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HARRY CONNICK, JR. (Dr. Clay Haskett) is an artist whose meteoric rise in the world of music was only a prelude to a multi-faceted career that continues to garner him acclaim in both the music and acting arenas. He has been honored with two Emmy Awards, three Grammy Awards, and two Tony Award nominations, and lauded for his live and recorded musical performances, as well as for his work on the big and small screens and the Broadway stage.

His love of music and performing dates back to his childhood in New Orleans, where he first performed publicly at age five, appeared on his first recording at age ten, and released his self-titled major label debut for Columbia Records at 19. In the two decades since, he has released several multi-platinum albums and has won accolades for his performances as well as his compositions.

Connick's initial foray into the world of motion pictures came in 1990 when he made his feature film acting debut in the World War II drama "Memphis Belle." His acting credits also include Jodie Foster's "Little Man Tate"; Jon Amiel's "Copycat"; "Independence Day," with Will Smith; "Hope Floats," opposite Sandra Bullock; "Mickey," written by John Grisham; William Friedkin's "Bug"; Richard LaGravenese's "P.S. I Love You," with Hilary Swank; "New in Town," opposite Renée Zellweger; and "Dolphin Tale," with Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd. In addition, his voiceover skills were featured in "My Dog Skip" and "The Iron Giant."

On television, Connick is perhaps best known for his recurring role on "Will & Grace." He also appeared in an arc of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," and has showcased his musical talents in several primetime specials, including "Harry for the Holidays," the animated tale "The Happy Elf," and the Emmy Award-winning PBS specials "Only You in Concert" and "Harry Connick, Jr. in Concert on Broadway." Next year he will begin his second season as a judge on American Idol.

Connick has also been recognized for his work on Broadway, earning Tony Award nominations: as composer/lyricist for the musical "Thou Shalt Not"; and as the lead in the Tony Award-winning revival of "The Pajama Game." He also adapted "The Happy Elf" for children's theater, starred in the Broadway revival of "On a Clear Day You Can See Forever," and-on the 20th anniversary of his first Broadway concerts at the Lunt-Fontaine Theatre-brought his live show for an extended residency at the Neil Simon Theatre.

Not surprisingly, Connick has used his influence as an entertainer to further his philanthropic work, especially in his hometown. Following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, he created, along with fellow musician and New Orleanian Branford Marsalis, the Musicians' Village, a residential community in the Upper Ninth Ward. The centerpiece of the Village is the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music which houses a performance hall, recording studio and after-school facilities for kids. His contributions to the post-Katrina effort have been acknowledged with a Redbook Strength and Spirit Award, an honorary degree from Tulane University, and the 2012 Jefferson Award for Public Service.


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