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Ronnie Barker is a Actor and Writer British born on 25 september 1929 at Bedford (United-kingdom)

Ronnie Barker

Ronnie Barker
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Birth name Ronald William George Barker
Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 25 september 1929 at Bedford (United-kingdom)
Death 3 october 2005 (at 76 years) at Adderbury (United-kingdom)
Awards Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire

Ronald William George "Ronnie" Barker, OBE (25 September 1929 – 3 October 2005) was an English actor, comedian and writer. He was known for roles in British comedy television series such as Porridge, The Two Ronnies and Open All Hours.

Barker began acting in repertory theatre and decided he was best suited to comic roles. He had his first success at the Oxford Playhouse and in roles in the West End including Tom Stoppard's The Real Inspector Hound. During this period, he was in the cast of BBC radio and television comedies such as The Navy Lark. He 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 starred in ITV shows including a short film.

After rejoining the BBC, Barker found fame with the sketch show The Two Ronnies (1971–1987), with Ronnie Corbett. He starred in the sitcoms Porridge, its sequel Going Straight and Open All Hours. He wrote comedy under his own name and the pseudonym Gerald Wiley, which Barker adopted to avoid pre-judgements of his talent. He won a BAFTA for best light entertainment performance four times, among other awards, and received an OBE in 1978.

Later television sitcoms such as The Magnificent Evans and Clarence were less successful and he retired in 1987. He opened an antiques shop with his wife, Joy. After 1999, he appeared in smaller, non-comic roles in films. He died of heart failure on 3 October 2005, aged 76.

Biography

Barker met Joy Tubb in Cambridge while she was a stage manager for two plays he was in. They married nine months later in July 1957 and they had three children: two sons, Larry (born 1959) and Adam (born 1968), who became an actor, and one daughter, Charlotte (born 1962), who became an actress. Larry was named after Barker's idol Laurence Olivier. The family lived in Pinner for many years; and subsequently in a converted mill in Dean, Oxfordshire. According to Corbett, Barker was "first and foremost a family man." Joy died in January 2011, aged 78.

Barker received an OBE in 1978. He was an avid collector of antiques, books and posters and amassed a collection of over 53,000 postcards; he produced several compilation books of them including Ronnie Barker's Book of Bathing Beauties, A Pennyworth of Art and Sauce. Barker rarely appeared in public, and when he did it was almost always in character. He once said "I've always known I haven't a personality of my own, I have to be someone else to be happy. That's why I became an actor, I suppose."

Barker was a heavy smoker until 1972 when he gave up the habit after having a pre-cancerous growth removed from his throat; he took to drinking wine and using placebo cigarettes to maintain his concentration and help him sleep. He underwent a heart bypass in 1996 and survived a pulmonary embolism the following year.

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Filmography of Ronnie Barker (18 films)

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Actor

Is Anybody There?, 1h35
Directed by John Crowley
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama
Actors Michael Caine, Bill Milner, David Morrissey, Anne-Marie Duff, Leslie Phillips, Sylvia Syms
Roles Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Rating66% 3.3475153.3475153.3475153.3475153.347515
My House in Umbria, 1h49
Directed by Richard Loncraine
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Maggie Smith, Ronnie Barker, Chris Cooper, Timothy Spall, Giancarlo Giannini, Emmy Clarke
Roles The General
Rating68% 3.4469153.4469153.4469153.4469153.446915
Emily Delahunty (Maggie Smith) is an eccentric British romance novelist who lives in Umbria in central Italy. Mrs. Delahunty settled in Italy to flee from a somewhat traumatic past which still haunts her, and lives alone apart from her servants, who put up with her eccentricities. One day while travelling, the train she is on is bombed by terrorists. After she wakes up in a hospital, she invites three of the other survivors of the disaster to stay at her Italian villa for recuperation. Of these are The General (Ronnie Barker), a retired British Army veteran, Werner (Benno Fürmann), a young German photographer, and Aimee (Emmy Clarke), a young American girl who has now become mute after her parents were both killed in the explosion.
The Gathering Storm, 1h36
Directed by Richard Loncraine
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Historical
Actors Albert Finney, Vanessa Redgrave, Jim Broadbent, Linus Roache, Lena Headey, Tom Wilkinson
Roles David Inches
Rating74% 3.7457753.7457753.7457753.7457753.745775
The film opens in 1934 with Winston Churchill deep in his wilderness years, and struggling to complete his biography of his ancestor the Duke of Marlborough, which he hopes will revive his fortunes. Winston is chided by his wife Clemmie for their lack of money and is aware that as a 'man of destiny' his moment may have passed. At the same time he struggles in the House of Commons as a backbencher to get a hearing for his concerns about German re-armament under Hitler and the policy of appeasement.
Pretty Princess
Directed by Carlo Vanzina
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films, Political films, Films about royalty
Actors Raoul Bova, David Warner, Susannah York, Paul Freeman, Catherine Schell, Liz Smith
Roles Prince Frederick
Rating43% 2.173152.173152.173152.173152.17315
In this romantic comedy, Liechtenhaus (a fictional tiny European principality) is being ruled by Prince Max (David Warner), but the little country is nearly bankrupt. In fact, if he can't get an infusion of cash quickly, he may have to sell the royal palace to American developers as a casino complex. Fortunately, he's got a very pretty daughter, Princess Sofia (Barbara Snellenburg) and the dowry he will get from marrying her off to the unappealing, but wealthy heir to a similar nearby principality will more than get his tiny country in the clear. Unfortunately for him, his daughter is adamant about refusing this arranged marriage and prefers romance with a handsome but penniless windsurfing instructor (Raoul Bova) to saving her country. Nefarious schemes are called for and when the Princess is kidnapped, something must be done.
Porridge
Porridge (1979)
, 1h33
Directed by Dick Clement
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy, Crime
Themes Prison films
Actors Ronnie Barker, Richard Beckinsale, Fulton Mackay, Brian Wilde, Peter Vaughan, Barrie Rutter
Roles Norman Stanley Fletcher
Rating71% 3.595333.595333.595333.595333.59533
In the film, which is set a year before the final episode of the TV series, Fletcher and Godber are forced by another inmate to escape from prison, and then have to try to break back in before they are found by the police.
Robin and Marian, 1h46
Directed by Richard Lester
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Swashbuckler, Action, Adventure, Romance
Actors Sean Connery, Audrey Hepburn, Robert Shaw, Richard Harris, Nicol Williamson, Ronnie Barker
Roles Friar Tuck
Rating64% 3.249253.249253.249253.249253.24925
An aging Robin Hood (Connery) is a trusted captain fighting for King Richard the Lionheart (Harris) in France, the Crusades long over. Richard orders him to take a castle that is rumored to hold a gold statue. Discovering that it is defended by a solitary, one-eyed old man (Esmond Knight) who is sheltering harmless women and children, and convinced that there is no statue, Robin and his right-hand man, Little John (Williamson), refuse to attack. King Richard, angry at their insubordination, orders the pair's execution, but before his orders can be carried out, he is mortally wounded by an arrow thrown by the old man. Richard has the helpless residents massacred, with the exception of the old man, because Richard likes his eye. The King asks Robin to pray for mercy for him. When Robin refuses, Richard draws his sword, but lacks the strength to strike him and falls to the floor. Robin helps him, and moved by his loyalty, with his last words, Richard frees Robin and Little John.
The Magnificent Seven Deadly Sins, 1h47
Directed by Graham Stark
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy
Actors Spike Milligan, Geoffrey Bayldon, Marty Feldman, Bruce Forsyth, Leslie Phillips, Paul Whitsun-Jones
Roles Guest Appearance (segment "Sloth")
Rating54% 2.718582.718582.718582.718582.71858
Le Magnificent Seven Deadly Sins est un film de comédie britannique de 1971 réalisé et produit par Graham Stark. Son titre est un mélange de The Magnificent Seven et des sept péchés capitaux. Il comprend une séquence de sept sketches, chacun représentant un péché et écrit par un éventail de talent d'écriture comique britannique. Les croquis sont liés par des séquences d'animation. La musique est interprétée par le musicien de jazz britannique Roy Budd, la cinématographie par Harvey Harrison et éditée par Rod Nelson-Keys et Roy Piper. Il a été produit par Tigon Pictures et distribué aux États-Unis par Tigon Film Distributors Ltd .
Father Came Too!, 1h31
Directed by Peter Graham Scott
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy
Actors James Robertson Justice, Leslie Phillips, Stanley Baxter, Ronnie Barker, Eric Barker, Kenneth Cope
Roles Josh
Rating62% 3.148413.148413.148413.148413.14841
Dexter (Stanley Baxter) and Juliet (Sally Smith (actress)) Munro are a married couple who move to a run-down cottage in hopes of escaping from Juliet's overbearing father,Sir Beverly Grant (James Robertson Justice).
The Bargee
The Bargee (1964)
, 1h46
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy
Actors Harry H. Corbett, Hugh Griffith, Eric Sykes, Ronnie Barker, Julia Foster, Miriam Karlin
Roles Ronnie
Rating63% 3.196893.196893.196893.196893.19689
Hemel Pike (Harry H. Corbett) and his cousin Ronnie (Ronnie Barker) are two boatmen operating a canal-boat and its butty for British Waterways. Though the canals are struggling due to declining traffic, Hemel refuses to leave the canals and is protective of his traditional lifestyle. He also has a reputation as a Don Juan, with girlfriends all across the canal network, something which Ronnie, always unlucky in love, is envious of.
Doctor in Distress, 1h42
Directed by Ralph Thomas
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy
Themes Medical-themed films
Actors Dirk Bogarde, James Robertson Justice, Samantha Eggar, Barbara Murray, Mylène Demongeot, Leo McKern
Roles Man at Railway Station Ticket Counter (uncredited)
Rating57% 2.859662.859662.859662.859662.85966
Simon Sparrow, now a senior doctor at Hampden Cross Hospital, falls in love with Delia, a model and aspiring actress. They eventually move in together, but then she goes to Italy to try out for a film.