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Fatone at the 81st Academy Awards in February 2009.
|Birth name||Joseph Anthony Fatone, Jr.|
January 28, 1977 |
Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
|Origin||Orlando, Florida, U.S.|
|Occupations||Singer, actor, television personality|
|Associated acts||'N Sync|
Joseph Anthony "Joey" Fatone, Jr. (born January 28, 1977) is an American singer, dancer, actor and television personality. He is best known as a member of the boyband 'N Sync, in which he sang baritone. In 2007, he came in second place on the ABC reality show Dancing with the Stars. He was also the host of the U.S. and Australian versions of The Singing Bee which aired on NBC in the U.S.. Currently Fatone is the announcer on Family Feud, and is also guest host of The Price Is Right Live! at Bally's Las Vegas.
Early life and education
Fatone was born in Brooklyn to an Italian American family and lived in Bensonhurst. He attended Joseph B. Cavallaro J.H.S. (I.S. 281) located at 8787 24th Avenue, Brooklyn. He is the son of Phyllis and Joseph Anthony Fatone, Sr., the latter of whom is an actor and musician. He has two older siblings, Janine and Steven. At thirteen years, Fatone and his family moved to Orlando, Florida. There, Fatone attended and graduated from Dr. Phillips High School. Reportedly, at his graduation, Fatone sang a rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner", celebrated as a precursor to his future success.
Before becoming famous, Fatone appeared as a contestant on the classic Nickelodeon game show Nick Arcade. However, Fatone and his partner on that episode did not proceed to the bonus round because of buzzing in and answering a question about Abraham Lincoln incorrectly.
After high school, Fatone worked as a performer at Universal Studios in Orlando, where he played "Wolfie" in Beetlejuice's GraveYard Revue. Soon after that in the summer of 1995, after befriending fellow Universal Studios stage performer, Chris Kirkpatrick, who was singing in a doo-wop group, they became the first two members along with Justin Timberlake, of what would become 'N Sync. In 2001, Fatone co-starred with *NSYNC bandmate Lance Bass in the Miramax film On the Line, He guest starred with N Sync on a 2001 episode of The Simpsons episode New Kids on the Blecch and also did voice work with Bass on the same episodes of Disney's Kim Possible and Adult Swim's Robot Chicken. He also performed in the 2002 dramatic comedy motion picture My Big Fat Greek Wedding as Toula's cousin Angelo and also appears in My Big Fat Greek Life The TV Sitcom., and acted in the critically acclaimed movie The Cooler. He has had minor roles in the experimental film, Red Riding Hood, and in Homie Spumoni, alongside Jamie-Lynn Sigler. Fatone has also been on Broadway performing leads in Rent and in a revival of Little Shop Of Horrors.
Fatone hosted NBC's The Singing Bee as well as the Australian version of the show on Nine Network. On August 21, 2007, it was announced that Fatone, along with Lisa Rinna, will be replacing Joan Rivers and Melissa Rivers as hosts of TV Guide's red carpet pre-shows for the 2007-2008 season. His hosting duties with TV Guide continued for the 2008-2009 season.
Fatone was also in an episode of Hannah Montana as a restaurant owner who used to be a baseball player and forces Hannah to sing in order to get a replacement signed ball for her brother. He is also the "ringmaster" for the new NBC celebrity reality series Celebrity Circus (which is based on the Australian version).
On May 22, 2010, Fatone starred as a baseball player in an episode of Imagination Movers on the Disney Channel.
From July 6–18, 2010, Fatone played Franz Liebkind, the comedic Nazi soldier, in the musical "The Producers" at the Pittsburgh Benedum Center.
In the twelfth season of Family Feud in 2010, Fatone became the announcer with Steve Harvey as the host for that season.
In January 2012, he was one of eight celebrities participating in the Food Network reality series Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off. In 6 weeks he was eliminated, but he won $5000 for his charity, the Fatone Family Foundation . He's also hosting the Las Vegas show "The Price is right" at Bally's Las Vegas, as a celebrity guest host.
Dancing with the Stars
On February 1, 2007, the ABC television network announced that Fatone would participate in season 4 of the American version of Dancing with the Stars, which debuted March 19, 2007. He ended up placing second, losing the mirror ball to Apolo Anton Ohno and Julianne Hough. He competed with professional partner Kym Johnson. Fatone participated in the 15th season of Dancing with the Stars for a second chance to win a mirrorball trophy, again dancing with Kym Johnson. They were the second couple eliminated.
Dancing with the Stars At Sea
In February 2013, Fatone appeared on Holland America Line's "Dancing With the Stars At Sea", aboard the MS Eurodam. He was paired with Lacey Schwimmer and appeared alongside Mark Ballas, Sabrina Bryan, and a dance ensemble. Unlike the TV show, however, this was not a competition and there were no eliminations.
Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
On October 18, 2009, Fatone showed up at TNA Wrestling's biggest annual pay-per-view event TNA Bound for Glory and co-hosted the live pre-show alongside Jeremy Borash. This was not the first time Fatone has been linked to TNA as he has been spotted at Universal Orlando where TNA tapes their weekly television program.
On September 9, 2004, Fatone married his on-and-off girlfriend of 10 years, Kelly Baldwin. The ceremony took place in Oheka Castle on Long Island, New York and was attended by all of Fatone's bandmates. Fatone and his wife have two daughters, Briahna Joely, born on March 21, 2001, and Kloey Alexandra, born on January 11, 2010. Fatone's best friend, Lance Bass is Briahna's godfather.
- Rent - Mark Cohen (2002)
- Little Shop of Horrors - Seymour Krelborn (2004)
- The Producers - Franz Liebkind (2010)
- "Joey Fatone Biography (1977-)". FilmReference.
- Rachael vs. Guy Celebrity Cook-Off: New Show Premieres This Winter
- "Meet the New Cast of 'Dancing With the Stars". ABC.com Dancing with the chickens. February 3, 1903. Retrieved 2007-02-21.
- Dancing with the Stars All-Star Cast Revealed
- "TNA Bound for Glory Pre-Show w/ JB and Joey Fatone".
- "Fatone 'N Sync with Bride". E! News. 2004-09-10.
- Bass, Lance (2007). Out of Sync. New York, Los Angeles: Simon Spotlight Entertainment. p. 50. ISBN 978-1-4169-4788-2.
- Joey Fatone at the Internet Movie Database
- Joey Fatone at the Internet Broadway Database
- Joey Fatone at TVGuide.com
- Exclusive Radio Interview
|Awards and achievements|
Mario Lopez & Karina Smirnoff
|Dancing with the Stars (US) runner up
Season 4 (Spring 2007 with Kym Johnson)
Mel B & Maksim Chmerkovskiy