Ronnie Corbett

Renowned for his diminutive stature and deliberately rambling armchair monologues, Ronnie Corbett became a national treasure in his British homeland thanks to a hugely successful partnership with Ronnie Barker which ... Read more »
Born: 12/04/1930 in Edinburgh,

Filmography

Actor (8)

The Graham Norton Show 2012 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Burke and Hare 2011 (Movie)

Captain Tam McLintoch (Actor)

Extras 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Life of Python 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Fierce Creatures 1997 (Movie)

Reggie Sealions (Actor)

The Two Ronnies 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer 1970 (Movie)

Interviewer (Actor)

Casino Royale 1967 (Movie)

Polo (Actor)
Writer (1)

The Two Ronnies 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Writer
Sound (1)

Severed 2014 (Movie)

(Sound)

Biography

Renowned for his diminutive stature and deliberately rambling armchair monologues, Ronnie Corbett became a national treasure in his British homeland thanks to a hugely successful partnership with Ronnie Barker which, alongside Morecambe & Wise, helped to define the golden era of British comedy. Born in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1930, Corbett caught the performing bug while playing a wicked aunt in a youth club pantomime and after stints at the Ministry of Agriculture and in the Royal Air Force - where at five foot one, he became the shortest commissioned officer in Britain - he moved to London to pursue a career in showbiz. He first appeared on screen as a student in university comedy "You're Only Young Twice" (1952) and due to his height, continued to land similar schoolboy roles well into his twenties in the likes of "Top Of The Form" (1953) and "Fun at St. Fanny's" (1956). Following appearances as the resident comic on children's TV institution "Crackerjack" (BBC1, 1955-1984), a valet in short-lived sitcom "Sheep's Clothing" (BBC1, 1957) and Drooby in the comedy sequel "Rockets Galore!" (1957), Corbett switched his attention to the stage, starring in the West End production of "The Boys Of Syracuse" and performing at Danny La Rue's Mayfair nightclub, Winston's, where he was spotted by prominent TV personality David Frost. Corbett was subsequently invited to join "The Frost Report" (BBC1, 1966-1967), a satirical sketch show largely composed of Oxbridge graduates, where he struck up a friendship with the cast's only other grammar school boy, Ronnie Barker. Corbett then appeared as SMERSH agent Polo in the James Bond spoof "Casino Royale" (1967), landed his first lead role as ambitious insurance salesman Ronnie in hit sitcom, "No - That's Me Over Here!" (ITV, 1967-1970) and played reluctant bank robber Herbert Russell in ensemble comedy "Some Will, Some Won't" (1970). Corbett and Barker then joined forces permanently for the hugely popular "The Two Ronnies" (BBC1, 1971-1988), which thanks to likes of their 'four candles' sketch, "Mastermind" (BBC1, 1972-) parody and Corbett's elaborate monologues, assured the duo's place in British comedy history. Both parties also continued to forge solo careers with Corbett starring as a bank clerk in the farcical "No Sex Please, We're British" (1973), and returning to the sitcom world with "Now Look Here" (BBC1, 1971-1973) and more notably the long-running "Sorry!" (BBC1, 1981-1988) as mummy's boy Timothy Lumsden. Following Barker's retirement in 1988, Corbett narrated the adaptions of Roger Hargreaves' series of children's books, "Timbuctoo" (CITV, 1997-1998), hosted quiz show "Small Talk" (BBC1, 1994-1996) and appeared as Reggie Sea Lions in "Fierce Creatures" (1997). A year after reuniting with Barker for a one-off special, Corbett sent himself up wondrously with a cocaine-snorting cameo in Ricky Gervais' "Extras" (BBC1, 2005-2006). After guest appearances on "Little Britain Abroad" (BBC1, 2006) and "Strictly Come Dancing" (BBC1, 2004-), Corbett celebrated his 80th birthday with a Christmas special, "The One Ronnie" (BBC1, 2010). Ronnie Corbett died on March 31, 2016 in his beloved Edinburgh at the age of 85, having suffered from problems with his gall bladder for several years./p>

Relationships

Emma

Daughter

Sophie Corbett

Daughter

Annie Hart Production Manager

Wife

Milestones

2010

Celebrates 80th birthday with Christmas special, "The One Ronnie" (BBC1, 2010)

1988

Stars as Timothy Lumsden in "Sorry!" (BBC1, 1981-88)

1973

Plays lead in "No Sex, We're British"

1970

Teams up with Ronnie Barker for "The Two Ronnies" (BBC1, 1971-1988)

1966

Joins the cast of "The Frost Report" (BBC1, 1966-67)

Bonus Trivia

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Corbett was awarded the OBE in 1978 and then a CBE in 2012 for his services to entertainment and charity.

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A keen golfer, Corbett regularly appears in celebrity and pro-am events, and in 2009, made a documentary with Colin Montgomerie in which they played at Gleneagles..

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