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UPI Almanac for Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013.
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Scottish entertainer Billy Connolly undergoes treatment for cancer

Scottish entertainer Billy Connolly undergoes treatment for cancer

LONDON, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- Billy Connolly's publicist says the Scottish comedian and actor has undergone surgery for prostate cancer, and has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.
'Nuttiness' stopped Hoffman from directing

'Nuttiness' stopped Hoffman from directing

HOLLYWOOD, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- U.S. actor Dustin Hoffman said it was his "own private nuttiness that stopped" him from directing a film until his latest project, "Quartet."

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UPI Almanac for Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012.
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'Broken' leads with nine BIFA nods

'Broken' leads with nine BIFA nods

LONDON, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- "Broken" earned a leading nine nods when nominations for the 15th annual Moet British Independent Film Awards were announced in London.
U.S. Olympic archers get 'Brave' preview

U.S. Olympic archers get 'Brave' preview

OGDEN, Utah, June 17 (UPI) -- DisneyPixar says it plans to screen its new animated movie "Brave" for members of the U.S. Olympic Team for Archery.
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Billy Connolly joins 'Hobbit' cast

Billy Connolly joins 'Hobbit' cast

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Scottish actor Billy Connolly has signed on to play dwarf warrior Dain Ironfoot in Peter Jackson's two-part "The Hobbit" project, the director said Wednesday.
Billy Connolly heckled, cuts gigs short

Billy Connolly heckled, cuts gigs short

BLACKPOOL, England, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- Fans of Scottish comedian Billy Connolly say they were miffed after he ended two stand-up shows in Britain early because of hecklers.

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UPI Almanac for Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011.
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Billy Connolly talks of road accident

Billy Connolly talks of road accident

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz., Aug. 26 (UPI) -- Scottish actor Billy Connolly has opened up about his accident while riding a three-wheeled motorcycle and filming a TV special about U.S. Route 66.
Connolly: People judge comedians harshly

Connolly: People judge comedians harshly

LONDON, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Scottish comedian Billy Connolly says comedians in the United Kingdom are held to a higher standard of conduct than other artists and he thinks that's unfair.
'Boondock Saints' sequel in the works

'Boondock Saints' sequel in the works

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- The team from the 2000 independent film "Boondock Saints" has reunited for a sequel, The Hollywood Reporter said.
Disney to release 10 animated films by '12

Disney to release 10 animated films by '12

NEW YORK, April 8 (UPI) -- The Walt Disney Studios unveiled at a New York news conference Tuesday a slate of 10 animated feature movies to be released through 2012.
Billy Connolly in car accident, uninjured

Billy Connolly in car accident, uninjured

BALLATER, Scotland, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- Scottish actor and comedian Billy Connolly reportedly escaped injury when he was involved in a single-vehicle crash on the A939 near Ballater.
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Billy Connolly arrives for the premiere of his new movie "Fido" at the Regal Cinemas in New York on June 5, 2007. (UPI Photo/Laura Cavanaugh)
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William "Billy" Connolly, Jr., CBE (born 24 November 1942) is a British comedian, musician, presenter and actor born in Scotland. He is sometimes known, especially in his native Scotland, by the nickname The Big Yin (The Big One). His first trade, in the early 1960s, was as a welder (specifically a boilermaker) in the Glasgow shipyards, but he gave it up towards the end of the decade to pursue a career as a folk singer in the Humblebums and subsequently as a soloist. In the early 1970s he made the transition from folk-singer with a comedic persona to full-fledged comedian, a role in which he continues. He also became an actor, and has appeared in such films as Indecent Proposal (1993); Mrs. Brown (1997), for which he was nominated for a BAFTA; The Boondock Saints (1999); The Man Who Sued God (2001); Water (1985);The Last Samurai (2003); Timeline (2003); Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004); Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties (2006); and The X-Files: I Want to Believe (2008). Connolly reprised his role as Noah "Il Duce" MacManus in Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day. Connolly appears as the King of Lilliput in the 2010 remake of Gulliver′s Travels.

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 Connolly and his wife Mary (McLean) Connolly, a hospital cafeteria worker. Connolly's grandfather was an Irish immigrant. In 1946, when he was barely four years old, Connolly's mother abandoned her children when his father was still away in the army. Connolly and his sister, Florence, were cared for by two aunts, Margaret and Mona Connolly, his father's sisters. His biography, written by wife Pamela Stephenson, documented years of physical and sexual abuse by his father, which began when he was ten and lasted until he was about fifteen.

"Twice in my life, two birds have flown in and made a huge difference," explained Connolly in 1996. When he was seven, the Connolly family went to Rothesay on holiday. He was sent to get some milk and bread rolls. On his way back with his hands full, a bird landed on his head. Connolly immediately thought God had called him and "nearly had a coronary". "It was a jackdaw, and I didn't know you could teach jackdaws to speak. But I was walking along, and this thing landed on my head and said hello. I nearly passed away. I learned subsequently that it was a tame bird, and we became friends and I got used to the idea: the bird would land on me and I was quite happy. My life had changed forever." Connolly said the second "bird" was Brett Whiteley, an Australian artist he met through Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits in the 1980s.

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