Joseph Anthony 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 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.
Fatone at the 81st Academy Awards in February 2009
|Birth name||Joseph Anthony Fatone Jr.|
|Born||January 28, 1977|
Brooklyn, New York City
|Origin||Orlando, Florida, United States|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, actor, television personality|
|Instruments||Vocals, drums, percussion|
Early life and education
Fatone was born in Brooklyn, New York City, the son of Joe and Phyllis Fatone. He has a brother, Steven, and a sister, Janine, and was raised at 2140 84th Street in the Bensonhurst neighborhood, His father had sung in a doo-wop group called the Orions. At 13, he moved with his family to Orlando, Florida, where he attended a Dr. Phillips High School.
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.
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. He acted in the critically acclaimed movie The Cooler. He has had minor roles in both the experimental film Red Riding Hood and Homie Spumoni, the latter alongside Jamie-Lynn Sigler. Fatone has also been on Broadway, performing leads in Rent in 2002 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, 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.
Fatone was also in an episode of Hannah Montana as a restaurant owner named Joey Vitolo, who used to be a baseball player and forces Hannah to sing in order to get a replacement signed ball for her brother. He was also the "ringmaster" for the NBC celebrity reality series Celebrity Circus (which was 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 $5,000 for his charity, the Fatone Family Foundation. He also hosted the Las Vegas show The Price Is Right Live! at Bally's Las Vegas, as a celebrity guest host.
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. He also appeared as the Rabbit in the singing competition show The Masked Singer.
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 mirror ball trophy, 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.
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 returned to Dancing with the Stars at Sea on Holland America Line's MS Nieuw Amsterdam in January 2014, alongside co-star . 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 attended the 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 its weekly television program.
On August 25, 2013, the members of NSYNC regrouped for a one-off performance at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. 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.
In 2017, Joey Fatone opened up his own hot dog stand, Fat One's Hot Dogs & Italian Ice, at a mall in Orlando, Florida. Fat One's quickly became a popular joint, appearing on Impractical Jokers in the episode "Crickets". After 2017, the stand in the mall shut down, and Fat One's became a food truck instead.
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. Fatone and his wife have two daughters: Briahna Joely, born March 21, 2001, and Kloey Alexandria, born January 11, 2010. Fatone's best friend, Lance Bass, is their godfather.
|2001||On The Line||Rod|
|2002||My Big Fat Greek Wedding||Angelo|
|2003||The Cooler||Johnny Cappella|
|2016||My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2||Angelo|
|2016||Dead 7||Whiskey Joe|
|2016||Izzie's Way Home||Carl|
|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)|
Dancing with the Stars season 4 performances
|Week#||Dance / Song||Judge's scores||Result||Ref|
|1||Cha-Cha-Cha / "You Should Be Dancing"||8||8||8|
|2||Quickstep / "Tell Her About It"||8||8||8|
|3||Tango / "Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band"||8||8||8|
|4||Paso doble / "Collecting the Ballots"||10||9||9|
|5||Rumba / "Besame Mucho"||8||8||9|
|6||Samba / "A Little Respect"||9||9||9|
|7||Foxtrot / "The Way You Make Me Feel"
Jive / "Slippin' and Slidin' "
|8||Waltz / "Always"
Mambo / "Pump It"
|Foxtrot / "My Guy"
Jive / "Jump, Jive, and Wail!"
|Cha-Cha-Cha / "Groove Is in the Heart"
Freestyle / "Last Dance"
Tango / "Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band"
Dancing with the Stars season 15 performances
|Week#||Dance / Song||Judge's scores||Result||Ref|
|1||Cha-Cha-Cha / "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)"||6.5||7||7||Safe|
|2||Quickstep / "Creep"||7.5||7.5||7.5||Eliminated|
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