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Harry Connick Jr. – Accomplished Singer, Musician and Actor

Full Name Joseph Harry Fowler Connick Jr.
Born September 11, 1967 in New Orleans, Louisiana
Age 55 years old
Spouse Jill Goodacre (m. 1994)
Children 3 daughters
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As a longtime fan of Harry Connick Jr., I‘ve followed his varied career across music, film, TV and Broadway with great interest. Born in New Orleans to musician parents, Connick displayed prodigious talent on the piano from the age of 3. By 10, he had released his first album of original piano songs and performed at the New Orleans Jazz Fest.

Early Life and Musical Beginnings

Connick was immersed in jazz and blues music as a child through his father, who owned a record store and served as the District Attorney of New Orleans. Little Harry soaked up the sounds of James Booker and Professor Longhair, legendary New Orleans pianists. Connick released his first two albums by age 11, precocious efforts filled with his own piano instrumentals.

Rise to Fame and Musical Accolades

The album 11 cemented Connick as a rising star in jazz, but it was his work on the When Harry Met Sally soundtrack in 1989 that catapulted him to international fame. Through the 90s, Connick churned out multi-platinum albums that spanned genres – jazz on Lofty‘s Roach Souffle, big band music on Come By Me, funk and pop on She. He garnered Grammys for both his instrumental and vocal performances, becoming one of the top-selling male artists in the United States.

Acting Across Stage and Screens

Connick‘s talents extend beyond music, with memorable acting roles across Broadway, film and television. On stage, he earned Tony nominations for The Pajama Game and Thou Shalt Not. On the sitcom Will & Grace, he won an Emmy for his turn as Grace‘s husband Dr. Leo Markus. Connick brought his voice acting skills to animated films like The Iron Giant, My Dog Skip, and The Happy Elf. Most recently, his dramatic acting chops were on display in Dolphin Tale and Dolphin Tale 2.

Philanthropy and Family Life

Off stage, Connick devotes time to philanthropy, especially for his native New Orleans. After Hurricane Katrina, he helped rebuild the city with relief concerts and donations. Connick has been married to model Jill Goodacre since 1994, and they have three daughters together. The family splits their time between homes in Connecticut and New Orleans.

With his smooth vocals, funky piano talents, and commanding screen presence, Harry Connick Jr. has built a varied career over the past four decades. From precocious child prodigy to versatile entertainer, he continues to showcase his talents and charm new generations of fans.