Life and Death of Ronnie Corbett, When, Where and How Did He Die?

Ronnie Corbett was a legendary comedian and actor that was well known for his self-deprecating humor and references to his height, or lack of it, in his work. The 5 feet 1 inch (155 cm) tall Scotts man, who was in the 2012 New Year Honors promoted to Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to entertainment and charity, is best known for his works on The Two Ronnies (1971-1987), The Frost Report (1966-1967) and Sorry! (1981–88). Join us as we take a look at his life and career as well as the circumstances surrounding his death.

Early Life and Career

Ronnie Corbett was born Ronald Balfour Corbett, the first of three children to Annie Elizabeth (née Main) and William Balfour Corbett, on the 4th of December, 1930, in Edinburgh, Scotland. His mother was a homemaker while his father was a master baker.

Corbett received his education at James Gillespie’s High School and the Royal High School in Edinburgh. After graduating from secondary school, he opted not to attend university as he began pursuing a career as an actor. He took off by first performing in amateur theatricals at a church youth club as he also gained employment at the Ministry of Agriculture. For his compulsory national service, he joined the Royal Air Force (RAF) where he was commissioned into the secretarial branch as a pilot officer in May 1950. His period of active service ended on the 28th of October, 1951, when he transferred to the reserve. About a year later, on the 6th of September, 1952, he was promoted to flying officer. He has since remained the shortest commissioned officer in the British Forces.

After completing his national service, Ronnie Corbett continued to pursue his dream of acting by moving to London. Due to his height, he was mostly able to land roles of young people, as one of his earliest regular roles was in the BBC children’s television series, Crackerjack! (1957-1958). He then went ahead to appear in films like You’re Only Young Twice (1952) and Rockets Galore! (1957) before getting to appear in the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane production of the musical The Boys from Syracuse in 1963. His other works around this time included Casino Royale (1967), The Frost Report (1966–67), Some Will, Some Won’t (1970) and No Sex Please, We’re British (1973).

In 1971, Ronnie Corbett and his longtime collaborator, Ronnie Barker, who he first appeared with on The Frost Report, began appearing in the BBC sketch comedy show, The Two Ronnies (1971-1987). The show proved to be Corbett’s best-known work, however, he is known for his work in the sitcom Sorry! (1981–88).

In 2005, Corbett reunited with Barker for The Two Ronnies Sketchbook. The following year, he played a hyper-realized version of himself in the BBC and HBO co-produced sitcom, Extras (2006). His next main role was in the thriller-comedy Burke & Hare (2010). Around this time, he also served as a panelist in the BBC 1 comedy show, Would I Lie to You?, as he also hosted the Good Food HD programme Ronnie Corbett’s Supper Club.

Ronnie Corbett Family – Wife & Children

Ronnie Corbett
Ronnie Corbett and wife Anne

In 1966, while working in Irish singer Danny La Rue’s Mayfair nightclub, Ronnie Corbett met his wife, actress and dancer Anne Hart. The two got married that same year, on the 30th of May, 1966, to be exact, and went on to have three children; son Andrew and daughters Emma and Sophie. Andrew, who was born with a heart defect, died at six weeks old at St Thomas’ Hospital, London. His sisters Emma and Sophie went on to have careers as actresses.

Corbett and his wife were married for 49 years until he died in 2016.

Read Also: Who Is Noel Fielding? Here Are 5 Facts To Know About The English Comedian

Death: When, Where and How Did He Die?

In March 2015, Ronnie Corbett was diagnosed with the motor neuron disease. Almost exactly a year after his diagnosis, on the 31st of March, 2016, the actor and comedian passed away at Shirley Oaks Hospital in Shirley, London with his family surrounding him. He was aged 85.

A funeral service by family and friends was held in his honor at the St John the Evangelist Church in Shirley on the 18th of April 2016. His remains were cremated after a private service at Croydon Crematorium, London. He is survived by his wife of close to 5 decades and his children.


A Timeline of Elvis Presley’s Career Beginnings, Artistry and Legacies

Among the facets of American art, music is one of the most significant subgroups. In this subgroup, there are very few names that carry...

Timeline of Mark Zuckerberg’s Career Achievements, Personal Life and Philanthropy

Harvard University has produced many notable alumni over the years. The Ivy League institution also holds the record for producing some of the most...

Sam Raimi Net Worth: Here Is How Much The Filmmaker Has Made

Samuel M. Raimi is a multi-talented filmmaker well known for creating the Evil Dead series that generated a cult following, he is also known...

Why Did CocoSori Disband and What are the Former Members Doing Now?

For a few years, the not so popular k-pop; J-pop duo CocoSori, created by MOL Entertainment, thrilled their fans with heartfelt music and stirred...

Sofia Coppola Net Worth And How Much She Made From Her Movies

If there was really anyone that fits the bill of Hollywood royalty, then Sofia Coppola wouldn't be too far off the mark. She is...


Kristy McNichol – Bio, Age, Brother, Family, Gay, Where is She Now?

Kristy McNichol is an award-winning American actress cum singer who garnered fame through the ‘80s and late nineties. Her noteworthy performance could be seen...

Is Drew Carey Married or Gay, Who is The Wife or Girlfriend, Net Worth, Salary

Popular comedian, actor and game show host, Drew Carey has come a long way in the journey to fame and stardom. The rising entertainer...

Hannah Margaret Selleck: What We Know About Tom Selleck’s Daughter

Hannah Margaret Selleck can be described as a blue-blooded Hollywood royal. Born to famous parents Tom Selleck and Jillie Mack in Hollywood, California, she...

Is Renée Felice Smith Married? Here Are Facts About Her Family And Career

Renée Felice Smith is the actress who has been portraying the character of 'Nell Jones' in the CBS military drama/police procedural action series NCIS:...

Michael Bloomberg – Bio, Net Worth, Wife, Children, Age and Height

Michael Bloomberg is an American billionaire, a businessman, author, politician and philanthropist who grew from a middle-class family, worked his way up from a...

Get the Latest Gist, Profiles and Trends Straight To Your in your inbox

Related Stories