Donnie Wahlberg belongs to the select group of stars who have been able to achieve equal success in both the movie and music industries. In music, he is a member of one of the biggest boybands of the 80s/90s – New Kids on The Block. In the movie industry, Wahlberg has appeared in many movies and TV series including the popular horror franchise, Saw. Find out more about this highly accomplished fellow here including his bio and age, wife and kids as well as his famous siblings.
Donnie Wahlberg Bio (Age)
Donald Edmond Wahlberg was born on the 17th of August 1969 in Dorchester, Massachusetts. He commenced his career when he was just a teenager. As a 15-year-old, he was scouted to join a proposed boyband put together by famed musician/record producer, Maurice Starr. The group became known as New Kids on The Block and had other members such as Danny Wood, Jordan Knight, Joey McIntyre and Jonathan Knight.
They released their self-titled first album in the year 1986. The album was basically a flop but Donny Wahlberg and his bandmates did not despair. They rallied together and released their second album, appropriately tilted Hangin’ Tough, in 1988. The album spurned several hit singles such as Please Don’t Go Girl and I’ll Love You Forever. The album made it to the top of the Billboard top 200 chart and has since been certified platinum on multiple occasions.
With the success of that album, Donnie Wahlberg and his group went on to become one of the most popular musical acts of the 80s/90s. Their concerts were sold out and their fan base was enormous. The group however suffered a decline in 1993 and was disbanded a year later in 1994.
Following the groups’ disbandment, Donny Wahlberg turned his focus to the movies. He got his very first role in the 1996 movie, Bullet. Since Bullet, Wahlberg has featured in other movies such as Annapolis, Dreamcatcher, Righteous Kill and Zookeeper. He has also featured in many TV series including Blue Bloods.
Wahlberg has not forgotten his musical roots. He and his bandmates reunited in 2008. Since then, they have embarked on many tours. They have also released at least two more albums together. The group was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2014.
Wife and Kids
Donnie Wahlberg has been married on two occasions. His first marriage was to a lady named Kimberly Fey in August 1999. They were married for nearly a decade and divorced in August 2008. The union produced Wahlberg’s only two children till date. They are two sons named Xavier Alexander (b. 1993) and Elijah Hendrix (b. 2001).
Wahlberg is now enjoying marital bliss with Jenny McCarthy. They got married in August 2014 in McCarthy’s home state of Illinois. McCarthy is also in the showbiz industry. She has worked as a model and TV host. She has also featured in a couple of movies and TV shows.
Donnie Wahlberg hails from a large family, precisely a family of 11. His father’s name is Donald Edmond Sr. while his mother’s name is Alma Elaine. Wahlberg has eight other siblings and is the second youngest in his family. Amongst his siblings are three sisters namely Debbie, Michelle, and Tracey. He also has five brothers namely Mark, Paul, Robert, Arthur, and James. Some of his brothers are also in the showbiz industry. Mark, the youngest in the family, is a very popular actor who has appeared in movies such as Shooter, The Italian Job, Ted, Ted 2, and Deepwater Horizon.
Mark is also a musician had has released albums with his group known as The Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch. His other brother, Robert, is also an actor. He has scored minor roles in various movies including the 2014 blockbuster, The Equalizer. Not all his brothers are into films and acting; their brother Paul is a chef and has worked in many restaurants. He is now the head chef at Wahlburgers – a restaurant set up by him and his brothers, Mark and Donnie.
Donnie Wahlberg has a net worth of $20 million. A large portion of his wealth comes from his music career with New Kids on The Block. At the height of their career, the group made a lot of fortune from concerts and merchandise. They were rated as the highest paid entertainers in 1991 by Forbes. They surpassed heavyweights such as Bill Cosby, Madonna and the king of pop himself, Michael Jackson. There is no doubt that Wahlberg made a lot of money as a member of the band.
Donnie Wahlberg is 5 feet 10 inches tall (1.78 m) and weighs a modest 78kg or 172 lb. His eye color is hazel while his hair colour is brown. Other additional measurements such as chest, waist and biceps size are not available at the moment.