34 Facts About Ronnie Corbett


Ronald Balfour Corbett was a Scottish actor, broadcaster, comedian and writer.


Ronnie Corbett had a long association with Ronnie Barker in the BBC television comedy sketch show The Two Ronnies.


Ronnie Corbett first worked with Ronnie Barker in the BBC TV series The Frost Report in 1966, and the two of them were given their own show by the BBC five years later.


Ronnie Corbett had a brother about six years younger, Allan, and a sister about ten years younger, Margaret.


Ronnie Corbett's grandfather was principal organist at St Andrews church of Scotland in the early 20th century and features in church histories of the time.


Ronnie Corbett was educated at James Gillespie's Boys School and the Royal High School in the city.


Ronnie Corbett carried out national service with the Royal Air Force, during which he was the shortest commissioned officer in the British Forces.


Ronnie Corbett was promoted to flying officer on 6 September 1952.


Ronnie Corbett appeared in Crackerjack as a regular in its early days, one episode with Winifred Atwell.


Ronnie Corbett starred in the first London production of the musical The Boys from Syracuse in 1963 at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, alongside Bob Monkhouse.


Ronnie Corbett appeared in Frost on Sunday and hosted The Ronnie Corbett Follies.


Ronnie Corbett was a subject of the television programme This Is Your Life in April 1970 when he was surprised by Eamonn Andrews while appearing on the Frost on Sunday programme.


Ronnie Corbett played Reggie Sea Lions in the film Fierce Creatures, written by his former Frost Report colleague John Cleese.


In December 2004, Ronnie Corbett appeared on the BBC news quiz Have I Got News for You.


Ronnie Corbett is remembered for accidentally falling on the treadmill that was out of shot in the green screen video; however, he found the fall funny when played back, and it was kept in the final version.


Ronnie Corbett performed in Children's Party at the Palace as Mr Tibbs, the Queen's butler.


In 2006, Ronnie Corbett played a hyper-realised version of himself in Extras, caught taking drugs at the BAFTA Awards.


Ronnie Corbett starred as himself in Little Britain Abroad, in which Bubbles DeVere tried successfully to seduce him.


Ronnie Corbett opened the centre in Cromer, Norfolk, named after Henry Blogg.


Ronnie Corbett was the castaway in the BBC Radio 4 show Desert Island Discs on 21 October 2007.


Ronnie Corbett featured as a Slitheen in a Sarah Jane Adventures episode for Red Nose Day 2009.


Ronnie Corbett had a television interview about his life on 7 November 2009 for Piers Morgan's Life Stories.


From 2010, Ronnie Corbett starred in the BBC Radio 4 sitcom When The Dog Dies.


Already an Officer of the Order of the British Empire, Ronnie Corbett was promoted to Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2012 New Year Honours for services to entertainment and charity.


On 30 May 1966, Ronnie Corbett married actress and dancer Anne Hart; they had two daughters, actresses Emma and Sophie Ronnie Corbett.


Ronnie Corbett had a Scottish home in Gullane, East Lothian and often spoke of wanting to become a beekeeper, but never got around to doing it.


Ronnie Corbett supported his local football club, Crystal Palace FC, as well as his hometown club, Heart of Midlothian FC.


In mid-2014, Ronnie Corbett attended a party at 10 Downing Street hosted by Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron.


On 31 March 2016, Ronnie Corbett died at the age of 85, at Shirley Oaks Hospital in Shirley, London, surrounded by his family.


Ronnie Corbett had been diagnosed with motor neuron disease in March 2015.


John Cleese said that Ronnie Corbett had "the best timing" he had ever watched.


Sir Bruce Forsyth said Ronnie Corbett's death marked "one of the saddest days of my life".


David Walliams, a close friend of Ronnie Corbett, said that he was his "comedy idol".


Ronnie Corbett's body was cremated following a private service at Croydon Crematorium.