Mike & Molly

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In com­edy se­ries Mike & Molly (20102016), 47-year-old Billy Gardell plays hap­pily mar­ried cop Mike Biggs. But now that the sit­com has come to an end, Billy is ready to move on af­ter “the net­work de­cided that it’s time to move on. So I will. We will,” he says of the sit­com’s un­ex­pected can­cel­la­tion.

Billy worked hard to get into 1

com­edy – his first “gig”, at age 17, was work­ing at the Florida com­edy house Bonkerz Club, but not on stage telling jokes. He was a toi­let cleaner and usher, but af­ter friends bet Billy $50 that he wouldn’t go on stage, he did – he walked away with $50 and a ca­reer.

For the next five years, he club2

hopped around Florida per­form­ing stand-up com­edy and em­cee­ing be­fore be­ing spot­ted in 1992 by artist man­ager Cris DiPetta. Cris then got Billy roles on shows like The King Of Queens (19982007) in 2000, My Name Is Earl (20052009) be­tween 2007 and 2009 and Yes, Dear (2000-2006) from 2001 to 2006.

The ac­tor got hitched in 2001 to 3

house­wife Patty Knight, who takes care of their 12-year-old son Wil­liam. “I’m hop­ing to be done with all of this [work] by the time that he’s 16 so that I can fol­low him around like that crazy dad who’s a fan of every­thing his kid does,” jokes Billy.

And while he’s al­ways been on the 4

chubby side, Billy’s been work­ing hard at shed­ding those ki­los. His Mike & Molly pro­duc­ers helped him too, hir­ing Billy a personal trainer. He started sea­son 1 weigh­ing 194kg and by sea­son 3, he was down to 160kg.

Some­thing else that Billy’s work­ing 5

on is his Or­lando, Florida pizze­ria called The Gardell Brothers, which Billy and brother Brian opened in 2015.

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