Comedian Billy Connolly Undergoing Parkinson's Disease Treatment Following Cancer Operation

Comedian Billy Connolly Undergoing Parkinson's Disease Treatment Following Cancer Operation

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Connolly's condition will not prevent him from continuing to work

Billy Connolly, the Scottish folksinger, comedian and actor, has undergone surgery to treat early stages of prostate cancer and as well as being diagnosed with early symptoms of Parkinson's disease, according to a statement posted on his official website, which was last updated on Monday.

Connolly, who will next be seen in Peter Jackson's “The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug,” had his cancer surgery earlier this summer and has fully recovered, while continuing to receive “appropriate treatment” for his Parkinson's symptoms.

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The 70-year-old actor has appeared in dozens of film and television titles, including cult action flick “Boondock Saints,” as well as the 2009 sequel. Most recently, Connolly starred in Dustin Hoffman's directorial debut, “Quartet,” and voiced a character in Disney/Pixar's “Brave.”

Connolly's condition will not prevent him from working on a number of projects he has in the pipeline.

“Billy has been assured by experts that the findings will in no way inhibit or affect his ability to work,” the statement reads. “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.”

Connolly's rep did not yet respond to TheWrap's request for additional comments.

  • jen

    Can someone poke an Outlander script at Billy please ;D

    (the Gaelic-singing bard part)