Ronnie Barker

Comedian
As one of England's finest entertainment figures of the 20th Century, Ronnie Barker was most recognized for his contributions to the medium of television. The English actor was best known for his roles in several ... Read more »
Born: 09/25/1929 in Bedford, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (7)

The Lonely War 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Porridge 1979 (Movie)

Norman Fletcher (Actor)

The Two Ronnies 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Robin and Marian 1976 (Movie)

Friar Tuck (Actor)

My House in Umbria (TV Show)

Actor

Open All Hours (TV Show)

Actor

The Gathering Storm (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

As one of England's finest entertainment figures of the 20th Century, Ronnie Barker was most recognized for his contributions to the medium of television. The English actor was best known for his roles in several memorable British television series such as "Porridge" (BBC1, 1974-77), "The Two Ronnies" (BBC1, 1971-77), and "Open All Hours" (BBC2, 1973-1985). The middle child sandwiched between two sisters, he was born Ronald William George Barker on September 25, 1929, the son of Leonard and Edith Barker. As a young boy, he developed a fascination with theater and humor. He took up amateer dramatics, despite his father's objections. Barker attempted to join the Young Vic theater in London, but he instead found his acting footing at the Manchester Repertory Company. Barker's entry to the entertainment industry was slow at first, but he eventually made his debut as a professional actor in 1948 in a performance of J.M. Barrie's "Quality Street." His first lead role was in "The Guinea Pig" as a working class boy at a public school. Barker soon realized that he preferred comedy over drama. In 1951, he joined the Oxford Playhouse where he appeared in such plays as "He Who Gets Slapped." By 1955, Barker had quite a prolific theater career with over 350 plays and he was soon ready to take on other media.

Relationships

Charlotte Barker Actor

Daughter

Adam Barker

Son

Milestones

1976

Played Friar Tuck in "Robin and Marian," directed by Richard Lester

1974

Starred in the television series "Porridge"

1973

Played Arkwright on "Open All Hours" (BBC2)

1970

Debut of "The Two Ronnies"

1968

Landed his own show "The Ronnie Barker Playhouse"

1966

Appeared on "The Frost Report" with John Cleese

1956

Television debut in "I'm Not Bothered"

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