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Blue Bloods star Donnie Wahlberg photographed for Watch Magazine.

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By Nate Millado

Danny Reagan is a great detective, doesn't always play by the book, and is extremely loyal—especially to his family. (Blue blood runs deep!) But there is more to Donnie Wahlberg than Danny Reagan, a role he's played on Blue Bloods since 2010. Get to know the man behind the badge!

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He's a Boy-Bander for Life!

If you grew up in the late '80s or early '90s, you likely "met" Donnie as one-fifth of the biggest boy band of that era—New Kids on the Block—along with brothers Jonathan and Jordan Knight, Joey McIntyre, and Danny Wood. And while the "Step By Step" singers temporarily disbanded back in 1994, they officially reunited in 2008 and have continued touring and making music to this day! Wahlberg continually professes his "love and connection" on social to Blockheads, "the greatest fans in the history of music."

Name That Tune

Bridget Moynahan wears a black dress as she poses with Donnie Wahlberg in a tuxedo and tuxedo shirt

Bridget Moynahan wearing a Michelle Mason gown with Donnie Wahlberg, in a tuxedo and tuxedo shirt by Brooks Brothers.

Photo: David Needleman.

Wahlberg has even snuck some Easter eggs into episodes of Blue Bloods for diehard fans. He tells Showbiz Cheat Sheet: "The first season I snuck a New Kids On The Block [song] title in every episode. So I would tell, like Bridget [Moynahan]'s character, 'Hey, hang tough' and 'Call It What You Want,' 'Step by Step,'" he explained. "I was speaking in song titles pretty much every episode and nobody was really catching it because of the way I did it. But my music fans and the [NKOTB] fans definitely were catching it. And every week they would hashtag whatever the song title was. It would usually end up trending on Twitter. I love it."

Sibling Revelry

Born on August 17, 1969, Donnie is the eighth of nine Wahlberg kids (you may have heard of his younger bro, fellow actor Mark). And the family biz extends beyond Hollywood: Donnie, Mark, and older brother Paul co-own burgers-and-bar chain Wahlburgers.

Donnie Hearts Jenny

When Wahlberg sat in the hot seat with Jenny McCarthy on Watch What Happens Live back in 2012, there was such a palpable connection that even host Andy Cohen implored the Blue Bloods star to ask out the Playmate-turned-author. (He didn't.) They met again a year later on McCarthy's VH1 talk show, "and the rest, as they say, is history," Wahlberg posted on his Insta. (His now wife, who often hashtags herself as #MrsWahlberg, confessed: "Mister!!! I'll never forget how hot I thought you were the moment I met you.")

He's a Record Breaker

Oh, snap! Wahlberg holds the Guinness World Record for "Most Selfies Taken in 3 Minutes." He achieved the title aboard the New Kids on the Block Cruise in Cozumel, Mexico, with the help of his Blockheads. His 122 selfies beat the former record of 119.

He's a Method Actor

A gaunt Donnie Wahlberg pointing a gun in The Sixth Sense

Yes, that is a 139-pound Donnie Wahlberg in The Sixth Sense.

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Remember when Donnie Wahlberg was in The Sixth Sense? You'd be forgiven if you didn't. "Every day for years people would say, 'Dude, I didn't know that was you,'" he told USA Today in 2019 when the Oscar-nominated film turned 20. So, how badly did Wahlberg want to play the unrecognizable role of Vincent Gray, a disturbed former mental patient of Dr. Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis)? He not only lost 40 pounds, but he also fired his manager who told him to pass due to a low-pay offer. "I said, 'I don't care; I'd do it for free,'" says Wahlberg.

He Bleeds Green

The Massachusetts native is a diehard Boston Celtics fan! (You'll often spot him sitting court-side at home games.) Wahlberg even narrated ESPN's 30 for 30 documentary in 2017 on the longtime Celtics and Lakers rivalry.

Did You Know ...

Donnie Wahlberg in a gray suit and a dark floral shirt

Donnie Wahlberg, dressed for success.

Photo: David Needleman.

Wahlberg only wears T-shirts once (then gives them away), gets dressed in the exact same sequence every day (socks first), and cries when he's really happy, according to Us Magazine.

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Photo: John Paul Filo

By Nate Millado


Let's be frank: Blue Bloods has lasted for 12 seasons thanks largely to the character of Frank Reagan (Tom Selleck), the tough-love family man who runs both the Reagan household and the NYPD with fairness and diplomacy. Here are just a few of the traits that make him television's best police commish and paterfamilias extraordinaire!

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1. He's A Family Man

The Reagans at one of their famous family dinners

The stars of Blue Bloods gathered around the Reagans' dinner table.

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One of the cornerstones of every episode of Blue Bloods is the family dinner, where Frank Reagan gets to break bread with his brood—all of whom followed in his footsteps to a life in law enforcement. Jamie (Will Estes) and Danny (Donnie Wahlberg) are both cops (and, of course, Frank's other son, Joe, died in the line of duty), while daughter Erin (Bridget Moynahan) works in the Manhattan District Attorney's Office.

And let's not forget Pop (Len Cariou)! Henry is the one Reagan who preceded Frank as a LEO, holding the top cop job before his son climbed the ranks. Time will tell if Frank's influence carries on to lead his grandchildren—beyond recent arrival Joe Hill (Will Hochman)—into the family business, but it wouldn't be a surprise given how much he inspires us.

2. He's Highly Decorated

Tom Selleck as Frank Reagan in uniform standing at the podium

When we first meet Frank Reagan in the Blue Bloods pilot, he's the New York Chief of Police.

Photo: Marni Grossman/CBS

Just take a gander at all those breast bars on Frank's uniform! Among the accolades he's been awarded for his service: The American Flag Breast Bar, the World Trade Center Breast Bar, the NYPD Meritorious Police Duty medal, and the NYPD Medal of Honor.

3. He's Loyal To His City

Blue Bloods Tom Selleck stands in his NYPD office as Frank Reagan facing old friend Lenny Ross played by Treat Williams

The commissioner isn't open to job offers, as Frank tells Lenny Ross (Treat Williams).

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Commissioner Frank Reagan has never worked a day in his life—if, that is, you go by the old adage about loving your work. As mayors have come and gone, the commissioner has been steadfast in his commitment to his city and the people who inhabit it.

We could have told Lenny Ross (Treat Williams) that no cushy job with the NFL, tempting as it might be for some, could persuade Frank to leave his city without strong leadership at a time of great challenges. That's inspiring loyalty!

4. He's A Dog Lover

Tom Selleck as Frank Reagan with a German Shepherd from the K9 unit on a leafy sidewalk near a canine obstacle course

Frank with a member of the K9 unit who's facing a tough accusation.

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Frank has had many partners over the years—including Lenny Ross (Treat Williams) and Jimmy Burke (Gary Basaraba)—but he memorably served with four-legged friend Greta, his partner in the K9 Unit in the early '80s. He transferred out of the unit after Greta was shot and killed by a burglar Frank sent her to apprehend.
Greta's sacrifice isn't forgotten, nor is Frank's loyalty to her canine comrades in question, as he is forced to revisit this painful memory in the Season 4 episode "Bad Blood." When the Commissioner learns one of his most highly decorated officers—Raymond, a German Shepherd in the K9 unit—is being accused of police brutality, he gets to the truth and stands up for this dutiful dog's honor.

5. He's Faithful

Bebe Neuwirth in a red dress faces Tom Selleck in a scene from Blue Bloods

Frank meets the new Inspector General, Kelly Peterson (Bebe Neuwirth).

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Frank married Mary Margaret Reagan in the early 1970s and has remained faithful to her even after her death from cancer. Fans have been clamoring for him to find love again—and there were certainly sparks with Inspector General Kelly Peterson (Bebe Neuwirth), who resigned after confessing her feelings for him—but Selleck is OK with his character's single life. "It's important he remains a man alone in overall concept because that's part of the sacrifice he's made," he told TV Insider.

6. He's A Hero

Tom Selleck as Frank Reagan at the 9/11 Memorial at night

Frank grapples with the impending loss of a friend who worked alongside him at Ground Zero.

Photo: Jojo Whilden/CBS

On September 11, 2001, Frank was working in the North Tower of the World Trade Center when the South Tower collapsed. He spent days at Ground Zero and slept in the pews with his fellow officers at St. Paul's Chapel. Blue Bloods was the first scripted series to film at the 9/11 Memorial.

7. He's A Survivor

Frank wears a long black coat and stands in front of a police car

Frank looks on as a mob boss is led away.

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Frank survived not one but two assassination attempts! In 2011, he was shot by Kevin Brennan, the son of the former head of the Westies, who Frank arrested back in the '70s. Two years later, he was targeted by Hector Santiago, a mentally challenged teen who was tricked by the Los Lordes gang. The bullets miss Frank, but hit Mayor Poole, leaving him paralyzed. Frank's resolve to serve his city never wavers.

8. He Rocks That Mustache

A closeup of Tom Selleck with his trademark mustache

Tom Selleck has one of the most iconic mustaches in Hollywood.

Photo: Marni Grossman/CBS

Not since the OG Magnum, P.I., has there been a mustache as iconic as Frank Reagan's. It just happens that TV legend Tom Selleck played both! It's always Movember at the Reagan home—and that's the way we like it.

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