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Ronnie Barker est un Acteur et Ecrivain Britannique né le 25 septembre 1929 à Bedford (Royaume-uni)

Ronnie Barker

Ronnie Barker
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Nom de naissance Ronald William George Barker
Nationalité Royaume-uni
Naissance 25 septembre 1929 à Bedford (Royaume-uni)
Mort 3 octobre 2005 (à 76 ans) à Adderbury (Royaume-uni)
Récompenses Officier de l'ordre de l'Empire britannique

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.


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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Filmographie de Ronnie Barker (18 films)

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Is Anybody There?, 1h35
Réalisé par John Crowley
Origine Royaume-uni
Genres Drame
Acteurs Michael Caine, Bill Milner, David Morrissey, Anne-Marie Duff, Leslie Phillips, Sylvia Syms
Rôle Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Note66% 3.347443.347443.347443.347443.34744
My House in Umbria, 1h49
Réalisé par Richard Loncraine
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Drame
Acteurs Maggie Smith, Ronnie Barker, Chris Cooper, Timothy Spall, Giancarlo Giannini, Emmy Clarke
Rôle The General
Note69% 3.496823.496823.496823.496823.49682
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
Réalisé par Richard Loncraine
Origine Royaume-uni
Genres Drame, Science-fiction, Historique
Acteurs Albert Finney, Vanessa Redgrave, Jim Broadbent, Linus Roache, Lena Headey, Tom Wilkinson
Rôle David Inches
Note74% 3.746343.746343.746343.746343.74634
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.
Porridge (1979)
, 1h33
Réalisé par Dick Clement
Origine Royaume-uni
Genres Comédie, Policier
Thèmes La prison
Acteurs Ronnie Barker, Richard Beckinsale, Fulton Mackay, Brian Wilde, Peter Vaughan, Barrie Rutter
Rôle Norman Stanley Fletcher
Note71% 3.594443.594443.594443.594443.59444
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.
La rose et la flèche, 1h46
Réalisé par Richard Lester
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Drame, Cape et d'épée, Action, Aventure, Romance
Acteurs Sean Connery, Audrey Hepburn, Robert Shaw, Richard Harris, Nicol Williamson, Ronnie Barker
Rôle Frère Tuck
Note65% 3.2501653.2501653.2501653.2501653.250165
Robin et son fidèle Petit Jean sont de retour après une vingtaine d'années de croisades. Ils sont chargés par le roi Richard d'assiéger le château de Châlus afin de récupérer une statue d'or que convoite le roi. Mais le château n'est occupé que par des femmes et des enfants, et la statue est une statue de pierre. Le roi décide tout de même de l'assaut, après avoir reçu une flèche, et fait enfermer Robin et son compagnon. Blessé à mort par la flèche, le roi meurt peu de temps après, laissant libres Robin et Petit Jean.
Les sept péchés capitaux magnifiques, 1h47
Réalisé par Graham Stark
Origine Royaume-uni
Genres Comédie
Acteurs Spike Milligan, Geoffrey Bayldon, Marty Feldman, Bruce Forsyth, Leslie Phillips, Paul Whitsun-Jones
Rôle Guest Appearance (segment "Sloth")
Note55% 2.768062.768062.768062.768062.76806
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
Réalisé par Peter Graham Scott
Origine Royaume-uni
Genres Comédie
Acteurs James Robertson Justice, Leslie Phillips, Stanley Baxter, Ronnie Barker, Eric Barker, Kenneth Cope
Rôle Josh
Note64% 3.240583.240583.240583.240583.24058
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
Origine Royaume-uni
Genres Comédie
Acteurs Harry H. Corbett, Hugh Griffith, Eric Sykes, Ronnie Barker, Julia Foster, Miriam Karlin
Rôle Ronnie
Note63% 3.196853.196853.196853.196853.19685
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.
Docteur en détresse, 1h42
Réalisé par Ralph Thomas
Origine Royaume-uni
Genres Comédie
Thèmes Maladie
Acteurs Dirk Bogarde, James Robertson Justice, Samantha Eggar, Barbara Murray, Mylène Demongeot, Leo McKern
Note57% 2.8599552.8599552.8599552.8599552.859955
Au Hampden Cross General Hospital, en banlieue londonienne, l'atrabilaire et compassé chef de service sir Lancelot Spratt, souffrant de contusions à la suite d'une malencontreuse chute, devient le patient d'Iris Marchant, une kinésithérapeute maison. D'abord récalcitrant, le voilà qui se met à apprécier ses doux massages puis à convoiter la belle. Durant son alitement, son service est confié au fringant docteur Simon Sparrow. La mission de Sparrow ne va pas s'arrêter là, puisque Spratt lui demande bientôt de l'aider à perdre son embonpoint pour séduire Iris…
The Cracksman
Réalisé par Peter Graham Scott
Acteurs Charlie Drake, Nyree Dawn Porter, George Sanders, Dennis Price, Percy Herbert, Eddie Byrne
Rôle Yossle
Note57% 2.878632.878632.878632.878632.87863
Charlie Drake plays honest locksmith Ernest Wright whose problem is that he cannot resist the challenge of a lock. First he is duped by a debonair con man into opening a car. He is caught by the police but is released on probation. Next the same man fools him into breaking into a house, and he lands in jail for a year. When he is released, he gets tricked into opening a safe, for which he receives a three-year jail sentence and an undeserved reputation as a master thief. Upon his release he finds himself as a pawn being manipulated by two gangs into a safe-cracking scheme but, with the help of undercover police woman Muriel played by Nyree Dawn Porter, he helps trap the crooks and clear his name.