|Birth name||William Gardell|
August 20, 1969 |
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Spouse||Patty Knight (2001-present)|
William "Billy" Gardell (born August 20, 1969) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, game show host and voice artist. Gardell played Chicago police officer Mike Biggs on Mike & Molly. He also made an appearance in a dozen episodes of My Name Is Earl as a police officer. Gardell voiced Santa in Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas, as well as starring on Sullivan & Son in the recurring role of Lyle Winkler.
Born in Swissvale, Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh, Gardell attended Winter Park High School in Orange County, Florida during 1985. As a child, he moved to Florida with his mother and younger brother and sister after his parents divorced. After that, he only visited Pennsylvania in the summers. He has said living in Florida was a positive experience. At the age of 15, he started working at a department store warehouse in the receiving area where he would unload trucks and stack pallets. In 1987, he started cleaning bathrooms, seating people, and answering phones at a local comedy club, Bonkerz. On December 28, he started performing at the comedy club's open-mic nights after he made a dare with some co-workers. "If I didn't do an open mic night, I couldn't cover the bet. I was running my mouth that I would do it. They bet me I wouldn't," he explained. He eventually started opening for Dennis Miller and George Carlin.
Gardell was a member of International Thespian Society Troupe 850 whose other notable alumni include Amanda Bearse, also a graduate of Winter Park High School, and Ben Rock of The Blair Witch Project.
Gardell is known for his comedic roles and is influenced by Jackie Gleason. He has also listed Richard Pryor, George Carlin, John Candy, and John Belushi as his influences. Although Bonkerz helped launch his comedy career, he has credited the support from his grandmother, saying "She told me when I was 8 years old that I could be a comic". Before Mike & Molly, Gardell revealed that he considered a career in radio after being on the road for his comedy act began to affect his family time. He has performed in several feature films, including Bad Santa (with Billy Bob Thornton) You, Me, and Dupree (with Owen Wilson) and Avenging Angelo (with Sylvester Stallone and Anthony Quinn) as well as appearing numerous times in recurring roles in several US television series, including NBC's Heist, The Practice, Yes, Dear, Desperate Housewives, Lucky, Bones, My Name Is Earl, Monk, and The King of Queens. Gardell appeared as himself on the Comedy Central series Make Me Laugh. Subsequently, he appeared on Miller's television program Dennis Miller, telecast on the US financial news network CNBC (conducting "man-on-the-street" interviews). Notably, he created and staged a SNL-style charity performance of a piece called Winter Park Live, the proceeds from which were donated to Comic Relief.
Gardell continues to make weekly appearances on hometown local radio station, WDVE, appearing on The DVE Morning Show. Gardell also appeared on Chelsea Lately, as a roundtable participant. Gardell appeared on a special for Comedy Central Presents in 2007 that aired on April 4, 2008. Gardell also played the host of Pizza Talk, an imaginary TV series, in commercials for Round Table Pizza.
In 2006, Gardell's first comedy album, Billy Gardell: Throwback, was released.
His new stand-up special Halftime was released in 2011 and aired on Comedy Central. It was filmed in Pittsburgh and profiles working-class America. As of 2011, he continues to tour as a stand-up comedian in addition to acting. In a 2011 Orlando Sentinel article, Gardell said he wouldn't mind doing movies again.
In 2015, Gardell started hosting the lottery game show Monopoly Millionaires' Club, featuring contestants who bought tickets for the Monopoly Millionaires' Club lottery game; the latter began on October 19, 2014.
Gardell has been married to Patty Knight since 2001. They have a 13-year old son, William as of 2016. In a 2011 USA Today article, Gardell said he may retire when his son is a teenager to spend more time with him. His parents still live in Florida where he occasionally visits them. Regarding his weight, Gardell has explained that he "always had a little gut" and weighed 350 pounds at one point. Gardell is allergic to dogs.
Gardell is a Pittsburgh Steelers fan, having participated in several Terrible Towel waves with other Steeler fans at Heinz Field. His favorite player growing up was Jack Lambert, with his son liking former Steeler Hines Ward.
|2000||Gary the Rat||Jack Harrison (voice)|
|2003||Bad Santa||Milwaukee Security Guard|
|2006||Room 6||Taxi Driver|
|2006||You, Me and Dupree||Bartender Dave|
|2007||Alive 'N Kickin'||Billy||Television film|
|2007||Dragon Wars: D-War||Mr. Belafonte|
|2011||Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas||Santa (voice)||Television special|
|2014||Jersey Boys||Our Sons Owner|
|2015||Dancer and the Dame||Dancer|
|2000||The King of Queens||Billy Kelner||Episode: "Block Buster"|
|2000||Judging Amy||Lyle Cooper||4 episodes|
|2001||Cover Me||Mike Dulgari||Episode: "Vegas Mother's Day: Part 2"|
|2001||It's Like, You Know||Eddie||Episode: "Lust for Life"|
|2001-2006||Yes, Dear||Billy Colavita||26 episodes|
|2003||Lucky||Vincent Sticcarelli||13 episodes|
|2003||Gary the Rat||Jackson Buford Harrison (voice)||3 episodes|
|2003||Monk||Ian Agnew||Episode: "Mr. Monk and the 12th Man"|
|2004||The Practice||Manny Quinn||4 episodes|
|2005||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Charlie Jackson||Episode: "Iced"|
|2006||Heist||Billy O'Brien||6 episodes|
|2006||Las Vegas||Sid Turner||Episode: "Delinda's Box: Part 1"|
|2007-2009||My Name Is Earl||Officer Billy Hoyne||12 episodes|
|2008||Comedy Central Presents||Himself||Episode: "Billy Gardell"|
|2008||Desperate Housewives||Roy Harding||Episode: "The Gun Song"|
|2009||Bones||Bob Sayles||Episode: "The Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood"|
|2010-2016||Mike & Molly||Mike Biggs||127 episodes|
|2012||Family Guy||Mike Biggs||Episode: "Ratings Guy"|
|2012-2014||Sullivan & Son||Lyle Winkler||3 episodes|
|2013||Phineas & Ferb||Mayor Chickenen||Episode: "Love at First Byte"|
|2015||The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson||Guest Host|
|2015||Monopoly Millionaires' Club||Host|
|2016||Girl Meets World||Coach Bobby Campagnola||Episode: Girl Meets High School Part Two|
|2016||New Girl||Jason||Episode: Es Good|
|2017||Sun Records||Colonel Tom Parker|