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Also Known As: Donald Edmond Wahlberg Jr., Donald Wahlberg Died:
Born: August 17, 1969 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA Profession: actor, singer, record producer, songwriter

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A teen idol in the late 1980s and early 1990s as one-fifth of the boy band, New Kids on the Block, Donnie Wahlberg successfully reinvented himself as an actor years later with gritty and demanding turns in "The Sixth Sense" (1999), "Ransom" (1996), "Band of Brothers" (HBO, 1998) and "Saw II" (2005). The pop group topped the charts for an enormously successful but brief run; after their demise in 1994, he followed his brother Mark Wahlberg's lead and moved into acting, where he quickly defined himself as the screen version of his "bad boy" persona from his New Kids tenure. But an astonishing turn as an unhinged mental patient in "Sixth Sense" showed that Wahlberg was more than just another pop star flirting with acting, and he was soon an in-demand character actor in numerous projects in which he frequently played cops and other tough types who suffered in silence. A surprise reunion of the New Kids proved a hit in 2008, but Wahlberg kept his feet firmly planted in acting, predominately in television. In doing so, he joined the short but substantive list of former musicians whose talent carried over to other mediums.

A teen idol in the late 1980s and early 1990s as one-fifth of the boy band, New Kids on the Block, Donnie Wahlberg successfully reinvented himself as an actor years later with gritty and demanding turns in "The Sixth Sense" (1999), "Ransom" (1996), "Band of Brothers" (HBO, 1998) and "Saw II" (2005). The pop group topped the charts for an enormously successful but brief run; after their demise in 1994, he followed his brother Mark Wahlberg's lead and moved into acting, where he quickly defined himself as the screen version of his "bad boy" persona from his New Kids tenure. But an astonishing turn as an unhinged mental patient in "Sixth Sense" showed that Wahlberg was more than just another pop star flirting with acting, and he was soon an in-demand character actor in numerous projects in which he frequently played cops and other tough types who suffered in silence. A surprise reunion of the New Kids proved a hit in 2008, but Wahlberg kept his feet firmly planted in acting, predominately in television. In doing so, he joined the short but substantive list of former musicians whose talent carried over to other mediums.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Zookeeper (2011)
2.
3.
 Saw V (2008)
4.
 Righteous Kill (2008)
6.
 Dead Silence (2007)
7.
 Saw IV (2007)
8.
 Annapolis (2006) Burton
9.
 Saw III (2006)
10.
 Saw 2 (2005) Cast
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Raised in Dorchester, Massachusetts
1985:
Along with brother Mark, joined the singing group New Kids on the Block (Mark departed from the group within six months and did not appear on any released recordings)
1986:
Released debut album, <i>New Kids on the Block</i>
1988:
New Kids on the Block undertook extensive promotional world tours, winning millions of rabid fans
1989:
New Kids on the Block released the holiday album, <i>Merry, Merry Christmas</i>, with proceeds from the single "This One's For the Children" donated to children's charities
1990:
Released the New Kids on the Block album, <i>Step by Step</i>
1991:
Co-produced and co-wrote tracks on his brother's hit album, <i>Music for the People</i>
1994:
New Kids on the Block made failed comeback attempt with <i>Face the Music</i>
1995:
Made feature acting debut in "Bullet" with Mickey Rourke and Tupac Shakur; released direct-to-video in 1997
1996:
Had supporting role as one of the kidnappers in "Ransom"
1997:
Appeared in "Black Circle Boys"
1998:
Played Mr. Grey in the ABC remake of the classic hostage film "The Taking of Pelham One Two Three"
1998:
Starred in the music-industry set mystery thriller "Butter" on HBO
1998:
Played the leading role in John Shea's directorial debut "Southie"; film received a limited release
1999:
Co-starred in the TNT Western "Purgatory"
1999:
Had a small but memorable role as a patient of Bruce Willis's character in the opening sequence of M. Night Shyamalan's "The Sixth Sense"
2000:
Acted in "Bullfighter"
2001:
Had regular role on the CBS police drama "Big Apple"
2001:
Starred opposite Robert Forster in the independent feature "Diamond Men"
2001:
Appeared in the HBO miniseries "Band of Brothers"
2002:
Cast as Joel Stevens, an intense Los Angeles police detective in the NBC series "Boomtown"
2003:
Cast as the mentally challenged Duddits in Goldman and Kasdan's adaptation of the Stephen King alien-invasion thriller, "Dreamcatcher"
2005:
Co-starred in the horror sequal "Saw II"
2006:
Starred in the Disney drama "Annapolis," directed by Justin Lin
2006:
Returned for the third installment of the Saw horror series, "Saw III"
2007:
Cast as Capt. Horst Cali on "The Kill Point" (Spike)
2007:
Starred in the television movie "Kings of South Beach" on A&E
2008:
Appeared in "Righteous Kill" co-starring Robert De Niro and Al Pacino
2010:
Cast as a detective (and former soldier) on CBS's "Blue Bloods"
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Notes

Wahlberg on his lead role in "Southie": "Sure, I could relate to the character and I was familiar with a lot of what he was experiencing, but that doesn't make it easy to show up and do it. Playing something close to yourself can sometimes be more difficult than playing something that's not." --quoted in Boston Herald, June 2, 1999.

The actor on his performance in "The Sixth Sense" and changing his focus from music to acting: "It's a highly, highly emotional two minutes of fireworks. I suffered for like five weeks to get ready for it, for one day of work. And it was all worth it. Because I wasn't me. The commitment just reconfirmed what I can do when I focus and commit myself 100 percent. I'm hoping that the movie will say: 'This kid is an actor. He's not just a performer.'

"That's why I can't do music right now. I'm not inspired musically right now , so why should I screw around? I'm very inspired to act and do movies right now. And 50 percent effort in acting is not going to cut it." --quoted in Boston Herald, June 2, 1999.

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Kim Fey. Recording engineer. Mother of Xavier Wahlberg; worked on two Marky Mark albums with Wahlberg; married on August 21, 1999.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Donald E Wahlberg. Deliveryman. Divorced from Walhlberg's mother c. 1982; reportedly has suffered several strokes.
mother:
Alma Wahlberg. Divorced from Wahlberg's father c. 1982; remarried.
brother:
Jim Wahlberg. Drug counselor. Older; served time in prison for armed robbery.
brother:
Robert Wahlberg. Older.
sister:
Tracey Wahlberg. Older.
brother:
Paul Wahlberg. Older.
brother:
Arthur Wahlberg. Older.
sister:
Michelle Wahlberg. Younger.
sister:
Debbie Wahlberg. Younger.
brother:
Mark Wahlberg. Actor, singer, model. Born on June 5, 1971; youngest of nine siblings.
son:
Xavier Alexander Wahlberg. Born c. 1993; mother, Kim Fey.
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