“I'm a dude that could easily have turned to drugs and crime. One day, my mind said, 'Stop.' And I did.”Donnie Wahlberg was born on August 17, 1969, in Boston, Massachusetts. He first gained notice as an actor with his role in the 1999 movie Famed singer and actor Donnie Wahlberg was born Donald Edmond Wahlberg Jr. I learned it was best not to do that stuff when I saw what happened to my family members.But busing put Wahlberg's life on a course toward fame and success.Wahlberg was bused more than half an hour each way to William Monroe Trotter School, a mostly black elementary school in Roxbury.After watching hundreds of auditions, Starr was amazed by Wahlberg's combination of singing, dancing and rapping talent, and immediately enlisted him to form the centerpiece of the new group.Wahlberg quickly recruited brother Mark and Danny Wood, as well as another friend, Jordan Knight, and Knight's older brother, Jonathan.Since then, Donnie has really put it all on the line for the former Playboy Playmate – even feuding with his devout Catholic brother Mark, 42, who doesn’t approve of the way she openly talks about sex and her irreverent attitude toward Catholicism.
Starr was holding open auditions to create a new boy band of white teenagers to mirror the success of his other band, the all African-American R&B group New Edition.Soon Wahlberg and Danny Wood, a friend also being bused to Roxbury, began spending their afternoons composing rap lyrics instead of their homework."Being bused to school in Roxbury was the greatest thing that ever happened to us," Wahlberg later remembered.They eventually decided to call themselves New Kids on the Block, a name taken from one of Donnie Wahlberg's rap lyrics.New Kids on the Block signed with Columbia Records and released their self-titled debut album in 1986.