Donnie Wahlberg

(Donald Edmond Wahlberg Jr.)

Donnie Wahlberg
Donnie Wahlberg
  • Born: August 17, 1969
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Singer, Songwriter, Actor, Record Producer, Film Producer

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Donald Edmond Wahlberg Jr. is an American singer, songwriter, actor, record producer, and film producer. He is a founding member of the boy band New Kids on the Block. Outside music, he has had roles in the Saw films, Dreamcatcher, The Sixth Sense, Righteous Kill, and Ransom, as well as appearing in the World War II miniseries Band of Brothers as Carwood Lipton. From 2002 to 2003, he starred in the crime drama Boomtown. He has been starring in the drama series Blue Bloods as Danny Reagan since 2010, and since 2014 is an executive producer of the TNT reality television show Boston's Finest. He was nominated for Choice Scream at the 2006 Teen Choice Awards for his work in the Saw films. He has also produced and starred in Rock this Boat, Donnie Loves Jenny and Return of the Mac on Pop TV. He also produces and stars in Wahlburgers on A&E TV.

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A guest star is a whole different responsibility. It's much different than being a regular. You come in and it's a lot of unfamiliar faces and you want to try to fit in as best you can, but also you want to stay there without making waves.
A lot of kids do look up to us. But there are just as many elderly people to put us down.
Backstreet Boys fans don't want to hear the New Kids singing all of their hits. Just like our fans don't want to hear the Backstreet Boys singing all of our hits.
For a Bostonian... we live in the shadow of New York, and to be acknowledged by New Yorkers is really the greatest feeling.
For young filmmakers, Saw is a perfect film. It doesn't cost the GNP of almost every country of the world.
I can always see something of myself in the characters I play.
I didn't have big movie offers, or any big agents wanting to work with me. I had to go grassroots, start at the bottom and go on 150 auditions before someone finally gave me a shot. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I don't sleep very much. I really like to work, though. I feel like a kid in a candy store. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I go wild on a stage. Some folks have measured us an image. They pretend us to be saints. And that image is much tougher to keep up with. Because that's not who we are.
I had to learn how to become a real actor, I had to suffer and be rejected and face that 100 times just like every actor. It wasn't like someone handed it to me.
I like being a leader in real life. Life
I love food shows: Anthony Bourdain, Iron Chef, Chopped, you name it. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
I love the rush of being creative. I really think I live for it. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I try to ground most of my characters in reality somehow. That's kind of what I bring to the table.
I want people to come see my films and enjoy them, but at the end of the day you can't control what people think.
I wasn't exactly uncomfortable when I did my first comedy. I was just very aware of the risks; if you do a comedy that sucks, and you suck in it, then you won't get a chance to do it again.
I wish I was a guy who could have pancakes and bacon and cheesy eggs, but I'd curl up and pass out. I gotta start healthy or I'll be off the rails all day.
If you are succesfull for 20 years, you can't expect to stay on the same level all through that period. A career has its ups and downs and in-betweens.
I'm a fan of good horror movies. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I'm not a big fan of table reads or sitting around a table and reading a script. I'd rather do it on set and do it for real.
I'm very much a leader in a lot of the work that I do or that I've done in my career. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
In high school, I was one of the cofounders of New Kids on the Block my freshman year in high school. But I also started studying theatre in high school my freshman year as well. So throughout high school, I was actually doing both.
In my freshman year in high school, I went to the only public high school in Boston with a theatre program.
In the end I'm the only one who knows me.
It doesn't matter to me if it has a surprise ending or not. I usually go for the material or the project.
It's different as a guest as opposed to being a star of a series. A guest star is a whole different responsibility. It's much different than being a regular. You come in, and it's a lot of unfamiliar faces, and you want to try to fit in as best you can, but also you want to stay there without making waves.
It's not hard to keep up the image we chose. It's not hard to stay yourselves.
It's rare that I come across actors who are willing to work as hard on the material as I am. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Look, we are a rock group. But you should see all those things in perspective. People tend to blow up everything into ridiculous proportions. And then the fun is gone real soon.
Producing suits me because I have a business mind and a business sensibility. Business, Commerce & Finance
The food in Europe is pretty disappointing. I like fried chicken. But other than that Europe is great. Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
There's a real danger in doing a sequel. There are some benefits, but that all hinges on how well you execute. Quite frankly, most sequels don't execute well.
Ultimately in the end, it's the director's choice.
We never really felt a real level of respect. The fame was fantastic, but that wasn't that important to me, because for every million people that loved me I focused on the one that hated me. Respect
We're entertainers, while people want us to be gods.
What's important is self-appreciation.
When New Kids became really successful, I got a lot of offers to do parts in movies and TV shows, but I was really busy, so I pretty much turned everything down. But I always knew it was something that I would eventually put some energy into. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
When you grow up in a city like Boston, where I grew up, a lot of kids became criminals or cops. I never really had a bad take on cops other than I hate when there's one behind me on the highway.
With the Internet, kids today learn things quicker than we do and they have everything there is to see, so you have to do more than just remake some old '70s film.