Donnie Wahlberg Actor Bio
Date/Place of Birth: August 17th, 1969; Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Brief Bio: Donnie Wahlberg was born in Boston, Massachusetts to Donald Sr. and Alma Wahlberg, the eighth of nine children. He was a mischievous child, but channeled his energy into school theatre; he sampled all flavors, including writing, acting, and directing.
When he hit 15, he became a part of a band originally called NYNUK. Mark Wahlberg, Donnie’s little brother, left NYNUK after deciding he didn’t like the direction they were heading in. Though their first album “New Kids on the Block” flopped, their 1988 single “Please Don’t Go Girl” shot them to the top of the charts. They continued to rise in fame with other hits like “The Right Stuff” and “I’ll Be Loving You Forever.” Their popularity – namely selling seventy million albums worldwide – produced a number of five-piece harmony bands like NSYNC and The Backstreet Boys.
The group eventually broke up in 1994, owing both to tension between members and the general consensus that they had outgrown the “boy band” theme. Donnie himself attempted to shake the image with a series of arrests, tattoos, and body piercings.
In his transitional period, he helped write, arrange, and produce the first two albums for his brother Mark’s band, the Funky Bunch. After a short stint in rapping and modeling, Donnie followed in his brother’s footsteps and took to acting. His tough guy persona resulted in some pretty heavy typecasting, as he can usually be found portraying a particularly grizzled cop or criminal.
He debuted alongside Mickey Rourke as a thug in the 1996 film Bullet, and went on to play a kidnapper in Ron Howard’s 1996 thriller Ransom. He played a drug dealer in the Black Circle Boys in 1997, but the film wasn’t very successful. In M. Night Shyamalan’s The Sixth Sense, he portrayed Vincent Grey, the demented former patient of Bruce Willis’s character, the psychiatrist Dr. Malcolm Crowe. This role, alongside his part as Sgt. C. Carwood Lipton in the ten-part 2001 epic Band of Brothers, truly exemplified his prowess in film.
Triggermen (2002) – Terry Malloy
Dreamcatcher (2003) – Duddits
Saw II (2005) – Eric Matthews
Saw III (2006) – Eric Matthews
Dead Silence (2007) – Det. Lipton