NEW CANAAN, Conn. -- Happy birthday to New Canaan’s Joseph Harry Fowler Connick Jr.!
Connick, who lives in New Canaan, turns 49 on Sunday. The singer, musician and actor was born Sept. 11, 1967 in New Orleans.
He has sold over 28 million albums worldwide. He is ranked among the top 60 best-selling male artists in the United States by the Recording Industry Association of America, with 16 million in certified sales.
He has had seven top 20 US albums, and 10 number-one US jazz albums, earning more number-one albums than any other artist in US jazz chart history.
His best-selling album in the United States is his 1993 Christmas album "When My Heart Finds Christmas," which is also one of the best-selling Christmas albums in the United States.
His highest-charting album is his 2004 release "Only You," which reached No. 5 in the U.S. and No. 6 in Britain. He has won three Grammy Awards and two Emmy Awards. He played Grace's husband, Dr. Leo Markus, on the TV sitcom "Will & Grace" from 2002 to 2006.
He began his acting career as a tail gunner in the World War II film "Memphis Belle" in 1990. He played a serial killer in "Copycat" in 1995, before being cast as jet fighter pilot in the 1996 blockbuster "Independence Day."
His first role as a leading man was in 1998's "Hope Floats" with Sandra Bullock. His first thriller film since "Copycat" came in 2003 in the film "Basic" with John Travolta.
Additionally, he played the violent ex-husband in "Bug," before two romantic comedies, 2007's "P.S. I Love" You, and the leading man in "New in Town" with Renée Zellweger in 2009.
In 2011, he appeared in the family film "Dolphin Tale" as Dr. Clay Haskett and in the 2014 sequel, "Dolphin Tale 2."