Donnie enjoys working in television more than film. He says that the pace of TV suits him better.
Donnie's first band was called Risk.
Donnie appeared at Wrestlemania X.
In January of 2002, Donnie read Chuck Hogan's book Prince of Thieves: A Novel for the audio release.
Many people assume that the character of Johnny Drama on HBO's hit series Entourage is based off of Donnie. He vehemently denies this claim.
Donnie once made a pilot N.Y.-70 for NBC. It wasn't picked up and has never been seen.
Donnie is a fan of the Boston Celtics (NBA).
His nicknames are Donnie D, Cheese and DDub.
He was born into a Swedish/Irish-Catholic family.
His height is 5' 10" (1.78 m).
Donnie has five brothers: Arthur, James, Paul, Robert, and Mark; and three sisters: Michelle, Tracey, and Debbie.
For the the songs "Music for the People" and "You Gotta Believe," Donnie produced, arranged, mixed and co-wrote for the 1991 and 1992 albums from his brother's group Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch.
For the role of Vincent Grey in the 1999 movie The Sixth Sense, Donnie lost 43 pounds. The role was originally intended for a teenager, but Donnie impressed M. Night Shyamalan at a meeting where Donnie was trying to obtain rights to a theater production.
Donnie shares a birthday with Sean Penn and Robert De Niro.
He is the older brother of fellow actor, Mark Wahlberg. Donnie's older brother Robert is also an actor and has a few minor parts in movies.
He had two sons with his wife Kim Fey. His first child was Xavier Alexander and his second was Elijah Hendrix.
He is in the music band New Kids on the Block.
Donnie Wahlberg: (Leaving town) helped me to know what it was like to come home after experiencing a new way of life--to see some people haven't changed; some people have changed for the worse; some people tell you they've changed for the better, but they haven't. So it's interesting to go away and come back, because things haven't changed so much. The trick is not to get sucked back into it.
Donnie Wahlberg: I'm not a huge horror fan but I like good horror movies.
Donnie Wahlberg: To me, I'm ten times more successful as an actor than I was as a musician. I work harder and I know my craft better. I was a superstar as a musician. I'm not a superstar now, but I'm happier.
Donnie Wahlberg: As an actor, I can only control what I do, but to have so much freedom and to have so much creative input, that's really very difficult to come by in network television. Worst case, I'm going into the game with a team I feel good about and they believe in me and I believe in them. And whatever happens, happens.
Donnie Wahlberg: I'm not a big nightclub person, so I've never had any real draw to South Beach.
Donnie Wahlberg: My goals were always very simple to achieve something better than the status quo that surrounded me – which was drive a truck, rob a bank or be a plumber, which isn't the worst thing. All I wanted to do was something better.
Donnie Wahlberg: A memory of a really good movie that stays with you is more like a music video, you remember the highlights.
Donnie Wahlberg: When I first told my dad I was going to join a band, he said, 'Donnie, if you change, I'm gonna kick your ass.' So I went on a mission to stay focused and entrenched in reality.
Donnie Wahlberg: There's too many actors who've been bustin' their butt just to have me use New Kids on the Block as a free pass to become a TV or movie star.
Donnie Wahlberg: (On the controversy surrounding 'The Path to 9/11') How many innocent lives were lost? Somebody made a mistake, many parts of our government made a mistake, and we can't ignore it.