Ronnie Barker played half of the dynamic duo in comedy sketch The Two Ronnies, alongside Ronnie Corbett. The beacon of comedic excellence sadly passed away in 2005, aged 76, from heart failure.
He made his acting debut in 1948 as Lieutenant Spicer in a performance of J. M. Barrie’s Quality Street.
He dedicated his career to comedy and was passionate about making others smile and laugh.
In ‘And It’s Goodnight From Him …: The Autobiography of the Two Ronnies’, Ronnie explained: “I want to make people laugh. Never mind about Hamlet. Forget Richard the Second. Give me Charley’s Aunt. My mission in life was now crystal clear.”
His long and illustrious career spanned almost 40 years, before he retired in 1987, although Ronnie did make occasional appearances on TV after this, mainly with Ronnie Corbett.
For his services to entertainment, he was awarded an OBE in 1978, and his comedic legacy has lived on posthumously.
He was also a four time BAFTA award winner for best light entertainment performance.
Not only this, the comedian won several lifetime achievement awards, in 1975, 1990, 1996 and 2004.
In 2005, Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett were two of the first 100 people given stars on London’s Avenue of Stars.
His legacy has lived on and he is remembered as an iconic, world-class comedian.
Indeed, in 2005 he was voted as the 16th greatest comedy act ever by fellow comedians and comedy insiders.
The Writer of the Year Award at the British Comedy Awards was renamed in his honour as the Ronnie Barker Writer of the Year Award, and presented by none other than Ronnie Corbett.
Idol Net Worth reported that Ronnie Barker had $5million to his name.
This is equal to around £3.78million.
He had been married to his wife, Joy, since 1957, and had three children, Larry, Charlotte and Adam.
Reportedly, £275,000 was to be divided between his three children, leaving them each with £91,666.
The rest of his estate was given to his wife, who was the executor of his will.
Joy passed away just six years after her husband, in 2011 at the age of 78.
Her estate was reportedly worth £6,520,426, which was to be divided equally between her and Ronnie’s three children.
This would leave them with approximately £2,173,475 each.
At Ronnie Barker’s Westminster Abbey memorial service, where approximately 2,000 were in attendance, four candles accompanied the cross rather than two, in fond reference of The Two Ronnies’ hilarious Four Candles sketch.