Joseph Mulrey "Joey" McIntyre (born December 31, 1972) is an American singer-songwriter and actor. He is best known as the youngest member of the boy band New Kids on the Block. He has sold over 1 million records worldwide as a solo artist.
McIntyre was born in Needham, Massachusetts,. His parents were Thomas McIntyre, a union official, and his wife Katherine (neé Bowen) a community theater actress. His mother died on November 30, 2014, after a long battle with Alzheimer's. He is the youngest of nine children with older siblings, Judy, Alice, Susan, Tricia, Carol, Jean, Kate, and Tommy, in an Irish-American Catholic family. McIntyre graduated from Catholic Memorial School in West Roxbury, Massachusetts, an all-male Catholic private school. He shares the same birth date as his sister, Carol. Another sister, Judy, is an actress.
New Kids on the Block
Just before his 13th birthday, he joined New Kids on the Block, replacing Mark Wahlberg. Since the other four members of the band were already long-time school friends, he initially found it difficult to mesh with them. They became one of the most successful boy bands of the late 20th century, producing two number one albums on the US Billboard charts. In 1991, Forbes listed the band as the highest-earning entertainers, beating Madonna and Michael Jackson. They eventually split in 1994.
Following their split, McIntyre busied himself with songwriting and sought a solo recording contract. He made his acting debut in the film The Fantasticks, which was based on the long-running off-Broadway musical. This 1995 film, starring Joel Grey and Jean Louisa Kelly, was released in theatres five years later.
Disenchanted by his inability to find a recording contract, McIntyre used his own money to record his first solo album Stay the Same and sold it on his website. He then chose the album's title track as a single and took it to local Boston DJs, which eventually garnered the song national airplay. The combination of airplay and website sales for the single led to him signing a recording contract in 1999 with Sony Music USA, under the C2 label, a subsidiary of Columbia Records, which had previously been home to New Kids on the Block. The album was re-released on Sony's Work Records and sold more than a million copies around the world and the single "Stay The Same" peaked at #10 in the Billboard Hot 100 . The second single from the album was "I Love You Came Too Late".
Also in 1999, McIntyre recorded the song "Remember Me" for the film Southie, which starred former band mate Donnie Wahlberg. In 2001, McIntyre released his second solo album, Meet Joe Mac, but it did not chart. "Rain" was the only single released from this album.
In 2004, McIntyre released his fourth solo album, 8:09, followed by Talk To Me, an album of cover versions, in December 2006.
In April 2008, the New Kids on the Block reunited. The single "Summertime" was released in May 2008. Their first full-length album in fourteen years was released on September 2, 2008, titled The Block. On September 18, 2008, they kicked off their reunion tour. In 2009, they began a 'Full Service' summer tour. They toured with Backstreet Boys in 2011.
On November 17, 2009, McIntyre released the single "Here We Go Again" from his upcoming EP of the same name. It was produced by Brent Paschke, Gabe Lopez, and Drew Ryan Scott. Paschke, Lopez and Scott also share cowriting with McIntyre on the project. The video for "Here We Go Again" was premiered on the single release date. It was released on iTunes in December 2009.
McIntyre played Jon in Jonathan Larson's Tick, Tick... BOOM! for both the off-Broadway (Fall 2001) and national tour (2003) versions of the play. In 2002, he appeared for a season on the television program Boston Public. The following year, he released the live acoustic album One Too Many with Emanuel Kiriakou.
In 2004, he starred in the film Tony n' Tina's Wedding alongside Mila Kunis and also played Fiyero, the leading male role in the Broadway musical Wicked for which he received rave reviews. He replaced Norbert Leo Butz on July 20, 2004 and remained with the show until January 9, 2005 where he was later replaced by David Ayers. He also competed on the first season of the reality television show Dancing with the Stars, winning third place with dance professional partner Ashly DelGrosso.
McIntyre appeared as Fonzie in Happy Days, a musical based on the hit TV show at the Falcon Theater in Los Angeles from February 15 to March 12, 2006 and a second run from June 23 to August 13, 2006. McIntyre appeared in the film On Broadway, which was filmed in his hometown of Boston.
In 2007, McIntyre appeared as Gary in Christmas At Cadillac Jacks. It played around Christmas of that year on The Hallmark Channel and other various Christian channels and recently became available on DVD.
On November 2, 2011, McIntyre guest starred on an episode of the detective comedy Psych. The title of the episode is "The Amazing Psych-Man & Tap Man, Issue #2" - Season 6x4
In 2013, McIntyre appeared in the American buddy cop comedy The Heat , as Peter Mullins, brother of Detective Shannon Mullins, played by Melissa McCarthy. In 2014, McIntyre appeared in the CBS TV sitcom The McCarthys, playing Gerard McCarthy. In 2016, he appeared on the Netflix comedy, Fuller House with all of the members of New Kids on the Block
In 2001, he hosted a season of MTV's Say What? Karaoke from Las Vegas, Nevada.
Beginning in December 2006, McIntyre took part in Dancing with the Stars - The Tour with actor Joey Lawrence, pop star Drew Lachey and TV stars Lisa Rinna and her husband Harry Hamlin.
On April 15, 2013, McIntyre competed in the Boston Marathon, in which he ran to raise awareness of Alzheimer's in honor of his mother, who lost her battle with it on November 30, 2014. He finished with a time of 3 hours and 57 minutes just minutes before a bomb exploded and killed three and injured many more.
McIntyre married Barrett Williams on August 9, 2003, exactly one year after they met. They welcomed their first child, Griffin Thomas, on November 20, 2007 in Los Angeles. On December 13, 2009, their second child, Rhys Edward, was born. Rhys was identified as having hearing loss while still an infant. On May 31, 2011, their third child, Kira Katherine, was born.
With New Kids on the Block
1986: New Kids on the Block - #25 US, #6 UK
1988: Hangin' Tough - #1 US, #1 UK
1989: Merry, Merry Christmas - #9 US, #13 UK
1990: Step by Step - #1 US, #1 UK
1991: No More Games: The Remix Album - #10 US, #15 UK
1994: Face the Music - #37 US, #36 UK
1999: Greatest Hits - #22 US
2008: The Block - #2 US, #1 CANADA, #12 UK
2011: NKOTBSB - #7 US
2013: 10 (New Kids on the Block album) - #6 US
1998: Stay the Same (BNA label)
1999: Stay the Same (Sony Works release) - #49 US (Gold)
2001: Meet Joe Mac (Atlantic label)
2002: One Too Many: Live From New York
2004: 8:09 - #50 US Independent Chart
2006: Talk to Me
2009: Here We Go Again
2011: Come Home For Christmas
1999: "Stay the Same" - #10 US (Gold), #16 US Top 40 Mainstream
1999: "I Love You Came Too Late" - #54 US, #28 US Top 40 Mainstream