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William "Billy" Connolly, (born November 24, 1942) is a comedian, musician and actor.
Billy Connolly was born in Glasgow, Scotland to Mary and William Connolly, the son of an Irish immigrant. Connolly was brought up in the Anderston and later, Partick districts of Glasgow and attended Saint Gerards Secondary School.

He started his working life as a welder in a Glasgow shipyard but left that trade to become a folk singer. Together with Tam Harvey he started a group called the Humblebums, which later included Gerry Rafferty. Connolly sang, played banjo and guitar and entertained the audience with his humorous introductions to the songs. Eventually the duo broke up and Billy went solo. His first solo album in 1972, Billy Connolly Live! on Transatlantic Records, features Billy as a singer, songwriter and musician. His early albums were a mixture of comedy performances with musical interludes, but by the late 1980s Connolly had all but dropped the music from his act, though he still records the occasional musical performance.

It is as a comedian that Connolly is best known. His observational humor is idiosyncratic. He talks about himself, who he is, where he's been, what he thinks and how he reacts to the world around him. He has outraged audiences, critics and, of course the media, with his free use of the word fuck. He has used masturbation, blasphemy, defecation, flatulence, sex, his father's illness and his aunts' cruelty to entertain. By exploring these subjects with humor, Connolly has done much to strip away the taboos surrounding them. Yet he does not tell jokes in the conventional way. At the end of a concert the audience can be convulsed with laughter but few can remember a specific "funny" line.

One of Connolly's most famous comedy skit is "The Crucifixion", an early 1970s recording in which he likens Christ's Last Supper to a drunken night out in Glasgow. The recording was banned by many radio stations at the time. Musically, Connolly's best known song is "The Welly Boot Song" which he used to close many of his concerts in the late 1970s.

In recent years he has appeared in various Billy Connolly's World Tour of... series, in which he combines touring with travelogues, giving his views about the history and culture of the places he visits between excerpts from stage shows performed in those regions. He also visited the frozen north in A Scot in the Arctic.

A notable feature of these shows is that he strips naked in one scene in each of them, usually in some remote wilderness area where no one is likely to complain, although for Comic Relief he once danced naked around Piccadilly Circus.
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Billy's second wife Pamela Stephenson, has written a biography Billy which outlines his career and life including the sexual abuse by his father that lasted from his tenth to his fourteenth year. Much of the book is about Billy Connolly the celebrity but the account of his early years provides a context for his humor and point of view. A follow-up, Bravemouth, was published in 2003.

In October 2004, the comedian was criticized for making jokes about the hostage Kenneth Bigley and his wife. Shortly after Connolly joked about the future beheading of the hostage, Bigley was beheaded in Iraq.

Billy Connolly was awarded an honorary doctorate of letters by the University of Glasgow on July 11, 2002. This particularly bemused his wife, who noted that she had studied for six years to obtain her Ph.D., whereas Billy merely had to turn up and collect his. He has also received a BAFTA award for lifetime achievement in 2003.

Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, 2004
Last Samurai, 2003
Timeline, 2003
The Man Who Sued God, 2001
The Boondock Saints, 1999
Still Crazy, 1998
Beverly Hills Ninja, 1997
Mrs. Brown, 1997
Muppet Treasure Island, 1996
Deacon Brodie, 1996
Down Amongst the Big Boys, 1995
Pocahontas, 1995
Indecent Proposal, 1993
The Big Man, 1991
Crossing the Line, 1991
The Return of the Musketeers, 1989
Water, 1985
Blue Money, 1984
Bullshot, 1983
The Secret Policeman's Other Ball, 1982
Absolution, 1981
The Elephant's Graveyard, 1976
Just Another Saturday, 1975

The Kenny Everett Television Show (guest star)
Not The Nine O'Clock News (guest appearance)
Parkinson (repeated appearances as chat show guest)
An Audience with Billy Connolly
A Scot in the Arctic
Billy Connolly's World Tour of Scotland
Billy Connolly's World Tour of Australia
Billy Connolly's World Tour of England, Ireland and Wales
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