Billy Connolly

Billy Connolly

Highest Rated: 100% An Accidental Studio (2019)

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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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
100% An Accidental Studio Actor 2019
No Score Yet Billy Connolly - The Sex Life of Bandages 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
78% 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
73% 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
57% 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
68% 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
55% Pocahontas Ben 1995
34% 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
100% Billy Connolly: Made in Scotland
2018
Appearing 2019
2018
No Score Yet Head of the Class
1986-1991
Billy Billy MacGregor 2018
1991
1990
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
2003-2019
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 Veronica's Closet
1997-2000
1998
20% Billy
1992
Billy MacGregor 1992
No Score Yet Billy Connolly's Great American Trail
2019
Host
100% Billy Connolly's Ultimate World Tour
2018
Host

QUOTES FROM Billy Connolly CHARACTERS

Hughie says: I think God just got sick of that 70s excess. That's why He invented the Sex Pistols.

Hughie says: I think God just got sick of that 70s excess. That's why he invented the Sex Pistols.

Uncle Monty says: Glad you made it so fast, too bad my other assistant gustas, can't

Uncle Monty says: Glad you made it so fast, too bad my other assistant gustas, can't.

Llamando Conde Olaf says: (desguised) he'll do anything to be here wait now (shows gustas tied on a train)

Llamando Conde Olaf says: [disguised] He'll do anything to be here wait now [shows gustas tied on a train]

King Fergus says: Pretend i'm Merida.

King Fergus says: Pretend I'm Merida.

Queen Elinor says: ok.

King Fergus says: I don't want to get married, I want to stay single and let my hair flow in the wind as I ride through the Glen, firing arrows into the sunset.

King Fergus says: I don't want to get married i want to stay single and let my hair flow in the wind as i ride my horse shooting arrows into the sunset!

McSquizzy says: Hey, does anyone know where we are? [No answer] Eh! Didn't think so!

Boog says: Giselle, we gotta stick together out here. We're partners, right?

Elliot says: [Long gasp] BOOG! You traitor! [Pointing to Giselle] And you, traitor ex!

Giselle says: [Looks offended]

Elliot says: Enjoy your new-found partnership!

Boog says: Oh, come on, Elliot...

Elliot says: I don't need any of you! I'll find Mr. Weenie on my own! So long!

McSquizzy says: Hey! You're goin' the wrong way, ya choob!

Elliot says: [Sarcastically] Oh, thank you very much! This is a shortcut-- [Falls down the edge and screams] I'm okay, guys. You don't care.

McSquizzy says: Not really! Was that too harsh?

Boog says: Look, man. We need Giselle. She's a good tracker.

McSquizzy says: Yeah! And without her, we never would've found Weenie and that giant, tin-canned thing!

Elliot says: [Scoffs] Beginner's luck!

Elliot says: [scoffs] Beginner's luck!

McSquizzy says: Give it a rest, ya freak of nature!

McSquizzy says: Oy!

McSquizzy says: Freedom!

Giselle says: Sweet!

McSquizzy says: Freedom!!

McSquizzy says: Freedom!

Boog says: Ha ha ha, huh? What?

Shaw says: Hello, Goldilocks! Ha ha ha!

Elliot says: Yeah, bulls eye!

Elliot says: Quick, we need more ammo.

Boog says: Elliot, catch!

Elliot says: Got it!

Boog says: Fire!

Elliot says: Boog, It's working!

Boog says: Ha ha ha ha, yeah! Look at them run!

McSquizzy says: Send out, Mr. Happy!

Boog says: Who?

Park Ranger Beth says: Gordy, I'm taking home!

McSquizzy says: Oh...Mr. Happy didn't go off.

Boog says: Whoa whoa, we were just supposed to run them into town!

Elliot says: That's right, keep running.

McSquizzy says: [Along with the Furry Tail Clan] OYE!

McSquizzy says: He got a wee freakish twin growin' out his back!

McSquizzy says: Look! He got a wee freakish twin growin' out his back! Ha! [He and his army laugh at Boog and Dinkleman]

Il Duce says: And I shall count thee among my favored sheep, and you shall have the protection of all the Angels in Heaven.

McSquizzy says: Is he not gonna maul her?

Reilly says: [As Boog and Beth hug each other] What's he doing?

McSquizzy says: Is he not gonna maul her?

Elliot says: No! She's his mom! She's taking us home.

Elliot says: [After falling off the cliff] I'm okay, guys! You don't care.

McSquizzy says: Not really! Was that too harsh?

McSquizzy says: [After Serge suggests to fly the gang into Pet Paradiso] Oh, there's a great idea; a 1-pound bag of crazy, lifting a 1200-pound bag of lazy!

McSquizzy says: [after Serge suggests to fly the gang into Pet Paradiso] Oh, there's a great idea; a 1-pound bag of crazy, lifting a 1200-pound bag of lazy!

Boog says: What? I'm 900 pounds!

McSquizzy says: That's crap!

McSquizzy says: Hey, does anyone know where we are? [Nobody answers] Eh, didn't think so.

McSquizzy says: Hey, does anyone know where we are? [nobody answers] Eh, didn't think so.

McSquizzy says: Give it a rest, you freak of nature!

McSquizzy says: You're going the wrong way, you choob!

Elliot says: Oh, thank you very much. This is a shortcut-- [Falls off a cliff]

Elliot says: Oh, thank you very much. This is a shortcut.. [falls off a cliff]

Boog says: Look, man, we need Giselle. She's a good tracker.

McSquizzy says: Yeah! And without her, we never would have found Weenie and that giant, tin-canned thing!

Elliot says: Beginner's luck!

McSquizzy says: Touch a needle on this tree, and I'll give ya such a doin'!

McSquizzy says: This is McSquizzy's turf! Nobody messes with McSquizzy! 'Cause that's me!

McSquizzy says: [Noticing Dinkleman on Boog's back] Look! He's got a wee freakish twin growing out his back! Ha! [Starts laughing, along with the Furry Tail Clan]

McSquizzy says: Try it again, I'll be kickin' your furry brown bahookie! [slaps his butt at Boog]

Boog says: What?! But this is a different tree!

McSquizzy says: They're ALL my trees!

McSquizzy says: Is this a private fight or can anybody join? 'Cause McSquizzy wants in!

McSquizzy says: Mess not with the Furry Tail Clan, protectors of the weak, crusaders of the righteous, guardians of the pine!

McSquizzy says: Get off my trees, ya buck-toothed sporran!

McSquizzy says: [hitting Boog with an acorn] That was a warnin', all right?

McSquizzy says: Aww! Mr. Happy didn't go off!

McSquizzy says: Freedom!

McSquizzy says: Ready! Fire!