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Actor Billy Connolly treated for prostate cancer

Monday - 9/16/2013, 5:48pm  ET

FILE - Scottish actor and comedian Billy Connolly jokes at the 60th San Sebastian Film Festival, Spain, in this Saturday Sept. 29, 2012 file photo. A spokesman said Monday Sept 16 2013 that Connolly has had surgery for early stages of prostate cancer and is also receiving treatment for initial symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease. The statement says the 70-year-old star is “fully recovered” from prostate surgery in the United States. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos, file)

LONDON (AP) -- Representatives of Scottish actor Billy Connolly say he has had surgery for the early stages of prostate cancer and is also receiving treatment for the initial symptoms of Parkinson's disease.

The statement says the 70-year-old star is "fully recovered" from prostate surgery in the United States.

He is expected to continue his film and TV work, which has recently included a role in The Hobbit films.

Connolly started his showbusiness career as a folk singer and later made his reputation as a standup comic.

His role in the 1997 film "Mrs. Brown" opposite Judi Dench brought international recognition.


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