Born in County Cork Ireland, Billy O’Connor grew up on the Bronx streets. After Vietnam, Billy was a teamster, a pub and restaurant owner, and a New York City firefighter for 20 proud years. He was also an illegal bookmaker. Billy lived this eclectic life despite his addiction to drugs and alcohol.
After the tragedy of 9/11 and the loss of 343 of his brother firefighters, Billy sobered up and attended the University of Florida. At the age of 62, he earned his journalism degree and began to write and perform stand-up comedy. His first book, Confessions of a Bronx Bookie, was published to wide acclaim in 2015.