Here, we look back on 50 years of laughs with 15 classic photos of The Big Yin.
1. Posing in front of Buckingham Palace
2. With Robin Williams - who took part in that years Hill Race - at the Lonach Highland Games
3. Showing off the CBE he received from the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace
4. Comparing tattoos with a photographer at a photocall for the film Quartet during the BFI London Film Festival