Connolly is most recognizable from his hit television series Head of the Class, which was later spun off into his own series Billy. His other television work includes appearances on the sitcom Pearl, comedy specials for HBO and BBC, and a six-part series called Billy Connolly's World Tour of Scotland, which documented a tour of his beloved homeland, and The Bigger Picture, a series on Scottish art. Connolly has also released several videos, including 25 BC, Billy and Albert, An Audience With Billy Connolly, Billy Connolly Live and Live ‘94.
Connolly's eclectic career also includes performances in the BBC's Androcles and the Lion, the Scottish Opera production of Die Fleidermaus, and his own play The Red Runner, which performed to packed houses at the Edinburgh Festival.
He began his career as a musician, touring with Gerry Rafferty and the folk band The Humblebums. Connolly's humorous introduction soon became an audience favorite, and in 1971 he played his first solo concert. This led to The Great Northern Welly Boot Show, a mixture of music and talk that established his talent as a popular entertainer. He went on to release a double album and a No. 1 hit single, D.I.V.O.R.C.E. Since then, Connolly has released numerous hit comedy records and published several comedic books.
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Billy Connolly Facts
|Birth Name||William Connolly|
|Birthday||November 24, 1942 (76)|
|Birthplace||Anderston, Scotland, United Kingdom|
|Height||6' (1m83) How tall is Billy Connolly compared to you?|