Donald Edmond Wahlberg MP

‹ Back to Wahlberg surname

Is your surname Wahlberg?

Research the Wahlberg family

Donnie Wahlberg's Geni Profile

Share your family tree and photos with the people you know and love

  • Build your family tree online
  • Share photos and videos
  • Smart Matching™ technology
  • Free!

Share

Nicknames: "Donnie"
Location: Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States
Birthdate: (44)
Birthplace: Dorchester, Dorset, Massachusetts, United States
Occupation: Singer, actor and film producer, actor and producer
Managed by: Liz B.
Last Updated:
view all 15

Immediate Family

About Donald Edmond Wahlberg

An American singer, actor and film producer known professionally as Donnie Wahlberg. He was a member of the popular 1980s and 1990s boy band New Kids on the Block. Wahlberg has had featured roles in the Saw films, The Sixth Sense, Boomtown and Righteous Kill, also appearing in the award-winning World War II miniseries Band of Brothers.

Born Donald Edmund Wahlberg, he is one of the few performers who has been able to go from early stardom as a teen idol to a respected career as a dramatic character actor. Wahlberg developed an interest in music early on, and was only ten years old when he joined his first band, a local group called Risk. Wahlberg had a strong interest in black music and became a passionate hip-hop fan, learning how to breakdance and write his own raps; a few years later, Wahlberg joined an R&B-styled group called the Kool Aid Bunch, which also featured singer Danny Wood. In 1986, producer and entrepreneur Maurice Starr, who had guided the R&B harmony group New Edition to platinum success, decided to form a similar act with young white singers, and Wahlberg and Wood were both tapped to become members of what would become New Kids on the Block. While their first album made little impact in the marketplace, New Kids on the Block's second LP, 1988's Hanging Tough, made them into one of the biggest pop music phenomena of the 1980s and '90s. Wahlberg's persona in the group was that of the "bad boy," and true to form he had a few minor brushes with the law, including a widely reported incident at a Kentucky hotel in which he was charged with using alcohol to start a fire. But Wahlberg also established himself as one of the musical forces behind New Kids on the Block, helping to write and produce material for the group, and going on to produce recordings for other artists, most notably Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch, featuring his brother Mark Wahlberg. In 1994, New Kids on the Block broke up, and while Wahlberg continued to work in music as a songwriter and producer, he soon set his sights on a career in acting. In 1995, Wahlberg snagged a small role in an action film called Bullet opposite Mickey Rourke and Tupac Shakur, and a year later he won a much showier role as a kidnapper with a conscience in the Mel Gibson vehicle Ransom. In 1998, Wahlberg did double duty as leading man and executive producer for the independent drama Southie, and in 1999 he surprised critics with his turn as Vincent Gray in the runaway hit The Sixth Sense. Wahlberg has also enjoyed a successful career on television; he played 2nd Lt. Lipton on the acclaimed HBO miniseries Band of Brothers, starred in the action series Boomtown, and played a recurring role on the well-reviewed but short-lived police drama Big Apple. In addition to his careers in acting and music, Wahlberg is the owner of a restaurant in Canton, MA, and he lives in nearby Braintree when not occupied with film work on the West Coast. In 1999, Wahlberg married Kim Fey, a singer he met when she did session work for Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch; they have two sons. Two of Wahlberg's brothers also work as actors in the film industry -- Mark Wahlberg and Robert Wahlberg.

FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR

   Saw V (23-Oct-2008)
   Righteous Kill (11-Sep-2008)
   What Doesn't Kill You (10-Sep-2008)
   Saw IV (25-Oct-2007)
   Dead Silence (16-Mar-2007)
   Kings of South Beach (10-Mar-2007)
   Saw III (26-Oct-2006)
   The Path to 9/11 (10-Sep-2006)
   Annapolis (27-Jan-2006)
   Saw II (28-Oct-2005)
   Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School (24-Jan-2005)
   Dreamcatcher (6-Mar-2003)
   Triggermen (26-Jul-2002)
   Band of Brothers (9-Sep-2001)
   Bullfighter (Oct-2000)
   Diamond Men (Oct-2000)
   The Sixth Sense (2-Aug-1999)
   Purgatory (10-Jan-1999)
   Southie (10-Jun-1998)
   Body Count (28-Apr-1998)
   The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1-Feb-1998)
   Butter (1998)
   Black Circle Boys (1-Jan-1997)
   Ransom (8-Nov-1996)
   Bullet (Mar-1996) 
view all

Donnie Wahlberg's Timeline

1969
August 17, 1969
Dorchester, Dorset, Massachusetts, United States
1999
August 20, 1999
Age 30
United States
2008
August 13, 2008
Age 38
United States