52 Facts About Billy Connolly

1. Billy Connolly charts the story of Edinburgh-raised guitarist Bert Jansch.

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2. Billy Connolly would continue to remain an active force in entertainment for years to come, appearing in movies like the comedy-horror Fido, and the fantasy adventure film Gulliver's Travels.

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3. In 2006 Billy Connolly kept the laughs coming opposite Jim Carrey in the highly stylized Brad Siberling comedy Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, and an appearance as a vile lord with lofty designs for the future in Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties.

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4. Billy Connolly was born on the kitchen floor of a Glasgow tenement in 1942.

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5. Billy Connolly appears as the King of Lilliput in the 2010 remake of Gulliver's Travels.

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6. In 2003 Billy Connolly was appointed a Commander of the British Empire.

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7. Billy Connolly continues to work non-stop with roles in White Oleander starring Michelle Pfeiffer, Timeline (2003) and The Last Samurai (2003) starring Tom Cruise.

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8. Billy Connolly is married to New Zealand born comic actress and licensed psychologist, Pamela Stephenson.

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9. Billy Connolly got married for the first time in 1968.

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10. Billy Connolly took that advice and the rest, as they say, is history.

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11. Billy Connolly completed his education at the age of 15, obtaining an engineering qualification from St Gerard Secondary School.

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12. Billy Connolly had an elder sister, Florence, with whom he grew up in very humble conditions.

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13. Billy Connolly was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters degree by the University of Glasgow on 11 July 2001.

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14. In 2014, Billy Connolly appeared in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies as Dain Ironfoot, a great dwarf warrior and cousin of Thorin Oakenshield.

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15. Billy Connolly appeared as Wilf in Quartet, a 2012 British comedy-drama film based on the play Quartet by Ronald Harwood directed by Dustin Hoffman.

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16. In 2006, Billy Connolly revealed that he has a house on the island of Gozo.

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17. In 1997, Billy Connolly starred with Judi Dench in Mrs Brown, in which he played John Brown, the favoured Scottish servant of Queen Victoria.

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18. Billy Connolly was dealt a blow in 1993 when his close friend and fishing partner, Jimmy Kent, died.

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19. In 1991, Billy Connolly received his first leading television role as the star of Billy, another sitcom and a spin-off of Head of the Class.

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20. In 1968, Billy Connolly married Springburn native and interior designer Iris Pressagh, with whom he had two children.

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21. Billy Connolly worked for John Smith's Bookshop, on St Vincent Street, delivering books on his bicycle.

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22. Billy Connolly refers to this in his 1983 song "I Wish I Was in Glasgow" with the lines "I would take you there and show you, but they've pulled the building down" and "They bulldozed it all to make a road".

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23. Billy Connolly was born at 69 Dover Street, "on the linoleum, three floors up" "at six o'clock in the evening", in Anderston, Glasgow, to William and Mary Connolly.

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24. Billy Connolly is sometimes known, especially in his native Scotland, by the nickname "The Big Yin".

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25. Billy Connolly provides the voice for King Fergus in Pixar's Brave.

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26. Billy Connolly appears as the King of Lilliput in the 2010 film adaption of Gulliver's Travels.

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27. Billy Connolly completed his first world tour in 1987, including six nights at the Royal Albert Hall in London, which was recorded and released as the bestselling video Billy and Albert.

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28. Billy Connolly has announced his retirement from the stand-up circuit.

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29. Billy Connolly says trying cannabis to treat his Parkinson's disease 'just got him stoned' as he reveals wife Pamela Stephenson is 'more like my nurse'.

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30. On 22 June 2017, Billy Connolly received an honorary doctorate from University of Strathclyde in Glasgow.

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31. On 20 August 2010, Billy Connolly was made a Freeman of Glasgow with the award of the Freedom of the City of Glasgow.

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32. On 4 July 2006, Billy Connolly was awarded an honorary doctorate by Glasgow's Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama for his service to performing arts.

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33. On 11 July 2001, Billy Connolly was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters degree by the University of Glasgow.

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34. Since the 1980s, Billy Connolly has worn a custom-made black T-shirt with a shirt-tail as part of his on-stage attire.

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35. Billy Connolly is among the artists featured on Banjoman, a tribute to American folk musician Derroll Adams, released in 2002.

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36. In 1965, together with Tam Harvey, Billy Connolly started a group called the Humblebums.

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37. Billy Connolly is a patron of the National Association for Bikers with a Disability.

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38. Billy Connolly wrote, "You must remember that the Union saved Scotland.

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39. Billy Connolly became a grandfather in 2001, when Cara gave birth to Walter.

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40. In 2018, Billy Connolly, now resident in Florida, held his first art exhibit.

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41. Billy Connolly appeared as Wilf in Quartet, a 2012 British comedy-drama film based on the play Quartet by Ronald Harwood, directed by Dustin Hoffman.

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42. On 4 June 1992, Billy Connolly performed his 25th-anniversary concert in Glasgow.

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43. Billy Connolly completed his first world tour in 1987, including six nights at the Royal Albert Hall in London, which was documented in the Billy and Albert video.

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44. On 30 December 1985, Billy Connolly became tee-total, having been an alcoholic.

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45. Billy Connolly employed Frank Lynch as his first manager around this time.

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46. In 1968, a 26-year-old Billy Connolly married Springburn native and interior designer Iris Pressagh, with whom he had two children.

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47. Billy Connolly formed a folk-pop duo called the Humblebums with Tam Harvey.

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48. Billy Connolly was a year too young to work in the shipyards.

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49. Billy Connolly revisited this tenement in Drumchapel during filming for the South Bank Show in 1992.

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50. Billy Connolly credits one of John Bradshaw's publications with helping him deal with his past demons.

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51. Billy Connolly refers to this in his 1983 song "I Wish I Was in Glasgow" with the lines "I would take you there and show you but they've pulled the building down" and "They bulldozed it all to make a road.

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52. Billy Connolly was born at 69 Dover Street, "on the linoleum, three floors up" "at six o'clock in the evening", in Anderston, Glasgow.

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