- NAME: Donnie Wahlberg
- OCCUPATION: Film Actor, Television Actor, Singer
- BIRTH DATE: August 17, 1969 (Age: 43)
- EDUCATION: William Monroe Trotter School, Copley High School
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Dorchester, Massachusetts
- Full Name: Donald Edmond Wahlberg Jr.
- AKA: Donald Edmond Wahlberg
- AKA: Donnie Wahlberg
- AKA: Donald Wahlberg
- ZODIAC SIGN: Leo
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Donnie Wahlberg was a member of the 1980s pop group New Kids on the Block (reunited in 2008), and is the brother of actor and rapper Mark Wahlberg.
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Wahlberg lost 43 pounds for the role, and audiences were shocked to discover that the emaciated, hysterical figure was the same clean-cut Donnie Wahlberg from New Kids on the Block.
Since then, Wahlberg has enjoyed a steady and successful acting career. Some of his most notable on-screen credits include Band of Brothers (2001), Saw II (2005) and the television show Blue Bloods (2010).
In 2008, Donnie Wahlberg rejoined former members of New Kids on the Block for a reunion album, The Block, which—like the group's previous projects—reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts. The band backed the album with a world tour, and though they weren't nearly as popular as they had been two decades before, New Kids on the Block again achieved success by reconnecting with their long-lost diehard fans.
It might now seem almost inevitable that the multi-talented Wahlberg, who began rapping from the time he was in elementary school, would eventually become a star. However, with the clear vision of hindsight, Wahlberg now recognizes that he is incredibly lucky to live the life he lives today, because another, very different one was once possible. "I'm a dude that could easily have turned to drugs and crime," he admits. "I could have ended up in jail. I was a real mischievous, defiant kid. I learned it was best not to do that stuff when I saw what happened to my family members. One day, my mind said, 'Stop.' And I did."
Wahlberg married Kim Fey in 1999; after nine years together, the couple divorced n 2008. They have two sons, Alexander and Xavier.
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