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Ronnie Barker (I) (1929–2005)


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 ... See full bio »

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Known For

Porridge
Porridge Norman Stanley Fletcher
(1974-1977)
The Two Ronnies
(1971-1987)
Doing Time
Doing Time Fletcher
(1979)
Open All Hours
Open All Hours Albert Arkwright
(1973-1985)

Filmography

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 2003 Life Beyond the Box: Norman Stanley Fletcher (TV Movie)
Norman Stanley Fletcher
 2003 My House in Umbria (TV Movie)
General
 2002 The Gathering Storm (TV Movie)
David Inches
 1988 Clarence (TV Series)
Clarence Sale
- Episode #1.6 (1988) ... Clarence Sale
- Episode #1.5 (1988) ... Clarence Sale
- Episode #1.4 (1988) ... Clarence Sale
- Episode #1.3 (1988) ... Clarence Sale
- Episode #1.2 (1988) ... Clarence Sale
 1986 The Two Ronnies in Australia (TV Series)
Various Roles
- Episode #1.1 (1986) ... Various Roles
 1973-1985 Open All Hours (TV Series)
Albert Arkwright
- The Mystical Boudoir of Nurse Gladys Emmanuel (1985) ... Albert Arkwright
- Happy Birthday, Arkwright! (1985) ... Albert Arkwright
- The Errand Boy Executive (1985) ... Albert Arkwright
- The Housekeeper Caper (1985) ... Albert Arkwright
- Horse-Trading (1985) ... Albert Arkwright
 1984 The Magnificent Evans (TV Series)
Plantagenet Evans
- Episode #1.6 (1984) ... Plantagenet Evans
- Episode #1.5 (1984) ... Plantagenet Evans
- Episode #1.4 (1984) ... Plantagenet Evans
- Episode #1.3 (1984) ... Plantagenet Evans
- Episode #1.2 (1984) ... Plantagenet Evans
 1982 By the Sea (TV Movie)
The General (as The Two Ronnies)
 1980 Rubbish Tips (Short)
Director of Rubbish
 1979 Doing Time
Fletcher
 1978 Going Straight (TV Series)
Norman Stanley Fletcher
- Going Off the Rails (1978) ... Norman Stanley Fletcher
- Going Going Gone (1978) ... Norman Stanley Fletcher
- Going to Work (1978) ... Norman Stanley Fletcher
- Going Sour (1978) ... Norman Stanley Fletcher
- Going to Be Alright (1978) ... Norman Stanley Fletcher
 1974-1977 Porridge (TV Series)
Norman Stanley Fletcher
- Final Stretch (1977) ... Norman Stanley Fletcher
- A Test of Character (1977) ... Norman Stanley Fletcher
- Pardon Me (1977) ... Norman Stanley Fletcher
- Rough Justice (1977) ... Norman Stanley Fletcher
- Poetic Justice (1977) ... Norman Stanley Fletcher
 1976 Robin and Marian
Friar Tuck
 1969-1975 BBC Play of the Month (TV Series)
Henry Ormonroyd / Bottom / Stephen Spettigue
- When We Are Married (1975) ... Henry Ormonroyd
- A Midsummer Night's Dream (1971) ... Bottom
- Charley's Aunt (1969) ... Stephen Spettigue
 1975 The Picnic (TV Short)
The General
 1972-1974 Comedy Playhouse (TV Series)
Johnnie Wetherby / George Idle
- Franklyn and Johnnie (1974) ... Johnnie Wetherby
- Idle at Work (1972) ... George Idle
 1973 The Two Ronnies (TV Series)
Various roles
 1973 7 of 1 (TV Series)
Evan Owen / Grandpa Owen / Alan Joyce / ...
- I'll Fly You for a Quid (1973) ... Evan Owen / Grandpa Owen
- One Man's Meat (1973) ... Alan Joyce
- Another Fine Mess (1973) ... Harry Norvel
- Spanner's Eleven (1973) ... Albert Spanner
- My Old Man (1973) ... Sam Cobbett
 1972 His Lordship Entertains (TV Series)
Lord Rustless
- Wedding (1972) ... Lord Rustless
- Cabaret Time (1972) ... Lord Rustless
- Well Endowed (1972) ... Lord Rustless
- The Safari Park (1972) ... Lord Rustless
- Ten Wives (1972) ... Lord Rustless
 1971 The Magnificent Seven Deadly Sins
Guest Appearance (segment "Sloth")
 1971 Ronnie Corbett in Bed (TV Movie)
Various Characters
 1971 The Ronnie Barker Yearbook (TV Movie)
Various Characters
 1971 Six Dates with Barker (TV Series)
Prince Boffo / Doctor Swanton / Lola / ...
- 2774 AD: All the World's a Stooge (1971) ... Prince Boffo
- 1971: Come in and Lie Down (1971) ... Doctor Swanton
- 1915: Lola (1971) ... Lola / Fritz Braun
- 1970: The Odd Job (1971) ... Arthur Harriman
 1970 'Wiltons' - The Handsomest Hall in Town (TV Movie)
Bastow, George
 1969-1970 Hark at Barker (TV Series)
Lord Rustless
- Rustless on Sport (1970) ... Lord Rustless
- Rustless on Do-It-Yourself (1970) ... Lord Rustless
- Rustless on Medicine (1970) ... Lord Rustless
- Rustless on Cooking (1970) ... Lord Rustless
- Rustless on Communications (1970) ... Lord Rustless
 1970 Not Only... But Also (TV Series)
- Episode #3.5 (1970)
 1970 It's Tommy Cooper (TV Series)
Guest
- Episode #1.9 (1970) ... Guest
 1968-1970 Frost on Sunday (TV Series)
Various
- Episode #2.6 (1970) ... Various
- Episode #2.5 (1970) ... Various
- Episode #2.1 (1970) ... Various
- Episode #1.1 (1968) ... Various
 1970 Futtocks End
General Futtock
 1969 Two Off the Cuff (voice)
 1969 The Coward Revue (TV Movie)
 1968 The Ronnie Barker Playhouse (TV Series)
Alexander / The Monk / Cyril Tanner / ...
- Alexander (1968) ... Alexander
- Talk of Angels (1968) ... The Monk
- The Incredible Mister Tanner (1968) ... Cyril Tanner
- The Fastest Gun in Finchley (1968) ... Ronald Winterbourne
- Ah, There You Are (1968) ... Lord Rustless
 1968 A Ghost of a Chance
Mr. Prendergast
 1967 The Gamblers (TV Series)
 1966-1967 The Frost Report (TV Series)
Various Roles / Various roles
- Special: Frost Over Christmas (1967) ... Various Roles
- Showbusiness (1967) ... Various Roles
- Youth (1967) ... Various Roles
- Europe (1967) ... Various Roles
- Crime (1967) ... Various Roles
 1967 Before the Fringe (TV Series)
- Episode #2.5 (1967)
- Episode #1.6 (1967)
- Episode #1.5 (1967)
- Episode #1.4 (1967)
- Episode #1.3 (1967)
 1967 The Man Outside
George Venaxas
 1967 The Avengers (TV Series)
Cheshire
- The Hidden Tiger (1967) ... Cheshire
 1966 The Saint (TV Series)
Alphonse
- The Better Mousetrap (1966) ... Alphonse
 1966 Runaway Railway
Mr. Galore
 1966 Foreign Affairs (TV Series)
Grischa Petrovich
- The Exterminator (1966) ... Grischa Petrovich
- One of Our Islands Is Missing (1966) ... Grischa Petrovich
- Learning to Compromise (1966) ... Grischa Petrovich
- The Leak (1966) ... Grischa Petrovich
- Can We Have Our Ball Back? (1966) ... Grischa Petrovich
 1965 Barney Is My Darling (TV Series)
 1965 Theatre 625 (TV Series)
Crowther Rimington
- Portraits from the North: Bruno (1965) ... Crowther Rimington
 1965 Gaslight Theatre (TV Series)
Old Milford / Lugubrious Fireman / William Middleton / ...
- The Worst Woman in London (1965) ... Old Milford / Lugubrious Fireman
- The Drunkard or, the Sins of the Parents Shall Be Visited... (1965) ... William Middleton / Glanville Wing-Bird / Mrs. Joybell Janet Wilson
- The Blood-Craz'd Scourge of the Redskin Wilderness or, What You Will (1965) ... Breakneck Ralph Stackpole / Shawnegenwam
- Britons to the Rescue or, English Virtue Preserved in South America (1965) ... An American dastard / A Dutch miner / John Hope
- Sweeney Todd or, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1965) ... The Major / The Rev. Lupin
 1965 A Tale of Two Cities (TV Series)
Jerry Cruncher
- Episode #1.10 (1965) ... Jerry Cruncher
- Episode #1.9 (1965) ... Jerry Cruncher
- Episode #1.8 (1965) ... Jerry Cruncher
- Episode #1.7 (1965) ... Jerry Cruncher
- Episode #1.5 (1965) ... Jerry Cruncher
 1965 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
Grimwood
- The Keys of the Cafe (1965) ... Grimwood
 1965 A Home of Your Own
The Cement Mixer
 1964 Baxter On... (TV Series)
Various Roles
- Baxter on Film (1964) ... Various Roles
- Baxter on Theatre (1964) ... Various Roles
 1964 Bold as Brass (TV Series)
Mr. Oakroyd
- Episode #1.5 (1964) ... Mr. Oakroyd
- Episode #1.4 (1964) ... Mr. Oakroyd
- Episode #1.3 (1964) ... Mr. Oakroyd
- Episode #1.2 (1964) ... Mr. Oakroyd
 1964 The Bargee
Ronnie
 1964 Sykes and A... (TV Series)
 1964 How to Be an Alien (TV Series)
- Courtship (1964) ... (voice)
- Design (1964) ... (voice)
- Togetherness (1964) ... (voice)
- Leisure (1964) ... (voice)
- Children (1964) ... (voice)
 1964 Father Came Too!
Josh
 1963 More Faces of Jim (TV Series)
George Butters MP / Colonel Sanderson / Jonathan de Winter / ...
- A Matter of Empire (1963) ... George Butters MP
- A Matter of Espionage (1963) ... Colonel Sanderson
- A Matter of Upbringing (1963) ... Jonathan de Winter
- A Matter of Spreadeagling (1963) ... Lascivius
- A Matter of Growing Up (1963) ... Lennie Padgett
 1963 Doctor in Distress
Man at Railway Station Ticket Counter (uncredited)
 1963 The Cracksman
Yossle
 1960-1963 It's a Square World (TV Series)
Various Characters
- Montreux Entry Special (1963) ... Various Characters
- Pilot (1960) ... Various Characters
 1963 BBC Sunday-Night Play (TV Mini-Series)
Henry Wallace
- The Holly Road Rig (1963) ... Henry Wallace
 1962 A Christmas Night with the Stars (TV Series)
Ron Glum - with Jimmy Edwards
- Episode dated 25 December 1962 (1962) ... Ron Glum - with Jimmy Edwards
 1962 ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Pickles O'Toole
- The Pinkness of It All (1962) ... Pickles O'Toole
 1961-1962 Citizen James (TV Series)
- The Librarian (1962)
- Episode #2.7 (1961)
 1962 Drama 61-67 (TV Series)
Harrison
- Drama '62: The Frightened Sky (1962) ... Harrison
 1962 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Bundles
- The Second Chef (1962) ... Bundles
 1962 Kill or Cure
Burton - Hook's Assistant
 1962 The Rag Trade (TV Series)
Mr. Goodwin
- The Bank Manager (1962) ... Mr. Goodwin
 1962 Brothers in Law (TV Series)
Mr. Butler
- With Use of Bath (1962) ... Mr. Butler
 1962 Benny Hill (TV Series)
Chef
- A Pair of Socks (1962) ... Chef
 1961 The Seven Faces of Jim (TV Series)
Ronnie / Inigo Pengallen / Mr. Harris / ...
- The Face of Enthusiasm (1961) ... Ronnie
- The Face of Guilt (1961) ... Inigo Pengallen
- The Face of Duty (1961) ... Mr. Harris
- The Face of Dedication (1961) ... Sidney Biggins
- The Face of Power (1961) ... Board Member
 1961 On the Brighter Side (TV Short)
Various Characters
 1960 The Terrible Choice (TV Series)
2nd Murderer
- Macbeth: Part 2 (1960) ... 2nd Murderer
 1958 Wonderful Things!
Waiter (uncredited)
 1957 Theatre Night (TV Series)
Perigord
- Nekrassov (1957) ... Perigord (as Ronald Barker)
 1956 Nom-de-Plume (TV Series)
Monsieur Fleury / First Officer
- Child of Her Time (1956) ... Monsieur Fleury (as Ronald Barker)
- The Devil's Tattoo (1956) ... First Officer (as Ronald Barker)
 1956 I'm Not Bothered (TV Series)
Bit Part
- Episode #1.8 (1956) ... Bit Part
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Other Works:

He acted in Jacques Urbont and Geller's musical, "All In Love", at the Mayfair Theatre in London, England with Peter Gilmore, Gwen Nelson, James Fox, Mary Millar, Peter Pratt, Annie Ross, Alan Dudley, Margo Cunningham and Rita Cameron in the cast. Douglas Squires was the director. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 1 Interview | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

Ronald Barker | Jonathan Cobbald | Bob Ferris | Jack Goetz | David Huggett | Larry Keith | Ronnie Barker O.B.E. | Ronnie Barker OBE | The Two Ronnies | G. Wiley | Gerald Wiley | Gerard Wiley | Gerald Wilrey

Height:

5' 8" (1.73 m)
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Personal Quote:

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Trivia:

He became well-known for the hugely popular radio comedy series "The Navy Lark", in which he played various characters. The series was conceived by fellow actor Jon Pertwee and was based on his experience in the Royal Navy during the Second World War. Barker later admitted that the two of them would often find themselves almost paralytic with laughter during rehearsals for it. See more »

Nickname:

The Guvnor

Star Sign:

Libra

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