Ronnie Barker biography

Ronnie Barker

Comedian, TV Writer

1929 – 2005

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Who was Ronnie Barker?

Ronald William George "Ronnie" Barker, OBE was an English actor, comedian and writer. He was known for his roles in various British comedy television series, such as Porridge, The Two Ronnies and Open All Hours.

He began his acting career in repertory theatre and decided he was best suited to performing comic roles. Barker gained his first acting successes at the Oxford Playhouse and later in various roles in the West End including Tom Stoppard's The Real Inspector Hound. During this period, he became a cast member on BBC radio and television comedy programmes such as The Navy Lark. Barker got his television break with the satirical sketch series The Frost Report in 1966 where he met future collaborator Ronnie Corbett. He joined David Frost's production company and was to star in a number of ITV shows including a short film during this period.

After rejoining the BBC Barker found fame with the sketch show The Two Ronnies with Ronnie Corbett. After the series of pilots called Seven of One, he gained starring roles in the sitcoms Porridge, its sequel Going Straight and Open All Hours.

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Born
Sep 25, 1929
Bedford
Also known as
  • Ronald William George Barker
  • Bob Ferris
  • Jonathan Cobbald
  • David Huggett
  • Jack Goetz
  • Gerald Wiley
  • Ronnie Barker O.B.E.
  • The Two Ronnies
  • Gerald Wilrey
  • Ronald William George "Ronnie" Barker
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Siblings
Spouses
Children
Nationality
  • United Kingdom
Profession
Education
  • City of Oxford High School for Boys
Died
Oct 3, 2005
Adderbury

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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