Fans of British humor would certainly feel dismal to learn about Sir Billy Connolly already entering the degenerative phase of Parkinson’s disease.
On Friday, the legendary Glasgow-born actor will be presented on the second part of the two-episode show, “Billy Connolly: Made in Scotland” in the United Kingdom on BBC2.
In the program, he makes a frank revelation of what he actually feels at this point as he battles Parkinson’s disorder already progressing in his body.
For today’s older audiences, they will recall the 76-year-old comedian appearing in “Indecent Proposal” (1993) with Hollywood A-Listers Robert Redford and Demi Moore.
Moreover, he starred in “Mrs. Brown” (1997) with acclaimed actress Dame Judi Dench and in “The Last Samurai” (2003) alongside Hollywood actor, Tom Cruise.
For millennials and other younger movie enthusiasts, Connolly’s name would ring a bell when movies like “Pocahontas” (1995) and “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events” (2004) are mentioned.
Recent adventure films such as “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” (2014) also featured the Scottish actor.
In the upcoming BBC2 presentation this week, Connolly discussed his extraordinary showbiz career spanning more than five decades.
He did not hold back further information about his health condition. On the same day in 2013, Connolly made it known to the public that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and prostate cancer.
Parkinson’s, which also afflicted famed boxer, Muhammad Ali, is a serious, long-term disorder that steadily obliterates the brain.
In the refreshingly forthright account of his life, Connolly attested that he is already experiencing the disease’s primary symptoms.
He confirmed that he no longer possesses the balance, energy, as well as the senses of hearing, sight, and memory that he used to have when he was young.
Besides, he has been experiencing the uncontrollable tremors in his hands. Last year, British broadcaster Michael Parkinson revealed that Connolly’s memory is already failing him.
He mentioned that the stand-up comedian could not recognize him anymore.
Moreover, Connolly cited that his banjo-playing prowess is already deteriorating because he could not use his left hand on the stringed instrument anymore.
Born as William Connolly in 1942, the revered comedian, who now resides in Florida with his psychologist wife as his nurse, reckoned that he feels an external element is in charge of him.
He candidly shared that they were saying that they added some of his features when he was young and that it is now time to subtract these attributes.
As Connolly shared his intimate thoughts, he affirmed that he is at the point where “the yesteryears mean more than the yesterdays.”
He said that there are times that he is furious but would always find himself eventually chuckling.
Nevertheless, Connolly has obviously accepted his fate of what he described as going to the “shadowy side of the hill, doing the next episode in the spirit world.”