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He is a comedian, film and TV actor, voice actor and game show host, Billy Gardell is indeed a well-rounded entertainer. He started out as a stand-up comedian before delving into acting in the year 2000. Gardell is best known to TV audiences for his portrayal of one of the titular characters on the sitcom Mike & Molly.
In addition to several other television roles, he has a number of film credits to his name including the voice role of Santa in Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas. Gardell also served as the host of the 2-season long game show Monopoly Millionaires’ Club (2015-16). Though he has found much success as an actor, he remains true to his craft as a stand-up comedian. Interestingly, his rising profile as a TV star has given a major boost to his career in comedy.
Billy Gardell Biography, Age
The multi-talented TV star was born William Gardell on August 20, 1969, in Swissvale, Pennsylvania. His parents’ marriage ended in a divorce when he was a child and consequently, he moved to Florida alongside his mother and siblings. He had his high school education at Winter Park High School in Orange County, Florida.
Gardell got his first job at age 15 at the warehouse of a department store. On December 28, 1987, he was pressured by his co-workers to perform at the open-mic night of an Orlando comedy club, a consequence for losing a bet to them. Interestingly, this was Gardell’s first shot at stand-up comedy and it marked an unofficial beginning to his showbiz career. He received a positive response for this first stage performance and thus, he was encouraged to perform at several other open-mic nights at the same club. Having found his rhythm in comedy, he opted to pursue a full-time career in the art and was eventually offered a job at the comedy club. He also performed in several cities all across the United States.
Gardell veered into acting in early 2000 marking his debut with a guest role in an episode of the sitcom The King of Queens followed by several other guest roles. The following year, he landed a recurring role as Billy Colavita on the sitcom Yes, Dear (2001-06). He was also cast in a main role on the shortlived dark comedy series Lucky (2003). Gardell marked his feature film debut with a minor role on the crime comedy Avenging Angelo (2002) alongside Sylvester Stallone followed by a role in the Christmas-themed comedy Bad Santa (2003). He equally starred in the hit comedy You, Me and Dupree (2006) as well as the highly successful South Korean action-adventure film Dragon Wars: D-War (2007).
Among several guest roles on different hit series, Gardell also had a recurring role on the sitcom My Name Is Earl (2007-09). Afterward, he landed his biggest TV role yet as the lead star of the sitcom Mike & Molly (2010-16) starring as Officer Mike Biggs. The show was canceled in 2016 after a successful 6-season run. While working on Mike & Molly, Gardell also recorded a number of film credits including the animated TV special Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas (2011) and the musical drama film Jersey Boys (2014). He also had a recurring role as Colonel Tom Parker in the drama series Sun Records (2017).
Billy Gardell’s showbiz career dates back to the early 2000s and thanks to the multifaceted nature of his talents, he has remained relevant ever since. Being a fan favorite has also earned him a number of juicy endorsement deals. All these and several other ventures bring Gardell’s net worth to an enviable $8 million.
Family – Wife and Son
Billy Gardell is currently married to his wife of nearly 2 decades Patty Knight. The duo met in 1999 and after dating for a while, they tied the knot in 2001. Unlike her famous husband, Mrs. Gardell keeps away from the limelight and thus very little information is known about her. The couple has one child together, a son named William born in 2003.
Height and Weight
The actor is 5 feet 11 inches (180 cm) in height. Billy has battled with his weight for the greater part of his life, however, he has managed to put his weight in check in recent times. He weighed as much as 350 lb at some point in his life but with the help of a nutritionist and a fitness trainer, he has been able to reduce his body mass by 50 lb.