‘Blue Bloods’: Donnie Wahlberg Net Worth and How He Got the Role of Danny Reagan

Blue Bloods star Donnie Wahlberg has been playing the role of Danny Reagan since 2010. Fans look forward to seeing the cases his character will take on each week. What is Wahlberg’s financial life like now that he’s a top TV and music star? Here’s Donnie Wahlberg’s net worth and how he got the role of Danny Reagan.

How Donnie Wahlberg became famous

Donnie Wahlberg Blue Bloods | John Paul Filo/CBS via Getty Images
Donnie Wahlberg on Blue Bloods | John Paul Filo/CBS via Getty Images

Wahlberg rose to fame after becoming a member of the group New Kids on the Block in the 1980s. The group still tours from time to time. Wahlberg made his acting debut in the 1996 film Bullet, alongside Mickey Rourke and Tupac Shakur. That same year, he appeared in the film Ransom, in which he played the role of Cubby Barnes. His other acting appearances include Band of Brothers, Boomtown, and the Saw series.

Donnie Wahlberg directed an episode of ‘Blue Bloods’

Wahlberg isn’t just a singer and actor; he also has talent as a director. He made his directorial debut in season 4, episode 14, titled “Manhattan Queens.” In this episode, a reality TV star is discovered dead in the park and Erin is kidnapped. Wahlberg told “Entertainment Tonight” it was intimidating to direct TV legend Tom Selleck:

 It’s still a little daunting. Directing Tom Selleck, for example. I mean, Tom’s a TV legend and he’s a good actor. He’s smart; he knows the business as good as anyone. He knows when it’s BS and when it’s not. So to direct him, you’ve got to be ready. Believe me, I thought I could direct in season one, but I wanted to take a few years and get a few seasons under my belt before I even dared to step behind the camera and say, ‘Cut!’ to Tom Selleck.

How Donnie Wahlberg got the part of Danny Reagan

Wahlberg happened to be in Toronto, Canada at the same time Blue Bloods was searching for someone to play the role of Danny Reagan. He was on his way to a concert in Alaska, reports “TV Guide.”

Executive Producer Leonard Goldberg told the publication he was having a tough time finding an actor to play the part. “We were having trouble finding someone to play Danny,” Goldberg said. However, he knew right away he found the perfect actor to play the role of Danny once he saw Donnie Wahlberg:

I looked at Donnie’s reel and said, ‘That’s Danny Reagan!’ He had the energy and the physicality. If Tom Selleck’s police commissioner is the foundation of Blue Bloods, Donnie is the engine that drives the show. He brings such passion—and a little danger—to the police stories that it allows us to pause and do the family scenes that are the heart of our show. Without Donnie, it could become a little boring.

Donnie Wahlberg’s net worth

As of this writing, Wahlberg has a net worth of $25 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth estimates.

Blue Bloods airs on CBS Fridays at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

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