Donnie Wahlberg Biography, Career, Net Worth, And Other Interesting Facts

Donnie Wahlberg is an American singer-songwriter actor, and producer born on August 17, 1969. He is best known as one of the original members of the popular boy band “New Kids on the Block.” Besides his musical career, Wahlberg has also made a name for himself in the film and television industry.

He has appeared in several notable movies including “Saw,” “Zookeeper,” “Dreamcatcher,” “The Sixth Sense,” “Righteous Kill,” and “Ransom,”. Additionally, he portrayed Carwood Lipton in the critically acclaimed World War II miniseries “Band of Brothers.”

From 2002 to 2003, Wahlberg starred in the crime drama “Boomtown.” Since 2010 he has been playing Danny Reagan in the drama series “Blue Bloods.” He also took on the role of executive producer for the TNT reality show “Boston’s Finest” in 2014. His performance in the “Saw” films earned him a nomination for Choice Scream at the 2006 Teen Choice Awards.

Wahlberg has also produced and starred in several television projects including “Rock This Boat,” “Donnie Loves Jenny,” and “Return of the Mac” on Pop TV. He was also a key figure in the reality series “Wahlburgers” on A&E TV.

Donnie comes from a talented family being the older brother of actor Mark Wahlberg and the younger brother of actor Robert Wahlberg film producer Jim Wahlberg and chef Paul Wahlberg.

Full NameDonnie Wahlberg
Date of BirthAugust 17, 1969
Place of BirthDorchester, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
OccupationActor, Singer, Producer
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
SpouseJenny McCarthy (m. 2014)
Kimberly Fey (m. 1999–2010)
ChildrenXavier Alexander Wahlberg
Elijah Hendrix Wahlberg
Net Worth$25 million

Donnie Wahlberg’s Early Life

Donnie Wahlberg Biography, Career, Net Worth, And Other Interesting Facts

Donnie Wahlberg known for his roots in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood grew up in a big family. He’s the eighth of nine kids with siblings Arthur, Jim, Paul, Robert, Tracey, Michelle, and Debbie, and his famous younger brother Mark. Wahlberg’s entertainment journey kicked off as the lead singer of the popular ’80s and ’90s boy band New Kids on the Block. Additionally, he has three half-siblings from his dad’s first marriage: Donna, Scott, and Buddy.

His mother Alma Elaine who passed away on April 19, 2021, worked as a bank clerk and nurse’s aide. His father, Donald Edmond Wahlberg, was a teamster and delivery driver; they separated in 1982. Donnie’s heritage is a mix of Swedish and Irish from his father’s side and Irish, English, and French-Canadian from his mother’s side.

Career

Donnie Wahlberg Biography, Career, Net Worth, And Other Interesting Facts

Donnie Wahlberg first rose to fame as a founding member of the boy band New Kids on the Block (NKOTB). Created by Maurice Starr and Mary Alford to be a “white counterpart” to New Edition, Wahlberg was discovered at fifteen for his rapping talent and became the first member of the band. His brother Mark Wahlberg briefly joined but left after a few months. Along with Jonathan and Jordan Knight, Danny Wood, and Joey McIntyre, NKOTB was born.

After a decade of success, NKOTB disbanded in 1994. In April 2008, Wahlberg announced their comeback with a new album “The Block” dropping in September 2008 hitting the top charts and achieving gold status. The reunion tour started in Toronto on September 18, 2008. As of 2024, NKOTB still tours with Wahlberg remaining an active member.

Wahlberg transitioned to acting with his debut in the 1996 film “Bullet,” alongside Mickey Rourke and Tupac Shakur. That same year, he played a kidnapper in “Ransom” with Mel Gibson. He returned to his hometown roots with a starring role in “Southie.” He gained notable attention for his role in “The Sixth Sense,” where he played a troubled patient of Bruce Willis’ character.

In 2001, Donnie Wahlberg starred as Second Lieutenant C. Carwood Lipton in the acclaimed miniseries “Band of Brothers.” From 2002 to 2003, he portrayed Los Angeles detective Joel Stevens in NBC’s “Boomtown,” a role written specifically for him by Graham Yost the series’ producer.

Donnie Wahlberg Biography, Career, Net Worth, And Other Interesting Facts

In 2003, Donnie Wahlberg played a mentally challenged character in “Dreamcatcher,” a Stephen King adaptation. He then starred as Detective Eric Matthews in the “Saw” series from 2005 to 2008. Other notable roles include Lieutenant Commander Burton in “Annapolis,” and the lead in “Runaway,” a series that was unfortunately short-lived. He also appeared in “Kings of South Beach” and the TV series “The Kill Point” in 2007.

In 2008, Wahlberg starred in “Righteous Kill” and “What Doesn’t Kill You.” Currently, he plays Detective Danny Reagan on CBS’s “Blue Bloods,” a police drama set in New York City.

Beyond acting Wahlberg hosts “DDUB’s R&B BackRub” on Cherry Tree Radio and appeared in the 2011 comedy “Zookeeper.” He is also the host of HLN’s “Very Scary People.”

In 2021, Donnie Wahlberg was the rooster “Cluedle-Doo” on season five of “The Masked Singer,” giving exclusive clues and performing “Return of the Mack” before being unmasked. He stayed on when Omarion the wild card contestant “Yeti,” was revealed.

Net Worth

Donnie Wahlberg has an estimated net worth of $25 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. The main source of Donnie Wahlberg’s net worth comes from his multifaceted career in entertainment. He initially gained fame as a member of the boy band New Kids on the Block during the late 1980s and early 1990s. Beyond music, Wahlberg has diversified his earnings through acting in films like “The Sixth Sense” and TV shows like “Blue Bloods,” where he has a prominent role.

Additionally, he has produced television series and appeared in reality TV. Wahlberg’s entrepreneurial ventures, including owning restaurants and investments, further contribute to his financial success, making him a well-rounded figure in the entertainment industry.

Personal life

Donnie Wahlberg Biography, Career, Net Worth, And Other Interesting Facts

In 1991, Donnie Wahlberg faced serious legal trouble when he was accused of starting a fire at a famous hotel in Louisville Kentucky where he was partying with friends. Originally charged with a serious crime he eventually had the charge reduced and dismissed after agreeing to participate in public-service videos about fire safety and other issues like drug abuse and drunk driving.

Wahlberg got married to Kimberly Fey in 1999 and they had two sons before divorcing in 2008. Later on, he dated actress Jenny McCarthy and they got engaged in 2014 marrying later that year in Illinois.

Donnie Wahlberg is a big fan of the Boston Celtics and has been involved with documentaries about the team. He also co-owns Wahlburgers a chain of restaurants in Boston and Illinois with his brothers.

Politically Wahlberg endorsed Marco Rubio for president in 2016 but later expressed mixed feelings about politics and voting emotionally.