Ronnie Barker

BirthName:

Ronald William George Barker

Bio:

Ronnie Barker's remarkable versatility as a performer can be traced back to his time in repertory theatre, where he was able to play a wide range of roles and develop his talent for accents, voices and verbal dexterity. It was during this time that he met Glenn Melvyn, who taught him how to stammer (something he would later use to great effect in the sitcom Open All Hours (1976)). Melvyn also gave Ronnie his break into television by offering him a role in I'm Not Bothered (1956). During the 1960s, Ronnie became well-established in radio, providing multiple voices for "The Navy Lark" and working with comedy great Jon Pertwee. He also became a regular face on television, appearing in The Frost Report (1966) (perhaps most memorably in a sketch about Britain's class system, with John Cleese and Ronnie Corbett) and playing character roles on The Saint (1962) and The Avengers (1961).

In 1971, Ronnie teamed up with Ronnie Corbett again, this time for a BBC sketch series called The Two Ronnies (1971). This series proved enormously popular, continuing until the late 1980s. In addition to "The Two Ronnies", Barker starred on the popular BBC sitcoms Porridge (1974) (as a cockney prisoner) and Open All Hours (1976) (as a stammering Northern shopkeeper). In fact, only Leonard Rossiter could be said to have rivaled him during this time for the crown of British television's most popular comedy star. In 1982, he revived silent comedy in By the Sea (1982). Despite his extrovert performances on television, Barker remained a quiet, retiring individual in his personal life, much preferring to spend time with his family rather than mix with the celebrity crowd. This humility, combined with memories of his extraordinary abilities, meant that he continued to be greatly respected by his fellow professionals. In a BAFTA special shown by the BBC in 2004, stars as diverse as Gene Wilder, Peter Kay and Peter Hall paid tribute to his contribution to comedy and British television in general. Ronnie Barker died on 3 October 2005 after suffering from heart problems.
Filmography

Actor ( 100 credits )

Britain's Best Loved Sitcoms (2015)  Albert Arkwright / ... (archive footage) (uncredited)
Wogan: The Best Of (2015)  Himself (archive footage) (1 episode)
My Hero (2013)  Himself / ... (1 episode, 2013)
The Syndicate (2012)  The Two Ronnies (uncredited) (1 episode, 2012)
My Favourite Joke (2011)  Customer (archive footage) (uncredited) (1 episode, 20
The Many Faces of... (2010)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
Piers Morgan's Life Stories (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Live from Studio Five (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
The Funny Side of... (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Is Anybody There? (2008) Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
The Comedy Map of Britain (2007)  Norman Stanley Fletcher (archive footage) (uncredited)
The Best of the Royal Variety (2006) (1 episode, 2006)
The Two Ronnies Sketchbook (2005)  Himself (7 episodes, 2005)
Britain's Best Sitcom (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
Britain's Favourite Comedian (2004)  Himself (uncredited) (1 episode, 2004)
Comedy Connections (2003)  Himself / ... (7 episodes, 2003-2008)
The Sketch Show Story (2001)  Himself (1 episode, 2001)
The Nearly Complete and Utter History of Everything (1999) Renaissance Man
Funny Turns (1999)  Himself (1 episode, 2000)
The Greatest (1998)  Norman Stanley Fletcher (uncredited) (1 episode, 2001)
What a Performance! (1997)  Himself (1 episode, 1999)
Whatever Happened to... Clement and La Frenais? (1997)
Heroes of Comedy (1995)  Himself / ... (3 episodes, 1995-2002)
Match of the Seventies (1995)  Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 1995)
Clarence (1988)  Clarence Sale (6 episodes, 1988)
The Two Ronnies in Australia (1987)  Various Roles (1 episode, 1987)
The Magnificent Evans (1984)  Plantagenet Evans (6 episodes, 1984)
The Bob Monkhouse Show (1983)  Himself (1 episode, 1983)
By the Sea (1982) The General (as The Two Ronnies)
Wogan (1982)  Himself (1 episode, 1983)
Children in Need (1980)  Himself (1 episode, 1983)
Rubbish Tips (1980) Director of Rubbish
Doing Time (1979) Fletcher
Going Straight (1978)  Norman Stanley Fletcher (6 episodes, 1978)
To See Such Fun (1977) Himself (archive footage)
Robin and Marian (1976) Friar Tuck
Open All Hours (1976)  Albert Arkwright (26 episodes, 1973-1985)
Porridge (1974)  Norman Stanley Fletcher (20 episodes, 1974-1977)
7 of 1 (1973)  Alan Joyce / ... (7 episodes, 1973)
His Lordship Entertains (1972)  Lord Rustless (7 episodes, 1972)
The Magnificent Seven Deadly Sins (1971) Guest Appearance (segment "Sloth")
Six Dates with Barker (1971)  Arthur Harriman / ... (6 episodes, 1971)
The Two Ronnies (1971)  Himself / ... (93 episodes, 1971-1987)
Futtocks End (1970) General Futtock
Looks Familiar (1970)  Himself (1 episode, 1978)
It's Lulu (1970)  Himself (1 episode, 1973)
Two Off the Cuff (1969) (voice)
This Is Your Life (1969)  Himself / ... (3 episodes, 1970-1977)
The David Frost Show (1969)  Himself (1 episode, 1969)
It's Tommy Cooper (1969)  Guest (1 episode, 1970)
Hark at Barker (1969)  Lord Rustless (15 episodes, 1969-1970)
The Corbett Follies (1969)  Himself (1 episode, 1969)
A Ghost of a Chance (1968) Mr. Prendergast
The Harry Secombe Show (1968)  Himself (1 episode, 1971)
Tickertape (1968)  Himself (1 episode, 1968)
The Ronnie Barker Playhouse (1968)  Alexander / ... (6 episodes, 1968)
Frost on Sunday (1968)  Himself / ... (14 episodes, 1968-1970)
The Man Outside (1967) George Venaxas
The Gamblers (1967) (1 episode, 1967)
Before the Fringe (1967) (1 episode, 1967)
Once More with Felix (1967)  Himself (1 episode, 1968)
Runaway Railway (1966) Mr. Galore
The Frost Report (1966)  Various Roles (28 episodes, 1966-1967)
Foreign Affairs (1966)  Grischa Petrovich (unknown episodes)
A Home of Your Own (1965) The Cement Mixer
BBC Play of the Month (1965)  Bottom / ... (3 episodes, 1969-1975)
Not Only... But Also (1965) (1 episode, 1970)
A Tale of Two Cities (1965)  Jerry Cruncher (7 episodes, 1965)
The Walrus and the Carpenter (1965) (1 episode, 1965)
Gaslight Theatre (1965)  Aged Ishmael / ... (6 episodes, 1965)
Barney Is My Darling (1965) (1 episode, 1965)
Father Came Too! (1964) Josh
The Bargee (1964) Ronnie
Theatre 625 (1964)  Crowther Rimington (1 episode, 1965)
How to Be an Alien (1964) (6 episodes, 1964)
The Cracksman (1963) Yossle
Doctor in Distress (1963) Man at Railway Station Ticket Counter (uncredited)
Bold as Brass (1963)  Mr. Oakroyd (4 episodes, 1964)
More Faces of Jim (1963)  Colonel Sanderson / ... (6 episodes, 1963)
Kill or Cure (1962) Burton, Hook's Assistant
The Saint (1962)  Alphonse (1 episode, 1966)
Benny Hill (1962)  Chef (1 episode, 1962)
Six More Faces of Jim (1962)  Ron Glum (1 episode, 1962)
The Avengers (1961)  Adrian Cheshire (1 episode, 1967)
The Rag Trade (1961)  Mr. Goodwin (1 episode, 1962)
Comedy Playhouse (1961)  George Idle / ... (2 episodes, 1972-1974)
Drama 61-67 (1961)  Harrison (1 episode, 1962)
The Seven Faces of Jim (1961)  Board Member / ... (6 episodes, 1961)
Citizen James (1960) (1 episode, 1961)
Sykes and A... (1960) (1 episode, 1964)
It's a Square World (1960)  Various Roles (2 episodes, 1960-1963)
The Terrible Choice (1960)  2nd Murderer (1 episode, 1960)
BBC Sunday-Night Play (1960)  Henry Wallace (1 episode, 1963)
Wonderful Things! (1958) Waiter (uncredited)
A Christmas Night with the Stars (1958)  Himself / ... (2 episodes, 1962-1972)
Theatre Night (1957)  Perigord (1 episode, 1957)
Armchair Theatre (1956)  Grimwood (1 episode, 1965)
I'm Not Bothered (1956)  Bit Part (1 episode, 1956)
Nom-de-Plume (1956)  First Officer / ... (2 episodes, 1956)
ITV Play of the Week (1955)  Bundles (1 episode, 1962)

Writer ( 11 credits )

The Two Ronnies Sketchbook (2005) (unknown episodes)
Clarence (1988) (6 episodes, 1988)
By the Sea (1982) (uncredited)
7 of 1 (1973) (1 episode, 1973)
His Lordship Entertains (1972) (unknown episodes)
Six Dates with Barker (1971) (1 episode, 1971)
The Two Ronnies (1971) (89 episodes, 1971-1987)
Futtocks End (1970) (original screenplay)
Hark at Barker (1969) (12 episodes, 1969-1970)
Frost on Sunday (1968) (4 episodes, 1970)
A Christmas Night with the Stars (1958) (1 episode, 1972)