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      Harry Connick Jr.

      Harry Connick Jr.

      Highest Rated: 100% Annie Live! (2021)

      Lowest Rated: 21% Basic (2003)

      Birthday: Sep 11, 1967

      Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

      Harry Connick Jr. was a musician and actor who quietly became an American institution in and of himself throughout his four decade-long career, starting as a child prodigy, before becoming a regular face in film, TV, and theater, while selling 28 million albums worldwide as a classic crooner. Born Joseph Harry Fowler Connick Jr. on September 11, 1967 in New Orleans, LA, Connick was the scion of two legal bigwigs in the big easy: his mother, Anita Frances Livingston, started as a lawyer, then a judge, before serving as a Louisiana Supreme Court justice, while his father, Joseph Harry Fowler Connick Sr., served as the district attorney of Orleans Parish from 1973 until 2003. Connick began playing piano at age three, was playing publicly at age five, and was recording with local New Orleans jazz musicians at age ten. Sadly, when Connick was 13, his mother passed away from ovarian cancer. Connick channeled his grief through practicing his craft, taking lessons at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts with instructors such as Ellis Marsalis Jr. and James Booker. After high school, he decided to move to New York City, where he gave recitals at Loyola University, and studied at Hunter College and the Manhattan School of Music, all while living at the 92nd Street YMHA. While at MSM, he met Dr. George Butler, an executive with Columbia Records, who convinced Connick to sign to the label. Connick's self-titled debut, "Harry Connick Jr." (1987), a collection of instrumental standards was released in 1987. Connick began building a reputation in the jazz community with extended stands at New York's most prestigious venues. For his next album, "20" (1988), he incorporated vocals for the first time. This drew the attention of director Rob Reiner, who asked Connick to provide the soundtrack for his new film, the defining romantic comedy "When Harry Met Sally " (1989). The soundtrack, which featured Connick crooning such standards as "It Had to Be You," "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off," and "Don't Get Around Much Anymore," sold two million copies in the U.S. alone, and earned Connick his first Grammy for Best Jazz Male Vocal Performance. The following year, Connick made his acting debut in the WWII drama "Memphis Belle" (1990), while his next big band standards album "We Are In Love" (1990), also went double platinum, and earned him another Grammy for Best Jazz Male Vocal. Connick was nominated for an Oscar for "Promise Me You'll Remember," his song from the "Godfather Part III" (1990) soundtrack, and released his first album of original compositions, "Blue Light, Red Light" (1991), which went platinum. After enjoying a supporting role in Jodie Foster's "Little Man Tate" (1991), and releasing a successful piano standards album, "25" (1992), Connick released his first holiday album, "Where My Heart Finds Christmas" (1993), which remains his best-selling album to this day. Connick then decided to branch out: his next two albums, "She" (1994) and "Star Turtle" (1996) were hard left turns into New Orleans-style funk. They did not sell as well as his previous efforts, and many fans were perplexed. He found more success in films, however, playing a serial killer in the crime thriller "Copycat" (1995), and the doomed wingman to Will Smith in the sci-fi blockbuster "Independence Day" (1996). His next album, "To See You" (1997), returned to Connick's regular formula with a collection of piano-driven love ballads accompanied by a symphony orchestra. He followed this up with his first leading role, alongside Sandra Bullock, in the hit romantic comedy "Hope Floats" (1998). Connick then returned to big band music with his next album, "Come By Me" (1999), and embarked on a world tour. After earning a Tony nomination for his music and lyrics for Susan Stroman's Broadway musical "Thou Shalt Not" (2001) and narrating the family film "My Dog Skip" (2000), in 2002 Connick took on one of his most famous roles, recurring as Leo Markus on the smash hit sitcom "Will & Grace" (NBC, 1998-2006, 2017-19), a role he would play on and off until 2006. Connick's music career remained on a roll as well: his second holiday album, "Harry for the Holidays" (2003), and "Only You" (2004), a collection of 1950s and 1960s ballads, were some of his biggest sellers ever. After branching out in William Friedkin's indie horror hit "Bug" (2006), he starred in a Broadway revival of "The Pajama Game" (2006). His next big role was in the family hit "Dolphin Tale" (2011) and its sequel, "Dolphin Tale 2" (2014), followed by a stint as an afternoon talk show host with "Harry" (Syndicated 2016-18).

      Highest rated movies

      Annie Live!
      Dolphin Tale
      Copycat
      Little Man Tate Independence Day
      Memphis Belle
      Dolphin Tale 2
      Bug

      Photos

      HARRY CONNICK JR., 1993 Harry Connick Jr. at arrivals for Us Weekly''s Most Stylish New Yorkers 2017 Party, The Jane Hotel Ballroom, New York, NY September 12, 2017. Photo By: Jason Mendez/Everett Collection Harry Connick Jr at arrivals for AMERICAN IDOL Farewell Season Finalist Party, London Hotel, West Hollywood, CA February 25, 2016. Photo By: Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection Harry Connick Jr at arrivals for AMERICAN IDOL Farewell Season Finalist Party, London Hotel, West Hollywood, CA February 25, 2016. Photo By: Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection Harry Connick Jr, Austin Stowell at arrivals for DOLPHIN TALE Premiere, Village Theatre in Westwood, Los Angeles, CA September 17, 2011. Photo By: Dee Cercone/Everett Collection American Idol, Harry Connick Jr., 06/11/2002, ©FOX American Idol, Jennifer Lopez (L), Harry Connick Jr. (R), 06/11/2002, ©FOX American Idol, Keith Urban (L), Jennifer Lopez (C), Harry Connick Jr. (R), '15 Girls Perform', Season 13, Ep. #11, 02/18/2014, ©FOX COPYCAT, Harry Connick Jr. (left), 1995, (c) Warner Brothers American Idol, Jennifer Lopez (L), Harry Connick Jr. (R), '15 Girls Perform', Season 13, Ep. #11, 02/18/2014, ©FOX American Idol, Harry Connick Jr., 'Season 13', ©FOX American Idol, Harry Connick Jr. (L), Joe Earley (R), Season 13, 1/15/2014, ©FOX American Idol, Harry Connick Jr., Season 13, 1/15/2014, ©FOX American Idol, Jennifer Lopez (L), Harry Connick Jr. (R), '15 Girls Perform', Season 13, Ep. #11, 02/18/2014, ©FOX American Idol, Harry Connick Jr., Season 12, 1/16/2013, ©FOX American Idol, Harry Connick Jr., 'Finalists Compete', Season 12, Ep. #32, 05/01/2013, ©FOX American Idol, Jennifer Lopez (L), Harry Connick Jr. (R), 06/11/2002, ©FOX American Idol, Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr., Season 13, 1/15/2014, ©FOX American Idol, Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr., Keith Urban, Season 13, 1/15/2014, ©FOX The View, Harry Connick Jr., 08/11/1997, ©ABC

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      100% 28% Annie Live! Sir Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks (Character) - 2021
      50% 61% Fear of Rain John Burroughs (Character) - 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Man and His Trumpet: The Leroy Jones Story Self - 2018
      66% 72% Dolphin Tale 2 Dr. Clay Haskett (Character) $42.0M 2014
      29% 53% Angels Sing Michael Walker (Character) - 2013
      81% 80% Dolphin Tale Dr. Clay Haskett (Character) $72.3M 2011
      28% 37% New in Town Ted Mitchell (Character) $16.7M 2009
      No Score Yet 75% Living Proof Unknown (Character) - 2008
      25% 80% P.S. I Love You Daniel (Character) $53.7M 2007
      61% 34% Bug Jerry (Character) $7.0M 2006
      38% No Score Yet Mickey Trip (Character) $293.8K 2003
      21% 62% Basic Pete Vilmer (Character) $26.5M 2003
      No Score Yet 24% Life Without Dick Daniel Gallagher (Character) - 2001
      No Score Yet 44% Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific Lt. Joseph Cable (Character) - 2001
      22% 71% The Simian Line Rick (Character) $18.6K 2000
      73% 68% My Dog Skip Narrator $34.1M 2000
      96% 90% The Iron Giant Dean McCoppin (Voice) - 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Wayward Son Jesse Banks Rhodes (Character) - 1999
      27% 72% Hope Floats Justin Matisse (Character) $60.0M 1998
      32% 40% Excess Baggage Greg (Character) $14.3M 1997
      68% 75% Independence Day Captain Jimmy 'Raven' Wilder (Character) $306.2M 1996
      75% 64% Copycat Daryll Lee Cullum (Character) $31.3M 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Harry Connick Jr. - The New York Big Band Concert Unknown (Character) - 1993
      71% 66% Little Man Tate Eddie (Character) $25.0M 1991
      68% 79% Memphis Belle Sgt. Clay Busby (Character) $25.5M 1990

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 62% The Kelly Clarkson Show Guest 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Jeopardy! Contestant 2020
      No Score Yet 19% The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2015-2017 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show Guest 2009 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Harry Host 2016-2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Naturally, Danny Seo Guest 2017
      74% 75% Will & Grace Leo (Guest Star) 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Chew Guest 2013 2015-2017
      28% 40% Kevin Can Wait Himself (Guest Star) 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show Guest 2016
      No Score Yet 10% The View Guest 2013 2015-2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen Guest 2016
      No Score Yet 48% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2016
      No Score Yet 44% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Music Performer,
      Guest
      2015-2016
      68% No Score Yet American Idol Music Performer,
      Guest,
      Judge
      2010 2014-2016
      No Score Yet 36% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2014-2016
      No Score Yet 25% Repeat After Me Unknown (Guest Star) 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show Guest,
      Host
      2011 2013-2015
      No Score Yet 61% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2014
      100% 90% Late Show With David Letterman Guest 2014
      78% 80% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Executive A.D.A. David Haden (Guest Star) 2012
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Finding Your Roots Guest 2012
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Guest 2012
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dancing With the Stars Music Performer 2011
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rachael Ray Music Performer,
      Guest
      2008-2009 2011
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Colbert Report Music Performer 2011
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Late Night With Conan O'Brien Guest 2008
      No Score Yet 88% Will & Grace Leo Markus (Guest Star) 2002-2006
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sesame Street Guest 2004
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Guest 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet MADtv Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
      87% 94% Cheers Russell Boyd (Guest Star) 1992
      No Score Yet 58% Saturday Night Live Music Performer 1990