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 also 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 2010–2015. Currently Fatone is the host of Food Network‘s Rewrapped, Live Well Network‘s My Family Recipe Rocks and is also guest host of The Price Is Right Live! at Bally’s Las Vegas.
- 1 Early life and education
- 2 Career
- 3 Dancing with the Stars
- 4 Personal life
- 5 Discography
- 6 Stage work
- 7 Filmography
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Early life and education
Fatone was born in Brooklyn, New York City, to an Italian-American family, and was raised 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., an actor and musician. He has two older siblings, Janine and Steven. When he was thirteen years old, Fatone’s family moved to Orlando, Florida. There, Fatone attended and graduated from Dr. Phillips High School. He sang the “Star Spangled Banner” before an Orlando Magic game with “The Big Guys”, a group he was in during high school, which also featured Puerto Rican singer, Luis Fonsi. He also performed in many plays and musicals.
In the summer of 1995, after befriending fellow Universal Studios stage performer, Chris Kirkpatrick, 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.
This section is in a list format that may be better presented using prose. (October 2017)
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 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 $5000 for his charity, the Fatone Family Foundation. He also hosted the Las Vegas show The Price Is Right 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 re-branded as Discovery Family.
In 2015, Fatone made a couple of appearances as himself in The Jack and Triumph Show.
In 2016, Fatone appeared in the Progressive commercial, “The Dizzcounts.”
In 2016, Fatone performed the voice of Carl in the animated feature film, “Izzie’s Way Home.”
In November 2016, Fatone made another appearance on Impractical Jokers for the Nitro Circus Spectacular episode.
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.
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 their 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.
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 born March 21, 2001 and Kloey Alexandria born January 11, 2010. Fatone’s best friend, Lance Bass, is their godfather.