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Billy Connolly 'Nearly Broke His Neck' Filming New Tv Show


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In Billy Connolly's Tracks Across America, the 73-year-old comedian and actor, who suffers from Parkinson's disease, travels from Chicago to New York for the new ITV series. However, when he was showering in a train cubicle on his journey, he slipped and almost caused himself a major injury.

He tells the camera in the first episode of the show, airing on Friday night (01Apr16): "I tried to take a shower, I thought I must take a shower on a train. But I nearly broke my bloody neck. I was trundling along and skidding around.

"As you probably know, I’ve got Parkinson’s disease. People with Parkinson’s disease should not have showers on trains. In much the same way as Vietnam veterans shouldn’t go to firework displays in swamps."

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Billy Connolly Receives Special Recognition At National Television Awards 2016


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Last night's National Television Awards was brimming with UK celebrities, all arriving to congratulate the predictable winners, the successful newcomers and, of course, this year's Special Recognition Award recipient which was the much-loved Scottish comic Billy Connolly.

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The 2016 awards show actually celebrates fifty years of Connolly's comedy career, and he was branded 'unique' as he was asked to accept his award by Dustin Hoffman. 'I'm delighted to be here to pay tribute to a man whose work I've always admired and whose company I always enjoy', he said. He follows last year's winner David Tennant.

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National Television Awards 2016

Billy Connolly - National Television Awards 2016 - Red Carpet - at the O2, London at O2 Arena, National Television Awards - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 20th January 2016

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The National Television Awards 2016 (NTA's) - Arrivals

Billy Connolly - The National Television Awards 2016 (NTA's) held at the O2 Arena - Arrivals at The National Television Awards - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 20th January 2016

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2016 National Television Awards - Press Room

Billy Connolly , Dustin Hoffman - 2016 National Television Awards (NTA) held at the O2 Arena - Winners at National Television Awards - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 20th January 2016

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Billy Connolly To Receive Special Recognition Award


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The comedian/actor, who started his performing life as a folk singer, will be presented with the Special Recognition Award by his close pal, actor Dustin Hoffman.

The honour is to mark Connolly's outstanding career, in which his stand-up routines earned him a place as one of Britain's best-loved comedians before he transitioned into movie roles and presenting TV travel shows.

Connolly will receive the trophy at the National Television Awards ceremony at London's O2 Arena on 20 January (16).

Brian Connolly: I Won't Let Parkinson's Bring Me Down


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Billy Connolly is refusing to let Parkinson's disease bring him down.

The 72-year-old comedian was diagnosed with the brain condition in 2012 - in the same week he was told he had prostate cancer and had two hearing aids fitted - and although it has prevented him from playing the banjo he doesn't dwell on the degenerative impacts.

He said: ''I am doing as well as can be expected. Some people get grim, but I do not.

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Billy Connolly's Artwork To Go On Display


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More than 40 pieces of artwork drawn by The Hobbit star are going on display at The People's Palace museum in Glasgow alongside mementos from the start of his career.

Talking about the collection, Connolly says, "I don't want them to be judged. I didn't want to put them in a position where people would like or dislike them... They're little pals of mine. I'll always draw, I'll always do it."

The exhibition is due to run until 21 February (16).

Billy Connolly Gives Up Banjo Playing Over Illness


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The Hobbit star, who was a folk singer before finding fame as a stand-up comedian, admits his condition has robbed him of the full use of his left hand.

He says, "I'm starting a documentary series in a month's time following the railways around America. I'm going to festivals and state fairs and all that. I've been longing to do it for a long time. The only trouble is that we're going to bluegrass festivals and I've got Parkinson's Disease and it's really affected my left hand and I can't play the banjo or guitar any more.

"I'll join in on the singing at least. It's been a rough go between that and the cancer. I kept telling my wife that haemorrhoids couldn't be far behind."

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Billy Connolly Returns To Church For Robin Williams


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The Hobbit actor and comedian grew up a Catholic but turned his back on religion as an adult, but he has been making frequent visits to church since the death of his friend Williams, who passed away in August (14).

He tells The Canadian Press, "He's got me going to church, the b**ger... I don't go and pray, I go and light a candle for him. And my sister died a couple of weeks ago, so I light two candles... It really appeals to me, the flame burning when you leave the building."

Connolly's sister Florence passed away in May (15), aged 74, and the comedian helped carry her coffin at the funeral.

Aidan Turner Spent A Month 'learning To Move Like A Dwarf'


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Aidan Turner spent a month learning how to move like a dwarf for the 'Hobbit' films.

The 31-year-old star - who appeared in the role of Kíli, one of the twelve companions of Thorin and Bilbo - has revealed the unusual preparation he did before appearing in the Peter Jackson-directed movies.

Asked what it was like working on the 'Hobbit' films, Aidan replied: ''Incredible. We were there the entire time. The dwarves were there six to eight weeks before we started shooting. For a dwarves boot camp. We did a month on how to move like a dwarf.

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Billy Connolly To Be Honoured For Promoting Scotland


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The Hobbit star will receive the Great Scot Award during a fundraising gala for the National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA on 9 April (15) for promoting his home country's culture and heritage throughout his career.

Fellow Scot and previous award winner Alan Cumming will present Connolly with the prize during the annual event at the Metropolitan Club during Tartan Week, an annual celebration of Scots in New York City.

Helen Sayles, chairwoman of the Trust, says,"Billy Connolly truly embodies the title of Great Scot. He is a self-made man and proud Scot, whose extraordinary gifts, down-to-earth Scottish humour, and distinguished body of work in music, comedy, and film have warmed the hearts and minds of audiences worldwide."

New York Premiere Of 'Danny Collins'

Billy Connolly - A variety of stars were photographed as they arrived for the New York premiere of 'Danny Collins' which was held at the AMC Lincoln Square Theater in New York City, New York, United States - Wednesday 18th March 2015

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The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies Review


Very Good

Peter Jackson's expanded take on J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit comes to a conclusion in a battle epic packed with enormous action sequences that oddly distract attention from the much more engaging central plotline. By the time it thunders to its satisfying conclusion after nearly two and a half hours, there's a sense of balance restored, providing some powerfully emotional moments along with the thrills. But there's a lot of chaotic mayhem to get through first.

The action picks up immediately, as the dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch) roars into Laketown causing further desolation before being stopped by the heroic Bard (Luke Evans), who then leads the survivors back to their long-abandoned city in the mountains. Meanwhile, dwarf king Thorin (Richard Armitage) has reclaimed his throne and Smaug's enormous stash of gold, which consumes his soul with greed. But he abandons his promises to Bard and the elf leader Thranduil (Lee Pace), who assembles the elf army against him. So Thorin calls in a dwarf battalion to take them on. Meanwhile, the hobbit Bilbo (Martin Freeman) is trying to diffuse the situation and snap Thorin out of his avaricious funk. And wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) discovers that two waves of ruthless orcs are descending on Thorin.

All of this strategising and squaring-off feels fragmented and uneven, as Jackson cuts back and forth between the sprawling ensemble cast while trying to build momentum toward the earth-rattling collision of these five armies. Thankfully, there's also a lot of interpersonal stuff going on to hold the interest. Elf warrior Legolas (Orlando Bloom) is still caught up in a romantic triangle with his intended Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly) and her forbidden love, the unusually hot dwarf Kili (Aidan Turner). And there's some comic relief from Alfrid (Ryan Gage), a weaselly human who worms his way into Bard's inner circle for some inexplicable reason. Best of all is the push and pull between Bilbo and Thorin, which is very nicely played by Freeman and Armitage.

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'What We Did On Our Holiday' Premiere

Billy Connolly - Snaps of the stars as they took to the red carpet for the premier of British comedy movie 'What We Did on Our Holiday' at Odeon West End, London, United Kingdom - Monday 22nd September 2014

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Billy Connolly

Date of birth

24th November, 1942

Occupation

Actor

Sex

Male

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Movie Review

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Movie Review

Peter Jackson's expanded take on J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit comes to a conclusion in a...

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies Trailer

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies Trailer

The Lonely Mountain has been reclaimed from the dragon Smaug. The dwarves of Thorin Oakenshield...

What We Did on Our Holiday Movie Review

What We Did on Our Holiday Movie Review

Although its story easily could have spun right off the rails, this British comedy uses...

What We Did On Our Holiday Trailer

What We Did On Our Holiday Trailer

When Doug (David Tennant) and his family travel to the Scottish Highlands for his father's...

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies Trailer

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies Trailer

Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf and the mini-army of dwarves led by Thorin are facing an evermore...

What We Did On Our Holiday Trailer

What We Did On Our Holiday Trailer

Three young children are about to learn what adulthood is really like when they take...

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Trailer

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Trailer

Bilbo Baggins has narrowly escaped several deadly confrontations with the likes of trolls, stone giants...

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Trailer

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Trailer

Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf and their company thirteen dwarves have managed to leave the Misty Mountains...

Quartet Movie Review

Quartet Movie Review

For his directing debut, Dustin Hoffman takes no chances, filling the screen with gifted actors...

Brave Movie Review

Brave Movie Review

Pixar continues pushing boundaries with this lavishly animated Scottish adventure, which centres on an involving...

Brave Trailer

Brave Trailer

Princess Merida is the daughter of the warrior, King Fergus and his wife, Queen Elinor....

Gulliver's Travels Movie Review

Gulliver's Travels Movie Review

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Open Season 3 Trailer

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Gullivers Travels Trailer

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