Harland Williams

Harland Michael Williams (born November 14, 1962) is a Canadian-American actor, comedian, and writer. After several years of stand-up in Toronto and Los Angeles he made his film debut in Dumb and Dumber (1994) before playing starring roles in the short-lived sitcom Simon (1995–96) and the Disney comedy RocketMan (1997). He co-starred in Half Baked and played a psychopathic hitch-hiker in There's Something About Mary in 1998. He later appeared in films such as The Whole Nine Yards (2000), Freddy Got Fingered (2001) and Sorority Boys (2002), and provided voices in works such as Gary & Mike, Robots (2005), and Meet the Robinsons (2007). He is also an author of children's books, and creator of the children's animated series Puppy Dog Pals.

Harland Williams
Annie Awards Harland head.jpg
Williams at the 34th Annie Awards in 2007
Born
Harland Michael Williams

(1962-11-14) November 14, 1962 (age 59)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Occupation
  • Actor
  • comedian
Years active1992–present
Parent(s)
RelativesSteve Williams (brother)
Kevin Hearn (cousin)
Websitewww.harlandwilliams.com Edit this at Wikidata

Early lifeEdit

Harland Williams was born on November 14, 1962, in Toronto, Ontario, to Lorraine Mary (née O'Donnell), a social worker and writer, and John Reesor Williams, a lawyer who served as a member of the Ontario legislature.[1][2] He grew up in Toronto's Willowdale neighborhood with four sisters.[3] He is the brother of special effects artist Steve "Spaz" Williams, and a cousin to Barenaked Ladies keyboardist Kevin Hearn.[4][5]

Williams enrolled in Sheridan College in 1983, where he studied animation and media arts,[6] while periodically working as a forest ranger at Fort Frances.[5][2]

Williams gained American citizenship circa 2009.[7]

CareerEdit

Williams began in stand-up comedy in 1984, when still at Sheridan College.[6][8] He performed in Toronto for seven years before relocating to Los Angeles in 1992.[9] He credits a 1993 appearance on Late Night with David Letterman for a break through,[10] and Jim Carrey for bringing him to the attention of the Farrelly brothers, who cast Williams in his debut role as a police officer in Dumb and Dumber (1994).[8][11]

Other film roles include Freddy Got Fingered, There's Something About Mary, Half Baked, RocketMan, Sorority Boys, Down Periscope, Superstar and Employee of The Month. He has performed his stand-up comedy routines on 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.

Williams's ventures include voicing 'Monster' on Nickelodeon's animated series Robot and Monster and starring as Warwick the Warlock in Disney's direct-to-DVD movie Spooky Buddies.

He is the author and illustrator of several children's books, including a series about a dinosaur named Lickety Split,[12] as well as books for adults.[13][14][15]

He has a free, bi-weekly podcast called The Harland Highway.

He has appeared on Tom Green's House Tonight and on the Adam Carolla Podcast numerous times.[16] He is known for his performance of bird sounds on Carolla's show.

In August 2012 he began filming in Vancouver a 13-part Citytv comedy series called Package Deal, in which he stars.[17]

Williams created the Disney Junior series Puppy Dog Pals that debuted in 2017.[18]

FilmographyEdit

Year Film Role Notes
1994 Dumb and Dumber State Trooper
1995 Simon Simon Hemple
1996 Down Periscope E.T. 'Sonar' Lovacelli
1997 RocketMan Fred Z. Randall
Wag the Dog Pet Wrangler
Space Ghost Coast to Coast Himself 1 episode
Ned's Newt Newton (voice) First cartoon voice role; Main voice role; Episodes 1–35
1998 Half Baked Kenny Davis
There's Something About Mary Hitchhiker (uncredited)
Dog Park Callum
Mr. Headmistress Tucker
1999 Superstar Eric Slater
2000 The Whole Nine Yards Special Agent Steve Hanson
Big Money Hustlas Officer Harry Cox
Becoming Dick Richard Breggs
2001 Freddy Got Fingered Darren
Horrible Histories Lawrence Dongle (voice)
Family Guy Jeff Foxworthy / Sam's Father (voice) Episode: "To Love and Die in Dixie"
Gary & Mike Mike (Voice)
2002 Back by Midnight Sheriff Hubbard
Sorority Boys Doofer / Roberta
2003 Family Tree Jake
Kart Racer Zee
2005 Lucky 13 Bleckman
Because of Winn-Dixie Policeman
Robots Lug (voice)
2006 Employee of the Month Russell Porpis-Gunders
Surf School Rip
The Emperor's New School Cabby (voice)
2007 Meet the Robinsons Carl (voice)
The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane
Slacker Cats Buckley (Voice)
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 Al 'Big Al' Sawchuck
The Haunted World of El Superbeasto Gerard, The Exterminator (voice)
2011 Spooky Buddies Warwick The Warlock
Lloyd the Conqueror Vulcan
Dahmer Vs. Gacy God
Dan Vs. Hiram Episode: Technology
Robot Chicken Professor Cornelius Q. Quibblefingers (voice) 1 episode; also writes 4 episodes
2012 The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange Apple (voice)
Robot and Monster Monster (voice) Main Role
2014 Back in the Day Skunk
2015 Jake and the Never Land Pirates Captain Frost (voice)
Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero Helper Hue (voice)
2016 Sausage Party Ketchup Bottle / Drug Dealer / Baba Ganoush (voice)
Skylanders Academy Hugo (voice)
2017–2022 Puppy Dog Pals Bob (voice) Also show creator
2019 The Addams Family Norman Pickering / Ggerri (voices)
2019 The Turkey Bowl Nolan
2020 Fearless Elliot aka Buckethead (voice)
2022 Super PupZ Fisk Episode: Pilot

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "WILLIAMS, Lorraine Mary (nee O'Donnell)". The Globe and Mail. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2014-07-15.
  2. ^ a b Riggs, Thomas, ed. (2002). Contemporary Theatre, Film and Television. Vol. 40. Detroit: Thomson Gale. p. 371. ISBN 978-1-4144-4510-6.
  3. ^ Posner, Michael (September 21, 2005). "Laughing his way to the big screen". The Globe and Mail.
  4. ^ Sumi, Glenn (April 17, 2008). "Q&A: Harland Williams". NOW Magazine. Archived from the original on October 19, 2020.
  5. ^ a b Poisson, Jayme (August 16, 2009). "Harland Williams". Streets of Toronto.
  6. ^ a b Clark, Andrew (November 1995). "What's so funny about Harland Williams?". Saturday Night. Vol. 110, no. 9. p. 97.
  7. ^ Boedeker, Hal (July 22, 2019). "Comedian Harland Williams: My act is my career". Orlando Sentinel.
  8. ^ a b Harris, Will (August 28, 2014). "Harland Williams heard voices... he listened". The Virginian-Pilot.
  9. ^ Kronke, David (December 28, 1993). "He Seems Like Such a Pleasant Young Man..." Los Angeles Times.
  10. ^ Hochman, Steve (19 October 1997). "Harland Williams / Actor". Los Angeles Times.
  11. ^ "Profile: Toronto Comic is on Brink of Hollywood Film Stardom". The London Free Press. Canadian Press. March 21, 1996. p. C3 – via NewsBank.
  12. ^ Johnson, Phil (November 3, 1987). "Likety Split! He's hoping kids' books will zoom him to top". The Toronto Star. pp. N8 – via NewsBank.
  13. ^ Ciemcioch, Mark (October 30, 2017). "Comedian Harland Williams is rocketing into Helium". The Buffalo News.
  14. ^ "Funnyman for the Whole Family: Harland Williams". The Washington Post. March 10, 2010.
  15. ^ Williams, Christian (March 10, 2010). "Harland Williams knew he was destined for greatness". The A.V. Club.
  16. ^ "The Channel". TomGreen.com. April 13, 2009. Archived from the original on April 27, 2012. Retrieved 2010-12-04.
  17. ^ Hall, Shannon. "Casting Announced for Citytv Original Comedy Series, Package Deal". Thunderbird Films (Press Release). CityTV. Archived from the original on September 6, 2012.
  18. ^ Milligan, Mercedes (23 March 2017). "Harland Williams' 'Puppy Dog Pals' to Sit, Stay on Disney TV". Animation Magazine. Retrieved 16 July 2017.

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