THE LAST SAMURAI
BILLY CONNOLLY (Zebulon Gant) recently appeared opposite
Michelle Pfeiffer, Robin Wright Penn and RenĂ©e Zellweger in the acclaimed drama
White Oleander. Perhaps best known for his comedic work, he has also
established himself as a compelling dramatic actor, most notably opposite Dame
Judi Dench in the highly-acclaimed Mrs. Brown. The Scottish-born actor
recently starred in the independent film Who is Cletis Tout? and is
currently on screen in Richard Donner's time travel adventure Timeline.
A stand-up comedian who has performed internationally,
Connolly's film credits include Troy Duffy's The Boondock Saints,
Stephen Metcalfe's Beautiful Joe, Barry Levinson's An Everlasting
Piece, and Stanley Tucci's The Impostors, as well as Absolution
with Richard Burton, Bullshot and Water with Michael Caine, Crossing
the Line with Liam Neeson, and the acclaimed BBC production Down Among
the Big Boys. He also appeared in the Muppet movie version of Treasure
Island and starred in the BBC drama The Life and Crimes of Deacon Brodie.
Connolly's voice is featured in the animated film Pocohantas.
American audiences recognize Connolly from the hit TV series Head
of the Class, which led to his own series, Billy. He also appeared on
the sitcom Pearl, with Rhea Perlman. Other credits include comedy
specials for HBO and the BBC and his famed World Tour programs, such as Billy
Connolly's World Tour of Australia, Billy Connolly's World Tour of Ireland,
Wales and England and Billy Connolly's World Tour of Scotland, a
six-part series documenting his travels in his beloved homeland. He also starred
in The Bigger Picture, a series on Scottish art. On stage, Connolly
performed in the BBC's production of Androcles and the Lion, the
Scottish Opera productions of Die Fleidermaus, and his own play, The
Red Runner, which enjoyed packed houses throughout its run at the Edinburgh
He began his career as a musician, touring with Gerry Rafferty and the folk
band The Humblebums, where his humorous introductions and comedic ramblings
became an audience favorite. He played his first solo concert in 1971, which led
to The Great Northern Welly Boot Show, a mix of music and talk that won
considerable acclaim. He went on to release a double album and a #1 hit single,
"D.I.V.O.R.C.E." Since then, he has released numerous hit comedy
records and published several comedic books. In July 2001, Connolly received an
honorary doctorate from the University of Glasgow.
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