Harry Connick Jr.

Pianist, Singer, Songwriter
Perhaps one of the most gifted musicians to emerge from the birthplace of jazz, New Orleans-born pianist-crooner-songwriter Harry Connick, Jr. displayed his genius as a child, but first made a splash in the late 1980s ... Read more »
Born: 09/10/1967 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Filmography

Actor (90)

American Idol 2010, 2013 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nova 1993 - 1994, 2013 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Graham Norton Show 1993 - 1994, 2009 - 2010, 2013 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dolphin Tale 2 2014 (Movie)

Dr. Clay Haskett (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Late Show With David Letterman 2008 - 2010, 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Angels Sing 2013 (Movie)

Michael Walker (Actor)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dancing With the Stars 2011 (Tv Show)

Performer

Dolphin Tale 2011 (Movie)

Dr. Clay Haskett (Actor)

The 65th Annual Tony Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 32nd Annual Kennedy Center Honors 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

2008 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Christmas in Rockefeller Center 2008 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Mad TV 1995 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

New in Town 2009 (Movie)

Ted Mitchell (Actor)

The 62nd Annual Tony Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Bug 2007 (Movie)

Jerry Goss (Actor)

P.S. I Love You 2007 (Movie)

Daniel (Actor)

The 2nd Annual Quill Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The 61st Annual Tony Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

A Concert for Hurricane Relief 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Christmas in Rockefeller Center 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Will & Grace 2002 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 32nd Annual American Music Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Apollo at 70: A Hot Night in Harlem 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Harry For The Holidays 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Mickey 2004 (Movie)

Tripp Spence/Glen (Actor)

Basic 2003 (Movie)

Pete Vilmer (Actor)

2002 Olympic Winter Games 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Evening at Pops 1969 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Artists and Entertainers 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Jazz 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Voice

Joan Rivers: The E! True Hollywood Story 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Life Without Dick 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Pistol Pete: The Life and Times of Pete Maravich 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Narrator

Rodgers & Hammerstein's "South Pacific" 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Simian Line 2001 (Movie)

Rick (Actor)

And So This Is Christmas 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Harry Connick Jr. 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Narrator

My Dog Skip 2000 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Walt Disney World Very Merry Christmas Parade 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Iron Giant 1999 (Movie)

of Dean McCoppin (Voice)

The Making of: The Iron Giant 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

ABC in Concert 1990 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Christmas in Rockefeller Center 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Harry Connick Jr.: Romance in Paris 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Hope Floats 1998 (Movie)

Justin Matisse (Actor)

To Life! America Celebrates Israel's 50th 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

VH1 97 Fashion Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Wayward Son 1998 (Movie)

Jesse Banks Rhodes (Actor)

Wild on Mardi Gras 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Excess Baggage 1997 (Movie)

Greg (Actor)

The VH1 Fashion Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Independence Day 1996 (Movie)

Captain Jimmy Wilder (Actor)

Independence Day Concert 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Second Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Copycat 1995 (Movie)

Daryll Lee Cullum (Actor)

Fox All Star Challenge 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Grammy's Greatest Moments 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Harry Connick Jr. Christmas Special 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

50th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Let the Good Times Roll 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

London Underground 1990 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

MDA Jerry Lewis Telethon 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Cheers 1992 (Tv Show)

Actor

Super Bowl XXVI 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Little Man Tate 1991 (Movie)

Eddie (Actor)

Sinatra 75: The Best Is Yet to Come 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The 33rd Annual Grammy Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The 63rd Annual Academy Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Best of Disney: 50 Years of Magic 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Carly in Concert: My Romance 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Grammy Living Legends 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Memphis Belle 1990 (Movie)

Clay Busby (Actor)

Super Bowl Saturday Nite 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Living Proof (TV Show)

Actor

Repeat After Me (Tv Show)

Himself

Simply Mad About the Mouse (TV Show)

Actor

The Happy Elf (TV Show)

Voice
Music (12)

Christmas in Rockefeller Center 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Nero Wolfe 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Theme Song

Kissing A Fool 1998 (Movie)

("We're in Love" "Learn to Love") (Song Performer)

Kissing A Fool 1998 (Movie)

(Song)

One Fine Day 1996 (Movie)

("This Guy's in Love with You") (Song Performer)

Harry Connick Jr.: The New York Big Band Concert 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Sleepless in Seattle 1993 (Movie)

("A Wink and a Smile") (Song Performer)

Sleepless in Seattle 1993 (Movie)

song producer (Song)

When Harry Met Sally... 1989 (Movie)

("Our Love Is Here to Stay" "But Not For Me" "I Could Write a Book" "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" "It Had to Be You" "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off" "Autumn in New York" "Stompin' at the Savoy") (Song Performer)

When Harry Met Sally... 1989 (Movie)

special music arranger (Music Arranger)

When Harry Met Sally... 1989 (Movie)

(Music)

Call Me Claus (TV Show)

Music Arranger
Camera, Film, & Tape (1)

The 43rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Presentation 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Photography

Biography

Perhaps one of the most gifted musicians to emerge from the birthplace of jazz, New Orleans-born pianist-crooner-songwriter Harry Connick, Jr. displayed his genius as a child, but first made a splash in the late 1980s with his retro Big Band sound and velvety crooning of his song "It Had to Be You," which was featured in the hit romantic comedy "When Harry Met Sally" (1989). But it soon became apparent that Connick had a cornucopia of musical styles and talents to offer. He often credited his childhood exposure to New Orleans' diverse musical traditions - from Dixieland marching bands to jazz clubs to the plethora of local blues, soul and R&B royalty like Allan Toussaint and Lee Dorsey - for making him into the artist he eventually became. Throughout the years, he churned out numerous Grammy-worthy albums and songs, while displaying a fine grasp of acting as a creepy serial killer with a passion for women's panties in "Copycat" (1995) and on the sitcom "Will & Grace" (NBC, 1998-2006), starring as the unfaithful husband of the unlucky-in-love, Grace. Though he spent the second half of his life in New York, New Orleans' favorite son remained closely tied to the community, both through his musical reflections and his outreach efforts to help the troubled city with ongoing housing woes and post-Hurricane Katrina destruction.

Relationships

Joseph Connick

Father
Was the district attorney of New Orleans from 1977-2003

Anita Connick

Mother
Former Louisiana Supreme Court justice died c. 1980

Charlotte Connick

Daughter
Born June 26, 2002 mother, Jill Goodacre

Georgia Connick

Daughter
Born April 17, 1996 mother, Jill Goodacre

Sara Connick

Daughter
Born Sept. 12, 1997 mother, Jill Goodacre

Suzanna Connick

Sister
Works for the US Army intelligence

Jill Goodacre

Wife
Former Victoria Secret model married April 16, 1994

EDUCATION

New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts

New Orleans , Louisiana
Left NOCCA after winning several piano competitions

Studied piano under Ellis Marsalis and James Booker

Manhattan School of Music

New York , New York 1985
Enrolled at the age of 18; left within his first year

Hunter College

New York , New York 1985
Enrolled at the age of 18; left within his first year

Milestones

2011

Co-starred with Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman in the family drama "Dolphin Tale"

2009

Co-starred with Renée Zellweger in the comedy "New in Town"

2009

Released the album, Your Songs, a collaboration with music executive Clive Davis; earned a Grammy nomination for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

2007

Played Ashley Judd's violent ex-husband in "Bug"

2006

Made Broadway debut, playing the lead in a revival of "The Pajama Game"; earned a Tony nomination

2004

Received a Grammy nomination for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for Only You

2002

Landed a recurring role as Grace Adler's (Debra Messing) boyfriend – and later husband – Leo Markus on the NBC sitcom "Will & Grace"

2001

Cast as Lieutenant Cable in the TV-movie remake of "South Pacific" (ABC)

2001

Made debut as stage composer with the score for the musical "Thou Shalt Not"

1999

Lent his voice to animation feature "The Iron Giant"

1999

Portrayed a wrongly-convicted ex-con who must prove he is innocent of murder in "Wayward Son"

1998

Romanced Sandra Bullock in director Forest Whitaker's "Hope Floats"

1996

Played a fighter pilot opposite Will Smith in the blockbuster "Independence Day"

1995

Portrayed a serial killer in "Copycat"

1991

Had featured role as college student in the Jodie Foster directed "Little Man Tate"

1990

Headlined the "Great Performances" broadcast "Harry Connick Jr. and His Orchestra: Swinging Out With Harry" (PBS)

1990

Made film debut as the tail gunner of the renowned WWII aircraft in "Memphis Belle"

1990

Made Broadway debut in the concert show "An Evening With Harry Connick Jr. and His Orchestra"

1989

Had success with the jazzy soundtrack to the film "When Harry Met Sally..."

1987

Released first solo piano album Harry Connick, Jr.

1986

Signed to a recording contract by Columbia Records

1981

Played keyboards with the jazz band Dr. Delf and the Killer Groove

1973

Performed with professional musicians on Bourbon Street in New Orleans, LA

1969

Began playing the piano at age three

Bonus Trivia

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Connick was arrested in 1992 and charged with having a 9mm pistol in his possession at JFK International Airport. After spending a day in jail, he agreed to make a public-service television commercial warning against breaking gun laws. The court agreed to drop all charges if Connick stayed out of trouble for six months.

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"He's the consummate piano-playing/jazz-singing/band-leading/song-writing/clothes wearing/record-making/movie-acting/good-looking showman of his generation. Still in his 20s, he's gone from child prodigy to superstar without ever mussing up a strand of his well-oiled hair, without getting so much as a piece of lint on his perfectly tailored suits. And still, you just can't hate him." – Wayne Robins in New York Newsday, March 23, 1992

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On his attitude concerning sex in the movies: "(During the filming of 'Little Man Tate') I was pressured into it, and I won't do it again. I didn't touch her. I didn't kiss her. But I was in bed with her, and that's just not proper to me." – Connick Jr. to the Daily News, May 21, 1998

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"People call me old-fashioned. I think that's a compliment. It means 'certain qualities that were fashioned in times of old.' But it sounds like 'out of touch and not trendy.' I like to think of myself as contemporary and futuristic." – Connick Jr. to the Daily News, May 21, 1998

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