Joey Fatone

American entertainer

Joseph Anthony Fatone Jr. (born January 28, 1977)[1] is an American singer, dancer, actor, and television personality. He is best known as a member of the boyband NSYNC, in which he sang baritone. In 2007, he came in second place on the ABC reality show Dancing with the Stars. He was the host of the U.S. and Australian versions of The Singing Bee, which aired on NBC in the U.S. Fatone was also the announcer for the game show Family Feud from 2010 to 2015. Fatone previously hosted on Food Network's Rewrapped, Live Well Network's My Family Recipe Rocks, and The Price Is Right Live! at Bally's Las Vegas.

Joey Fatone
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Fatone at the 81st Academy Awards in February 2009
Background information
Birth nameJoseph Anthony Fatone Jr.
Born (1977-01-28) January 28, 1977 (age 43)
Brooklyn, New York City
OriginOrlando, Florida, United States
GenresPop
Occupation(s)Singer, actor, television personality
InstrumentsVocals, drums, percussion
Years active1993–present
Associated actsNSYNC

Early life and educationEdit

Fatone was born in Brooklyn, New York City, the son of Joe and Phyllis Fatone. He has a brother, Steven, and a sister, Janine,[1] and was raised at 2140 84th Street in the Bensonhurst neighborhood,[2] His father had sung in a doo-wop group called the Orions.[2] At 13, he moved with his family to Orlando, Florida, where he attended a Dr. Phillips High School.[3]

CareerEdit

NSYNC (1995-2002)Edit

In the summer of 1995, after befriending Chris Kirkpatrick, a fellow Universal Studios stage performer who was singing in a doo-wop group, he became the fourth member of NSYNC, along with Justin Timberlake and JC Chasez. Then Lance Bass was added to the group that would become NSYNC. In 2001, Fatone co-starred with *NSYNC bandmate Lance Bass in the Miramax film On the Line, he guest starred with NSYNC 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.

Post-NSYNC career (2002-present)Edit

Fatone co-starred in the 2002 dramatic comedy motion picture My Big Fat Greek Wedding as Toula's cousin Angelo, appeared in the show My Big Fat Greek Life, and reprised the role again in the 2016 sequel My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2.

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, would replace 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.

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.[4] In 6 weeks he was eliminated, but he won $5,000 for his charity, the Fatone Family Foundation.[5] He also hosted the Las Vegas show The Price Is Right Live! at Bally's Las Vegas, as a celebrity guest host.

On August 25, 2013, the members of NSYNC regrouped for a one-off performance at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards.[6] They performed a medley of "Girlfriend" and "Bye Bye Bye." After the performance, Lance Bass said that the group does not have plans at the moment for a reunion tour or new music.[7]

In February 2014, he made a guest appearance on the hidden camera show Impractical Jokers, standing in for one of the show's stars, Brian Quinn, during a challenge.

In April 2014, Fatone began hosting the Food Network cooking competition Rewrapped, where chefs must try to recreate classic snack foods, then create new dishes using said snack food.

In August 2014, Fatone hosted the family reality series Parents Just Don't Understand, seen on the Hub Network, which was later rebranded as Discovery Family.

In 2015, Fatone made a couple of appearances as himself in The Jack and Triumph Show.

In November 2016, Fatone made another appearance on Impractical Jokers for the Nitro Circus Spectacular episode.

Fatone is the host of Common Knowledge, a game show which premiered on January 14, 2019 on the Game Show Network.[8] He also appeared as the Rabbit in the singing competition show The Masked Singer.[9]

Dancing with the StarsEdit

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.[10] 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 mirror ball trophy,[11] again dancing with Kym Johnson. They were the second couple eliminated. He later returned in season 27 during Trio Week as a trio partner to John Schneider and Emma Slater.

Personal lifeEdit

On September 9, 2004, Fatone married his high-school sweetheart, Kelly Baldwin, at Oheka Castle on Long Island, New York, in a ceremony was attended by all his bandmates.[12] Fatone and his wife have two daughters: Briahna Joely, born March 21, 2001,[13] and Kloey Alexandria, born January 11, 2010.[14] Fatone's best friend, Lance Bass, is their godfather.[15]

DiscographyEdit

NSYNCEdit

Stage workEdit

  • Rent – Mark Cohen (2002)
  • Little Shop of Horrors – Seymour Krelborn (2004)
  • The Producers – Franz Liebkind (2010)
  • 42nd Street – Bert Barry (2013)
  • Rock of Ages -The Palazzo, Las Vegas (2015)

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role
2000 Longshot Pizza Chef
2001 On The Line Rod
2002 My Big Fat Greek Wedding Angelo
2003 The Cooler Johnny Cappella
2006 Homie Spumoni Buddy
2016 My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 Angelo
2016 Dead 7 Whiskey Joe
2016 Izzie's Way Home Carl

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2003 My Big Fat Greek Life Angelo Episode: "The Empire Strikes Back"
2006 Shorty McShorts' Shorts Ricky 3 episodes
2008 Hannah Montana Joey Vitolo Episode: "Bye Bye Ball"
2014, 2016, 2017 Impractical Jokers Himself 3 episodes
2017 Celebrity Family Feud Himself Episode: "Boy Band vs. Girl Group"
2017–present Impractical Jokers: After Party Himself (host)
2019 The Masked Singer Rabbit/Himself
2019 Common Knowledge Himself (host)

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Joey Fatone". TVGuide.com. Archived from the original on June 2, 2016.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "'N Sync Discusses Their Rise to Stardom". Larry King Live. CNN. January 9, 2001. Retrieved June 6, 2019.
  3. Manno, Adam (September 6, 2016). "'N Sync's Joey Fatone on hot dogs and his reputation as the 'Fat One'". Orlando Weekly. Florida. Retrieved June 6, 2019.
  4. Rachael vs. Guy Celebrity Cook-Off: New Show Premieres This Winter. Blog.foodnetwork.com (July 29, 2011). Retrieved on 2016-02-27.
  5. "Fatone Family Foundation – About". Fatonefoundation.com. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  6. "*NSYNC VMA Performance: Justin Timberlake's Boy Band Reunites For MTV Onstage Reunion". The Huffington Post. August 25, 2013. Retrieved January 29, 2014.
  7. "Lance Bass Says No *NSYNC Reunion Planned After VMAs Performance". The Huffington Post. August 27, 2013. Retrieved January 29, 2014.
  8. "Common Knowledge". GSNTV. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  9. Stone, Natalie. "The Masked Singer Double Elimination! Rabbit and Lion Revealed During Semifinals". PEOPLE.com. Retrieved February 21, 2019.
  10. ABC News (February 21, 2007). "Meet the New Cast of 'Dancing with the Stars". ABC.com. Retrieved August 5, 2017.
  11. Shira, Dahvi. (July 27, 2012) Dancing with the Stars All-Star Cast Revealed. People.com. Retrieved on 2016-02-27.
  12. Correia, Roberta (June 9, 2016). "TBT: Reliving Each NSYNC Wedding, from Justin Timberlake to Joey Fatone, in Photos". Brides. Retrieved June 6, 2019.
  13. "Briahna Joely Fatone". MyHeritage.com. Retrieved June 6, 2019.
  14. Helling, Steve (January 14, 2013). "Joey Fatone Welcomes a Daughter – Babies, Joey Fatone". People. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  15. Bass, Lance (2007). Out of Sync. New York, Los Angeles: Simon Spotlight Entertainment. p. 50. ISBN 978-1-4169-4788-2.

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