Ronnie Barker

Ronnie Barker’s gone. In words of Flann O’Brien, his like will not be there again. Mark Lawson on one of the few performers who retired at the top of his career. The Sun has a bunch of memorable scripts, including this one from Porridge: FLETCH to Godber, who’s going to the canteen: “Can you get me a copy of The Sun . . . oh, and something to read.“. The Daily Telegraph has a compendium of tributes and memories from around the world.

  • peteb

    As many, elsewhere, have noted he was a great character actor, with superb comic timing.

    Worth pointing too, to the observations of [former prisoner] Erwin James in the Guardian, and more at CultureVulture which points out that Ronnie Barker was one of the trio of actors [with John Cleese and Ronnie Corbett] in memorable, and satirical, sketchs on The Frost Report

    Barker – “I look up to him because he is upper-class. I look down on him because he is lower-class. I am middle-class.”

    Corbett – “I know my place.”

  • Dessertspoon

    Doctor: Are you now or have you ever been a practicing homosexual?

    Fletcher: What! With these feet?