Billy Connolly, Date of Birth, Place of Birth


Billy Connolly

Scottish comedian

Date of Birth: 24-Nov-1942

Place of Birth: Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

Profession: screenwriter, actor, composer, singer, comedian, guitarist, stage actor, banjoist, television actor, film actor, stand-up comedian

Nationality: United Kingdom

Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius

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About Billy Connolly

  • Sir William Connolly, (born 24 November 1942) is a Scottish stand-up comedian, musician, presenter, actor and artist.
  • He is sometimes known, especially in his homeland, by the Scots nickname "The Big Yin" ("The Big One").Connolly's first trade, in the early 1960s, was as a welder (specifically a boilermaker) in the Glasgow shipyards, but he gave it up towards the end of the decade to pursue a career as a folk singer.
  • He first sang in the folk rock band The Humblebums alongside friends Gerry Rafferty and Tam Harvey, with whom he stayed until 1974, before beginning singing as a solo artist.
  • In the early 1970s, Connolly made the transition from folk singer with a comedic persona to fully fledged comedian, for which he is now best known.
  • In 1972, he made his theatrical debut, at the Cottage Theatre in Cumbernauld, with a revue called Connolly's Glasgow Flourish.
  • He also played the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
  • In 1972, Connolly's first solo album was produced, Billy Connolly Live!, a mixture of comedic songs and short monologues. As an actor, Connolly has appeared in such films as Indecent Proposal (1993), Pocahontas (1995), Muppet Treasure Island (1996), Mrs Brown (1997) – for which he was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, The Boondock Saints (1999), The Last Samurai (2003), Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004), The X-Files: I Want to Believe (2008), Brave (2012), and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014).
  • On his 75th birthday in 2017, three portraits of Connolly were made by leading artists Jack Vettriano, John Byrne and Rachel Maclean.
  • These were later turned into part of Glasgow's official mural trail.
  • In October the same year, he was knighted in Buckingham Palace by Prince William for services to entertainment and charity. Known for his idiosyncratic and often off-the-cuff observational comedy, which frequently includes the use of profanity, in 2007, Connolly was voted the greatest stand-up comic on Channel 4's 100 Greatest Stand-Ups, and again in the updated 2010 poll.
  • In recent years, he has established himself as an artist.
  • In 2018, he stated "art is my life now" as he unveiled the third release of his Born on a Rainy Day series in Glasgow.

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