Patty Gardell is the longtime wife of William Gardell Jr., aka Billy Gardell, the American actor, and stand-up comedian. Patty Gardell came into the limelight as a celebrity spouse after marrying Billy Gardell in 2001. The couple have been married for more than a decade and have a son together.
Patty Gardell, who was born on 19 April 1980, is currently 43 years old. Except for a few public appearances, she prefers to keep the details of her life away from the public eye. She is essentially known as Billy Gardell’s indispensable wife, a gracious homemaker, and the mother of their son William Gardell III. She is also a passionate philanthropist.
Patty Gardell Was Born in 1980
Patty Gardell was born Patricia Lynn on 19 April 1980 in the United States of America to mother Juliet (Nettie) Haynes. She is Caucasian, and her birth sign is Aries. The name of her biological father is unknown. However, he was absent in Patty’s life. Her biological father left his family when her mom was still pregnant with her.
Patty never actually met her biological father until she was twenty-one years old. Father and daughter met when the former was diagnosed with blood cancer and wanted to meet his kids as a last request.
Thus when Patty was still a baby, she and her three siblings were adopted by a man named Wayne Knight. Wayne Knight was presumably their mother’s partner at that time. Patty and her siblings then took up their adopted father’s last name – Knight.
She Grew Up in Georgia Where She Had a Modest Upbringing
Pattie spent her early days with her parents, Wayne Knight, and Juliet (Nettie) Haynes, as well as her three biological siblings, brothers Paul and Jeremiah Knight and sister Pamela Knight in Georgia. The family of six was a modest Christian household and lived a fairly decent life. In 1996, when Patty was sixteen years old, her mother married her current stepfather James Carr.
Pally Gardell attended and graduated from Statesboro High School in Statesboro, Georgia, United States. She then enrolled at the University of Virginia, where she successfully bagged a degree. Patty’s work life is a bit sketchy; however, she did work at a bank before meeting actor and comedian Billy Gardell.
Patty and Billy Gardell Met for the First Time in 1999
By December 1999, Patty Knight was nineteen years old and living in Atlanta. As fate would have it Billy Gardell also came for a show in Atlanta, and the two ran into each other three times on three different occasions in one day. First, the pair met at the bank where Patty worked. Then later in the day, Billy ran into Patty and her sister at the Punchline comedy club.
The third and final time the couple ran into each other was at the jazz joint Cafe 290 later that day. As we all know, the third time’s a Charm, and on this third chance meeting, Billy had the barman introduce him to Patty. The pair hit it off immediately, and in six months, they moved in together.
They Tied the Knot Two Years Later In 2001
In just a year and a few months of dating, Patty and Billy Gardell decided to make things official. They got married on 30 September 2001 in Los Angeles, California. The couple’s intimate morning wedding ceremony occurred in an undisclosed location and was graced by a few close family and friends.
With her ‘unexpected’ marriage to Billy Gardell, the relatively unknown Patty Gardell came into the limelight. She, however, did a great job of keeping her private and family life away from the media, making a few red-carpet appearances and giving a few television interviews.
Patty Gardell and her husband, Billy Gardell, have been married for more than two decades now. The couple appears to be going strong, with a marriage devoid of scandal and the typical Hollywood buzz. The harmonious couple has accomplished much together, including Billy’s drastic weight loss and subsequent improved health, his successful run in the CBS sitcom Bob Hearts Abishola as Bob Wheeler, etc.
Patty and Billy Gardell Have a Son Together
Patty Gardell and her husband Billy have only one child together. Their son William C. Gardell III was born on 29 May 2003, two years after the couple tied the knot. William C. Gardell III is currently 20 years old. As an adult, he has moved out of his parent’s house and is establishing roots in San Francisco.
Patty and her husband have a loving and close relationship with their son. Billy never fails to gush over his son, calling him one of life’s greatest gifts. In fact, Billy Gardell’s decision to finally get a gastric bypass and lose his excess body fat was triggered by the desire to live longer for his son. He wants to enjoy growing old with his son.
Patty Gardell is a Homemaker and Philanthropist
Patty’s upbringing in a modest home rewarded her with a relatively stable life. Not much is known about her work life as she is very private about the details of her life. However, we know that she is a dutiful wife and an awesome mom. Billy Gardell has always attributed the stability he enjoys despite his fame to his wife, who essentially keeps him grounded.
Their long-lasting marriage is a testament to Patty’s capabilities. Not only has the couple never been involved in a scandal, but their son is also a thriving young adult devoid of the usual controversies that are common with children of celebrities.
Patty Gardell is also a fervent philanthropist. Her Facebook page is filled with numerous donations to different causes she is passionate about. From American Heart Association to St.Jude Children’s Research Hospital and other charities and organizations.
Patty has also been involved in certain projects with her actor-comedian husband. She once appeared on an episode of Long Island Medium alongside her husband. With the help of Theresa, the medium, she talked about her biological father and was able to reconcile with being abandoned even before birth.