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Also Known As: Joseph Harry Fowler Connick Jr. Died:
Born: September 11, 1967 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA Profession: pianist, singer, songwriter, actor, song producer, conductor

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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...

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.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Dolphin Tale 2 (2014)
2.
 When Angels Sing (2013)
3.
 Dolphin Tale (2011)
4.
 New in Town (2009)
5.
 Living Proof (2008)
6.
 P.S. I Love You (2007)
8.
 Bug (2006)
9.
 Basic (2003) Pete Vilmer
10.
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1970:
Began playing the piano at age three
1973:
Performed with professional musicians on Bourbon Street in New Orleans, LA
1981:
Played keyboards with the jazz band Dr. Delf and the Killer Groove
1986:
Signed to a recording contract by Columbia Records
1987:
Released first solo piano album <i>Harry Connick, Jr.</i>
1989:
Had success with the jazzy soundtrack to the film "When Harry Met Sally..."
1990:
Made Broadway debut in the concert show "An Evening With Harry Connick Jr. and His Orchestra"
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"
1991:
Had featured role as college student in the Jodie Foster directed "Little Man Tate"
1995:
Portrayed a serial killer in "Copycat"
1996:
Played a fighter pilot opposite Will Smith in the blockbuster "Independence Day"
1998:
Romanced Sandra Bullock in director Forest Whitaker's "Hope Floats"
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"
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"
2002:
Landed a recurring role as Grace Adler's (Debra Messing) boyfriend ¿ and later husband ¿ Leo Markus on the NBC sitcom "Will & Grace"
2004:
Received a Grammy nomination for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for <i>Only You</i>
2006:
Made Broadway debut, playing the lead in a revival of "The Pajama Game"; earned a Tony nomination
2007:
Played Ashley Judd's violent ex-husband in "Bug"
2009:
Co-starred with Renée Zellweger in the comedy "New in Town"
2009:
Released the album, <i>Your Songs</i>, a collaboration with music executive Clive Davis; earned a Grammy nomination for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
2011:
Co-starred with Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman in the family drama "Dolphin Tale"
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Education

New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts: New Orleans , Louisiana -
Hunter College: New York , New York - 1985
Manhattan School of Music: New York , New York - 1985

Notes

"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.

Connick's problems began as he was about to go through the metal detector for a TWA flight for New Orleans at 6:30 pm.

He approached a guard and said he had a gun in a bag he was going to carry onto the plane. He told the guard he had gotten it as a Christmas gift from his sister and had forgotten it was in that bag, police said.

The guard called a Port Authority cop, who placed the singer under arrest.

"He was very cooperative throughout the process," said Port Authority spokeswoman Gwen Williams. "He was not trying to pull a fast one, he was declaring the gun was there."

The gun was not licensed, according to police and the Queens district attorney's office. --From New York Post December 28, 1992.

In a January 14, 1993 story in the New York Post, it was revealed that Connick had previously been nabbed at JFK airport on his way to California, toting a hunting rifle and an unlicensed semiautomatic pistol. At that time, an unidentified Port Authority police sergeant decided to let him go and the incident was hushed up. Connick's lawyer, Ned Rosenthal, refused to comment on the alleged incident.

On his atttitude 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.

"At that time I was forced to mention my morals on a public level. I was trying to figure everything out. I said, 'Gee whiz, as innocent as it looked, I don't know if that's right or wrong.'

"Now it's fine. Sandy (Bullock) and I have a kissing scene in 'Hope Floats', which I thought was suggestive, interesting and satisfying. But I'm not planning on any great sex scenes. I'm not into that. I don't enjoy watching that stuff." --Harry Connick Jr to Daily News, May 21, 1998.

"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 to Daily News, May 21, 1998.

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wife:
Jill Goodacre. Model, video director. Married on April 16, 1994; former Victoria's Secret model.

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father:
Joseph Harry Connick. District attorney. Based in New Orleans; would drop then ten-year-old son off at jazz clubs in New Orleans at 11pm and retrieve him at 3am.
mother:
Anita Connick. Judge. Died c. 1980.
sister:
Suzanna Connick. Works for US Army intelligence; gave Connick a 9mm pistol for which he was arrested at JFK Airport on December 27, 1992.
daughter:
Georgia Tatom Connick. Born on April 17, 1996 in NYC; mother, Jill Goodacre.
daughter:
Sara Kate Connick. Born on September 12, 1997; mother, Jill Goodacre.
daughter:
Charlotte Connick. Born June 26, 2002; mother Jill Goodacre.
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