Billy Gardell

Billy Gardell



Billy Gardell is an American actor and stand-up comedian best known for his starring role on the CBS sitcom Mike & Molly, which ran from 2010 to 2016. He was born William R. Gardell on August 20, 1969, in Swissvale, Pennsylvania, a steel mill town near Pittsburgh. He is the son of Robert and Patty (née Rizzo) Gardell.

Gardell attended Swissvale High School and then went on to pursue his dreams of becoming an actor. He enrolled in the Pittsburgh Playhouse School of Theatre and graduated in 1992.

Gardell began his career as a stand-up comic after he moved to Los Angeles in 2001. He soon made a name for himself in the comedy world with his appearances on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, The Wayne Brady Show, and Comedy Central Presents.

Gardell's big break came in 2010, when he was cast as Mike Biggs, the lead role in the CBS sitcom Mike & Molly. The show ran for six seasons and earned him a People's Choice Award nomination for Favorite TV Comedy Actor in 2016.

In addition to his acting career, Gardell has also done voice work for animated television shows, including Bob's Burgers, American Dad, and The Boondocks. He has also appeared in a number of films, including Bad Santa, You, Me and Dupree, and the box office hit Paul Blart: Mall Cop.

Gardell has also done stand-up comedy tours and released his own comedy special, Billy Gardell Presents Road Dogs, in 2018. He continues to tour and act, and he is currently working on an upcoming project with his wife, Patrice.

Billy Gardell is an accomplished actor and comedian who has made a lasting impact on the entertainment industry. He is a devoted family man and a hardworking professional who has achieved success through hard work and dedication.


Aug. 20, 1969

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