Billy Connolly

Comedian, TV Program Creator

1942 –

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Who is Billy Connolly?

William "Billy" Connolly, CBE is a Scottish comedian, musician, presenter and actor. He is sometimes known, especially in his native Scotland, by the nickname "The Big Yin". His first trade, in the early 1960s, was as a welder in the Glasgow shipyards, but he gave it up towards the end of the decade to pursue a career as a folk singer in The Humblebums and subsequently as a soloist. In the early 1970s, he made the transition from folk-singer with a comedic persona to full-fledged comedian.

Connolly is also an actor and has appeared in such films as Water; Indecent Proposal; Muppet Treasure Island; Mrs. Brown, for which he was nominated for a BAFTA; The Boondock Saints; The Man Who Sued God; The Last Samurai; Timeline; Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events; Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties; Open Season; The X-Files: I Want to Believe; and Open Season 2. Connolly reprised his role as Noah "Il Duce" MacManus in The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day. Connolly appears as the King of Lilliput in the 2010 remake of Gulliver's Travels. Connolly provides the voice for King Fergus in Pixar's Brave.

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Born
Nov 24, 1942
Anderston
Also known as
  • William Connolly
  • The Big Yin
  • William Connolly, Jr.
  • Billy
  • Billy Connolly, Jr.
  • William Connolly, Jr., CBE
  • William "Billy" Connolly
Parents
Siblings
Spouses
Children
Religion
  • Atheism
Ethnicity
  • Scottish people
Nationality
  • United Kingdom
Profession
Lived in
  • Glasgow

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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