85 (passed away Mar. 31st, 2016)
Dec. 4th, 1930
Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
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Ronnie Corbett 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.
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.
The show 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.
TV producers recognized this chemistry and there were talks of giving the pair their own comedy series.
Corbett had numerous projects in the late sixties including the enjoyable "Corbett Follies" and "No that's me Over Here". Then in 1971 Barker asked him to star in the comedy sketch series "The Ronnie Barker Yearbook".
The rest is history - the Two Ronnies had arrived together - it was simply comic genius, Barker and Corbett were made for each other, a pairing that was just destined to be. Later on that year the "Two Ronnies" show was born on BBC 1 and remained incredibly popular well into the late eighties when Barker sadly announced his retirement from television.
There is no doubt that Ronnie Barker is the best comedy actor of his generation, but over the years many critics have unfairly overlooked the brilliant talents of Corbett - he is a fantastically versatile comedy actor in his own right. He was an equal part in the relationship - put simply he complimented Barker and Barker complimented him.
As well as being a wonderful comedy actor Corbett is also an accomplished after dinner speaker and of course a very very funny stand up comedian.
During the filming of the "Two Ronnies" Corbett found time to branch off into a whole host of other projects as did Ronnie Barker.
First there were his own shows such as "All this and Corbett Too", "The Prince of Demark" and "The Ronnie Corbett Special". Then came his excellent sitcom "Sorry" which ran for over seven years. There were also films such as "No Sex Please We're British".
Ronnie Corbett has enjoyed continued success in both film and television. He starred alongside old friend John Cleese, and Jamie Lee Curtis in the film "Timbuctoo", has done numerous Pantomimes with Frank Skinner and Paul Merton and is currently starring in "The All Star Comdey Show" with Steve Coogan, Vic Reeves, Matt Lucas and David Walliams.
In 2005 Corbett reunited with Barker to present a special six part series looking back at their favorite moments from the "Two Ronnies".
Corbett is a charismatic and extremely likable man - there is absolutely no doubt that he will be fondly remembered by millions of people as being not only half of one of the most successful comedy duos of all time, but also as a truly brilliant entertainer.
- Father of Emma and Sophie.
- Awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire).
- His father was a baker.
- At the end of "The Two Ronnies", they would always close with Ronnie Corbett saying "Well, it's goodnight from me", to which 'Ronnie Barker' (qv) would reply "And it's goodnight from him".
- Attended The Royal High School in Edinburgh
- Despite his small stature, Corbett served in the Royal Air Force as a commissioned officer during his National Service.
- Was a guest panelist in a special celebrity edition of Blankety Blank on The Prince's Trust 30th Birthday: Live.
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