Billy Connolly

Actor, Comedian, Singer
Famous in the United Kingdom as a musician and groundbreaking stand-up comic since the 1970s, Scottish entertainer Billy Connolly did not hit the American radar until he was showcased on "Whoopi Goldberg and Billy ... Read more »
Born: 11/24/1942

Filmography

Actor (70)

Wild Oats 2016 (Movie)

Chandler (Actor)

Dying Laughing 2015 (Movie)

(Himself)

What We Did On Our Holiday 2015 (Movie)

Gordy McLeod (Actor)

Conan 2012, 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Snow Goose 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies 2014 (Movie)

Dain (Actor)

3rd Rock From the Sun 1999 - 2000, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Real Time with Bill Maher 1997 - 2000, 2005 - 2006, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 35th Annual Kennedy Center Honors 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

The Graham Norton Show 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 2013 (Movie)

Dain Ironfoot (Actor)

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Veronica's Closet 1997 - 2000, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Brave 2012 (Movie)

King Fergus (Voice)

House 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Quartet 2012 (Movie)

Wilf Bond (Actor)

Gulliver's Travels 2010 (Movie)

King Theodore (Actor)

The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day 2009 (Movie)

Poppa (Actor)

Open Season 2 2008 (Movie)

Voice of McSqvizzy (Actor)

The X-Files: I Want to Believe 2008 (Movie)

Father Joseph Crissman (Actor)

Fido 2007 (Movie)

Fido (Actor)

Fuck 2006 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties 2006 (Movie)

Lord Dargis (Actor)

Open Season 2006 (Movie)

Voice of McSquizzy (Actor)

Rocket Post 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events 2004 (Movie)

Uncle Monty (Actor)

Overnight 2004 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Prince Charming 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The Last Samurai 2003 (Movie)

Sergeant Zebulah Grant (Actor)

Timeline 2003 (Movie)

Professor Edward Johnston (Actor)

White Oleander 2002 (Movie)

Barry Kolker (Actor)

Who Is Cletis Tout? 2002 (Movie)

Dr. Savian (Actor)

Gabriel and Me 2001 (Movie)

Archangel Gabriel (Actor)

Steve Martin Seriously Funny 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Man Who Sued God 2001 (Movie)

Steve Myers (Actor)

An Everlasting Piece 2000 (Movie)

Scalper (Actor)

Beautiful Joe 2000 (Movie)

Joe (Actor)

The Boondock Saints 2000 (Movie)

The Darkman (Actor)

Guys Like Us 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Debt Collector 1999 (Movie)

Nickie Dryden (Actor)

Tracey Takes On... 1995 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Canned Ham: Deconstructing Harry 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Still Crazy 1998 (Movie)

Hughie (Actor)

The Impostors 1998 (Movie)

Sparks (Actor)

Intimate Portrait: Sean Connery 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Middleton's Changeling 1997 (Movie)

Alibius (Actor)

Mrs. Brown 1997 (Movie)

John Brown (Actor)

Deacon Brode 1996 (Movie)

Deacon Brodie (Actor)

Muppet Treasure Island 1996 (Movie)

Billy Bones (Actor)

Pocahontas 1995 (Movie)

of Ben (Voice)

Clive James 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Indecent Proposal 1993 (Movie)

Auction Emcee (Actor)

Billy 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Billy Connolly: Pale Blue Scottish Person 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Crossing the Line 1991 (Movie)

Frankie (Actor)

Head of the Class 1986 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Dreaming 1989 (Movie)

(Actor)

Absolution 1988 (Movie)

Blakey (Actor)

Water 1986 (Movie)

Delgado (Actor)

Blue Money 1983 (Movie)

Des (Actor)

Bullshot 1983 (Movie)

"Hawkeye" McGillicuddy (Actor)

The Secret Policeman's Other Ball 1980 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Secret Policeman's Ball 1978 (Movie)

(Actor)

Big Banana Feet 1975 (Movie)

(Actor)

Paws (TV Show)

Voice

Pearl (TV Show)

Actor
Music (8)

The Dark Horse 2016 (Movie)

("Gluehead") (Song Performer)

Orphans 2000 (Movie)

(solo concert extracts) (Song)

Orphans 2000 (Movie)

("Marie's Wedding "The Jobby Wheecha!" "The Crucifixion") (Song Performer)

Still Crazy 1998 (Movie)

song arranger & performer("Stealin'") (Song)

Absolution 1988 (Movie)

banjo player (Music)

Supergran 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Music

The Secret Policeman's Ball 1978 (Movie)

(Song)

The Secret Policeman's Ball 1978 (Movie)

("The Country and Western Supersong") (Song Performer)
Producer (1)

Big Banana Feet 1975 (Movie)

(Producer)
Writer (1)

The Secret Policeman's Ball 1978 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

Famous in the United Kingdom as a musician and groundbreaking stand-up comic since the 1970s, Scottish entertainer Billy Connolly did not hit the American radar until he was showcased on "Whoopi Goldberg and Billy Connolly in Performance" (HBO, 1990). He spent a season as Howard Hesseman's replacement on the sitcom "Head of the Class" (ABC, 1986-1991) before he was given his own short-lived series, "Billy" (ABC, 1991-92), while at the same time, touring relentlessly, charming audiences in the British Isles, Australia and New Zealand - all locations where he made a series of successful tour documentaries for the BBC. His boisterous, animated physical style and off-the-cuff vulgarity eventually caught on with American audiences and he toured the United States more regularly, becoming a familiar sight on late night talk shows. As an actor, Connolly revealed a dramatic side with his BAFTA-nominated performance as a confidante of Queen Elizabeth in "Her Majesty, Mrs. Brown" (1997), and also had memorable character roles in such diverse fare as "The Last Samurai" (2003), "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events" (2004) and "The X-Files: I Want to Believe" (2008). Seemingly able to do it all and succeed, the multi-talented Connolly continued his long and varied career well into the 21st century.

Relationships

William Connolly

Father
Divorced from Billy's mother 1946 Died 1989 of a stroke Connolly's wife Pamela documented Billy's years of sexual abuse by his father in her 2001 book Billy, which began when he was ten and lasted until he was 15 or 16

Mary Connolly

Mother
Divorced from Billy's father 1946; abandoned Billy and his sister Flo; remarried William Adams and had four additional children Died 1993 of motor neurone disease

Amy Connolly

Daughter
Born July 7, 1986; mother, Pamela Stephenson

Cara Connolly

Daughter
Born 1973; mother, Iris Pressagh; Connolly was awarded custody in divorce

Daisy Connolly

Daughter
Born Dec. 31, 1983; mother, Pamela Stephenson

Scarlett Connolly

Daughter
Born July 28, 1988; mother, Pamela Stephenson

Jamie Connolly

Son
Born 1969; mother, Iris Pressagh; Connolly was awarded custody in divorce

Florence Connolly

Sister
Younger; along with Billy, looked after by their father's two sisters Margaret and Mona following their parents' divorce

Margaret Connolly

Aunt
Helped raise Connolly and his sister

Mona Connolly

Aunt
Helped raise Connolly and his sister

Iris Pressagh

Wife
Lived together from 1965 Married June 27, 1969 Divorced Aug. 1, 1985

Pamela Stephenson Actor

Wife
Met on BBC sketch show "Not the Nine O'Clock News"; also appeared together in "The Secret Policeman's Other Ball" (1981) Together from 1981 Married Dec. 20, 1989 in Fiji She wrote his biography titled Billy (2001)

EDUCATION

St Gerard's Secondary School

St Peter's Primary School

Milestones

2012

Played a retired opera singer opposite Tom Courtenay, Pauline Collins, and Maggie Smith in "Quartet," Dustin Hoffman's directorial debut

2012

Voiced King Fergus in Disney Pixar animated feature "Brave"

2012

Cast as Dain Ironfoot in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien and directed by Peter Jackson

2010

Co-starred with Jack Black in a modern-day remake of "Gulliver's Travels"

2009

Reprised Il Duce role in "The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day"

2008

Played Father Joseph Crissman in "The X-Files: I Want to Believe," the second feature based on the popular series

2007

Played the title role of a domesticated zombie in the Canadian feature film "Fido"

2006

Cast in the animated comedy "Open Season" with Martin Lawrence and Ashton Kutcher

2004

Portrayed Uncle Monty in "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events," based on the best-selling children's books by Daniel Handler

2003

Appeared as Prof. Edward Johnson in director Richard Donner's adaptation of Michael Chrichton's bestseller "Timeline"

2003

Cast opposite Tom Cruise in Edward Zwick's "The Last Samurai"

2002

Cast in crucial role of Barry Kloker in "White Oleander"

2001

Joined writer-director Chris Ver Weil's ensemble "Who is Cletis Tout?"

2000

Co-starred with Sharon Stone in writer-director Stephen Metcalffe's little-seen "Beautiful Joe"

2000

Played the mad wig salesman The Scalped in director Barry Levinson's offbeat misfire "An Everlasting Piece"

1999

Essayed the role of Il Duce for writer-director Troy Duffy's "Boondock Saints"

1998

Offered fine supporting turn as a gay tennis pro in Stanley Tucci's "The Impostors"

1997

Portrayed John Brown, Queen Victoria's (Judi Dench) Scottish servant in the British drama "Mrs. Brown"; earned a BAFTA nomination

1994

Launched the 40-date "World Tour of Scotland"; later aired on BBC

1992

Reprised role of Billy MacGregor for the short-lived ABC spin-off series "Billy"

1991

Headlined the HBO special "Pale Blue Scottish Person"

1990

Featured in the HBO special "Whoopi Goldberg and Billy Connolly in Performance"; cited as the moment that officially launched his career in the States

1990

Made American TV debut, playing teacher Billy MacGregor on the final season of ABC's "Head of the Class"

1990

Co-starred with Liam Neeson in the feature film "The Big Man"

1986

Visited Mozambique to appear in a documentary for Comic Relief

1985

Performed at the Wembley leg of Live Aid, immediately preceding Elton John

1979

Invited by producer Martin Lewis to join the cast of "The Secret Policeman's Ball"; also co-wrote screenplay

1978

Appeared in Scottish Opera's production of "Die Fledermaus"

1977

Scripted first play "An' Me Wi' A Bad Leg Tae"

1977

Launched the U.K. tour "The Billy Connolly Extravaganza"

1976

Appeared as the opening act for Elton John's U.S. tour

1976

Appeared in the documentary feature "Big Banana Feet" based on his comedy tour

1975

Breakthrough performance on the BBC's "Parkinson" hosted by Michael Parkinson; told a now famous joke about a man who had murdered his wife

1975

Made TV acting debut in the BBC movie "Just Another Saturday"

1973

Breakthrough album, Solo Concert; featured one of Connolly's most famous comedy routines "The Crucifixion"

1972

Released first solo album Billy Connolly Live!

1972

Co-wrote (with Tom Buchan) the musical play "The Great Northern Welly Boat Show"; won praise at the Edinburgh Fringe

1970

Disbanded The Humblebums; began solo career

1965

Formed the two-man folk group The Humblebums with Tam Harvey; later joined by Gerry Rafferty

1960

Began five-year apprenticeship as a welder at the Glasgow shipyards

1957

Dropped out of school at age fifteen

Began performing comedy between songs

Raised by his aunts (paternal) when his parents' marriage ended

Joined the Parachute regiment of the Territorial Army

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