Billy Connolly, CBE (born William Connolly, Jr. on 24 November 1942) is a Scottish comedian, musician, presenter and actor. He is sometimes known, especially in his native Scotland, by the nickname The Big Yin (The Big One).
Between the ages of fourteen and twenty, Connolly was brought up in a tenement. He later lived in Partick. He attended St. Peter's Primary School in Glasgow and St. Gerard's Secondary School in Govan.
At the age of 15, he left school with two engineering qualifications. He worked as a delivery boy until he was sixteen, then his first trade, in the early 1960s, was as a welder (specifically a boilermaker) in the Glasgow shipyards.
He gave it up towards the end of the decade to pursue being a folk singer in a pop/folk band and subsequently as a soloist.
In the early 1970s he made the transition from folk-singer to that of fully-fledged comedian. He also became an actor, and has appeared in many films.
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