Kevin Connolly (born March 5, 1974) is an American actor and director. He is best known for his role on the HBO series Entourage as Eric Murphy and his role as the eldest son Ryan Malloy in the 1990s television sitcom Unhappily Ever After. Connolly was born in Patchogue, New York, the son of Eileen J. (ne McMahon) and John Connolly. He is of Irish descent. 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.
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