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Billy Connolly is a Scottish actor, musician and stand-up comedian

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BirthdayNovember 24, 1942
NationalityScottish
FamousAtheists, Atheists/Agnostics, Socialists, Film & Theater Personalities, Actors, Stand-up Comedians
IdeologiesSocialists
SpousesIris Pressagh, Pamela Stephenson
SiblingsFlorence
Known asWilliam Connolly Jr.
Childrens Amy Connolly, Cara Connolly, Daisy Connolly, Jamie Connolly, Scarlett Connolly
Universities
  • St. Gerard's Secondary School
  • Glasgow
Birth PlaceGlasgow, Scotland
Height183cm
GenderMale
FatherWilliam Connolly
MotherMary Connolly
Net Worth$20 million as of Feb 12,2017
Sun SignSagittarius
Born inGlasgow, Scotland
Famous asStand-up Comedian

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Who is Billy Connolly?

Billy Connolly is a well-known Scottish actor, musician and stand-up comedian who has won the hearts of millions through his exceptional contribution in the world of entertainment. He has received numerous awards and recognition for his work including an honorary Doctor of Letters, from the University of Glasgow. His natives in Scotland call him by the nick name, “The Big Yin”. Apart from his several appearances on Television, he has featured in numerous movies in Hollywood like ‘Water’, ‘Muppet Treasure Island’, ‘The last Samurai’ and the series, ‘Open Season’ and has entertained his fans for several decades. Well known for his observational sense of comedy, executed in his own idiosyncratic mannerism, he has often become the topic of controversy, exaggerated by the media. He started off his career as a welder in the shipyards of Glasgow but soon became well-known as a folk singer. Later on he indulged himself into full fledged comedy and established himself as an ace comedian with passing time. He has a keen interest in football and is a patron of national association of bikers with disability.

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Childhood & Early Life

Billy Connolly was born on November 24, 1942, in Glasgow, Scotland to William and Mary Connolly. His father was in the army and his mother was a cafeteria worker in a hospital.

At the age of 4, he was abandoned by his mother and was looked after by his aunts.

In 1956, at the age of 14, he went to a tenement in Glasgow. He studied in St. Gerard Secondary school and passed out with an engineering qualification at 15.

In 1958, he joined the shipyards and worked there as a delivery boy as well as a boilermaker in Linthouse.

Career

Billy Connolly worked in oil platform in Nigeria till 1966, before fully concentrating in folk singing. He was a duet singer with Tam Harvey in the Humblebums.

In 1972, he came to fame as a solo singer with the release of Billy Connolly Live, after which he released numerous albums of his own.

In 1975, he joined the well-known TV show Parkinson, and during the late 70s he started making television appearances as well. He continued with his musical journey at the same time with the release of some of his music albums like words and music, The Bin Yin and Anthology during this period.

He has also penned down plays like ‘Red Runner’, ‘When the Hair Was Long And The Time Was Short’ in the ‘70s.

By the 80s, he was a well-known face and started getting offers from movies as well. He appeared in Television movies like Blue Money, Weekend in Wallop, and several other talk-shows and documentaries.

His first movie was “Water” in 1985 and after that there was no looking back. However, he continued to release his albums like ‘Wreck on Tour, ‘In concert’ and others.

During the 90s, he kept on performing live concerts, as well as appearing in television and movies like Indecent Proposals, Mrs Brown, etc. He was also busy in doing documentaries for television like A Scot in the Arctic, and Sean Connery etc.

In 1996, his voice was used for well-known video games like Muppet Treasure Islands and Paws.

In 2000s, he continued doing television movies like Prince charming, and documentaries like Overnight, and continued releasing several DVDs for his fans.

His comedy timing was impeccable and he was considered to be one of the greatest stand-up comedians of his time from 2007 to 2010.

Due to health issues, he reduced his professional assignments by 2010 but still continues to work in movies and appeared in films like The Hobbit and Brave.

In 2012, he portrayed the character of Wilf in the British comedy-drama film 'Quartet'. In the same year, he voice acted for the character of King Fergus in the animation movie 'Brave'.

In 2014, he starred in the fantasy action film 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' and played the character of Dáin II Ironfoot, a great dwarf warrior.

Major Works

Billy’s first album as a solo singer was Billy Connolly Live!. It established him as a singer who is close to the heart of an ordinary man.

This popular singer turned TV actor appeared in the popular interview show Parkinson, which was aired on BBC. His regular but controversial appearance in the show from 1978 till 2007 made him a star in the true sense.

His Live performance in the Freedom fest, for the birthday celebration of Nelson Mandela in the year 1988 earned him great accolades and adulation from the people of USA.

Awards

In 2003, Billy received a Lifetime Achievement Award from BAFTA and a CBE in Queen’s Birthday Honors.

In 2006, this performer was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Royal Scottish Academy Of Music and Drama, Glasgow, for his unparalleled contribution in performing arts.

In 2010, the artist was awarded the honorary degree of DLitt from the Nottingham Trent University.

Personal Life & Legacy

Billy Connolly married his first wife, Iris Pressagh in 1969 and got divorced in 1985. He has a son and a daughter from this marriage.

He married Pamela Stephenson in 1989 and has three daughters from her. She is a well-known comedy actor from New Zealand.

In 2013, he was diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer and underwent a minor surgery for its treatment. In the same year, it was revealed that he was also being treated for early symptoms of Parkinson's disease.

In 2014, he appeared on the British genealogy documentary series 'Who Do You Think You Are?', and got to know about his Indian ancestry.

Trivia

This well-known musician has been well-known for his custom made attire on stage, the Black T-shirt with a tail, long and messy hair since 1980s.

This live performer’s use of obscene languages on stage during his talk shows or stand-up comedy shows has generated a lot of controversy.

In 2008, Billy Connolly revealed in an interview that he was sexually abused by his father between the age of 10 and 15.

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Billy Connolly biography timelines

  • // 24th Nov 1942
    Billy Connolly was born on November 24, 1942, in Glasgow, Scotland to William and Mary Connolly. His father was in the army and his mother was a cafeteria worker in a hospital.
  • // 1956
    In 1956, at the age of 14, he went to a tenement in Glasgow. He studied in St. Gerard Secondary school and passed out with an engineering qualification at 15.
  • // 1958
    In 1958, he joined the shipyards and worked there as a delivery boy as well as a boilermaker in Linthouse.
  • // 1966
    Billy Connolly worked in oil platform in Nigeria till 1966, before fully concentrating in folk singing. He was a duet singer with Tam Harvey in the Humblebums.
  • // 1969 To 1985
    Billy Connolly married his first wife, Iris Pressagh in 1969 and got divorced in 1985. He has a son and a daughter from this marriage.
  • // 1972
    In 1972, he came to fame as a solo singer with the release of Billy Connolly Live, after which he released numerous albums of his own.
  • // 1975
    In 1975, he joined the well-known TV show Parkinson, and during the late 70s he started making television appearances as well. He continued with his musical journey at the same time with the release of some of his music albums like words and music, The Bin Yin and Anthology during this period.
  • // 1978 To 2007
    This popular singer turned TV actor appeared in the popular interview show Parkinson, which was aired on BBC. His regular but controversial appearance in the show from 1978 till 2007 made him a star in the true sense.
  • // 1988
    His Live performance in the Freedom fest, for the birthday celebration of Nelson Mandela in the year 1988 earned him great accolades and adulation from the people of USA.
  • // 1989
    He married Pamela Stephenson in 1989 and has three daughters from her. She is a well-known comedy actor from New Zealand.
  • // 1996
    In 1996, his voice was used for well-known video games like Muppet Treasure Islands and Paws.
  • // 2003
    In 2003, Billy received a Lifetime Achievement Award from BAFTA and a CBE in Queen’s Birthday Honors.
  • // 2006
    In 2006, this performer was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Royal Scottish Academy Of Music and Drama, Glasgow, for his unparalleled contribution in performing arts.
  • // 2007 To 2010
    His comedy timing was impeccable and he was considered to be one of the greatest stand-up comedians of his time from 2007 to 2010.
  • // 2008
    In 2008, Billy Connolly revealed in an interview that he was sexually abused by his father between the age of 10 and 15.
  • // 2010
    Due to health issues, he reduced his professional assignments by 2010 but still continues to work in movies and appeared in films like The Hobbit and Brave.
  • // 2010
    In 2010, the artist was awarded the honorary degree of DLitt from the Nottingham Trent University.
  • // 2012
    In 2012, he portrayed the character of Wilf in the British comedy-drama film 'Quartet'. In the same year, he voice acted for the character of King Fergus in the animation movie 'Brave'.
  • // 2013
    In 2013, he was diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer and underwent a minor surgery for its treatment. In the same year, it was revealed that he was also being treated for early symptoms of Parkinson's disease.
  • // 2014
    In 2014, he starred in the fantasy action film 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' and played the character of Dáin II Ironfoot, a great dwarf warrior.
  • // 2014
    In 2014, he appeared on the British genealogy documentary series 'Who Do You Think You Are?', and got to know about his Indian ancestry.

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Billy Connolly's FAQ

  • What is Billy Connolly birthday?

    Billy Connolly was born at 1942-11-24

  • Where is Billy Connolly's birth place?

    Billy Connolly was born in Glasgow, Scotland

  • What is Billy Connolly nationalities?

    Billy Connolly's nationalities is Scottish

  • What is Billy Connolly ideologies?

    Billy Connolly's ideologies is Socialists

  • Who is Billy Connolly spouses?

    Billy Connolly's spouses is Iris Pressagh, Pamela Stephenson

  • Who is Billy Connolly siblings?

    Billy Connolly's siblings is Florence

  • Who is Billy Connolly childrens?

    Billy Connolly's childrens is Amy Connolly, Cara Connolly, Daisy Connolly, Jamie Connolly, Scarlett Connolly

  • What was Billy Connolly universities?

    Billy Connolly studied at St. Gerard's Secondary School, Glasgow

  • How tall is Billy Connolly?

    Billy Connolly's height is 183

  • Who is Billy Connolly's father?

    Billy Connolly's father is William Connolly

  • Who is Billy Connolly's mother?

    Billy Connolly's mother is Mary Connolly

  • What is Billy Connolly's sun sign?

    Billy Connolly is Sagittarius

  • How famous is Billy Connolly?

    Billy Connolly is famouse as Stand-up Comedian