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 Gardener of Eden, Dear Eleanor and Gotti.
Connolly was born in Patchogue, New York, the son of Eileen J. (née McMahon) and John Connolly. He is of Irish descent. He attends Roman Catholic church in Los Angeles.  Kevin graduated Patchogue-Medford High School in 1992.
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 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.
|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"
|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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