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Kevin Connolly

Kevin Connolly at the Tribeca Film Festival, April 2007
Born March 5, 1974 (1974-03-05) (age 35)
Long Island, New York, U.S.[1]
Occupation Actor
Years active 1990–present

Kevin Connolly (born March 5, 1974) is an American actor and director. Connolly is probably best known for his role on the HBO series Entourage as Eric Murphy and his role as Ryan Malloy in the 1990s television show Unhappily Ever After.

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Early life and career

Connolly was born on Long Island, New York, to a waitress mother and a truck driver father.[2] He began his career at age six, appearing in television commercials including the popular "Betcha bite a chip" campaign for Chips Ahoy. In 1990, he landed his first film role, as Chickie, in Rocky V. Two years later, Connolly was cast as Shaun Kelly in the film adaptation of Myron Levoy's novel Alan & Naomi, and co-starred in the short-lived Fox sitcom Great Scott!. His appearance in the show later earned him a Young Artist Award nomination for Best Young Actor Co-starring in a Television Series. He portrayed Dabney Coleman's son in the 1993 film The Beverly Hillbillies. Connolly continued guest starring in television shows including Wings, Getting By and the medical drama ER.

From 1995-96, Connolly starred in Don's Plum, alongside friends and future collaborators, Tobey Maguire and Leonardo DiCaprio. Later that year, he landed the role of Ryan Malloy on the sitcom Unhappily Ever After. The show also marked Connolly's directorial debut when he directed six episodes in its fourth season. In 2007, Connolly made his full length movie directorial debut with the film Gardener of Eden, which premiered in April 2007 at the Tribeca Film Festival.[3]

In addition to television work, Connolly has starred in several major motion pictures including, Antwone Fisher, John Q, and The Notebook. In August 2007, he signed on to play a supporting character in Drew Barrymore's new comedy He's Just Not That Into You, which was released in 2009. Connolly has reportedly been cast as jazz musician Benny Goodman in an upcoming movie. The film, set in the 1930s, will focus on one of the first interracial bands of the era. Nick Cannon, Brandon Routh and rapper Ludacris will co-star.[4]

In October 2008, Connolly was hired to direct his first music video for multi platinum rap artist The Game featuring R&B artist Ne-Yo. The video is for the song "Camera Phone" off The Game's latest album LAX.[5]

Filmography

Film
Year Film Role Notes
1990 Rocky V Chickie
1992 Alan & Naomi Shaun Kelly
1993 The Beverly Hillbillies Morgan Drysdale
1995 Angus Andy
1997 Sub Down Petty Officer Holliday Alternative title: Sub Down: Take the Dive
1999 Tyrone Sam Adams Alternative title: Bad Trip
2001 Drum Solo
Don's Plum Jeremy
2002 Devious Beings Casey
John Q Steve Maguire
Antwone Fisher Slim
2003 Whatever We Do
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Director
2004 The Notebook Fin
2005 The Check Up Mike
2007 Gardener of Eden
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Director
2009 He's Just Not That into You Conor Barry
The Ugly Truth Jim
2010 Secretariat Carl Hatton
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1992 Great Scott! Larry O'Donnell 1 episode
1993 Wings Scotty Nelson 1 episode
1994 Locals Television movie
Getting By 1 episode
ER 1 episode, uncredited
1995 CBS Schoolbreak Special Robert Sanderson 1 episode
1995-1999 Unhappily Ever After Ryan Malloy 75 episodes; directed 6 episodes
1996 ABC Afterschool Special Kevin 1 episode
2000 Up, Up, and Away! Malcolm Television movie
2001 First Years Joe 5 episodes
Sam's Circus Cpl John "Little Sarge" Rather Television movie
2004-present Entourage Eric 'E' Murphy Main Cast Member

Award nominations

Year Award Result Category Series
1993 Young Artist Award Nominated Best Young Actor Co-starring in a Television Series Great Scott!
2005 Satellite Awards Outstanding Actor in a Series, Comedy or Musical Entourage
2006 Teen Choice Awards TV - Choice Chemistry Entourage (Shared with cast)
2007 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
2008 Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
2009 Golden Globe Awards Nominated Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy Entourage

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