Born in Anderston, Glasgow, on 24th of November 1942, Billy Connolly also famously known as The Big Yin is among the 100 greatest comedians. He is Scottish by nationality. His family includes his mother Mary, father William and an elder sister. When he was 4 years old, his mother fled with a guy as she herself was in her teenage and abandoned her two children and husband. He was under the care of two of his aunts while his father was fighting a war.
The aunts however, weren’t good with him. He was constantly told by the aunts that he is stupid and this left a lasting impact on him. He still recalls those times and it gives him a shudder. The school he took his education from wasn’t a very friendly one either. It was St. Peter’s School, and then his education came to an end with St. Gerard School.
His religious views are that he is an atheist and doesn’t trust any organization that brainwashes people’s mind. He is extremely averted to the Catholic Church. This is because the church norms didn’t permit his father to file a divorce against his wife even after she had abandoned him for another guy. This led to a heavy built-up frustration within his father which was vented out by abusing Billy sexually from the time when he was 10 till he was 15 years old.
When Billy was 12 he made a decision that he would become a comedian. He started developing a profound interest in music when he was 14. Billy graduated from school with a degree of engineering of his own and another one which belonged to someone else and he had it with him by mistake. He worked as a delivery boy for a bookshop and also for a Bakery to earn a living.
Connolly had to go through a surgery when he was diagnosed with an early staged prostate cancer and was also treated in October 2014 for Parkinson’s disease.
He was married first to Iris Pressagh and had two daughters with him. When they got divorced Billy got their custody and then married on December 2nd, 1989 to Pamela Stephenson. They have 3 daughters to themselves.
He started a group in 1965 known as the Humblebums and also wrote plays like Red Runner (1979) and appeared in movies like Garfield: The Tale of Two Kitties (2006), Brave (2012) etc.