Billy Connolly

Highest Rated: 92% Mrs. Brown (1997)
Lowest Rated: 0% Wild Oats (2016)
Birthday: Nov 24, 1942
Birthplace: Anderston, Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Multi-talented Billy Connolly is a world-famous comic, an actor on stage, screen, and television, a playwright, and a folk musician. Connolly was born on the kitchen floor of a Glasgow tenement in 1942. During the war, his father William joined the Royal Air Force and due to the stress of separation, his marriage to Connolly's mother disintegrated, leaving William in charge of raising Connolly and his little sister, Flo. He in turn sent the children to live with his two sisters, which made for a difficult home life as they resented their new responsibilities. At age 15, Connolly left school and worked as a delivery boy at a bookstore and then a bakery until he was old enough to work in the shipyards. In 1960, Connolly began a five-year welding apprenticeship. He left in the early '60s to join the Parachute regiment of the Territorial Army and during his stint completed 17 parachute jumps. After leaving the military, he finished his welding apprenticeship and took a job constructing an oil rig in Biafra, Nigeria. The work was unpleasant and eventually he returned to Glasgow.An episode of The Beverly Hillbillies inspired Connolly to buy a banjo and, following experience in other folky bands, founded the Humblebums with guitarist Tam Harvey. They were later joined by pop singer Gerry Rafferty. Their music, coupled with Connolly's joke-telling between songs, led to considerable popularity, and the Humblebums enjoyed the wild life of touring, partying, and doing everything excessively. Due to his growing tendency to dominate their concerts with comedy, he and Rafferty had a falling out and the group disbanded in 1971 while they were in London. Connolly stayed and worked on his comedy career. By 1975, he had become a roaring success and was touring like a madman. In 1977, he wrote his first play, the unsuccessful An' Me Wi' A Bad Leg, Tae. Actually, none of his subsequent plays were as successful as his irreverent and sometimes coarse standup routines. In 1979, Connolly made his film debut in Absolution, a drama starring Richard Burton. By the 1980s, Connolly had become a superstar in the U.K. and was having trouble with privacy issues, drinking, and exhaustion. He was involved in a bitter divorce/custody battle with his first wife, and his girlfriend Pamela Stephensen was pregnant. His divorce was granted in 1985 and he received custody of his two children. In the late '80s, Stephenson was working on Saturday Night Live in New York; Connolly periodically guested on the show and on David Letterman. He also did an HBO special with Whoopie Goldberg. In 1989, Connolly starred opposite Liam Neeson in The Big Man, married Stephenson, and replaced Howard Hesseman in the American sitcom Head of the Class. He proved successful and Warners signed a two-year contract with him. But the series was canceled and so Connolly was hired to portray the same character in a new sitcom, Billy, which was based on the film Green Card. He and his family decided to remain in the U.S.; shortly after settling in, the series was canceled. He made a cameo appearance in Indecent Proposal in 1992 and the following year returned to Glasgow to appear in Down Among the Big Boys. Since then he has become more involved with BBC television, notably in a fascinating tour of Scotland that resulted in his winning a Scottish BAFTA award. He also won a Best Arts Programme award for the BBC production The Bigger Picture and a Best Drama award for Down Among the Big Boys. Connolly continued his U.S. film career and even occasionally made guest appearances on U.S. television as he did in the short-lived 1996-1997 sitcom Pearl. Connolly received the best reviews for any of his dramatic work playing opposite Judi Dench in the engaging drama Mrs. Brown. He continued to balance a respected career as a stand-up comic with work in small films such as Beverly Hills Ninja, The Boondock Saints, Who Is Cletus Trout, and An Everlasting Piece. He scored a dramatic role in a big American f

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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet An Accidental Studio Actor 2019
0% Wild Oats Actor $22.1K 2016
73% What We Did on Our Holiday Gordie $2.7M 2015
59% The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Dain $187.8M 2014
80% Quartet Wilf Bond $18.1M 2013
79% Brave King Fergus $237.3M 2012
No Score Yet The Ballad of Nessie Narrator 2011
No Score Yet Open Season 3 Actor 2011
20% Gulliver's Travels King Theodore $42.8M 2010
23% The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day Poppa M/Il Duce $10.2M 2009
No Score Yet Good Sharma Actor 2009
No Score Yet One Giant Leap 2: What About Me? Actor 2008
31% The X-Files: I Want to Believe (The X Files 2) Father Joseph Crissman $20.9M 2008
No Score Yet Open Season 2 McSquizzy 2008
72% Fido Fido 2007
48% Open Season McSquizzy $84.4M 2006
11% Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties Dargis $28.3M 2006
No Score Yet Gentlemen's Relish Actor 2006
56% Fuck (F*ck) Actor 2005
79% The Aristocrats Actor $6.2M 2005
No Score Yet Billy Connolly - Live in New York Actor 2005
No Score Yet Billy Connolly - Erect for 30 Years Actor 2004
72% Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events Uncle Monty $118.5M 2004
78% Overnight Actor 2004
No Score Yet The Rutles 2---Can't Buy Me Lunch Himself 2004
No Score Yet Ivor Cutler: Looking for Truth with a Pin Actor 2004
66% The Last Samurai Zebulon Gant $111.1M 2003
11% Timeline Professeur Johnston $19.4M 2003
69% White Oleander Barry $16.3M 2002
23% Who Is Cletis Tout? Dr. Savian $65.4K 2002
No Score Yet Billy Connolly Live - The Greatest Hits Actor 2001
71% The Man Who Sued God Steve Myers 2001
No Score Yet Prince Charming Hamish 2001
No Score Yet Gabriel & Me Gabriel 2001
48% An Everlasting Piece The Scalper $9.6K 2001
No Score Yet Gentlemen's Relish Kingdom Swann 2001
60% Beautiful Joe Joe 2000
22% The Boondock Saints Il Duce 1999
No Score Yet The Debt Collector Nickie Dryden 1999
62% The Impostors Sparks 1999
73% Still Crazy Hughie 1998
No Score Yet Deacon Brodie William Deacon Brodie 1997
No Score Yet Paws PC 1997
No Score Yet Her Majesty, Mrs. Brown Actor 1997
92% Mrs. Brown John Brown 1997
14% Beverly Hills Ninja Actor 1997
73% Muppet Treasure Island Billy Bones 1996
56% Pocahontas Ben 1995
35% Indecent Proposal Auction Emcee 1993
20% Crossing the Line Frankie 1990
60% The Return of the Musketeers Caddie 1989
No Score Yet The Hunting Of The Snark Actor 1987
No Score Yet Water Delgado Fitzhugh 1985
No Score Yet Blue Money Des 1984
No Score Yet Bullshot Hawkeye McGillicuddy 1983
89% The Secret Policeman's Other Ball Actor 1982
No Score Yet The Secret Policeman's Ball Actor 1981
No Score Yet Absolution Blakey 1979

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet Conan
2010
Guest
  • 2014
  • 2012
  • 2010
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Guest
  • 2013
91% House
2004-2012
Thomas
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show
2007
Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
Guest
  • 2006
  • 2004
No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher
2003
Panelist
  • 2005
No Score Yet Columbo
1968-2003
Findlay Crawford
  • 2001
No Score Yet 3rd Rock from the Sun
1996-2001
Macaffery
  • 1999
No Score Yet Tracey Takes On...
1996-1999
  • 1998
No Score Yet Billy
1992
Billy MacGregor
  • 1992
No Score Yet Head of the Class
1986-1991
Billy Billy MacGregor
  • 1991
  • 1990
100% Billy Connolly: Made in Scotland
2018
Appearing
100% Billy Connolly's Ultimate World Tour
2018
Host

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