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Birth information

24 November 1942 Anderston, Glasgow, Scotland, UK

Given Name

William Connolly

Nickname

The Big Yin

How tall is Billy Connolly?

1.83 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Pamela Stephenson
Iris Pressagh

Life Story of Billy Connolly

Billy Connolly was born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland. He left school to work in the shipyards becoming a welder and joined the Territorial Army (in the parachute regiment) at around the same time. He developed an interest in folk music, eventually becoming an accomplished banjo player and a member of the band Humblebums with Gerry Rafferty (later of Baker Street fame). The jokes he told between songs eventually took over his act and he became a full-time comedian. Already a big star in Scotland, he became a household name in the UK after appearing on Parkinson (1971) in the early seventies. Billy has released many recordings and videos of his concert performances over the years. He has expanded his repertoire to include acting, appearing in a number of television dramas and films, most recently in the USA. In the 90s he made two documentary series for the BBC, about Scotland and Australia respectively, and in 1997 he starred in the award winning film Mrs Brown (1997). He is one of the UK's top comedian.

Significant features of Billy Connolly

Goatee beard
Tangential storytelling in stand-up comedy performances, often featuring multilayered digressions from original story.
Banjo playing
Use of bad language in his stand-up routines
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Publications and Magazines about Billy Connolly

Pamela Stephenson Billy. 2001
Pamela Stephenson Billy. 2002
Pamela Stephenson Bravemouth: Living with Billy Connolly. 2003
Pamela Stephenson Billy. 2001
Billy Connolly Made In Scotland: My Grand Adventures in a Wee Country. 2018

What movies did Billy Connolly play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Billy Connolly: High Horse Tour Live (2016) , Billy Connolly's Big Send Off (2014) , World Tour of New Zealand (2004) , World Tour of England, Ireland & Wales (2002) ,
Actors Filmography
Wild Oats (2016) Chandler, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) Dain, What We Did on Our Holiday (2014) Gordie, Quartet: Deleted Scenes (2013) Wilf Bond, What About Dick? (2012) Inspector McGuffin, Quartet (2012) Wilf Bond, Brave (2012) Fergus, House (2012) Thomas Bell, The Ballad of Nessie (2011) Narrator / MacFroogle, Good...

Birth information

24 November 1942 Anderston, Glasgow, Scotland, UK

Given Name

William Connolly

Nickname

The Big Yin

How tall is Billy Connolly?

1.83 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Pamela Stephenson
Iris Pressagh

Life Story of Billy Connolly

Billy Connolly was born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland. He left school to work in the shipyards becoming a welder and joined the Territorial Army (in the parachute regiment) at around the same time. He developed an interest in folk music, eventually becoming an accomplished banjo player and a member of the band Humblebums with Gerry Rafferty (later of Baker Street fame). The jokes he told between songs eventually took over his act and he became a full-time comedian. Already a big star in Scotland, he became a household name in the UK after appearing on Parkinson (1971) in the early seventies. Billy has released many recordings and videos of his concert performances over the years. He has expanded his repertoire to include acting, appearing in a number of television dramas and films, most recently in the USA. In the 90s he made two documentary series for the BBC, about Scotland and Australia respectively, and in 1997 he starred in the award winning film Mrs Brown (1997). He is one of the UK's top comedian.

Significant features of Billy Connolly

Goatee beard
Tangential storytelling in stand-up comedy performances, often featuring multilayered digressions from original story.
Banjo playing
Use of bad language in his stand-up routines
...

Publications and Magazines about Billy Connolly

Pamela Stephenson Billy. 2001
Pamela Stephenson Billy. 2002
Pamela Stephenson Bravemouth: Living with Billy Connolly. 2003
Pamela Stephenson Billy. 2001
Billy Connolly Made In Scotland: My Grand Adventures in a Wee Country. 2018

What movies did Billy Connolly play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Billy Connolly: High Horse Tour Live (2016) , Billy Connolly's Big Send Off (2014) , World Tour of New Zealand (2004) , World Tour of England, Ireland & Wales (2002) ,
Actors Filmography
Wild Oats (2016) Chandler, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) Dain, What We Did on Our Holiday (2014) Gordie, Quartet: Deleted Scenes (2013) Wilf Bond, What About Dick? (2012) Inspector McGuffin, Quartet (2012) Wilf Bond, Brave (2012) Fergus, House (2012) Thomas Bell, The Ballad of Nessie (2011) Narrator / MacFroogle, Good...

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Billy Connolly in The Debt Collector (1999)

American audiences are generally unfamiliar with Connolly's musical accomplishments, since he all but eliminated the songs from his act before he became popular in North America. An exception to this were his guest appearances on Pearl (1996) in which he sang one of his old songs, "I Wish I Was in Glasgow", in a duet with Malcolm McDowell.

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Billy Connolly in The Debt Collector (1999)

Three daughters with Pamela Stephenson: Daisy (born 31 December 1983), Amy (born 7 July 1986) and Scarlett (born 28 July 1988). Two children with his previous wife, Iris Pressagh: son Jamie (born 1969) and daughter Cara (born 1973).

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Billy Connolly in The Debt Collector (1999)

Married Pamela Stephenson in Fiji on 20 December 1989.

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Billy Connolly in Absolution (1978)

July 2001: Received an honorary doctorate from the University of Glasgow.

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Billy Connolly in Absolution (1978)

He was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2003 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to Entertainment.

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Richard Burton and Billy Connolly in Absolution (1978)

He is a long time supporter of Glasgow Celtic Football Club.

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Judy Davis and Billy Connolly in The Man Who Sued God (2001)

Diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer and Parkinson's Disease [September 16, 2013].

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Billy Connolly in The Man Who Sued God (2001)

Received the Outstanding Contribution to Television and Film Award at the 2012 British Academy Scotland Awards.

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Clara Bryant, Billy Connolly, Johnny Galecki, Marie Marshall, etc.

To date (2016), Billy holds the record for the most guest appearances on the popular British TV talk show Parkinson (1971), with a reported 15 spots.

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Billy Connolly, Johnny Galecki, and Marie Marshall in Billy (1992)

Billy's Parkinson's Disease was initially diagnosed under informal circumstances in that he was approached by a doctor in his L.A. hotel lobby after an appearance on Conan O'Brien's show in 2012. After the doctor introduced himself as a fan, he then remarked that Billy's shuffling gait resembled that of someone with the possible early onset of the disease and advised him to get a medical checkup.

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Liam Aiken, Emily Browning, Billy Connolly, Shelby Hoffman, etc.

In October 2004, during an 18-night stint at London's Hammersmith Apollo, Connolly was criticised for making jokes about the hostage Kenneth Bigley. Shortly after Connolly joked about the future killing of the hostage and touched on the subject of Bigley's young Thai wife, Bigley was beheaded in Iraq. Connolly claims he was misquoted. He has declined to clarify what he actually said, claiming that the context was as important as the precise words used.

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In an article with The Guardian newspaper on 23 September 2001, Connolly revealed his childhood trauma of being sexually abused by his father and physically abused by his aunt. His mother abandoned the family when he was 3 years old and the family lived in poverty with Connolly sharing a sofa bed with his father. This led to him drinking and doing drugs which he would overcome with the help of his psychologist wife.

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Liam Aiken, Emily Browning, Billy Connolly, Shelby Hoffman, etc.

He was awarded the Knight Bachelor of the Order of the British Empire in the 2017 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to Entertainment and Charity in East Sussex, England.

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Emily Browning and Billy Connolly in Lemony Snicket - Rätselhafte Ereignisse (2004)

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Jim Carrey and Billy Connolly in Lemony Snicket - Rätselhafte Ereignisse (2004)

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Billy Connolly in Lemony Snicket - Rätselhafte Ereignisse (2004)

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Billy Connolly in Lemony Snicket - Rätselhafte Ereignisse (2004)

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Judi Dench and Billy Connolly in Ihre Majestät Mrs. Brown (1997)

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Billy Connolly in Ihre Majestät Mrs. Brown (1997)

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Billy Connolly in Ihre Majestät Mrs. Brown (1997)

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Judi Dench and Billy Connolly in Ihre Majestät Mrs. Brown (1997)

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Billy Connolly and Catherine Tate in Gullivers Reisen - Da kommt was Großes auf uns

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Billy Connolly and Catherine Tate in Gullivers Reisen - Da kommt was Großes auf uns

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Billy Connolly, Chris O'Dowd, etc.

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Billy Connolly, James Corden, Jason Segel, Catherine Tate, Emily Blunt, Chris O'Dowd, etc.

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Billy Connolly and Catherine Tate in Gullivers Reisen - Da kommt was Großes auf uns

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Billy Connolly, Catherine Tate, Emily Blunt, etc.

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Billy Connolly in Big Man (1990)

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Billy Connolly in Conan (2010)

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Billy Connolly in Conan (2010)

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Billy Connolly in Conan (2010)

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Billy Connolly and Brian Glover in Absolution (1978)

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Billy Connolly in Absolution (1978)

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