Chronology

Chronology

Tuesday, 24 August 2010 01:00

2011

November Appearance at the Criterion Theatre for ‘A Special Audience With Billy Connolly’ raising money for Besting Blood Cancers

September - November Filming ‘Quartet’

September Route 66 is broadcast on ITV1

August Billy appears on BBC2 Scotland’s “Gerry Rafferty: Right Down the Line” documentary

June Billy is interview for Alan Yentob’s ‘The Art of Standup’

April – June Billy begins Route 66 journey filming for ITV

April Billy records two poems for Disney’s “A Poem Is...”

January – March Billy completes a nine week tour of Australia

2010 

Billy appears in the film “Gulliver’s Travels”

November – Billy tours Canada

August -Billy recieves the freedom of the City of Glasgow award

July - Billy recieves an honorary Doctorate from Nottingham Trent University

March - Billy holds a 4 day tour of Seattle

January - Billy is resident at Hammersmith Apollo for a sold out tour.

2009

November - Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day is released in theatres across America

September - Billy toured Scotland

May/June - Billy filming the new Gulliver’s Travels feature film.

January/February - Billy toured New Zealand.

January - Open Season 2 is released, Billy plays McSquizzy

2008

In November Billy returned to Canada to film Boondock Saints II

July to September Billy filmed his journey through the famous Northwest Passage for the hit ITV series ‘Journey to the Edge of the World’

May and June - Billy toured Ireland.

March - Billy performed a selection of dates in San Francisco.

January/February - Billy filming the new X-Files feature film

2007

In February Billy was once again a guest on ESPN’s Fly Fishing Show with John Barrett.

During March Billy will be performing for 3 weeks at the Brentwood Theatre in LA and another 2 week theatre run during June at the Loeb Theatre in Boston

On the 21st and 22nd of July Billy performed for two sold out nights during the Montreal Just for Laughs Festival.

Billy ends this touring year with a sold out UK tour during September and October performing in theatres around England and in Wales.

Billy took to the stage in November taking part in Eric Idle's new play 'What About Dick?' a film for Radio. There was only two try out performances for this work in progress at the Ricardo Montalban Theatre in Los Angeles

2006

Billy starts the year with a 2 month sold out tour of Australia

After the success of the 2005 performances in NY, Billy revisited NY in May and performed for 3 weeks at the 37 Arts Theatre in NY, the theatre run was then extended by another 3 weeks.

In July Billy received the Dr of Drama degree from the Glasgow Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.

The animated feature Open Season was released in September. Billy voices the squirrel McSquizzy.

The year was ended by a sold out month tour of Canada, in which Billy visited 13 cities.

2005

During February Billy performed for 2 nights in Philadelphia and another 2 nights at Town Hall in NY which were recorded and later in the year released on DVD by Universal entitled ‘Billy Connolly Live in NY’ which sold over half a million to date.

Billy toured Scotland during April and May, venue tickets sold out within hours.

In June Billy played the lead role of Fido in ‘Fido’ along with Dylan Baker and Carrie Ann Moss.

During October and November Billy played the role of Lord Dargis in Garfield 2.

Billy was back in front of the camera in December for the filming of ‘Good Sharma’ in which he played the role of Reverend Webster.

2004

Billy completed a 2 month, 25 date sell out tour of New Zealand in March. While on tour Billy also filmed the new world tour series titled ‘Billy Connolly’s World Tour of New Zealand. The new series was shown on BBC at the end of 2004. Also sold to Australian TV and New Zealand TV and was released on DVD later this year

In April Billy performed 2 sold out benefit concerts at The Oxford New Theatre in memory of Malcolm Kingsnorth who for 25 years was his tour manager/sound engineer.

Billy completes filming the role of Uncle Monty in the new film titled ‘Lemony Snicket ~ A series of unfortunate events’ directed by Brad Silberling and starring Jim Carrey and Meryl Streep

During September and October Billy performed 18 sold out days at the London Hammersmith Apollo.

2003

In December Billy was presented with the CBE by the Prince of Wales.

Billy was a guest on the ESPN Fishing Programme in June

Billy completes filming a role in the 2004 blockbuster ‘The Last Samurai’ directed by Edward Zwick. Billy takes on the part of Zebulon Gant and old Army friend of Captain Nathan Algren (Tom Cruise) who are hired to train Japan’s first modern, concept army. Also starring Ken Watanabe, Timothy Spall and Tony Goldwyn

2003 also saw Billy presented with a Bafta Lifetime Achievement Award

2002

Billy plays Professor Johnston in the sci-fi film ‘Timeline’ based in the novel written by Michael Crichton, directed by Richard Donner and starring Paul Walker, Frances O’Connor and Gerard Butler.

2001

Billy plays Barry Kolker opposite Michelle Pfeiffer, Robin Wright Penn a Renee’ Zellweger in the acclaimed drama ‘White Oleander’ directed by Peter Kosminsky.

England and Ireland tour.

March: Billy has completed filming for a new film titled “Man Who Sued God” in which Billy plays the lead role of a fisherman whose boat is destroyed by lightening. When the insurance agents declare this as an “Act of God” he decided to take God’s representatives to court. The film stars Judy Davis who plays a local journalist.

July: Billy was awarded an honorary doctorate of letters at a ceremony in the University of Glasgow.

2000

September: Billy played two record breaking sold-out nights at His Majesty’s Theatre in Aberdeen. Profits from the evenings were donated towards the refurbishment of Lonarch Hall, Strathdon and the Tickety-boo Tea charity.

Billy was presented The Peoples Award for Outstanding Contribution in the Arts. Other nominees in the category included JK Rowling, Ben Elton and Stella McCartney. Billy has just completed filming for a BBC feature length comedy drama Gentlemen’s Relish. Billy plays Kingdom Swann, an Edwardian artist forced to take up photography when his style of painting goes out of fashion. Also starring in the film are Sarah Lancashire and Douglas Henshall. The film is scheduled for screening later this year.

July: Billy completed filming a cameo role in Cletis Tout.

June: Billy completed filming for Gabrielle & Me in which Billy plays the Archangel Gabrielle who is approached by a little boy to get lessons in being an angel. The film is directed by Udayan Prasad, produced by Samuelson Films and is due for release in 2001.

May: Billy completed a two week, 13 date sell-out tour of Canada.

1999

December: Billy has just completed filming for An Everlasting Piece. Directed by Barry Levinson and stars Anna Friel and Barry McEvoy, it is a Belfast-based story of two barbers attempting to bring hair toupees to Northern Ireland in the Eighties.

November: Billy completed a five week, 25 date sell-out run at the London Apollo Hammersmith.

Billy launched Tickety-Boo Tea with a press conference aboard the square rigger “Grand Turk”. All profits from the tea go to charitable causes, particularly neglected and abandoned children world-wide.

July: Billy filmed Beautiful Joe opposite Sharon Stone. Billy plays Joe, a character who on discovering he only has a few months to live, embarks on a soul searching journey where he meets Hush(Sharon Stone). Release date tbc.

May: Billy completed a four month, 59 date sell-out tour of Australia and New Zealand.

1998

November 98: BBC 1 screened Erect for 30 Years - a celebration of Billy’s career, spanning three decades. The programme included tribute interviews from Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman, Dame Judi Dench, Whoopi Goldberg and Eddie Izzard.

September 98: Billy completed filming The Boon Dock Saints in Toronto, Canada where he plays a major cameo role.

Billy played the part of Dryden in the film The Debt Collector, directed by Anthony Neilson, due for release in June 1999. He also managed to take some time out of his busy schedule to present Sean Connery the Life Time Achievement Award at the BAFTAS.

Filmed in early 1998, Still Crazy features Billy playing the role of a roadie for a fictional 70’s rock band. Also starring Stephen Rea, Timothy Spall, Jimmy Nail and Juliet Aubrey. Released Autumn 1998.

The Changeling, a film based on the original story by Thomas Middleton and William Rowley in which Billy plays the cameo role of Alibius, was released in 1998.

1997

1997 saw the triumphant theatrical release of the critically acclaimed film Mrs Brown in which he played the role of John Brown opposite Dame Judi Dench as Queen Victoria. Soon after the release of the film he was back in front of the cameras playing the part of Sparks in the forthcoming American film The Imposters. In October he hosted the BAFTA Tribute evening to Dustin Hoffman in LA. Billy played the voice of PC for the Australian children’s film PAWS, which was released in Australia in October.

Throughout June and July 1997 Billy had a sell-out Northern UK tour, and completed in January his sell-out 18 nights of stand-up comedy at the Labbatts Apollo Hammersmith. In between his run at Hammersmith and his UK tour he returned to America to shoot a second episode of the sitcom Pearl with Rhea Perlman and Malcolm McDowell.

1996

1996 was a busy year for Billy - in the early part of the year he starred in the BBC costume drama The Life And Crimes Of Deacon Brodie which was broadcast on BBC1 in March. He toured Ireland in July and August. Billy Connolly’s World Tour of Australia was shown on BBC1 and attracted over 9 million viewers. Billy completed the year with the filming of Mrs Brown. He also appeared as Billy Big Bones in the new Muppet movie version of Treasure Island.

1995

In 1995 Billy swept the board at the Scottish BAFTAS with awards for Billy Connolly’s World Tour of Scotland (Best Entertainment Programme); Down Among The Big Boys (Best Drama) and The Bigger Picture (Best Arts Programme).

The six part series on Scottish art, The Bigger Picture was shown on the BBC in January. A Scottish tour provided the footage for the celebrated Billy Connolly’s World Tour of Scotland, broadcast on the BBC in the summer and later released on video. Billy’s voice is featured in the Disney animated film Pocahontas.

On the small screen, Billy has presented The Bigger Picture - a six part series on Scottish art, Billy Connolly’s World Tour of Scotland - six programmes documenting a tour of his beloved homeland, Return To Nose And Break - a Comic Relief special and Billy Connolly: A Scot in The Artic - a BBC special in which he survived totally alone for one week in the Artic.

1993

In 1993 Billy toured Australia and New Zealand, The Middle East, Hong Kong and the USA as well as starring in the highly acclaimed BBC drama Down Among The Big Boys.

1992

In January 1992, Billy’s 25th year as a stand-up comedian, the American ABC Network premiered Billy, the series created from his character in Head Of The Class. A major UK tour followed in March and ITV screened a South Bank Show Special to commemorate his 25th anniversary.

1991

A three week run at the Hammersmith Odeon in the summer of 1991 broke the venue’s record for the longest run. The subsequent video Live At The Hammersmith selling in excess of 500,000 copies.

1990

In 1990 Billy married Pamela Stephenson in Fiji, recorded an HBO special with Whoopi Goldberg and embarked on a four month tour of Australia and New Zealand. Soon after followed his debut in the popular series Head Of The Class and a TV and film deal with Warner Bros.

1989

1989 brought tours of Ireland, Canada and the USA and culminated in a sell-out concert at the Carnegie Hall. This was the year Billy went to Mozambique to film a documentary for Comic Relief and shaved his trademark beard for a role in the feature film The Big Man with Liam Neeson.

1987

Billy completed another world tour in 1987 with 6 performances at the Royal Albert Hall , resulting in the triple platinum Billy And Albert video.

1984

In 1984 came a tour of Australia and New Zealand, and roles in the BBC’s Androcles And The Lion, the British comedy Bullshot and Water with Michael Caine.

1987

In 1981 the video of the Bite Your Bum tour won Music Week and Record Business Awards and in 1982 his eighth album Pick Of Billy Connolly was awarded a gold disc. That same year he appeared as Beefy in The Beastly Beatitudes Of Balthazar B in London’s West End, published Gullible’s Travels, his second book and released the top-selling video Hand-picked By Billy Connolly.

1978

In 1978 Billy appeared with the Scottish Opera in Sir Alexander Gibson’s production of Die Fledermaus at the Glasgow Royal, followed by a nation-wide tour and a co-starring role with Richard Burton in the 1979 movie Absolution. In the same year his play The Red Runner was performed to packed houses at the Edinburgh Festival.

Having served an apprenticeship as a welder in the Clyde shipyards, Billy embarked upon a career in show business and found success with Gerry Rafferty and folk band The Humblebums. Billy’s humorous introductions soon became an audience favourite and in 1971 he played his first solo concert. From that evolved The Great Northern Welly Boot Show, a popular mixture of music and talk that firmly established Billy’s talent as a popular entertainer. Polydor released a double album which was followed by a sell-out performance at the world-famous Palladium and a UK No.1 with the smash hit D.I.V.O.R.C.E.

Billy has released 10 home videos 25 BC, Billy And Albert, An Audience With Billy Connolly, Billy Connolly Live, Live ‘94, World Tour Of Scotland (Two Bites of), World Tour Of Australia and Two Night Stand and more recently, Billy Connolly: Erect For 30 Years which have collectively sold in excess of 3 million copies.