Birth Name: Donnie Wahlberg
Birth Place: Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA
Born Donald Edmond Wahlberg, Jr. in the predominately white and Irish Boston suburb of Dorchester, MA, he was the eighth of nine children born to teamster Donald Wahlberg, Sr., and his wife, Alma, a bank clerk and nurse's aide. Music was part of his life from an early age. At 12, he started his first band, and was a staple of the drama club and other performance-based activities in high school. All served well to distract Wahlberg from the turmoil of his home life; his parents divorced when he was 12, and he, along with younger brother Mark, went to live with his mother, while other siblings moved in with their father. While in high school, Wahlberg was persuaded to audition for a new singin...
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