Harry Connick Jr.

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Singer • Pianist • Composer • Personality • Host

Birth Name: Joseph Harry Fowler Connick Jr.

Birth Date: September 11, 1967

Age: 56 years old

Birth Place: New Orleans, Louisiana

Harry Connick Jr. was a musician and actor who quietly became an American institution in and of himself throughout his four decade-long career, starting as a child prodigy, before becoming a regular face in film, TV, and theater, while selling 28 million albums worldwide as a classic crooner. Born Joseph Harry Fowler Connick Jr. on September 11, 1967 in New Orleans, LA, Connick was the scion of two legal bigwigs in the big easy: his mother, Anita Frances Livingston, started as a lawyer, then a judge, before serving as a Louisiana Supreme Court justice, while his father, Joseph Harry Fowler Connick Sr., served as the district attorney of Orleans Parish from 1973 until 2003. Connick began playing piano at age three, was playing publicly at age five, and was recording with local New Orleans jazz musicians at age ten. Sadly, when Connick was 13, his mother passed away from ovarian cancer. Connick channeled his grief through practicing his craft, taking lessons at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts with instructors such as Ellis Marsalis Jr. and James Booker. After high school, he decided to move to New York City, where he gave recitals at Loyola University, and studied at Hunter College and the Manhattan School of Music, all while living at the 92nd Street YMHA. While at MSM, he met Dr. George Butler, an executive with Columbia Records, who convinced Connick to sign to the label. Connick's self-titled debut, "Harry Connick Jr." (1987), a collection of instrumental standards was released in 1987. Connick began building a reputation in the jazz community with extended stands at New York's most prestigious venues. For his next album, "20" (1988), he incorporated vocals for the first time. This drew the attention of director Rob Reiner, who asked Connick to provide the soundtrack for his new film, the defining romantic comedy "When Harry Met Sally " (1989). The soundtrack, which featured Connick crooning such standards as "It Had to Be You," "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off," and "Don't Get Around Much Anymore," sold two million copies in the U.S. alone, and earned Connick his first Grammy for Best Jazz Male Vocal Performance. The following year, Connick made his acting debut in the WWII drama "Memphis Belle" (1990), while his next big band standards album "We Are In Love" (1990), also went double platinum, and earned him another Grammy for Best Jazz Male Vocal. Connick was nominated for an Oscar for "Promise Me You'll Remember," his song from the "Godfather Part III" (1990) soundtrack, and released his first album of original compositions, "Blue Light, Red Light" (1991), which went platinum. After enjoying a supporting role in Jodie Foster's "Little Man Tate" (1991), and releasing a successful piano standards album, "25" (1992), Connick released his first holiday album, "Where My Heart Finds Christmas" (1993), which remains his best-selling album to this day. Connick then decided to branch out: his next two albums, "She" (1994) and "Star Turtle" (1996) were hard left turns into New Orleans-style funk. They did not sell as well as his previous efforts, and many fans were perplexed. He found more success in films, however, playing a serial killer in the crime thriller "Copycat" (1995), and the doomed wingman to Will Smith in the sci-fi blockbuster "Independence Day" (1996). His next album, "To See You" (1997), returned to Connick's regular formula with a collection of piano-driven love ballads accompanied by a symphony orchestra. He followed this up with his first leading role, alongside Sandra Bullock, in the hit romantic comedy "Hope Floats" (1998). Connick then returned to big band music with his next album, "Come By Me" (1999), and embarked on a world tour. After earning a Tony nomination for his music and lyrics for Susan Stroman's Broadway musical "Thou Shalt Not" (2001) and narrating the family film "My Dog Skip" (2000), in 2002 Connick took on one of his most famous roles, recurring as Leo Markus on the smash hit sitcom "Will & Grace" (NBC, 1998-2006, 2017-19), a role he would play on and off until 2006. Connick's music career remained on a roll as well: his second holiday album, "Harry for the Holidays" (2003), and "Only You" (2004), a collection of 1950s and 1960s ballads, were some of his biggest sellers ever. After branching out in William Friedkin's indie horror hit "Bug" (2006), he starred in a Broadway revival of "The Pajama Game" (2006). His next big role was in the family hit "Dolphin Tale" (2011) and its sequel, "Dolphin Tale 2" (2014), followed by a stint as an afternoon talk show host with "Harry" (Syndicated 2016-18).

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Find Me Falling

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John
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2024

The Best Film Songs Of All Time

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2022

Annie Live! Sing-Along!

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2021

Annie Live!Stream

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Daddy Warbucks
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2021

89th Annual Christmas in Rockefeller Center

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2021

Harry Connick Jr.: Amazing Grace

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2021

Back To The Movies

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2021

Harry Connick, Jr: Alone With My Faith

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2021

Home for the Holidays

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2021

Holiday Hits

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2021

Fear of Rain

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John Burroughs
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2021

United We Sing: A Grammy Tribute to the Unsung Heroes

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2020

United We Sing: A Grammy Tribute to the Unsung Heroes

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2020

GMA3: What You Need to Know

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2020

Retro: Christmas Classics

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2020

Quiet Christmas Day

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2020

Christmas in Rockefeller Center

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2019

The Kelly Clarkson ShowStream

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2019

Access Daily

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2019

Today With Hoda & Jenna

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2019

Harry Connick, Jr.: Just One of Those Things

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2019

Essentials: Harry Connick, Jr.

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2019

Today's Holidays Hits

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2019

Today 3rd Hour

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2018

The Jess Cagle Interview

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2018

People Features

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2018

90s Christmas

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2018

Jazzin' the Holidays

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2018

Back to the Movies

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2018

A Man and His Trumpet: The Leroy Jones Story

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2018

The Carol Burnett 50th Anniversary Special

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2017

Christmas in Rockefeller Center

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2017

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

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2017

Will & GraceStream

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Leo
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2017
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Pop Life

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2017

Live with Kelly and Ryan

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2017

Live with Kelly and Ryan

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2017

Live with Kelly and Ryan

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2017

Naturally, Danny Seo

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2016

Kevin Can WaitStream

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2016
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Harry

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2016

Louisiana Rising: A Benefit Concert for Flood Relief

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2016

Harry Connick Jr. All Access

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2016

Today's Take

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2016

Show People

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2016

Sinatra 100 -- An All-Star Grammy Concert

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2015

The Late Show With Stephen ColbertStream

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2015

Katrina: 10 Years After the Storm With Robin Roberts

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2015

The Late Late Show With James Corden

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2015

Repeat After Me

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2015

Late Night With Seth MeyersStream

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2014

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy FallonStream

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2014

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy FallonStream

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2014

Dolphin Tale 2

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Dr. Clay Haskett
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2014

American Idol: Extras

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2013

American Idol: Extras

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2013

The Social

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2013

Harry Connick Jr.: One Fine Thing

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2013

Harry Connick, Jr.: Every Man Should Know

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2013

Angels SingStream

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Michael Walker
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2013
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Sunshine by the Stars: Celebrating Louisiana Music

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2012

Live! With Kelly and Michael

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2012

Live! With Kelly and Michael

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2012

Harry Connick Jr. in Concert on Broadway

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2012

Finding Your RootsStream

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2012

The Chew

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2011

The Marilyn Denis Show

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2011

Harry Connick Jr.: My Time of Day/I've Never Been In Love Before

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2011

Harry Connick Jr.: Light The Way

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2011

Harry Connick Jr.: Light the Way (Live)

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2011

Harry Connick Jr.: My Time of Day/I've Never Been in Love Before (Live)

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2011

Harry Connick Jr.: Take Her to the Mardi Gras (Live)

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2011

Dolphin Tale

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Dr. Clay Haskett
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2011

Access Hollywood Live

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2010

On the Red Carpet

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2010

The 32nd Annual Kennedy Center Honors

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2009

The Project

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2009

Watch What Happens Live With Andy CohenStream

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2009

Late Night With Jimmy Fallon

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2009

Harry Connick Jr.: All the Way

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2009

New in TownStream

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Ted Mitchell
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2009
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Christmas in Rockefeller Center

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2008

The Wendy Williams Show

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2008

Living Proof

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2008

Today With Kathie Lee & Hoda

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2007

The Graham Norton ShowStream

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2007

The Better Show

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2007

P.S. I Love You

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Daniel
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2007

Rachael Ray ShowStream

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2006

Rachael Ray ShowStream

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2006

The One Show

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2006

etalk

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2006

Harry Connick Jr.: Take Her To The Mardi Gras

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2006

Harry Connick Jr.: Mardi Gras In New Orleans

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2006

Bug

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2006

The Happy Elf

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2005

The Colbert Report

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2005

Made in Hollywood

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2005

Entertainment Tonight Canada

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2005

Dancing With the StarsStream

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The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson

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2005

The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson

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2005

George Jones, 50 Years of Hits: A Soundstage Special Event

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2004

Harry Connick: Only You in Concert

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2004

Harry Connick: Only You in Concert

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2004

Tavis Smiley

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2004

Harry Connick, Jr.: Hear Me in the Harmony

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2004

Harry Connick, Jr.: It Had to Be You

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Harry Connick Jr.: She

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Harry for the Holidays

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2003

The Ellen DeGeneres Show

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2003

The Ellen DeGeneres Show

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2003

The Ellen DeGeneres Show

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2003

Australian Idol

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2003

Jimmy Kimmel Live!Stream

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American IdolStream

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2003
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American IdolStream

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2003
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American IdolStream

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2003
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BasicStream

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2003
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Mickey

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2003

Live With Regis and Kelly

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2001

Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific

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2001

Life Without Dick

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2001

Entertainment Studios.com

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2000

My Dog SkipStream

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2000
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The Simian Line

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2000

The Early Show

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1999

The Early Show

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1999

Law & Order: Special Victims UnitStream

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1999
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The Daily Show With Jon StewartStream

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1999

The Iron GiantStream

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Dean McCoppin
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1999
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Wayward Son

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1999

Will & GraceStream

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Leo Markus
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1998

Hope FloatsStream

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Justin Matisse
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1998
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The View

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1997

The View

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1997

Harry Connick Jr.: Let's Just Kiss

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Harry Connick Jr.: Learn To Love

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Excess Baggage

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1997

Access HollywoodStream

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1996

Independence DayStream

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Captain Jimmy 'Raven' Wilder
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1996
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MADtvStream

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1995
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Copycat

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1995

Extra

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1994

Harry Connick Jr.: Here Comes The Big Parade

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1994

Harry Connick Jr.: (I Could Only) Whisper Your Name

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1994

Late Night With Conan O'Brien

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1993

Late Show With David Letterman

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1993

Late Show With David Letterman

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1993

Harry Connick Jr.: The New York Big Band Concert

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1993

Cityline

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1993

Harry Connick Jr.: When My Heart Finds Christmas

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1993

E! News

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1991

Harry Connick, Jr: You Didn't Know Me When

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1991

Harry Connick Jr.: Blue Light, Red Light (Someone's There)

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1991

Little Man TateStream

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Eddie
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1991
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Mi Pequeño Genio

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1991

Harry Connick Jr.: Recipe For Love

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1990

Harry Connick Jr.: One Last Pitch

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1990

Memphis BelleStream

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Sgt. Clay Busby
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1990
68%

This Morning

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1988

The Oprah Winfrey ShowStream

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Talk
1986

Jeopardy!Stream

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Game Show
1984

CheersStream

Guest Star
Russell Boyd
Series
1982
87%

Entertainment Tonight

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1981

Entertainment Tonight

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1981

Nightline

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1980

CBS News Sunday Morning

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1979

Good Morning America

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1975

Good Morning America

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1975

Saturday Night LiveStream

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1975

Great PerformancesStream

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Franchise
1972

Canada AM

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1972

Sesame StreetStream

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1969

Today

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1952

Today

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1952

News aboutHarry Connick Jr.