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Billy Connolly

Billy Connolly, while perhaps best known to U.S. audiences for his comedic work, gave a moving, dramatic performance as the loyal servant John Brown in the highly acclaimed Mrs. Brown. Connolly's film credits also include The X-Files: I Want To Believe, Fido, Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties, Lemony Snicket: A Series Of Unfortunate Events, The Last Samurai, Timeline,White Oleander, The Boondock Saints and the sequel All Saints' Day, Beautiful Joe, An Everlasting Piece, The Impostors, Absolution, Crossing The Line, the Muppet movie version of Treasure Island, Gabriel And Me, Gentleman's Relish, and The Man Who Sued God. He starred in the acclaimed BBC productions Down Among the Big Bad Boys and The Life And Crimes Of Deacon Brodie, and his voice was featured on the animated films Pocahontas and Open Season.

Connolly is most recognizable from his hit television series Head of the Class, which was later spun off into his own series Billy. His other television work includes appearances on the sitcom Pearl, comedy specials for HBO and BBC, and a six-part series called Billy Connolly's World Tour of Scotland, which documented a tour of his beloved homeland, and The Bigger Picture, a series on Scottish art. Connolly has also released several videos, including 25 BC, Billy and Albert, An Audience With Billy Connolly, Billy Connolly Live and Live ‘94.

Connolly's eclectic career also includes performances in the BBC's Androcles and the Lion, the Scottish Opera production of Die Fleidermaus, and his own play The Red Runner, which performed to packed houses at the Edinburgh Festival.

He began his career as a musician, touring with Gerry Rafferty and the folk band The Humblebums. Connolly's humorous introduction soon became an audience favorite, and in 1971 he played his first solo concert. This led to The Great Northern Welly Boot Show, a mixture of music and talk that established his talent as a popular entertainer. He went on to release a double album and a No. 1 hit single, D.I.V.O.R.C.E. Since then, Connolly has released numerous hit comedy records and published several comedic books.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2011.
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Billy Connolly Facts

Birth NameWilliam Connolly
OccupationActor, Comedian
BirthdayNovember 24, 1942 (81)
BirthplaceAnderston, Scotland, United Kingdom
Height6' (1m83)  How tall is Billy Connolly compared to you?

Selected Filmography

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