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Billy Connolly in June 2012

Sir William "Billy" Connolly CBE (born 24 November 1942) is a Scottish comedian, actor, voice artist and musician from Glasgow. Sometimes, he is known as The Big Yin (The Big One in Scottish).[1]

Early and personal life

Connolly was born at home in Anderston, Glasgow. He grew up in a tenement in the same inner-city area. Connolly has five children. He is married to Pamela Stephenson, the mother of his three youngest children.[2]

In 2013, he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and had surgery for prostate cancer.[3] In January 2019, Connolly said he was "nearing the end of his life" as his Parkinson's advanced.[4]


Connolly has acted in many movies including: Indecent Proposal (1993), Mrs. Brown (1997), The Boondock Saints (1999), The Debt Collector (1999), The Man Who Sued God (2001), The Last Samurai (2003) and Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004). He provided voices for the movies Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties (2006), Open Season (2006 and 2008), and Brave (2012).

Connolly has been repeatedly voted Britain's best comedian by television viewers. He is also a folk musician and television presenter.

Connolly was nominated for a BAFTA award for his role in the movie Mrs. Brown. He was given a CBE in 2003.[5]


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