Stand-up comedian, Sir Billy Connolly, better known as “The Big Yin,” is one of the best things to come out of Scotland. Billy rose to prominence as a comedian in the U.K. and subsequently settled down as an accomplished actor.

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Billy holding a CBE

Born on November 24, 1942, into a poor family, he dropped out of school when he was 15 and worked various jobs, including a welder at an oil rig in Nigeria. After returning from Africa, he joined music classes with money he had saved and learned to play banjo and guitar. Soon he was regular at Glasgow cultural programmes and wafted in and out of several bands before forming The Humblebums with Tam Harvey and Gerry Rafferty in 1965. After three albums and hits singles like Saturday Roundabout Sunday, and Shoeshine Boy Billy went solo.

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He released his first album, Live, in 1972 and started performing standups with a touch of his occasional folk songs. His second album, Cop Yer Whack for This (1974) was a big hit and his version of Tammy Wynette’s D.I.V.O.R.C.E became number one single in 1975. Billy has released many musical and comedy recordings, including The Pick of Billy Connolly, Two Night Stand and The Big Yin. He has also appeared in movies like The Man Who Sued God, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, and voiced for several Disney movies. In 2013, it was revealed that the 76-year-old had undergone surgery for prostate cancer and is being treated for Parkinson’s disease. Recently, he revealed that his life is slipping away due to Parkinson’s in BBC documentary Billy Connolly: Made in Scotland.

“My life is slipping away and I can feel it, and I should, I’m 75, I’m near the end but it doesn’t frighten me. It’s an adventure, and it’s quite interesting to see myself slipping away. Bits slip off and leave me. Talents leave and attributes leave. I don’t have the balance I used to have; I don’t have the energy I used to have; I can’t hear the way I used to hear; I can’t see as good as I used to. I can’t remember the way I used to remember.”

He is currently living in Florida with his wife Pamela Stephenson. As of 2019, Billy has an estimated net worth of $20 million. Our Hearts and Prayers are With You. May God Bless You, Billy!

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