Ronnie sadly died March 31 2016.
Ronnie began his successful show business career in the early 1950s. Amongst many other things he performed on stage with Danny La Rue in a cacophony of well received variety and cabaret shows.
Ronnie Corbett (Ronald Balfour “Ronnie” Corbett, CBE) is a Scottish actor and comedian best remembered as one half of one of the most successful comedy duos of all time: The Two Ronnies. A naturally funny man, and brilliant entertainer, he achieved prominence in Sir David Frost’s 1960s satirical comedy programme, The Frost Report and later starred in the sitcoms Sorry! and No – That’s Me Over Here!.
It was whilst performing in these shows that Corbett attracted the attention of several top TV producers and executives who were impressed with his abilities as a stand up comedian, compare and all round entertainer.
Before too long Corbett found himself being offered roles in various sitcoms, films and family shows.
His varied film roles include Polo in the spoof Bond film Casino Royale, Drooby in Rocketts Galore and finally the hapless Chumleigh Fun at St Fanny’s.
On television he provided light hearted comedy in Crackerjack for many years.
His big break came during the 1960s when he was asked to join the cast of the hugely popular Frost Report which included the likes of John Cleese and of course David Frost.
In 1997, Corbett played Reggie Sea Lions in the film Fierce Creatures, which also starred his former comedy teammate John Cleese.
The Two Ronnies
The Frost Report also saw him performing alongside Ronnie Barker for the very first time. All aspects of the Frost Report were very funny but some of the most enjoyable involved Barker and Corbett who shared a rare comic chemistry between each other.
His BBC television comedy show with Ronnie Barker, The Two Ronnies, lasted from 1971 to 1987. Barker and Corbett performed sketches and musical numbers.
Later Career & Recognition
In 2003 he appeared in advertisements for the Sky+ digital television service alongside Alice Cooper. The premise was a running gag about their being happy housemates. In December 2004, Corbett appeared on the BBC news quiz, Have I Got News For You.
In 2005 Corbett teamed up again with Ronnie Barker for The Two Ronnies Sketchbook, comedy sketches from their original series with original linking material.
He had a television interview about his life on 7 November 2009 for Piers Morgan’s Life Stories. On 14 November 2009 he hosted Strictly Come Dancing alongside Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman.
In 2010 – 2011 he starred in two series of the BBC4 radio sitcom When The Dog Dies. The series reunited Corbett with Ian Davidson and Peter Vincent, the writers of Sorry!.
Already Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE), he was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2012 New Year Honours for services to entertainment and charity.
One of the most respected figures in the history of comedy, Ronnie Barker is in demand as an after dinner speaker and event host.