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Billy Connolly Biography

Birth Name:
William Connolly
Birth Place:
Anderston, Glasgow, Scotland
Actor, comedian, musician

Fast Facts

  • Dropped out of school at 15
  • Became a welder after a five-year apprenticeship and did a brief tour building an oil rig off the coast of Nigeria
  • Nickname is "The Big Yin
  • " Formed a folk band in 1965 called the Humblebums; he played the banjo
  • In 1975, had a No
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  • " Received an honorary doctorate from the University of Glasgow in 2001
  • Longtime supporter of the Glasgow Celtic Football Club
  • Was made a commander of the British Empire in 2003; was elevated to a knight in 2017
  • Broke a rib and got a gash on his leg when he crashed his motorized trike while filming the 2011 documentary series Route 66
  • Started sketching in 2007, and had his first gallery show of his pen and ink drawings in March 2012


  • 1998BAFTA Film Awards-Best Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1997Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated


  • Amy Connolly -- Daughter
  • Cara Connolly -- Daughter
  • Daisy Connolly -- Daughter
  • Scarlett Connolly -- Daughter
  • Iris Pressagh -- Ex-wife
  • William Connolly -- Father
  • Mary Connolly -- Mother
  • Florence Connolly -- Sister
  • Jamie Connolly -- Son