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      Ronnie Barker

      Ronnie Barker

      Highest Rated: 83% The Gathering Storm (2002)

      Lowest Rated: 50% My House in Umbria (2003)

      Birthday: Sep 25, 1929

      Birthplace: Bedford, Bedfordshire, England, UK

      As one of England's finest entertainment figures of the 20th Century, Ronnie Barker was most recognized for his contributions to the medium of television. The English actor was best known for his roles in several memorable British television series such as "Porridge" (BBC1, 1974-77), "The Two Ronnies" (BBC1, 1971-77), and "Open All Hours" (BBC2, 1973-1985). The middle child sandwiched between two sisters, he was born Ronald William George Barker on September 25, 1929, the son of Leonard and Edith Barker. As a young boy, he developed a fascination with theater and humor. He took up amateer dramatics, despite his father's objections. Barker attempted to join the Young Vic theater in London, but he instead found his acting footing at the Manchester Repertory Company. Barker's entry to the entertainment industry was slow at first, but he eventually made his debut as a professional actor in 1948 in a performance of J.M. Barrie's "Quality Street." His first lead role was in "The Guinea Pig" as a working class boy at a public school. Barker soon realized that he preferred comedy over drama. In 1951, he joined the Oxford Playhouse where he appeared in such plays as "He Who Gets Slapped." By 1955, Barker had quite a prolific theater career with over 350 plays and he was soon ready to take on other media.

      Highest rated movies

      The Gathering Storm
      Robin and Marian
      Doing Time
      My House in Umbria



      50% 66% My House in Umbria Unknown (Character) - 2003
      83% 81% The Gathering Storm David Inches (Character) - 2002
      No Score Yet 83% Porridge Fletcher (Character) - 1979
      71% 89% Doing Time Fletcher (Character) - 1979
      73% 53% Robin and Marian Friar Tuck (Character) - 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Ghost of a Chance Mr. Prendergast (Character) - 1968
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Man Outside George Venaxas (Character) - 1967
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Home of Your Own The Cement Mixer (Character) - 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Father Came Too Josh (Character) - 1963


      No Score Yet No Score Yet Comedy Connections Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Heroes of Comedy Unknown (Character),
      Unknown (Guest Star)
      2000 2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Open All Hours Arkwright (Character) 1976 1981-1982 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Two Ronnies Unknown (Character),
      1975 1980-1982
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Porridge Norman Stanley Fletcher (Character) 1974-1977
      No Score Yet 86% The Avengers Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
      No Score Yet No Score Yet El Santo Alphonse (Guest Star) 1966