With an impressive background that spans across the worlds of
music, film and television, DONNIE WAHLBERG (Duddits) has captured the
attention of audiences worldwide. He has proven his versatility by transforming
himself from a teen pop sensation to a noteworthy dramatic film actor and
critically acclaimed television star.
Wahlberg currently stars in the new NBC hit drama series
Boomtown, where he has received praise from critics and audiences alike for
his portrayal of "Joel Stevens," an intense Los Angeles detective
struggling to keep his troubled home life a secret while remaining dedicated to
facing the challenges of his daily work life. Graham Yost, executive producer
and writer of Boomtown, had worked with Donnie in Band of Brothers
in which Wahlberg starred as 2nd Lt. C. Carwood Lipton and was so
impressed by his performance that he wrote the role of "Joel Stevens"
specifically for him.
Prior to Band of Brothers, Wahlberg received a great
deal of attention for his dynamic role in The Sixth Sense as the
psychotic patient of Bruce Willis in the opening sequence. This role was
originally intended for a 13-year-old boy until Wahlberg met with M. Night
Shyamalan to inquire about obtaining the rights for a theatre production and
ended up getting this pivotal role.
He also starred as the kidnapper who was in over his head in Ransom
with Mel Gibson, directed by Ron Howard. Prior to that, Wahlberg received
attention for his role in an independent film, Southie, directed by John
Born in Boston, the eighth of nine children, Wahlberg began
performing in plays and banging on pots and pans as early as the first grade. In
high school, he attended a fledgling arts program and became involved in
theatre, acting, writing and directing plays. At age 14, Wahlberg started a
band, and in a few years they went from playing at high school parties to
becoming the pop music sensation New Kids on the Block. At the height of New
Kids' popularity, Wahlberg made a decision to go in another direction,
focusing on writing and producing for his younger brother, Mark. He then
appeared in Bullet with Mickey Rourke and Tupac Shakur, a project that
lit a spark in him, motivating him to continue to work on his craft.
Wahlberg currently lives in Los Angeles with his family.
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