Connolly in 2017
|Education||Patchogue-Medford High School|
|Occupation||Actor, director, executive producer|
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 Gardener of Eden, Dear Eleanor and Gotti.
Life and career
Connolly was born either in New York City, New York, or in Patchogue, New York, (sources differ) and raised in Medford, New York, on Long Island. His mother Eileen of Irish descent. He has an older brother, Tim, who has been a police detective Suffolk County, New York. Connolly graduated from Patchogue-Medford High School in 1992.
He began his career at age six, appearing in television commercials, including the "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 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 the 2004-2011 HBO show Entourage. E is the manager and best friend of Vincent Chase, who is played by Adrian Grenier. In 2009, Connolly was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy for the role. Connolly reprised his role as Eric in the 2015 Entourage film adaptation.
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.
He directed the 2018 film Gotti, which starred John Travolta as mobster John Gotti. Connolly was hired after a number of other directors, including Barry Levinson, were attached to the project during its lengthy development process. The film was a critical and commercial disaster, and is one the few films to hold an approval rating of 0% on the website Rotten Tomatoes.
In 2020, a costume designer accused Connolly of a sexual assault at a 2005 wrap party for the film Gardener of Eden, which he directed. Through his attorney, Connolly denied the claims and said the encounter was consensual. On January 11, 2021, it was announced that Connolly is expecting his first child with actress Zulay Henao.
|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|
|2020||Chick Fight||Dr. Roy||Post-production|
|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"|
|1994||ER||uncredited||Episode: "9 1/2 Hours"|
|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|
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Actor Kevin Connolly, best known for the role of "E" on the HBO show 'Entourage,' was born in Patchogue and graduated from Patchogue-Medford High School in 1992.
- "Patchogue-Medford's first Hall of Fame night was a true family affair". GreaterPatchogue.com. n.d. Archived from the original on July 15, 2020. Retrieved July 15, 2020.
Kevin Connolly (1992) said he recently re-purchased his childhood home on First Avenue in Medford.
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Kevin Connolly’s Irish-American mother, Eileen ... passed away on March 1 of this year...
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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.
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- Brooks, Larry (March 28, 2011). "'Entourage' star is allowed on Islanders bench". New York Post. Retrieved July 8, 2011.
- Fall Season 2013: Episode 5 | In the Mixx. Inthemixxshow.com (October 17, 2013). Retrieved on 2014-06-05.
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- Stern, Marlow (July 15, 2020). "'Entourage' Star Kevin Connolly Accused of Sexual Assault: 'I Want It to Be Known That He Is Dangerous'". The Daily Beast. Retrieved July 15, 2020.
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