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Harry Connick Jr. Biography

Birth Name:
Joseph Harry Fowler Connick Jr.
Birth Place:
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Singer, musician, actor, composer

Fast Facts

  • At age 5, played the piano at his father's inauguration as New Orleans district attorney
  • Trained under jazz great Ellis Marsalis, father of Branford and Wynton
  • Broke through when he recorded the soundtrack for the hit 1989 film When Harry Met Sally
  • Wrote the music and lyrics for the New Orleans-set musical Thou Shalt Not, which ran on Broadway in 2001
  • Became Honorary Chair of Habitat for Humanity's "Operation Home Delivery," benefiting Gulf Coast victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005
  • Helped launch Musicians' Village, a neighborhood that provides housing and a music center for New Orleans musicians who lost their homes to Hurricane Katrina
  • Made his Broadway debut as a performer in the 2006 revival of The Pajama Game
  • A practicing Catholic, he performed at a pre-Mass concert at Yankee Stadium during Pope Benedict XVI's 2008 visit to the U
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  • Received an honorary doctorate from Tulane University, his parents' alma mater, in 2009
  • Performed a 15-day sold-out run of Harry Connick, Jr
  • In Concert on Broadway at the Neil Simon Theater in the summer of 2010