Kevin Connolly (actor)
Connolly at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2007
|Born||March 5, 1974|
Kevin Connolly (born March 5, 1974) is an American actor and director. He is best known for his role as Eric Murphy in the HBO series Entourage, and his role as the eldest son Ryan Malloy in the 1990s television sitcom Unhappily Ever After. Connolly is also a director, having directed many episodes of television as well as the films Dear Eleanor and Gotti.
Life and career
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 with Tobey Maguire in the short-lived Fox sitcom Great Scott!. His appearance in the series 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 comedy film The Beverly Hillbillies. Connolly continued guest starring in television series including Wings, Getting By and the medical drama ER.
From 1995–96, Connolly starred in Don's Plum alongside future collaborators Tobey Maguire and Leonardo DiCaprio. Later that year, he landed the role of Ryan Malloy on the situation comedy Unhappily Ever After. The series 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.
Connolly's best-known role is the character Eric Murphy, better known as "E", on HBO's show Entourage. E is the manager and best friend of Vincent Chase, who is played by Adrian Grenier. In 2009, Connolly received a nomination for Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy, and in September 2011 the show ended with its eighth season. In 2015, Connolly reprised his role as Eric in the Entourage film adaptation.
In addition to television work, Connolly has appeared in several major motion pictures including Antwone Fisher, Secretariat, John Q and The Notebook. In August 2007, he signed on to play a supporting character in He's Just Not That Into You, which was released in 2009.
Connolly attended the 2010 NHL Entry Draft in Los Angeles and announced the final pick of the first round for the New York Islanders. He also directed the documentary film Big Shot, which screened at the 2013 TriBeCa Film Festival and the 2013 Hamptons International Film Festival  The film revisits the fraud perpetrated by would-be Islanders owner John Spano in 1996.
In September 2015, it was announced that Connolly would direct The Life and Death of John Gotti (later renamed Gotti), a film about infamous mobster John Gotti and his son, John A. Gotti, who succeeded him. Academy Award-nominee, John Travolta plays the former. Released in 2018, it is one the few films to hold an approval rating of 0% on the website Rotten Tomatoes.
|1992||Alan & Naomi||Shaun Kelly|
|1993||The Beverly Hillbillies||Morgan Drysdale|
|1997||Sub Down||Petty Officer Holliday||Alternative title: Sub Down: Take the Dive|
|1999||Tyrone||Sam Adams||Alternative title: Bad Trip|
|2000||Up, Up and Away||Malcolm||TV movie|
|John Q.||Steve Maguire|
|2005||The Check Up||Mike|
|2009||He's Just Not That into You||Conor Barry|
|The Ugly Truth||Jim Ryan|
|Wax On, F*ck Off||Himself||Short film|
|2015||Entourage||Eric 'E' Murphy|
|1992||Great Scott!||Larry O'Donnell||Series regular, 13 episodes|
|1993||Wings||Scotty Nelson||Episode: "Joe Blows: Part 1"|
|1994||Getting By||Spider||Episode: "It Takes a Thief"|
|1995–1999||Unhappily Ever After||Ryan Malloy||Series regular, 100 episodes, also director (6 episodes)|
|2001||First Years||Joe||5 episodes|
|2004–2011||Entourage||Eric 'E' Murphy||Series regular, 96 episodes, also director (2 episodes)|
|Episode: "More Blood, More Chocolate"|
|2014||Friends with Better Lives||Bobby Lutz||Series regular|
|2016||Pitch||Charlie Graham||Recurring role|
|2019||The Oath||James Hoke||2 episodes|
|1997–1999||Unhappily Ever After||6 episodes|
|2003||Whatever We Do|
|2007||Gardener of Eden|
|2008||Camera Phone - The Game ft. Ne-Yo||Music video|
"Porn Scenes from an Italian Restaurant"
"Second to Last"
|2013||ESPN 30 for 30||Big Shot|
"Heavy Wears the Crown"
"Diamonds Ain't Forever"
Awards and nominations
|1993||Young Artist Award||Best Young Actor Co-Starring in a Television Series||Great Scott!||Nominated|
|2005||Satellite Awards||Outstanding Actor in a Series, Comedy or Musical||Entourage||Nominated|
|2006||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Chemistry - Television (Shared with the cast of Entourage)||Nominated|
|2007||Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (Shared with the cast of Entourage)||Nominated|
|2009||Golden Globe Award||Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy||Nominated|
|2009||Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (Shared with the cast of Entourage)||Nominated|
|2019||Golden Raspberry Awards||Worst Director||Gotti||Nominated|
- "Monitor". Entertainment Weekly (1197). Mar 9, 2012. p. 26.
- E!Online; Kevin Connolly profile Archived 2013-01-03 at Archive.today
- Playboy asks Kevin Connolly 20 Questions As Only Playboy Can! Archived July 28, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
- Kelly, Antoinette (2009-07-23). "'Entourage' premiere dedicated to Kevin Connolly's late Irish mother". Irish Central. Retrieved 2010-10-21.
- "Kevin Connolly heads home to Long Island..." The Insider. February 1, 2009. Retrieved February 9, 2010.[permanent dead link]("He was even the homecoming king in '92 at Patchogue-Medford High School.")
- La Monica, Mark (June 11, 2006). "A rocky start? Hardly". Newsday. Retrieved February 9, 2010.("After graduating from high school in 1992...")
- "DiCaprio, The Gardener of Eden Premiere And The Real Entourage", The Huffington Post, April 27, 2007, Retrieved on August 16, 2007
- "Connolly 'crucified' for Entourage spoiler". Belfast Telegraph. January 6, 2014. Retrieved January 7, 2014.
- Mark, Dagostino (2008-10-03). "Kevin Connolly to Direct The Game and Ne-Yo's Video". people.com. Retrieved 2009-07-08.
- Brooks, Larry (2011-03-28). "'Entourage' star is allowed on Islanders bench". New York Post. Retrieved 2011-07-08.
- Fall Season 2013: Episode 5 | In the Mixx. Inthemixxshow.com (2013-10-17). Retrieved on 2014-06-05.
- Gettell, Oliver. "Kevin Connolly to direct John Travolta in resurrected Gotti biopic". Retrieved 9 September 2015.
- Coogan, Devan (June 15, 2018). "John Travolta's Gotti earns zero percent on Rotten Tomatoes". Entertainment Weekly. Time. Retrieved June 18, 2018.
- Kiefer, Halle (June 15, 2018). "John Travolta's Gotti Currently Has a Zero Percent on Rotten Tomatoes". Vulture. New York Media. Retrieved June 18, 2018.
- Kilday, Gregg (June 15, 2018). "John Travolta's 'Gotti' Gets Rare Zero Percent Score on Rotten Tomatoes". The Hollywood Reporter. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved June 18, 2018.
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