Sunday, April 21, 2024

Comedian, Actor Billy Connolly: Early Stage Prostate Cancer, Parkinson’s Symptoms


Billy Connolly, 71, the comedian and actor who co-starred with Judi Dench in “Mrs. Brown,” has posted an update about his health on his website. Connolly says he’s had successful surgery for early stages of prostate cancer. He’s also been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. Connolly appears in the upcoming second and third “Hobbit” movies. He’s a popular actor and performer who never stops working, and is much in demand. Connolly’s been married to British actress Pamela Stephenson since 1989.

He’s such a nice guy, we wish him a speedy recovery. Here’s the statement:

“Billy Connolly recently underwent minor surgery in America after being diagnosed with the very early stages of prostate cancer; the operation was a total success, and Billy is fully recovered.

In addition Billy has been assessed as having the initial symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, for which he is receiving the appropriate treatment.

Billy has been assured by experts that the findings will in no way inhibit or affect his ability to work, and he will start filming a TV series in the near future, as well as undertaking an extensive theatrical tour of New Zealand in the new year.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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