Vale: Ronnie Corbett
Veteran UK entertainer, best known for sketch show The Two Ronnies, has died aged 85.
Veteran UK entertainer Ronnie Corbett, best known for sketch show The Two Ronnies, has died aged 85.
He passed away this morning surrounded by family, his publicist confirmed.
Corbett was one of the UK’s best-loved comedians and along with Ronnie Barker, their double act was one of the most successful of the 1970s and ’80s.
The Two Ronnies ran from 1971 to 1987 and always began with the pair reading news headlines, along the lines of: “A man from Dagenham has named his son TGF 308F. He said he may not be rich but when he eventually leaves his son his Ford Mondeo, at least he’ll have his own personalised number plate.”
Corbett appeared in the BBC childrens’ show Crackerjack as a regular in its early days, and had a walk-on in an early episode of the 1960s TV series The Saint and appeared in several films including Rockets Galore!, Casino Royale, Some Will, Some Won’t.
In 1965 he was spotted in cabaret by David Frost saw him and asked him to appear in the weekly satricial show, The Frost Report, where he first met Ronnie Barker. Corbett said he and Barker were drawn together as two grammar school boys who had not gone to university.
After appearing in several other TV shows, including his own The Corbett Follies, the BBC launched his legendary television comedy show with Ronnie Barker,The Two Ronnies, which was watched by 22 million viewers.
In the 90s, he appeared on the première of the short-lived BBC game show Full Swing and also had a role in the film Fierce Creatures, written by his former colleague John Cleese.
He also played Po in children’s animated series, Teletubbies, whilst he hosted the game show Small Talk.