Harland Williams biography
Date of Birth: November 14, 1962
This Toronto native and cousin to one of the musicians of the Barenaked
Ladies started working as a forest ranger, where he fine-tuned his own brand
of comedy. Attending Sheridan College in Oakville to study Media Arts,
Williams dropped out to pursue acting.
His journey into the spotlight began on stage as a stand-up comedian. After
spending some time on the comedy circuit, Williams made his first appearance
on the wide screen in fellow Canadian Jim Carrey's film Dumb and Dumber
(1994), playing a State Trooper. The popular film granted him enough
exposure to find major roles on both film and television.
After the short-lived sitcom, Simon, in which Williams played the
lead role, he landed a supporting role in Down Periscope (1996)
playing the super-sonar expert E.T. Lovacelli, then took the lead role in
the box office bomb, Rocket Man (1997). Following that embarrassing
star debut, he returned to supporting roles in films like Wag The Dog
(1997), Half Baked (1998), Dog Park (1998) and Superstar
He also spent time on small screen projects, such as hosting stand-up
series like HBO Comedy Half-Hour and Premium Blend, as well
as the telefilm Mr. Headmistress and the series You Lie Like a
At the turn of the century, work for Williams kept on coming infilms
like The Whole Nine Yards (2000), Freddy Got Fingered (2001)
and Sorority Boys (2002) along with television series Sammy,
The Geena Davis Show and Gary & Mike, kept his work schedule
on a never ending cycle.
Besides acting, Williams is also a talented artist. In his spare time over
the years he has written and illustrated children's books, developed his own
comic book characters, paints and has worked on creating an animated series.
He also continues his stand-up work.
Harland Williams Filmography