Ronnie Barker

Highest Rated: 83% The Gathering Storm (2002)
Lowest Rated: 50% My House in Umbria (2002)
Birthday: Sep 25, 1929
Birthplace: Bedford, Bedfordshire, England, UK
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" (1973)_). 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 in "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 in the popular BBC sitcoms _"Porridge" (1973)_ (as a cockney prisoner) and _"Open All Hours" (1973)_ (as a stammering Northern shopkeeper). In fact, only Leonard Rossiter could be said to have rivalled 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.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Churchill - The Gathering Storm Actor 2012
No Score Yet Ronnie Barker Comedy Classics: Futtocks End/a Home Of Your Own Actor 2010
No Score Yet Legends of British Comedy Actor 2007
No Score Yet Futtocks End Screenwriter Actor 2006
83% The Gathering Storm David Inches 2002
50% My House in Umbria The General 2002
No Score Yet The Nearly Complete and Utter History of Everything Actor 1999
No Score Yet By the Sea Actor 1982
No Score Yet Doing Time (Porridge) Fletcher 1979
77% Robin and Marian Friar Tuck 1976
No Score Yet Porridge Actor Screenwriter 1974
No Score Yet Runaway Railway Mr. Galore 1965
No Score Yet Doctor in Distress Actor 1963
No Score Yet Kill or Cure Burton 1962


No Score Yet The Two Ronnies
  • 1975
No Score Yet Porridge
Norman Stanley Fletcher
No Score Yet The Avengers (1961)
No Score Yet The Saint


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