He is the youngest member of New Kids on the Block, a boy band that created numerous hits, particularly in the late 1980s and early 1990s. McIntyre, a married father of three, has additionally loved singing solo and playing, along with making NKOTB reunion records.
Joseph Mulrey McIntyre was named after St. Joseph by his father, Thomas, a bricklayers’ union official, and mother, Katherine, a community-theatre performer. The McIntyres welcomed their ninth kid on December 31, 1972, in Needham, Massachusetts. With the natural vocal ability, he was already performing in the Local Children’s Theatre of Boston by age 6.
Before reaching adolescence, McIntyre was solicited to be an integral part of New Kids on the Block by music producer Maurice Starr, the guy behind New Edition. McIntyre was brought in especially to replace Wahlberg’s pal, Jamie Kelly, whose parents pushed him to bail out. The youngest member of NKOTB needed to show himself to his bandmates. They went to sell 80 million records.
In 1994, NKOTB disbanded. McIntyre went into acting, starring in The Fantasticks, a 1995 movie on the basis of the musical. Four years after, he scored a recording contract and released his record Stay the Same, which he co-created along with his former bandmates Wahlberg and Wood. It sold more than a million copies. More solo endeavors followed, as did acting occupations, including characters on TV’s Boston Public and in Broadway’s Wicked. He also competed on Season 1 of Dancing with the Stars in 2006, ending third.
Now, McIntyre parents his three children with wife Barrett Williams. He also works to raise awareness for kids with hearing problems; one of his sons is hearing impaired.