Harland Williams

Actor, Comedian, Animator
Quirky Canadian comedic actor Harland Williams left behind a career as a forest ranger to try his hand at stand-up comedy, and soon made the transition to acting, quickly moving from obscure character player to lead in ... Read more »
Born: 11/14/1962 in Toronto, Ontario, CA

Filmography

Actor (58)

Conan 2011, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lucky 13 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Spooky Buddies 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

TripTank 2014 (Tv Show)

Voice

Back in the Day 2013 (Movie)

Skunk (Actor)

The Annoying Orange 2011 - 2013 (TV Show)

Voice

Lloyd The Conqueror 2012 (Movie)

(Actor)

Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Voice

Dahmer Vs. Gacy 2010 (Movie)

(Actor)

Nick Swardson's Pretend Time 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

My Life in Ruins 2009 (Movie)

Big Al (Actor)

Tosh.0 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa 2008 (Movie)

Voice of Additional Giraffe (Actor)

Wanna Bet? 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Meet the Robinsons 2007 (Movie)

Carl (Voice)

Reel Comedy: Employee of the Month 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Slacker Cats 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Voice

The Bronx Bunny Show 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Employee of the Month 2006 (Movie)

Russell (Actor)

Heckler 2006 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Premium Blend 1997 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Surf School 2006 (Movie)

Rip (Actor)

A Scooby-Doo Valentine 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Voice

Celebrity Pool 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Comedy Central Presents... 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2005 (Tv Show)

Guest

My Name is Earl 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Robots 2005 (Movie)

Lug (Voice)

VH1 Big In '04 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Las Vegas 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Commies 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Kart Racer 2003 (Movie)

Zee (Actor)

Family Tree 2002 (Movie)

Jake (Actor)

Sorority Boys 2002 (Movie)

Doofer (Actor)

Freddy Got Fingered 2001 (Movie)

Darren (Actor)

The Geena Davis Show 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Pulp Comics: Harland Williams 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Sammy 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

The Whole Nine Yards 2000 (Movie)

Agent Hanson (Actor)

Canned Ham: A Night at the Roxbury 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Dog Park 1999 (Movie)

Callum (Actor)

Ned's Newt 1997 - 1999 (TV Show)

Voice

Superstar 1999 (Movie)

Slater (Actor)

Canned Ham: Half-Baked 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

HBO Comedy Half-Hour: Harland Williams 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Half Baked 1998 (Movie)

Kenny (Actor)

Rocketman 1997 (Movie)

Fred Z Randall (Actor)

Wag the Dog 1997 (Movie)

Pet Wrangler (Actor)

Down Periscope 1996 (Movie)

Sonar (Actor)

Simon 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Welcome Home Animaniacs 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Dumb & Dumber 1994 (Movie)

State Trooper (Actor)

These Friends of Mine 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Becoming Dick (TV Show)

Actor

Gary & Mike (TV Show)

Voice

Mr. Headmistress (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (2)

Robot Chicken 2011 (Tv Show)

Writer

Pulp Comics: Harland Williams 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Writer

Biography

Quirky Canadian comedic actor Harland Williams left behind a career as a forest ranger to try his hand at stand-up comedy, and soon made the transition to acting, quickly moving from obscure character player to lead in the 1997 feature "RocketMan. " Dark-haired and cute with cartoonishly prominent ears, a slightly weak chin and expressive buggy eyes, the children's book writer and illustrator and trained animator made his feature film acting debut in 1994's "Dumb and Dumber," starring fellow Torontonian Jim Carrey. That same year he had an early TV credit with a memorable cameo as a ticket taker on "These Friends of Mine," an early incarnation of the ABC sitcom "Ellen" (1994-98). Williams was cast in his own comedy series playing the eponymous cockeyed optimist on The WB's "Simon" from 1995-1996. More film work followed in 1996 when the actor was featured as a sonar expert in the inane comedy "Down Periscope."

Relationships

Wendi Kenya

Wife

Kevin Hearn

Cousin
keyboardist for the popular Canadian rock band Barenaked Ladies

EDUCATION

Senator O'Connor High School

Toronto , Ontario
Catholic school

Sheraton College

Oakville , Ontario

Milestones

2006

Co-starred in the comedy "Employee of the Month"

2005

Provided the voice of Lug in the animated film "Robots"

2002

Was one of the titular "Sorority Boys", three male college students who don drag

2001

Voiced carefree road tripper Mike Bonner on the claymation series "Gary & Mike" (UPN)

2001

Cast in fellow Canadian Tom Green's directorial debut "Freddy Got Fingered"

2000

Hosted the Comedy Central stand-up series "Premium Blend"

2000

Played the title nice guy turned obnoxious opportunist in the E! Entertainment Television original TV-movie "Becoming Dick", directed by Bob Saget

2000

Co-starred in the ABC sitcom "The Geena Davis Show"

2000

Played a federal agent in the comedy feature "The Whole Nine Yards"

2000

Voiced a character in David Spade's short-lived animated series "Sammy" (NBC)

1999

Had featured roles in Bruce McCulloch's "Dog Park" and "Superstar"

1998

Cast as the Hitchhiker in "There's Something About Mary"

1998

Appeared in the feature "Half-Baked"

1997

Made feature lead debut, playing an absent-minded scientist who ends up on a mission to Mars by default in the comedy "RocketMan"

1997

Had a small role as a pet wrangler in Barry Levinson's "Wag the Dog"

1996

Had featured role as a sonar expert in "Down Periscope"

1994

First appeared on "Late Show with David Letterman" (CBS)

1994

Had a cameo as a movie theater ticket taker on an episode of the ABC sitcom "These Friends of Mine" (later "Ellen")

1994

Feature film acting debut, had small role in "Dumb and Dumber"

1982

Began showbiz career performing standup comedy in Toronto

Spent five years as a forest ranger in Canada

Starred in the title role of the short-lived sitcom "Simon" (The WB)

Bonus Trivia

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The son of an Anglican father and Catholic mother, Williams was baptized Catholic and attended Catholic school but went to weekly Anglican services.

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"I've been in three movies ["RocketMan", "Dumb and Dumber" and "Down Periscope"] and all of them had flatulence jokes. I gotta get a script that had Pepto-Bismol soaked in it or something. Don't get me wrong -- everyone loves a great flatulence joke, but I'm interested in cerebral stuff as opposed to intestinal." --Williams quoted in Los Angeles Times, October 19, 1997.

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"I think God gave me an extra immature gene, and I'm wearing it without a belt." --Harland Williams to People, November 3, 1997.

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"As crazy as it sounds, [comedy] was like this weird spiritual calling that came to me when I used to stand out in the middle of the woods. To be honest, I didn't even want to leave the forest, but there was this real strong urge in me. My mind was always thinking of funny things. Like the time I was canoeing in the lake and I pictured a guy floating up to the surface of the water in a three-piece suit trying to sell me Kraft cheese slices." --Williams to Time Out New York, Septemnber 2-9, 1999.

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