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Donnie Wahlberg

Lowest Rated:   10% Annapolis (2006)
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Birthplace:   Dorchester, Massachusetts
Donnie Wahlberg 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. Born Donald Edmund Wahlberg in Dorchester, MA, on August 17, 1969, Donnie came from a large family (he has five brothers and three sisters), and first became interested in performing as a way of getting attention in a busy household. 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 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 2005, Wahlberg joined the Saw movie franchise, appearing as Detective Eric Matthews in Saw II and later reprising his role in Saw III (2006) and Saw IV (2007). Continuing his trend of playing police officers, Wahlberg joined the CBS drama Blue Bloods in 2010 as Detective Danny Reagan. In addition to his careers in acting and music, Wahlberg also co-owns a restaurant in the Boston area with several of his brothers called Wahlburgers which was featured on an A&E reality series of the same name.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Tooken
  • CIA Agent
2015
No Score Yet Nkotbsb Live
  • Actor
2012
14% Zookeeper
  • Shane
2011
No Score Yet New Kids On The Block: Coming Home
  • Actor
2009
64% What Doesn't Kill You
  • Screenwriter
  • Det. Moran
2008
12% Saw V
  • Eric Mathews
2008
19% Righteous Kill
  • Det. Riley
2008
No Score Yet Real Men Cry
  • Actor
2008
17% Saw IV
  • Eric Mathews
2007
No Score Yet The Kill Point
  • Actor
2007
21% Dead Silence
  • Det. Lipton
2007
No Score Yet Kings of South Beach
  • Andy Burnett
2007
28% Saw III
  • Eric Matthews
2006
22% Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing & Charm School
  • Randall Ipswitch
2006
10% Annapolis
  • Lt. Burton
2006
36% Saw II
  • Eric Mason
2005
88% Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D
  • Helium 3 Commander
2005
No Score Yet Bullfighter
  • Chollo
2003
30% Dreamcatcher
  • Duddits
2003
No Score Yet Triggermen
  • Terry Malloy
2002
81% Diamond Men
  • Bobby Walker
2001
85% The Sixth Sense
  • Vincent Gray
1999
No Score Yet Purgatory
  • Glen
1999
38% Southie
  • Danny Quinn
1998
No Score Yet Black Circle Boys
  • Greggo
1998
No Score Yet Body Count
  • Booker
1998
No Score Yet The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (TV)
  • Mr. Grey
1998
No Score Yet Never 2 Big
  • Rick Darren
1998
75% Ransom
  • Cubby Barnes
1996
No Score Yet Bullet
  • Big Balls
1996
No Score Yet New Kids On The Block: Hangin' Tough Live
  • Actor
1989

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet In Plain Sight
2008-2012
  • Actor
No Score Yet Band of Brothers
2001
  • C. Carwood Lipton Lipton
No Score Yet Donnie Loves Jenny
2015
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • Reality cast member
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Pacific
2010
  • Actor
No Score Yet Rock This Boat: New Kids on the Block
2015
  • Executive Producer
  • Reality cast member
No Score Yet Blue Bloods
2010
  • Danny Reagan
  • Director
No Score Yet Rizzoli & Isles
2010-2016
  • Lt. Grant
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Intervention
2005
  • Narrator
No Score Yet Wahlburgers
2014
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • Reality cast member
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet Boston's Finest
2013-2014
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer

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