Name at birth: Donald Edmond Wahlberg, Jr.
One of the star's of the CBS television series Blue Bloods, Donnie Wahlberg, started his entertainment career in the 1980s as one of the original members of the boy band New Kids On The Block. He is the older brother of actor/producer Mark Wahlberg. Donnie grew up in Dorchester, a predominantly Irish Boston suburb, but he went to school in Roxbury, a predominantly African-American Boston suburb. That's where, as a young teenager, he learned to rap, and in 1984 he successfully auditioned for the boy band New Kids On The Block. After some false starts, the band hit the top of the charts in 1988, with singles such as "Please Don't Go, Girl" and "You Got It (The Right Stuff)." They broke up in 1994 and Donnie, like his younger brother Mark, pursued an acting career. He first gained notice in a small role in The Sixth Sense (1999, directed by M. Night Shyamalan), but then he became better known on television, usually playing cops or soldiers. His credits include the mini-series Band of Brothers (2001) and the series Boomtown (2002-03), Runaway (2006) and, since 2010, Blue Bloods (co-starring Tom Selleck).
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