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Ronald (Ronnie) Balfour Corbett


1930 - 2016

Comedian, noted particularly for his television double-act with Ronnie Barker in The Two Ronnies. Born in Edinburgh, the son of a baker at the noted firm of McVities in the city, Corbett was educated at James Gillespie's High School and the Royal High School. His career began in amateur dramatics. He appeared with David Frost in the BBC TV comedy series The Frost Report (1966-7), where he first met Barker, and ITV's Frost on Sunday (1968-9), later starring in Sorry (1981-8), as well as proving enormously popular in pantomime. His film credits include minor roles in Casino Royale (1967), with David Niven and Peter Sellers, No Sex Please, We're British (1973), Fierce Creatures (1997) and Burke and Hare (2010).

Having fallen from fame in the late 1980s after the retirement of Barker, Corbett made a comeback in the 1990s, with numerous appearances on television and radio. He was reunited with Barker in a Royal Variety Performance (1997) and for The Two Ronnies Sketchbook (2005), shortly before Barker's death.

Corbett was awarded an OBE in 1978 and a CBE in 2012. He lived in London but maintained a home at Gullane, where he was a keen amateur golfer and a member of the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, whose course at Muirfield backed onto his house.

He died in London and his funeral service took place in St. John the Evangelist Church near his home in Shirley (South London).


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