November 14, 1962 |
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Harland Reesor Williams (born November 14, 1962) is a Canadian-American actor, comedian, author, artist, musician and radio personality. He has one special entitled Harland Williams: A Force of Nature, it can be viewed on Netflix.
Harland Reesor Williams was born on November 14, 1962, in Toronto, Ontario, to Lorraine Mary (née O'Donnell), a social worker, and John Reesor Williams, a lawyer who served as a member of the Ontario legislature from 1975 to 1985. He was the middle child of four sisters.
Harland holds dual citizenship with Canada and the United States.
He is an author and illustrator of his own series of children's books involving a little brontosaurus named Jimbo. Williams' love of art drove him to create the series, in which the curious, young dinosaur embarks on a series of amazing adventures and learns important life lessons in the process. The artistically inclined Williams had refined his passion for drawing and painting at Canada's Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario. Finding a creative outlet in poetry and painting while working as a forest ranger for five years after dropping out of Sheridan College, Williams set his goals to leave the forest as a stand-up comic and actor, soon moving to Los Angeles to pursue his newfound calling.
Williams is known for his movie roles and comedy, though he has not yet realized his stated dream of directing a remake of the 1977 classic Slap Shot. His well-known acting roles include Dumb and Dumber, Freddy Got Fingered, There's Something About Mary, Half Baked, RocketMan, Sorority Boys, Down Periscope and Employee of The Month. Williams was featured as a security guard in the music video for Barenaked Ladies "Falling For The First Time". He has performed his stand-up comedy routines on Late Night with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, HBO, Comedy Central and at comedy clubs throughout the country.
His improvisational skills led to him winning the award for 'Best Improviser' on an episode of NBC's prime time series Thank God You're Here in 2007.
He has a free, bi-weekly podcast called The Harland Highway. The Harland Highway can be downloaded on iTunes or streamed live from your mobile device on Stitcher Radio. His podcast is unique in that instead of focusing on interviews and similar content, it is made up of unique pop culture commentary, as well as improvisation by Williams, featuring a diverse lineup of recurring characters.
|1994||Dumb and Dumber||State Trooper|
|1996||Down Periscope||E.T. "Sonar" Lovacelli|
|1997||RocketMan||Fred Z. Randall|
|Wag The Dog||Pet Wrangler|
|1998||Half Baked||Kenny Davis|
|There's Something About Mary||Hitchhiker (uncredited)|
|Ned's Newt||Newton (voice)|
|2000||The Whole Nine Yards||Special Agent Steve Hanson|
|Big Money Hustlas||Officer Harry Cox|
|Becoming Dick||Richard Breggs|
|2001||Freddy Got Fingered||Darren|
|2002||Back by Midnight||Sheriff Hubbard|
|Because of Winn-Dixie||Policeman|
|2006||Employee of the Month||Russell Porpis-Gunders|
|2007||Meet the Robinsons||Carl (voice)|
|The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning||Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane|
|2008||Bachelor Party 2: The Last Temptation||Derek|
|Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa||Giraffe (voice)|
|2009||Fudgy Wudgy Fudge Face||Elmore P. Fudge|
|My Life in Ruins||Big Al Sawchuck|
|2011||Spooky Buddies||Warwick the Warlock|
|Lloyd the Conqueror||Vulcan|
|Dahmer Vs. Gacy||God|
|2012||The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange||Apple (voice)|
|Robot and Monster||Monster (voice)||Main Role|
|2014||Back in the Day||Skunk|
- John B. Mueller Photography
- "Parry Gripp Song Of The Week". Parrygripp.com. Retrieved 2010-12-04.
- "The Channel". TomGreen.com. 2009-04-13. Retrieved 2010-12-04.
- Hall, Shannon. "Casting Announced for Citytv Original Comedy Series, Package Deal". Thunderbird Films (Press Release). CityTV.
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