Donnie Wahlberg: From pop to cop

Donnie Wahlberg as detective Danny Reagan
Dorchester native Donnie Wahlberg has quite the resume. His latest role is playing detective Danny Reagan on the new television drama "Blue Bloods." The series, which chronicles the lives of the Reagan family, premieres on CBS tonight (Sept. 24). Wahlberg has gone from singer in the infamous boy band New Kids on the Block to starring as various detectives in multiple TV series and movies. Take a look back at the singer and actor's career (and appearances at Celtics games).
 New Kids on the Block
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Wahlberg got his start singing for the Boston-based boy band "New Kids on the Block" in the 1980s and 1990s. Though the group disbanded in 1984, the Kids reunited in 2008 to embark on a world tour and release the album "The Block." Pictured, from left: Danny Wood, Joe McIntyre, Donnie Wahlberg, Jordan Knight, and Jon Knight (in the front).
Wahlberg played bad boy Danny Quinn from South Boston (where else?) in the 1999 film 'Southie.' Here, he's pictured with costar Rose McGowan.
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Wahlberg played bad boy Danny Quinn from South Boston (where else?) in the 1999 film "Southie." Here, he's pictured with costar Rose McGowan.
The star caught up with his siblings at the 'Southie' premiere at the Kendall Square Cinema on May 27, 1999. From right: Bob Wahlberg, Mark Wahlberg, Tracy Wahlberg, and Donnie Wahlberg.
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The star caught up with his siblings at the "Southie" premiere at the Kendall Square Cinema on May 27, 1999. From right: Bob Wahlberg, Mark Wahlberg, Tracy Wahlberg, and Donnie Wahlberg.
Michael Madsen, foreground, and Donnie Wahlberg acted together in 'Big Apple,' a 2001 CBS television series about the FBI and NYPD battling the mob in New York City.
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Michael Madsen, foreground, and Donnie Wahlberg acted together in "Big Apple," a 2001 CBS television series about the FBI and NYPD battling the mob in New York City.
The 2002 NBC series 'Boomtown' also found Wahlberg in the role of detective. Here, he's pictured in the pilot episode with costars, from left, Mykelti Williamson, Jason Gedrick, and Gary Basaraba.
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The 2002 NBC series "Boomtown" also found Wahlberg in the role of detective. Here, he's pictured in the pilot episode with costars, from left, Mykelti Williamson, Jason Gedrick, and Gary Basaraba.
Wahlberg took on the role of detective Eric Mathews in the 'Saw' series.
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Wahlberg took on the role of detective Eric Mathews in the "Saw" series.
Wahlberg worked alongside James Franco (pictured) and Tyrese Gibson in the 2006 flick 'Annapolis,' about a young man who dreams of entering the United States Naval Academy.
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Wahlberg worked alongside James Franco (pictured) and Tyrese Gibson in the 2006 flick "Annapolis," about a young man who dreams of entering the United States Naval Academy
In ABC's 2006 television miniseries 'The Path to 9/11,' Wahlberg played Kirk, a CIA operative.
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In ABC's 2006 television miniseries "The Path to 9/11," Wahlberg played Kirk, a CIA operative.
Walhberg played hostage negotiator Captain Horst Cali of the Pittsburgh Police Department in the Spike TV series 'The Kill Point,' which aired for one season in 2007.
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Walhberg played hostage negotiator Captain Horst Cali of the Pittsburgh Police Department in the Spike TV series "The Kill Point," which aired for one season in 2007.
During their New Kids On The Block reunion tour, Wahlberg, left, and Jordan Knight performed at the House of Blues in Boston on Dec. 20, 2009.
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During their New Kids On The Block reunion tour, Wahlberg, left, and Jordan Knight performed at the House of Blues in Boston on Dec. 20, 2009.
In the 2010 TNT series 'Rizzoli & Isles,' Wahlberg took a guest role as Lieutenant Joey Grant for two episodes.
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In the 2010 TNT series "Rizzoli & Isles," Wahlberg took a guest role as Lieutenant Joey Grant for two episodes.
As a Boston native, Wahlberg is a die-hard Celtics fan. Sitting with his brother Mark, left, and Adam Sandler, right, Walhberg cheered on the Celtics as they took on the Lakers at the Los Angeles Staples Center in December of 2007.
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As a Boston native, Wahlberg is a die-hard Celtics fan. Sitting with his brother Mark, left, and Adam Sandler, right, Walhberg cheered on the Celtics as they took on the Lakers at the Los Angeles Staples Center in December of 2007.  
Donnie Wahlberg
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Wahlberg got a chance to shoot the T-shirt gun during Game Six of the 2008 NBA Finals, which pitted the Celtics against the Los Angeles Lakers.  
Sitting with Anthony Anderson, left, Wahlberg took in Madison Square Garden as the Celtics took on the New York Knicks in April 2010.
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Sitting with Anthony Anderson, left, Wahlberg took in Madison Square Garden as the Celtics took on the New York Knicks in April 2010. 
When the Boston Celtics played the Orlando Magic in Game Four of the 2010 Eastern Conference Finals in Boston, Wahlberg was sure to be in attendance. He shook hands with Nate Robinson during half time.
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When the Boston Celtics played the Orlando Magic in Game Four of the 2010 Eastern Conference Finals in Boston, Wahlberg was sure to be in attendance. He shook hands with Nate Robinson during half time.  

 
 
 


 


 
 

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