Harry Connick, Jr.

American musician Harry Connick, Jr.

Joseph Harry Fowler Connick Jr. is an American singer, big-band leader/conductor, pianist, actor, and composer. He has sold over 25 million albums worldwide. Connick is ranked among the top 60 best-selling male artists in the United States by the Recording Industry Association of America, with 16 million in certified sales.
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Harry Connick Jr. 'was scared I was going to lose' wife to cancer
ABC News - 4 months
"I really don't know what I would do without her," he said of his "best friend."
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Harry Connick Jr. Lists Connecticut Home for $7.5 Million
Wall Street Journal - 8 months
The singer and actor has lived at the New Canaan property with his family for nearly 20 years.
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'Idol' Producers to 'Voice' Fool Us Once ... - TMZ.com
Google News - 10 months
TMZ.com 'Idol' Producers to 'Voice' Fool Us Once ... TMZ.com "American Idol" and "The Voice" are locked in an arms war over which superstars will judge and coach on the shows ... and now 'Idol' is stepping up its game after taking 2 big Ls. A source familiar with negotiations between 'Idol' and Kelly Clarkson ... Simon Cowell Slams 'American Idol' Reboot: Why I Would Never ReturnHollywood Life EXCLUSIVE: Harry Connick Jr. Weighs in on Kelly Clarkson Joining 'The Voice' and 'American Idol' Reboot NewsEntertainment Tonight Kelly Clarkson 'Can't Wait to Beat' Blake Shelton on 'The Voice': See Her Facebook Live AnnouncementBillboard Just Jared -Deadline -PerezHilton.com -TMZ.com all 208 news articles »
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ABC reportedly inks deal to bring back 'American Idol' - Chicago Tribune
Google News - 10 months
Chicago Tribune ABC reportedly inks deal to bring back 'American Idol' Chicago Tribune (L-R Front Row) Mentor Scott Borchetta, Host Ryan Seacrest, Judge Keith Urban, Judge Jennifer Lopez, Judge Harry Connick, Jr., Executive Producer Trish Kinane, (L-R Back Row), S14 Winner Nick Fradiani, S10 Runner-Up Lauren Alaina, S10 Scotty ... 'American Idol': Deal in Place at ABC to Revive Competition Series (EXCLUSIVE)Variety Ryan Seacrest Could End Up Hosting the New 'American Idol'TMZ.com 'American Idol' Goes to ABC with Ryan Seacrest the Likely HostTMZ.com TMZ.com -TMZ.com all 100 news articles »
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Kurt Russell And Goldie Hawn's First Date Was Interrupted By Police
Huffington Post - 10 months
As much as we may hate the term “relationship goals,” there’s really no better way to describe Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn. The couple, who’ve been together for over 30 years, have defied the odds of celebrity romances.  During a Friday appearance on Harry Connick Jr.’s talk show “Harry,” Russell dished on the night it all began. Russell and Hawn were filming the 1984 World War II movie “Swing Shift.” Sexy times were had and police were involved.  “I said, ‘You know, if we have to dance in this, you’re a professional dancer,’” Russell recalled. “‘You know how to dance, but I just need to figure something out.’ She said, ‘We should go somewhere and dance to that kind of swing music.’ I said, ‘I’ll find that.’ The Playboy Club was the only place that had that. So we went to the Playboy Club, and I just immediately was having a great time with this girl, Goldie.” When the two left the club, they agreed their night was far from over. They wound up back at Hawn’s ...
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Monday's TV highlights: 'Angie Tribeca,' 'Better Call Saul' and more
LATimes - 11 months
SERIES Kevin Can Wait Harry Connick Jr. guest stars as himself on a new episode of the Kevin James sitcom. 8 p.m. CBS The Voice The knockout rounds continue on the singing competition. 8 p.m. NBC Dancing With the Stars The couples dance to a song of the celebrity partner’s choosing in this new...
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Freestyling Harry Connick Jr. makes talk show history
Fox News - about 1 year
Shoots 'Harry' using smart phones
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Frank Ocean's Mom Wants Anti-Gay Singer Cut From Her Son's Album
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Frank Ocean’s mom, Katonya Breaux, has no time for blatant homophobia.  Breaux didn’t mince words when it came to Kim Burrell, the gospel singer who made headlines in recent days when a video in which she made blatantly anti-gay comments in a church sermon surfaced Dec. 30. Burrell, who has performed with artists like Stevie Wonder, Missy Elliott and Harry Connick Jr., is featured on “Godspeed,” a song on Ocean’s 2016 album, “Blonde.” But if Breaux were to have her way, that wouldn’t be the case for long. On New Year’s Day, the LGBTQ icon’s mom offered a cheeky, but pointed, suggestion on Twitter:  Me: Son, can we crop Kim Burrells voice out of your song?? — katonya breaux (@katonya) January 1, 2017 She continued:  I mean damn. Hypocrisy and the inciting of hate pisses me off. Opportunistic &?%#€!! — katonya breaux (@katonya) January 1, 2017 Burrell, who is also a pastor at the Love & Liberty Fellowship Church in Houston, has...
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Harry Connick Jr. brings the party to daytime TV
Fox News - about 1 year
In the Foxlight with the entertainer
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Jason Sudeikis Says Olivia Wilde Almost Gave Birth At A Beyoncé Concert
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis welcomed their second child, a girl named Daisy, last week. Though their little one was delivered in an Upper East Side hospital, things almost didn’t turn out that way.  During an appearance on Harry Connick Jr.’s talk show Friday, Sudeikis revealed that the two were in a car on their way to a Beyoncé concert when Daisy figured she wanted to make an appearance.  “We were in line to get in the Lincoln Tunnel and there was an accident in there,” the actor said. “Everything was gummed up, so it was going to take us like an hour to get through the tunnel, and we would have been a half hour late to the concert, which would have been a bummer because we would miss all the choreography and fireworks.” Another kind of fireworks started when Wilde began to have contractions and the two high-tailed it out of the tunnel.  “I don’t know if it was the pressure, if it was the traffic, or the fact that we were going to be late. It was just bad in the ba...
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Oddly, Harry Connick Jr. Seems a Little Nervous With the First Few Notes of New Talk Show
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Harry Connick Jr. has spent most of his life in show biz, which didn't entirely prevent some opening-day jitters on his new daytime talk show Harry. The daily program kicked off Monday at 4 p.m. ET, with Sandra Bullock, a set so bright it almost required sunglasses and an audience that was about 97% women. The audience demos and Bullock were no problem. The set might want a little attention at some point, since at times it seemed to swallow Harry. Between the almost day-glo backdrop and the gleaming white of the furniture and the piano, the set sometimes felt like it should be co-headlining. Connick over the years has earned those adoring female fans. Besides enormous musical talent, he has a natural charm, an easy-going smile and a disarming aw-shucks style, thanks no doubt to his native New Orleans. On Day One of Harry, however, he often looked and sounded a little stiff and awkward. That's hardly unprecedented in the talk-show game, but it was noticeable with Conn...
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Harry Connick Jr. says his new talk show could be 'the most fulfilling thing I've ever done'
LATimes - over 1 year
Harry Connick Jr. has a lot of fans. They just may not all be fans of the same person. The New Orleans native has both performed on and composed for Broadway (“The Pajama Game,” “Thou Shalt Not”). He’s appeared in a wide range of films — from “Dolphin Tale” to  “Independence Day” original flavor...
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Harry Connick Jr. takes aim at daytime
Fox News - over 1 year
Will host new talk show 'Harry'
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Celebrities Pay Tribute To Gene Wilder With Touching Notes On Social Media
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Following the news of Gene Wilder’s death on Monday, celebrities came together online to remember the late star.  Harry Connick Jr., Mel Brooks and Tony Goldwyn, among many others, took to Twitter to share touching notes about the screen icon, best known for his role as Willy Wonka in 1971’s “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” and his work in Mel Brooks comedies like “Blazing Saddles.”  Gene Wilder-One of the truly great talents of our time. He blessed every film we did with his magic & he blessed me with his friendship. — Mel Brooks (@MelBrooks) August 29, 2016 so sad to learn of the passing of my good friend, gene wilder... such an incredible man... i'll miss you ❤️ — Harry Connick Jr (@HarryConnickJR) August 29, 2016 Young Frankenstein, Silver Streak, Willy Wonka, Blazing Saddles, Stir Crazy: Gene Wilder, you were my youth! RIP ❤️ pic.twitter.com/zK0v4d70gh — James Gunn (@JamesGunn) August 29, 2016 RIP ...
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Timeline
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    FORTIES
  • 2013
    Age 45
    On September 3, 2013, the officials of American Idol officially announced that Connick would be a part of the judging panel for season 13 alongside former judge Jennifer Lopez and returning judge Keith Urban.
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    Connick debuted the title track live on the May 2, 2013 episode of American Idol and appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show the following week to discuss his new project.
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    On June 11, 2013, Connick released a new album of all original music titled Every Man Should Know.
  • 2012
    Age 44
    On January 6, 2012, NBC president Robert Greenblatt announced at the Television Critics Association winter press tour that Harry Connick Junior had been cast in a four-episode arc of NBC's long-running legal drama, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as new Executive ADA, David Haden, a dedicated, straight-shooting prosecutor who is assigned a case with Detective Benson (Mariska Hargitay).
  • 2010
    Age 42
    Connick appeared on the May 4, 2010 episode of American Idol season 9, where he acted as a mentor for the top 5 finalists.
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  • 2009
    Age 41
    Connick's album Your Songs was released on CD, September 22, 2009.
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  • 2008
    Age 40
    His third Christmas album, What a Night!, was released in November 2008.
    He had the starring role of Dr. Dennis Slamon in the 2008 Lifetime TV film Living Proof.
    He was also the featured singer at the Concert of Hope immediately preceding Pope Benedict XVI's Mass at Yankee Stadium in April 2008.
    Connick did the arrangements for, wrote a couple of songs, and sang a duet on Kelli O'Hara's album that was released in May 2008.
    The film New in Town starring Connick and Renée Zellweger, began filming in January 2008, and was released in January 2009.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2007
    Age 39
    Connick toured North America and Europe in 2007, and toured Asia and Australia in 2008, as part of his My New Orleans Tour.
    A third album in the Connick on Piano series, Chanson du Vieux Carré was released in 2007, and Connick received two Grammy nominations for the track "Ash Wednesday", for the Grammy awards in 2008.
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    He appeared in the film P.S. I Love You, released in December 2007.
    He sat in on piano on Bob French's 2007 album Marsalis Music Honors Series: Bob French.
    He was part of the documentary Note by Note: The Making of Steinway L1037, released in November 2007.
    He hosted The Weather Channel's mini series 100 Biggest Weather Moments which aired in 2007.
    Additionally, he played the violent ex-husband in Bug, before two romantic comedies, 2007's P.S. I Love You, and the leading man in New in Town with Renée Zellweger in 2009.
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  • 2006
    Age 38
    He starred in the Broadway revival of The Pajama Game, produced by the Roundabout Theater Company, along with Michael McKean and Kelli O'Hara, at the American Airlines Theatre in 2006.
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  • 2005
    Age 37
    Another album from Marsalis Music was recorded in 2005, Occasion: Connick on Piano, Volume 2, a duo album with Harry Connick, Jr. on piano together with Branford Marsalis on saxophone.
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    An animated holiday special, The Happy Elf, aired on NBC in December 2005, with Connick as the composer, the narrator, and one of the executive producers.
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    Bug, a film directed by William Friedkin, is a psychological thriller filmed in 2005, starring Connick, Ashley Judd, and Michael Shannon.
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    He appeared in another episode of NBC sitcom Will & Grace in November 2005, and appeared in an additional three episodes in 2006.
  • 2004
    Age 36
    A music DVD Harry Connick Jr. — "Only You" in Concert was released in March 2004, after it had first aired as a Great Performances special on PBS.
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    Only You, his seventeenth album for Columbia Records, was released in February 2004.
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  • 2003
    Age 35
    In October 2003, he released his second Christmas album, Harry for the Holidays, which went gold and reached No. 12 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.
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    In July 2003, Connick released his first instrumental album in fifteen years, Other Hours Connick on Piano Volume 1.
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  • 2002
    Age 34
    Connick appeared as Grace Adler's boyfriend (and later husband) Leo Markus on the NBC sitcom Will & Grace from 2002 to 2006.
    In 2002, he received a for a "system and method for coordinating music display among players in an orchestra."
  • 2001
    Age 33
    In October 2001, he again released two albums: Songs I Heard, featuring big band re-workings of children's show themes, and 30, featuring Connick on piano with guest appearances by several other musical artists.
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    In March 2001, Connick starred in a television production of South Pacific with Glenn Close, televised on the ABC network.
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  • 2000
    Age 32
    Connick wrote the score for Susan Stroman's Broadway musical Thou Shalt Not, based on Émile Zola's novel Thérèse Raquin, in 2000; it premiered in 2001.
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  • 1999
    Age 31
    He released Come By Me, his first album of big band music in eight years in 1999, and embarked on a world tour visiting the United States, Europe, Japan and Australia.
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  • 1998
    Age 30
    In May 1998, he had his first leading role in director Forest Whitaker's Hope Floats, with Sandra Bullock as his female lead.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1997
    Age 29
    He also continued his film career, starring in Excess Baggage opposite Alicia Silverstone and Benicio del Toro in 1997.
    For his 1997 release To See You, Connick recorded original love songs, touring the United States and Europe with a full symphony orchestra backing him and his piano in each city.
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  • 1996
    Age 28
    However, he appeared in the most successful movie of 1996, Independence Day, with Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum.
  • 1995
    Age 27
    Connick also took his funk music to the People's Republic of China in 1995, playing at the Shanghai Center Theatre.
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    He played a serial killer in Copycat in 1995, before being cast as jet fighter pilot in the 1996 blockbuster Independence Day.
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  • 1994
    Age 26
    On April 16, 1994, Connick Jr. married former Victoria's Secret model Jill Goodacre, originally from Texas, at the St. Louis Cathedral, New Orleans.
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    Connick took his funk music on a tour of the United Kingdom in 1994, an effort that did not please some of his fans, who were expecting a jazz crooner.
    In 1994, Connick decided to branch out.
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  • 1993
    Age 25
    His multi-platinum album of holiday songs, When My Heart Finds Christmas, was the best-selling Christmas album in 1993.
    Connick contributed "A Wink and a Smile" to the Sleepless in Seattle soundtrack, released in 1993.
  • 1992
    Age 24
    In November 1992, Connick released 25, a solo piano collection of standards that again went platinum.
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  • 1991
    Age 23
    Also in October 1991 he starred in Little Man Tate, directed by Jodie Foster, playing the friend of a child prodigy who goes to college.
    In October 1991 he released his third consecutive multi-platinum album, Blue Light, Red Light, on which he wrote and arranged the songs.
    "Promise Me You'll Remember", his contribution to the Godfather III soundtrack, was nominated for both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe in 1991.
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  • 1990
    Age 22
    In addition he released two albums in July 1990: the instrumental jazz trio album Lofty's Roach Souffle and a big-band album of mostly original songs titled We Are in Love, which also went double platinum.
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  • 1989
    Age 21
    With Connick's reputation growing, director Rob Reiner asked him to provide a soundtrack for his 1989 romantic comedy, When Harry Met Sally, starring Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1973
    Age 5
    His father, Joseph Harry Fowler Connick, Sr., was the district attorney of Orleans Parish from 1973–2003.
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  • 1967
    Born
    Born on September 11, 1967.
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