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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 11 September 1967New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Birth NameJoseph Harry Fowler Connick Jr.
Nickname The Vice-Chairman of the Board
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Joseph Harry Fowler Connick, Jr. was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is the son of Anita Frances (Levy), a lawyer and judge, and Harry Connick, Sr. (Joseph Harry Fowler Connick), who served as District Attorney of New Orleans from 1973 to 2003. His father is of Irish, English, and German ancestry, and his maternal grandparents were Jewish immigrants from Vienna, Austria and Minsk, Belarus. Harry, Jr.'s mother died of ovarian cancer when he was 13.

His parents owned a record store and encouraged their son's interest in music - piano at age three, with a New Orleans jazz band aged ten. He won piano competitions while playing French Quarter clubs and attending the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts. At eighteen, he studied at New York's Hunter College and later on at the Manhatan School of Music. At nineteen, he released his first album for Columbia Records and began an extended run performing at the Algonquin's Oak Room, followed a year later by his second album. He wrote the score and sang several songs for Rob Reiner's When Harry Met Sally... (1989), the soundtrack for which went multi-platinum. So far, while bringing back swing and big band music, he has earned one gold, four platinum and three multi-platinum albums, plus two Grammies. His film acting debut was as B-17 tail-gunner Clay Busby in Memphis Belle (1990). He played mass-murderer Daryll Lee Cullum in the Sigourney Weaver and Holly Hunter film Copycat (1995) and Captain Jimmy Wilder ("Let's kick the tires and light the fires, big daddy!") in Independence Day (1996).

Harry lives in Connecticut, is married to the former model Jill Goodacre, and has three daughters, Georgia Tatom, Sara Kate and Charlotte.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

Spouse (1)

Jill Goodacre (16 April 1994 - present) (3 children)

Trade Mark (2)

Jazzy style of singing
Rich, mellow voice

Trivia (22)

Listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1990" in John Willis's Screen World, Vol. 42.
Son of Harry Connick Sr., recently retired New Orleans District Attorney
In the New York Big Band Concert video, Harry changes the lyrics of the song "It Had to Be You" from "I love you still" to "I love you Jill," which is his wife's name.
Three daughters: Georgia (b. 1996), Sara (b. September 1997) and Charlotte (b. June 26, 2002).
Father, Harry Connick Sr., was the District Attorney of Orleans Parish (New Orleans), a position he was elected to when Harry was a toddler and served for twenty-nine years until he retired in 2003.
Mother, Anita, a New Orleans City Court judge, died when Harry was 13 years old.
Has one sister.
Having grown up in New Orleans, Harry founded a Mardi Gras krewe in 1993. "orpheus" is the first New Orleans krewe to include male and female members of all races.
Harry was voted "Best Dressed" in the September 14, 1998, People Magazine.
In 1973, his father, Harry Connick Sr., beat Jim Garrison for the position of Orleans Parish District Attorney. This was the same Jim Garrison who launched the investigation concerning the Kennedy assassination, and who is featured in Oliver Stone's 1993 film JFK (1991).
Because of his style of singing, so similar to Frank Sinatra, he was given the nickname "The Vice-Chairman of the Board." Sinatra had nothing but praise for Connick, and referred to him simply as The Kid.
Gave up smoking at the insistence of Mel Tormé.
Welcomed third daughter, Charlotte, on June 26, 2002.
Attended Jesuit High School, an all-boys school in New Orleans.
Was nominated for the 2006 Tony Award (New York City) for Actor in a Musical for "The Pajama Game".
Harry's childhood piano teacher was the mother of the famed Marsalis brothers.
On his father's side, Harry is of Irish, English, and German descent. Harry's maternal grandparents were Jewish immigrants, from Minsk, Russia, and Vienna, Austria, respectively.
Starring in the revival of "The Pajama Game" on Broadway until June 2006. [February 2006]
3rd Christmas Album "What a night!" set to come out November 2008 [September 2008]
Starred with Renee Zellweger in romantic comedy "New In Town" [January 2009]
New York, USA: Scheduled to open in previews of Broadway musical 'On A Clear Day You Can See Forever' at St. James Theatre on Nov. 12. [September 2011]
Lead in Lifetime movie "Living Proof" set to air October 2008 [September 2008]

Personal Quotes (3)

I had an old man moment the other day. I went into Abercrombie & Fitch to get some jeans and the music was so loud I couldn't stay.
[on researching his role for 'Dolphin Tale'] I was just blown away by the humanity of these people. I did some research and found out about what these marine biologists go through, and it's deep, man. One veterinarian I talked to said to me, 'Yeah, if that dolphin were brought here to me, I would have euthanized it 'cause there's a million out there, and we need that money for endangered animals'. It's a pretty hard decision to make. When you have a limited amount of money, do you spend all of it on developing a prosthetic for an animal that is not endangered?
...my mother, I knew until I was 13. She died when I was 13. She was from New York, a Jewish background, and met my dad when they were working for the government in Morocco. And they got married in 1953, moved back to New Orleans. My dad was from Mobile, Alabama, and then grew up in New Orleans. So they came back to New Orleans. They both were lawyers. And they had a record store in the '50s, about 10 years before I was born, to sort of make money to put themselves through law school. And by the time I came around in '67, they were both practicing law. And my mom and I were super tight. I think she really wanted me to be an artist, you know? She used to like to tell people she wanted to be Beethoven's mother. That was her thing. She wanted to be the mother of this person. And my dad, although he was very busy politically, always found the time to support me, to set the right example for me and [my older sister].

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