about siblings, relationship and personalities which gained good reviews from critics as well as from the public.
The Sixth Sense
Donnie played one of the most powerful roles in the psychological thriller movie ‘The Sixth Sense’ in 1999. The movie directed and written by M. Night Shyamalan.
Donnie played as Vincent Grey who is the former patient of Dr. Malcolm Crowe. In the opening scene, Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Wills) is a child psychologist returns home with his wife, Anna (Olivia Williams). The house was broken and they see a young man inside their bathroom.
Donnie’s opening bit was mouth dropping and jarring in its horror. Vincent accused Crowe of failing him. Before Donnie killed himself, he shooted Malcolm.
Watch the video below:
Donnie Wahlberg Net Worth
Donnie earns a hefty amount of money from various income sources such as movies, televisions series, music sales, and ticket sales.
He is also an executive producer of A&E’ reality TV show ‘Wahlburgers’ and runs the show along with his eldest brother. He toured with his band New Kid on the Block across the USA in 2017.
Donnie Wahlberg has a net worth of $20 million.
Donnie Wahlberg Wife, Jenny McCarthy
Talking about his personal life, he has married twice. Let’s talk about his current wife and then, his ex-wife.
Donnie Wahlberg tied the knot with Jenny McCarthy (current wife) 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. Sadly, his son has autism. Jenny announced their engagement on “The View”, an American talk show 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 like 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.
However, Donnie and Jenny do not have kids together. Jenny has a son named Evan who is 15 years old as of 2018. Jenny is found to say that they did not want kids and they both enjoyed each other company so much.
So, they want to be able to give all their energy to them and still enjoying their golden years.
Some of the Major Works
- During the year 1988, the band released their second album from which the lead single named ‘Please don’t go girl’ caused a hysteria among fans. And the album was rated as the number one album in America by the end of 1989.
- They became the most popular band of America after dropping 2 more albums called ‘Tonight’ and Tonight’ by 1990.
- Donnie truly earned the tag of an excellent actor with his remarkable performance in the movie ‘The Sixth Sense’. However, his part in the movie was short but his performance was not and it is claimed that for the role he lost 43 pounds.
Awards & Achievements
- The television serial ‘Band of Brothers’ has won six Emmy Awards.
- In both years 2014 and 2015, the show ‘Wahlburgers’ with his brothers earned its place in the nomination of ‘Prime Time Emmy Awards’ in the category of ‘Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program’.
Donnie Wahlberg’ Age
The Sixth Sense actor is 49 years old and still looks quite attractive. He stands a height of 5 feet 10 inches but his weight is 74 kg.
Wahlberg’ body measurements are not provided on any websites. He absolutely loves to watch basketball and is a full supporter of the Boston Celtics.
Famous Quotes by Donnie Wahlberg
- For young filmmakers, Saw is a perfect film. It doesn’t cost the GNP of almost every country in the world.
- We never really felt a real level of respect. The fame was fantastic, but that wasn’t that important to me, because for every million people that loved me I focused on the one that hated me.
- If you are successful for 20 years, you can’t expect to stay on the same level all through that period. A career has its ups and downs and in-betweens.
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