His best-selling album is When My Heart Finds Christmas (1993). It’s also the top selling Christmas album of all-time in the U.S. As of 2011, Connick has received three Grammy Awards and a pair of Emmy Awards. A beloved performer, Harry Connick, Jr. tickets have been sold all over the world.
Away from his music, Connick has also acted in several major motion pictures including Memphis Belle, Independence Day, Hope Floats, and Dolphin Tale. His most famous role was that of Dr. Leo Markus on the NBC sitcom Will & Grace. Connick played Grace’s significant other from 2003 through 2006.
Connick also has strong ties to Broadway. He wrote the score to the musical Thou Shalt Not. His work, which included writing the lyrics, earned him a Tony Award nomination. In 2006, he starred in the revival of The Pajama Game. The musical ran on Broadway at the American Airlines Theatre. In 2011, he returned to the boards in a revival of On a Clear Day You Can See Forever. The revamped musical opened for previews at the St. James Theatre in late 2011.
Perhaps the most interesting achievement of his vast and successful career is his patent. In 2002, Connick received an U.S. patent for a scheme that coordinates sheet music for orchestra players.
In 1992, Connick was arrested and charged for illegally possessing a firearm. He had a 9mm pistol on his person while making his way through JFK International Airport in Jamaica, New York. He avoided prison time (he spent one day in jail before being released) by agreeing to make a public-service television commercial about the need to adhere to gun laws. He also agreed to stay out of trouble for six months.
Connick was born on Sept. 11, 1967 in New Orleans, Louisiana. His father was the district attorney of Orleans Parish and his mom a Louisiana Supreme Court Justice. Connick started playing music at a young age and was something of a child prodigy.
He studied music around New Orleans and then in New York City at Hunter College and the Manhattan School of Music—at the latter institution Connick was discovered by record executives. Connick received tremendous exposure in 1989 when he appeared on the soundtrack to the film When Harry Met Sally.