Scottish comedian, presenter, musician and actor, Sir William Connolly, CBE, renowned as "The Big Yin" in his native place began his career as a boilermaker before foraying into folk-singing, comedy and acting. This award-winning showman garnered fair share of recognition through Scottish folk band ‘The Humblebums’ that he founded with Tam Harvey in 1965, later joined by Rafferty. Notable features of Connolly include in films like ‘Indecent Proposal’ (1993), ‘The Last Samurai’ (2003) and ‘Gulliver's Travel’ (2010) among others; comedic recordings like ‘The Pick of Billy Connolly’ (1981); and TV series like ‘Billy’ (1992).
A renowned comedian and presenter of the day Connolly has also featured in several blockbuster films. His penchant for the show business and his journey to stardom overcoming initial struggles and tussles led him to taste both success and failure over the years.
His success story includes films like ‘Indecent Proposal’, Brave (2012) and ‘Quartet’ (2012); comedic recordings like The Pick of Billy Connolly and ‘Live at the Odeon Hammersmith London’ (1991); and garnering critical acclaim for albums like ‘The New Humblebums’ (1969) and ‘Open up the Door’ (1970). However his films like ‘Water’ (1985) and ‘Timeline’ (2003) flopped at the box-office.